Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat

A little bit of a quick and random post here, as you all probably know I love nail polish and am constantly changing colours but it’s only recently that I’ve started using a base coat, I’m quite fortunate in that my nails don’t really stain very easily unless I wear a really deep colour like a red or a black so I’ve never really needed to use one for that reason but I picked this particular Revlon base coat up when they were doing a special offer of £5 across all Revlon nail and lips and I’ve used it every time I’ve done my nails since, it looks like a milky colour in the bottle but goes on clear and it just gives my polish much better staying power, I would say that with the addition of this base coat, I can get at least an extra day or two’s wear without seeing signs of chipping etc. I also think that when paired with a glitter polish it helps it come off a little bit easier. I think at full price it’s about £6.99 per bottle so it’s not too expensive. It’s a thumbs up from me!
Do you guys use a base coat? What's your favourite brand?
Soph x

Origins Haul

I have wanted to try out Origins products for the longest time but I just never got round to picking anything up from them and we don't have a stand locally (soon to change I hear) so I never had the pleasure! Recently though, I spotted a deal where you were  basically getting 6 free samples (along with the 2 mini samples), one of the purchases had to be the Super Spot Remover and the other 3 samples were for spending over £30 - it was too good an offer to ignore, plus I was quite literally desperate to try the Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask (which by the way is my new favourite thing!) So I got all of the products below for £33 because delivery is also free. I'll do reviews individually but I can't wait to try out more from the Origins brand. 

If you haven't tried the Clear Improvement mask yet - do it, it's a wonder product!

Clear Improvement - Active charcoal mask to clear pores - £20

Super Spot Remover - Blemish treatment gel - £13

Samples: Clear Improvement Mask (7ml), Zero Oil Cleanser (30ml), Zero Oil Moisturiser (5ml)

Samples: GinZing Eye Cream (5ml), Make a Difference Cleansing Milk (30ml) VitaZing (15ml)

Samples: High Potency Night-A-Mins (1.5ml), VitaZing (1.5ml)

Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser

I’ve been in love with Antipodes products for a little while now, I love the packaging, I love the brand ethos and I’m loving all things natural for my skin at the minute, we recently had a Wholefoods Market open up in Cheltenham and it’s meant that I can delve into trying some more of their products, it’s not however amazingly good for my bank balance but never mind! I’ve wanted to try this product since before Christmas and a while back I treated myself to a little Antipodes haul – (link here) – and couldn’t resist picking this up. This smells amazing, actually, I don’t think I’ve smelt an Antipodes product yet that I didn’t want to completely smother myself in, it’s a very natural smell, I immediately smell Lavender when I open it up and a hint of a honey smell, if you’re not into your kind of organic, natural smells, then this one might not be for you but personally I love it.  It’s got all sorts of goodness for your skin in this, to name a few, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Beeswax, Lavendar Oil, Vitamin E, and the list goes on, if you think of something good for your skin, it’s more than likely in this, the ingredients are 100% natural origin, with 76% being Organically cultivated.

The packaging of this is great, a sturdy little pot with a screw top lid that had the pretty green Antipodes design on the front which makes it great for travelling, I’ve spotted that some of the other cleansing balms can sometimes leak through the packaging but I can’t see that happening with this one to be honest. So, onto the product itself, it’s very much a butter like formula, I take a little scoop out, dot it across my face and  as you massage it in, it melts it into the skin, initially it looks quite oily, I immediately worried that it was going to be too much but after washing this off with a warm flannel, it left my skin perfectly moisturised and soft. I just use this in the morning at the minute because it leaves my skin so soft and smooth that it’s a really good base for my makeup, I can’t stop touching my face but it’s also great for at night with the Lavender oil and all the other oils so it’s nice and relaxing before sleep.

I highly recommend this, it’s £26 for a 75g pot which isn’t the cheapest but you only need the tiniest amount of this so I can see this lasting a long time. If you haven’t tried anything from Antipodes yet, I would definitely recommend doing so!

Have you guys tried this?

Soph xx

MUA Eyeshadow Swatches #24 & #3

Hi Guys,

Just a quick post today to show you some of the MUA shadows I’ve picked up, I love MUA shadows, they’re ridiculously cheap at a £1 for a shadow and I find that they’re quite similar in formula to the Urban Decay shadows that I have, they are super pigmented and have good lasting wear when paired with either MUA Eye Primer Base (which I did a review on here, but I think has been re-formulated now and re-packaged). The packaging isn’t great, they can be fiddly to get into and the writing wears off quickly and the actual range of colours is quite limited (unless you delve into the MUA pallettes where there are a whole host of colours) but when it’s just a £1, I don’t think you can go wrong with these. I particularly love the purple colour below, it’s a gorgeous shimmery mauve colour.

The mauve colour is shade #24 & the gray is shade #3

Which is your favourite MUA shade? 

Soph x