I’m writing this today as the post I wish had already been written when I bought this product. I had been on the hunt for a translucent, mattifying powder for quite a while.
Most important to me was that I found something with no shimmer in it whatsoever – not even a cheeky glimmer. Cue a little trip to Boots, where I was looking at the options I had. I came across the Soap & Glory One Heck Of a Blot powder (£12) and my eyes went wide. This powder was actually one I’d heard good things about, so I thought I’d have a little look at the tester.
IT WAS GONE. NOWHERE IN SIGHT, just a sad, little empty tester tray. I also couldn’t look inside the product as they all had that plastic wrap around them to stop you doing what I wanted to do, get in it :’).
If you have an internet connection then I am sure that you have heard the word Zoella before – or even watched one of her videos.
She’s a Youtube made blogging icon and has recently expanded her mini empire to have beauty and bath products, she now has two books and has worked with lots of brands in collaborations!
I was a big fan of her first ever beauty range, which was first launched within Superdrug – this one would be classed as the ‘original’…my favourite product from that range was her cute little fragrance called ‘Blissful Mistful’. The fragrances have been amazing each time, with the second one ‘Let’s Spritz’ being pretty good but it didn’t manage to knock the original off my favourites list! It was important to be one of the first beauty bloggers in the digital queue on Feel Unique when the THIRD range came out and I can now show you what I got! **BTW big props to Feel Unique for amazing service – everything came like, shrink wrapped and completely damage free, pretty good considering one was a perfume!
This mist is really beautiful, the whole of this range is designed to be like a French patisserie in it’s packaging and the smell matches this vibe too. It’s full of almond scents – sweet and soft like a freshly baked cake :).
This kind of scent really makes me smile, 1. because it costs £8 only, and 2. because it’s the kind of long wearing scent you can put on and every now and then in the day you can catch a glorious whiff of it and it reminds you that you actually smell of something nice. Unfortunately it’s pretty much just gone on sale and it’s out of stock lol.
The bath salts were something different that I wanted to try – she’s never done bath salts before, only like fizz bars and stuff. So this was really exciting to me and I knew that this would work really well with the kind of scent she’s picked for this range.
You can tell she is actually a normal person when you look at this product – she’s common sensical (yeah, that’s a phrase, pshh) enough to include a little sticker to reseal the pack! These bath salts have a slightly strong macaron scent than the mist as they essentially need to be concentrated…but they are lovely to use, dissolving in a bath within around 5 – 10 minutes and creating a lovely soft scent. These only cost £6 so they would make a perfect birthday gift!
The Double Créme body cream is a lovely play on words and an even lovelier scent. I know this is going to just sound like I’m raving about everything but I actually do love everything I got – the packaging is ON POINT and the scent is just so enjoyable to wear. The body cream is only £5 – bargain!
Have you tried anything from this range or the ranges before? What’s your favourite product?
Thanks for reading guys,
The first product I’d tried from the Anastasia Beverly Hills make up range was an eyebrow product and from that point, I knew that if I ever needed something for a brow emergency, this was the place to get it.
I had been using my Soap & Glory Brow Archery pencil for a long time, until the gold writing had rubbed off. When I really wanted to get flawless brows I would use my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade with an angled brush, but recently I have NOT had time for that.
I was roaming around virtually on BeautyBay.com and came across the Anastasia Brow Wiz and thought it was the right time to venture from a pomade to a pencil via the brand that knows all there is to know about the brow business.
I love that this pencil has a thin nib on one side and then a spoolie on the other – since trying a brow pencil with a spoolie I don’t think I’d ever want to use a pencil that doesn’t have one! They are perfect for using to help trim your brows (I thread mine so this is very handy) but it’s also great for brushing through your brows.
The texture of the Anastasia Brow Wiz is really clever – this pencil is very thin so it helps you be quite precise with the pencil and you can use really easy flicking motions to create your perfect brow. My pencil is in the shade Ebony, which is the shade I am in for the Dip Brow Pomade!
For me, the cleverest bit of this pencil is the formula. It’s a very waxy pencil and by that I mean that if you lightly draw with this you probably won’t end up seeing much on the skin. I think this is a great move, because basically that means that if you go wrong with one swipe it won’t ruin your whole brow. I think the reason this formula is waxy is so that your brows last as long as possible, but I think this has accidentally meant applying the product is much easier too! (A happy accident then)
I’ve loved using this recently – I prefer the formula to the Soap & Glory Brow Archery because it lasts longer and is a bit more forgiving if you end up being a bit heavy handed. Set with some brow gel, you’re good to go!
