Wednesday, 27 June 2012

My Top 5 Body Exfoliators

I do love to exfoliate my body, it makes it easier for my moisturiser to be absorbed and no more crocodile skin ;) But I'm not really fussed about the type of scrub, the only thing I ask for to do what it says on the tub/bottle (don't we all?!)
Now that summer has arrived (now and again, when it feels like it) in the UK, I think exfoliators, shavers, wax and definitely SPF are selling QUICK! So I thought I would let you know which exfoliators I love.

A quick heads up, I cannot for the life of me describe scents, so sorry in advance :)

1) L'Oreal Exfotonic
This is one that I have been using for ages, but I have a problem finding it in my local Boots and Superdrug. Any-hoo, it's a great foaming exfoliator which really slough's off any flakiness. But when using this product, you will need to ensure you use SPF as it contains AHA's, which I try to look for in both my facial and body exfoliators, as it makes it easier to remove dead skin.
The smell is fresh, clean- I want to say ocean like(?!)
What I like about this one is that does quite a few things: tones the skin, smoothes rough patches, encourages cellular renewal and cleanses and clarifies the skin (very well copied from the packaging) but I can truly say I found it to do all those, except tone, but that is because this product is part of the 'Body Expertise' routine, where you 'need to use all the products to see an effect', but I didn't follow that, did my own thanggg, so didn't see any toning- I rely on Jillian for that, when bothered.

2) The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Scrub
This smells like the body butter which I love. The grains are not small and I think this is the most abrasive. The creamy texture and smell is what made it on to this list. It is not moisturising, but instead leaves your skin soft and my moisturiser sinks in a bit quicker.

3) Soap and Glory Sugar Crush
(not pictured because I used it up and chucked away the packaging- (a normal non-blogger thing to do) )
This one is my favourite for when I need a good scrub (or when I haven't exfoliated in ages). The smell. The consistency. The ingredients (brown sugar, almond oil and lime- all things I love). Everything. I just cannot fault it. It exfoliates really well, leaves my skin smooth and smelling good (the citrus scent is different to the "normal" S&G scent of products). It is however slightly abrasive, so if you have sensitive skin, a defo no-go.

4) The Sanctuary Body Scrub Orange Blossom
I quite like scrubs that leave a little moisture film after, I find that it helps my skin to stay a bit more softer for longer, especially in winter when my skin is drier.
This is one of those- it has natural pumice, patchouli and orange oil. It smells fresh and makes me want to eat it, I can't really describe the smell, it smells like all the other Sanctuary products. A really nice luxurious product.
It contains small exfoliating grains, so it is not as abrasive as some of the other ones. I only use this when I have been regularly exfoliating and do not need anything close to a sander. It doesn't leave my skin irritated or red.

5) Soap and Glory Flake Away
This was introduced to me by my sister around 5 years ago and since I have tried it I have loved it :) It smells amazing, melts into my skin and is moisturising. It doesn't leave that much of a film after the exfoliator is washed off and is perfect for getting my skin ready for summer.

Hope this was helpful. What are your favourite exfoliators?


Monday, 18 June 2012

Bargain at The Body Shop

Just to let you know that The Body Shop are doing a 'Buy 3 Get 3 Free' or to me BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free).

I obviously picked up the Cocoa Butter body moisturiser which I love :)

But the most AMAZING bit... If you are a Love Your Body member you get an EXTRA 10% off. So I got 6 body butters for £33.75, that is seriously so worth it.

So if you love The Body Shop, now is the perfect time to pick up someof your favourites ;)


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Diamond Jubilee Weekend

A late post, so sorry for that, but I have been really  busy, decorating/painting but I still managed to enjoy the Jubilee celebrations. So sad the Jubilee is over :( I LOVED the concert, how cool were the fireworks?

On Sunday I made cupcakes for my street party, being a good citizen and all ;) helping out the community. I had fun even though it wasn't a 'street' party due to the weather but it was really nice.
Instagram of the cupcakes I made

t would not be normal for me to go without showing you my 'Jubilee nails' which I love! I added sparkle in tribute to the 'Diamond Jubilee' using No7's Stay Perfect Glitter Top Coat in Silver which I blogged about here. I also used Navy Blue by Barry M and Siren by No7.

 Hope everyone had a fab Jubilee weekend.


Friday, 1 June 2012

No7 Stay Perfect Glitter Top Coat

I am obsessed with glitter nail polish. Seriously obsessed. So when I saw these two gems at the No7 counter in Boots I was, lets face it, mesmerised.

They are reasonably priced at £8 each (9ml). BUT... if you spend £5 in store you get a £5 No7 voucher (I think for another week- not sure, so check it out) which makes these two polish's £3 each AND you get advantage card points... BARGAIN!

I know glitter nail polish is a pain to get off, but I just make sure that I apply a thicker layer or more layers of the glitter, so when it comes to the removing process, I am able to peel it off (bad for your nail and weird, but it works, trust me).

However, with the No7 ones, I applied two coats and it wasn't that much hard work to take off compared to 'Rainbow in the S-Kylie' (from the Kardashian Kolor Line) which is my favourite, but a real nightmare to take off :(

(Can't really see the front of the bottle, but if you look carefully you can see the 'No7' logo).

I really adore the consistency of the polish, it's very easy to work with and lets you 'place' the glitter where you want, which is difficult with some previous colours I have tried, where some of the glitter  flecks can tend to clump together.
The brush is amazing too, I am glad No7 have kept with their wider brush which all their polishes have. The drying time is quick and leaves a nice sparkly finish on the nails.

The first two nails are 'Gold', the index finger with one coat and the middle finger with two coats.

The last two nails are 'Silver', the ring finger is one coat and the little finger is with two coats.

With a combination of big glitter specks and really small specks of glitter, it adds a really nice look on the nail.
The No7 top coats are fab as you can work it with one coat or two coats. It really depends on what look you are going for.
This is what 'Gold' looks like with a coloured base:

No7 'Gold' with Essie's Jam 'n' Jelly as a base colour
I haven't found a glitter nail polish that looks good without a coloured base polish until these, they are just so good. I definitely recommend you pick them up especially with £5 off ;) I LOVE them!

I am going to wear these for my Jubilee street party (can't wait). Even though this is a 'top coat' I would still apply a top coat on top because it is not a smooth finish.

What is everyone doing for the Jubilee weekend?