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Review: The Body Shop Blue Corn 3 in 1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask

C: if you saw our recent body shop hauls (which are here and here if you missed them!), then you will be well aware that a review of this bad boy was a comin’! I love a good face mask, and thought that I would make the most of having time to do one every now and again whilst on maternity leave before baba arrives! The lady in the shop recommended this one, and whilst having a perusal/doing some research on their website it appears that this blue corn mask is a best seller – and for good reason!

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The Body Shop claims that this three-in-one cleansing mask cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises normal to oily skin and is suitable as a weekly treatment. So did I agree with these claims? Basically… yes! I applied this before going for a bath and removed after about 10 minutes. My skin immediately felt very refreshed and clean without feeling tight and uncomfortable- always a plus after a face mask, especially when you have as sensitive skin as mine!

The next day my skin was less oily, but I had two new spots come up… not ideal but you know. The next day these blemishes had already disappeared! Like magic! So I am guessing this mask did an excellent job of clearing out some blocked pores – although I wouldn’t recommend using this for the first time before an event etc. I then left it a week before using it again, and although the benefits were still there – clean, exfoliated skin I personally find that using it twice a week is more effective at maintaining unblocked pores, otherwise you have the blemish situation every week (well I did anyway!).

The only claim I slightly disagree with is that it moisturises. I personally still needed to apply my moisturiser as usual after trying this, so although it didn’t strip my skin of moisture like most masks for oily skin do I wouldn’t say it added any moisture either.

The lady in the shop also recommended applying this with an old make up brush, meaning the product goes further and really sinks into your pores. I loved this recommendation, and I am really annoyed I didn’t think of it before as it saves so much product/mess and is way more hygienic than shoving your fingers in the pot each application! It also means this pot is going to last me absolutely ages, which when it was only £11 to begin with (cheap when you think you will get more than 11 applications per pot!) is amazing!

Have any of you guys tried this? If not I really would recommend trying it! It is one of the best masks I have tried in ages (and the colour of the pot goes so nicely with my bathroom!) #twolittleowls

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Chloes September Empties

C: HAPPY DUE DATE MONTH TO MEEEE! And anyway… moving quickly on (hopefully I will have a nice gory detail labour post on its way to you soon), welcome to Septembers empties! Since moving house I have had a chance to look through my stash and select the half used products I wanted rid of. Not because I didn’t like them, but because they were already opened and needed using up. So this month I have exceeded my usual 5-6 monthly empties and have used up a whole 10 products! Because there are more than usual, I have split the photos up a bit to make my mini empty reviews easier to follow! So here we go:

Stretch Mark/Baby Related Stuff

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Palmers Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks – this is the lotion I have enjoyed using the most, mainly because despite having a slight clinical use it actually still smells nice. Even though pregnancy sucks and all dignity is out the window, I still like being able to pamper myself and use products that seem at least slightly normal. This also keeps skin soft and supple so it can stretch without being itchy and horrid.

Repurchase? I already have!

Bio Oil – the jury is still out on this one, I think it has stopped my stretch marks from looking as red etc (they look like old ones rather than new ones really), but I don’t know how much it has prevented them so I maybe should just save this to use after labour!

Repurchase? Yep! 

Derma Mum Superior Moisturising Cream – I reviewed this here so won’t bore you all with another review!

Repurchase? Not now as it’s such a large tub. 

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks

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Blemish Mud – I absolutely loved this, and reviewed this in full here if you fancy a goosey

Repurchase? Hella yeah!

Passion Peel Off – this made my skin feel super soft and moisturised and did do a good job of calming my skin down, but the peely-ness just isn’t for me. It felt horrid to peel off and freaked me out/made my teeth itch. I know thats weird… but no thanks. Not for me.

Repurchase? Not a peel one no!

Hair Care

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Batiste Dry Shampoo – not my fave dry shampoo but gets the job done – albeit with a slight white haze that needs lots of brushing through!

Repurchase? I always seem too! Although I have another bottle in my stash waiting to be used before I buy anymore!

Loreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shampoo sachet – I got this free in a magazine and thought it was about time I used it up rather than stashing it for some unknown occasion! I liked the smell of this, and it certainly made my hair soft and shiny but obviously its hard to tell how amazing a shampoo is from one go!

Repurchase? I would quite happily use this again.

Body Wash/Perfume

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The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish – I recently re-bought the full sized version of this in my Body Shop Haul post here, so you can tell I liked it!

Repurchase? Already have!