Have you tried the Anastasia Brow Wiz?
What are your thoughts on the formula?
Thanks for reading lovely people,
I have a review for you today – if you browse through my blog you might think that I’m obsessed with mascaras because I have a lot of review posts! Looking in my Muji drawers, there would be a whole WEALTH of evidence to send me to Mascara Misuse Rehab (I have about 4 open at one time). The mascara I’ve been using recently is one that I’ve tried before, from Soap & Glory.
The Soap & Glory Thick & Fast *do you want any more ampesands* ‘Collagen’ mascara is, as far as I know, the main mascara line that Soap & Glory has. Aiming to ‘lay down volume and intensity’ using it’s V shaped brush, it claims to add thickness and volume without needing to work at it.
As always with these kind of reviews, below I’ve added a before and after so you can see the effect of the mascara on my own lashes. (I also did my eyebrows lol)
The pros of this mascara are:
The cons of this mascara are:
Aside from these points, I actually quite like it lol.
It’s not a pain to get off, it doesn’t feel wet on the lashes which is good (however Roller Lash does so you may want to steer clear) and it’s quite good at lengthening which I was surprised at.
What do you think, have you tried this Soap & Glory mascara before?
Until next time lovely readers!
I’d say I’ve been looking at make up for long enough to be able to put together a really STRONG make up bag…something that has the vital components to create a nicely made up face…
(BTW it’s also my 26th birthday today…feels weird. Good job there’s a product in here with ‘Anti Age’ in the title).
Think about your everyday make up, for me that consists of foundation, concealer, eyebrows, blush bronzer, mascara and powder. A kit making up these very simple and reasonably priced items is a great way to help someone out who is just starting out with make up, or maybe you want to treat someone you know who has terrible eyebrows and you just want to nudge them in the right direction *giggles*.
Let’s start with base:
So, I use the Esteé Lauder Double Wear Foundation because I was able to find a really close match to my skin. I usually struggle in the lower price bracket ranges, but there are a few that I like from the drug store. The Esteé Lauder foundation starts at around £27, which might seem like a lot but you get LOADS of product and I received a little sample bottle which lasted me longer than you’d think too!
Other more reasonably priced options (that I’ve tried and are also very good) are…
My personal favourite concealer is a drugstore version from Maybelline. The Anti Age Eraser Eye is a bloody brilliant concealer. This costs under £10 and lasts for a very long time – it has a little sponge head applicator to make it extra easy, it’s not too high coverage, more medium. This is a really good formula that doesn’t sit in lines once set with a good powder :).
I use the Anti Age Eraser Eye with the Maybelline FIT Me Concealer which is the best highlighting and concealing product to layer over the top of other concealers. It’s great for adding just the right amount of coverage – if I’ve had a particularly heavy night this helps me out lol. I use the shade 20 for highlighting 🙂
When it comes to mascara, you are SPOILT by the drugstore (or high street stores as we say in Britain). Several of my favourite mascaras you can easily pick up from Boots for around £7-8. My current favourite is the Maybelline Lash Sensational which is brilliant for curling and lengthening – and it has a sturdy brush which means it’s perfect for catching all your lashes in a few sweeps. If you want to see my full detailed review of it then click here!
Other great alternatives are:
Rather than point you in the direction of a cheap product, I’d rather point you in the direction of the BEST performance product and let you make your mind up. My favourite product for everyday eyebrows is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade which costs around £15 but it’s so worth the money. Used with an angled brush, you can create defined yet natural brows and I wouldn’t be without it. The only downside is that this product can dry up – but I spray mine with a few pumps of Make Up Setting Spray and that injects a bit more life into it.
I also love the Soap & Glory Brow Archery for the days when speed is the name of the game!
Those are my most vital components that I think should live in your make up bag – if you liked this I may follow this post up with a part 2 containing blush bronzer highlighter and whatever else I can think of that finishes off the basics 🙂
Thank you for reading everyone!
If I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front I apologise – things are pretty darn busy round these parts. Today I have a new video to bring to your attention! I was inspired by Kaushal Beauty to film my own Lip Swatch video which features my favourite lipsticks within my collection so you can see what they look like on, the formula/colour pay off etc.
I found her video really useful as it gave me an idea of what the lipsticks look like on brown skin tones – this will show you what kind of undertone the lipstick has (it could have a blue undertone which makes teeth look whiter, or an orange undertone which is slightly harder to pull off)
I hope you enjoy watching! I’m pretty proud of this video as I tried to edit it to music a bit!
Thanks for watching/reading my words that I write
I hope you’ve had a great weekend before real life starts again…(aka work)! One of my Christmas presents was a dinky little sample of the Benefit Roller Lash mascara, which I’m reviewing for you today (my sister Anisha bought it for me, she wanted to be included in the post and she’s making me a cup of tea so I think that’s a good deal).
My mascara relationships have been pretty stable throughout most of my make up life and I can almost reel off the mascaras like an exes list. Firstly, in my teen years my go to was Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash, then I went to the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, then the Max Factor False Lash Effect. As I moved into my twenties I went onto the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast (which is way better than you’d expect) and since then I’ve always loved the Maybelline Lash Sensational…you can read my review of that here!
The Benefit Roller Lash claims to ‘curl and lengthen’ using it’s Hook ‘n’ Roll brush…this brush is thin and long and looks pretty ordinary. I was surprised by how much it does actually lengthen. If you are looking for volume then I don’t think this is the mascara for you – I am lucky and have quite thickish lashes anyway so this isn’t a problem for me!
Compared to the Lash Sensational, the brush is much thinner and I’m not entirely sure where the Hook and Roll aspects of it are!
As you can see from the before and after picture above, this mascara is great for lengthening and it’s very pigmented :). It actually performs very well on lower lashes as well, adding fibres and coating them thinly so that it’s not clumpy.
I think I would buy a full size version of this when my current mascara runs out (though I have a habit of having more than one on the go, oops). I’m not a massive fan of the packaging, though this is only the mini. The pastel pink doesn’t stand out much on the black background but I guess the test is of the product itself!
Have you guys tried the Roller Lash mascara? What did you think?
Thanks for reading guys 🙂
The thought of waking up and not having a little present each morning is a bit sad but I’ve really enjoyed opening my advent calendar! There have been some great skincare and bath things in the calendar and it all looks excellent quality. I’ve also started thinking about different ways I can use the box after…I’ll do a little post on this after!
So here I can show you the things I have got in the 12th – 19th days of Christmas!
This week we have had…
I think my favourite smell to come out of this advent calendar is the Fuji Green Tea products. I don’t even know what Fuji Green Tea is but it smells so nice – so refreshing, light and clean!
What advent calendars are you opening?! Any recommendations for next year?!
Thanks for reading everyone,
There are usually a few ‘holy grail’ make up products that hang around the depths of my dressing table – but recently there have been a few things that I have repurchased. I only repurchase things if I REALLY like them. I mean, really. I am not a second chancer, or a ooh it might have changed-er, I am seriously brutal.
The things I have repurchased most recently are a mix of skin care and make up – and to me, they are essentials that will stay on my dressing table for a very long time!
When it comes to skin care, two of my favourite products are Nivea Creme and the Simple Kind to Eyes Make Up Remover. Nivea Creme is something my family have used always – I have always seen my mum use it – but I don’t use it on my whole face. The only thing I use this for is to moisturise my lips and maybe on areas of dry skin. It’s a very thick moisturiser and is great if you want something to moisturise that will last for a very long time.
The Simple Make Up Remover I have been using for the past 5 years or so…I can’t tell you how many of these bottles I’ve gone through! This stuff is really amazing, it helps to get off mascara so well (on a scale of mascaras I’d say it’s great from a Benefit Bad Gal Lash to a Maybelline Lash Sensational!).
For make up, I actually have TWO concealers – I know, it’s probably a bit much. The first one is the Maybelline Anti Age Eraser Eye concealer, which is one of the best concealers I have ever used! It’s not even very expensive, it has a foam dome shaped applicator which I don’t mind but a lot of people have posted hacks of how to get it off. I love this – it’s medium coverage I’d say but it feels so light and it blends like a dream. The next concealer I repurchased is this Maybelline FIT Me in the shade 20. I use this every day on top of the Anti Age for just a touch more coverage..it’s so good!
Lastly, I have something that I think I have repurchased at least three times. This is the Soap & Glory Brow Archery – which is an eyebrow pencil that has a spoolie on one end and an ashy toned brown pencil on the other. It’s a twist up, which I love and the shade I have is called ‘Hot Chocolate’. The spoolie is genius – and these last a very long time!
So that’s my run down of the things I’ve repurchased the most recently, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading!
Roshni 🙂 xxx