Soap & Glory The Scrub of Your Life – this is one of my absolute favourite S&G body products. It has the standard S&G scent, but is super exfoliating at the same time. However, it is also really gentle and can be used daily, as it doesn’t even upset my super sensitive skin. Winner!

Repurchase? I have a full sized version of this in my stash waiting for me, but after thats used up I will definitely be buying another!

Calvin Klein Euphoria Blossom Perfume – yes you have read that right… I have actually given in and finished up a perfume! Normally I leave the last few pumps for special occasions as I have perfume separation anxiety, but I went all out and used this up! I bloody love this, its floral but not too old-lady-esque and the scent lasts all day.

Repurchase? this shall be on my Christmas list for Santa!

And there we have this months empties! Hope you like my mini reviews! #twolittleowls 

Chloes August Empties 2015

C: another empties post for you this month! I have done an excellent job of using up products again for you this month and I am finally getting in control of my stash! So here is what I have been using up, and my mini reviews for you.

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Soap & Glory Clean on Me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel – this was in one of my Christmas box sets which I receive basically every year now as everyone knows I love S&G stuff – I am not complaining by the way! I love this stuff, it smells nice, it makes you nice and clean, I’m not allergic and it helps keep your skin moisturised. What more could you want?

Repurchase? I have some more hiding away in my stash, but if I didn’t then yes, definitely!

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel – another Christmas prezzie! I love stuff from the Body Shopm and although the formula was as excellent as ever this scent just wasn’t for me. I am not keen on citrus-y scents anyway, but this was just way too strong for me! Possibly due to my pregnancy nose, who knows (ha that rhymes) but I just wasn’t keen.

Repurchase? Not in this flavour, no!

Urban Veda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish – this is a Birchbox sample (which I will finally start getting through even though I cancelled my subscription ages ago!), and I actually really like this! It smells really fruity, and although it is an exfoliator it is really gentle on your skin. My skin felt very soft and clean after using this, and my make up applied beautifully.

Repurchase? Yes!

Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Face Mask – I got this sample free in a magazine, which is a great way to try out new products as on paper this sounds like exactly the product for me! Rose scented and hydrating? Perfect! This was not the case however, and this isn’t actually an empty I am just having to throw it away! As lovely as it smelt, this made my skin super itchy and I had to wash it off straight away! I tried it again and the same thing happened the second time too, so clearly this didn’t suit my sensitive skin!

Repurchase? No.

Whish Body Butter – oh hello Birchbox samples! Annie reviewed this here if you fancy reading her review, but on this particular product our opinions are quite different! We both absolutely loved the scent, but Annie found it too heavy (she prefers a body lotion to a butter) whereas I found it perfect for my super dry skin. I am actually super sad this has ran out, the scent is so beautiful I would wear it as perfume!

Repurchase? Yes! I will be repurchasing once I have used up some more of my stashed body butters!

Acqua Di Parma Tris Noble Sublime Perfume – never heard of this brand/perfume before which is the only reason I have bothered to include this! As this just isn’t the right scent for me! If you like floral perfumes though this would be perfect for you, it was just a little too mature for my sweetie/vanilla scented preference!

Repurchase? Nope!

Phew, a long empties post for you this month, but mostly a positive one! Have any of you guys tried these products? If so what did you think to them? #twolittleowls

Beauty Haul!

A: Chloe and I had a little trip to our local shopping outlet this week and I decided to stock up on some basics, and treat myself to some exciting new products too!


First we went to a bargain beauty shop and I picked up one of my go to must haves – the Aye Aye Captain Liquid Liner from W7. This creates the perfect wing, is super long lasting and it’s only £1.99!! I also got two face masks by 7th Heaven. I’ve never used these before but Chloe has and she said they’re amazing so thought I’d give them a go, they were 99p each so definitely worth a try!

We then went to The Body Shop, and because it’s an outlet store they have an amazing offer of if you buy 4 items you get 40% off!!! We obviously had to take advantage of this, and I’ve been loving their papaya shower gel recently so thought I’d give the blueberry, passion fruit and raspberry ones a try. I really can’t wait to try these and review them as they smell beautiful. These were in the sale at £3 (but I still got the 40% off on top of sale prices!). I then got some Instablur – an everyday staple for me. This is normally £14 but with my outlet discount this whole lot cost just £13.40!

What have you been hauling recently? #twolittleowls

The Body Shop Haul

C: we have a body shop outlet near us, and decided that we haven’t made the most of the amazing offers they have in store – if you buy 4 items you get 40% off, or 3 items gives you 35% off! So here is what I decided to invest in:


Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo – pregnancy hormones haven’t only been playing havoc with my figure and skin… It has also been having an affect on my scalp too! The lovely ladies at the body shop gave me some samples of this beast to try and it works wonders! I shall be writing you guys a post about this soon!

Satsuma Body Polish – this is technically for L… It’s his fav shower gel! But we kind of share it cos it smells nice and I steal it (doesn’t count as real thievery as I bought him it!)

Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray – they didn’t have any of these left but the lovely lady in the shop took one out of a gift bag for me as she felt bad for the hot sweaty pregnant lady! This feels AMAZING! You should all buy this immediately and have super minty cold feet!

Blue Corn 3 in 1 Deep Cleansing Mask – this was bought on a bit of a whim as I normally wouldn’t buy a £10 mask (although £6 with the discount) without reading reviews first. I have been really enjoying having time to do face masks now iv finished work and thought I had better make the most of the pampering whilst Ivy is still cooking!

So what do you guys think of my purchases? Have you tried any of these products? I am super pleased with my bargains and can’t wait to test them all out. Annie will also have a haul post for you on Monday, as for once we bought completely different things, so make sure you keep an eye out for that! #twolittleowls

Tis the Season to be Poorly.

A & C: We would normally be filling your blog feed with photos of yummy food on a Friday (mainly burgers), but it’s that time of year again, and as we are both laid in bed poorly we thought we would share our top tips on how to survive man flu/sick days. The chocolate santa is optional but recommended, and films are based on your own choice obviously.

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In order to make your day seem productive, we recommend some excellent tv/films such as Frozen and Pineapple Express. Comedies are essential to cheer you up and Frozen is perfect for any occasion.  We are also doing a spot of blogging, as it is not often we get a whole day just to write posts!

Lucozade is perfect for keeping your blood sugars up if eating is not possible (Annie is currently unable to eat which makes her super sad), and will keep you hydrated. Chocolate is also necessary to maintain blood sugars and morale. This can come in other forms, but a chocolate Santa is seasonal and tastyyy.

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Puppies are also of your own choosing, here is mine snuggled up in bed with me and his Reindeer toy. We are very ready for Christmas here apparently, but cuddling up with your pet of choice will cheer you up, keep you company and most importantly they are very good as hot water bottles when your feet get cold.

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As beauty bloggers we also love cheering ourselves by relaxing/pampering ourselves with a Lush bath and face mask, I went for the Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment bath melt and S&G’s Fab Pore face mask to clear out my poorly/horrendous looking skin. There is also nothing better than taking your mind off everything by reading a good book, but if all else fails… its all about the Lemsip!

What are your top tips for surviving a sick day? #twolittleowls

August Empties: Take One!

C: Due to trying to use up my stash of samples/products before moving house, I have so many empties this month I have had to split them into two posts… impressive! Right, so here is what I have used up this month:

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Mitchum Advanced 48 hr Protection – deodrant is not something I would normally mention over here as we aim to discuss all things beautiful and lovely – however, non-sweaty pits are beautiful in my view so I had to include this! I have issues… basically I panic I smell all the time (Annie gets fed up of being made to smell me) and this is long lasting with zero horrid sweaty patches! I found this formula a little drying for my sensitive skin, so I have now bought the cream version… hello HG deodrant. True Love.

Repurchase: hella yeah!

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque – I won’t bang on about this as we have reviewed this face mask here and I love it! It is perfect for drying up excess oils and for clearing out clogged up skin.

Repurchase: I may have accidentally re-bought it already even though I have loads of face masks to use up!

The Body Shop Olive Shower Gel – Soap free and made from Community Fair Trade olive-oil from Italy! Perfect for my sensitive skin but not normally the fragrance I would go for in TBS. I won this in a work-do raffle at Christmas (obviously everyone else picked food hampers… I went for anything and everything beauty related) and didn’t get round to using it for ages, but the scent is amazing! So delicate yet feminine, I wouldn’t even know how to go about describing it but I recommend you go and have a sniff/buy the whole range immediately.

Repurchase: I haven’t re-bought it yet as I am working through my beauty stash and have lots of half opened shower gels to use up, but I will be buying from this range again in the future – loved it!

Rimmel Glam’eyes Professional Liquid Eyeliner – another one of my favourite products here. True black eye liner that has a precision brush and lasts for hours (unless it rains, I haven’t found a waterproof liquid eyeliner I’m not allergic too yet!). I know lots of people prefer a felt tip end for easier application but I prefer the preciseness (is that a word?!) of this!

Repurchase: I already have!

What have you guys been using up this month? All very positive from me about these little beauties, has anyone else tried this and loved them too?! #twolittleowlsblog

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