June Beauty Awards

Hi there! Since I ‘m having so much fun doing monthly empties posts, I thought I’d try monthly favourites as well. I’ll call these posts beauty awards and I’ll pick three favourites and throw in a few honourable mentions. 🙂 This month I’ve used quite a few new products. And a few of them have won me over completely.

3rd place – My New Favourite Blush- Essence Silky Touch Blush 20 Babydoll
Essence Blush Babydoll
This is an amazing blush. It goes with almost every make-up look and it’s highly pigmented. Absolutely brilliant!

Runner-Up – My New Favourite Face Serum – Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Day Serum
Olay Anti-Wrinkle Hydration Serum
This serum is absolutely amazing. It even tames my moody semi-permanent eczema patch. 11 stars!

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face MaskWINNER – 100% Awesome AND 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask

This face mask is exactly what I wanted – a product that makes my complexion look brighter and more even. The difference after a single use was incredible. And it’s easy to use and dirt cheap.

Like I said earlier, I loved more than three products this month, so I’d like to throw in a few honourable mentions.

At first there’s Boots’ Sweet Mango body care range. The mango fragrance is absolutely gorgeous. Other (more expensive) high street brands’ comparable offerings can’t compete with Boots’ mango-scented products.

I also loved the Montagne Jeunesse face masks I tried this month. The Mud Pac and the Lemon Zest Peel Off Mask were brilliant!

So this was my first ‘monthly favourites’ post. I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I certainly enjoyed writing it. 🙂 Have you tried any of these products? Or have you discovered any new beauty favourites recently? Please feel free to let me know what you think. And thanks for stopping by!

100% Cruelty-Free – Montagne Jeunesse Ultra Deep Pore Cleansing Mud Pac

Hi there! Just a few weeks ago I told you that I found several Montagne Jeunesse face mask duos at my local Poundland. I’ve already tried the fantastic Lemon Zest Peel Off Mask. And now I’ve tried another one – Montagne Jeunesse Ultra Deep Pore Cleansing Mud Pac.

This face mask is a typical mud mask. I applied it to my face and let it dry for 20 minutes. And then I just washed it off with water. I was really happy with the result. And if you read on, you’ll find out why. 🙂
Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pac
First of all, this mask made my face feel refreshed and clean. The ‘ultra deep pore cleansing’ claim isn’t just a marketing strategy – this mask really works! Now, two days later, my skin still feels clean and clear.

I think Montagne Jeunesse’s Mud Pac is a fantastic face mask. It’s available as part of a mask duo (the other one’s ‘Amore Rose Ultra Deep Cleansing Mask‘) for £1 (Poundland) – so this mud pac face mask is actually 50p only! And another big plus is that this face mask is approved by BUAV (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo) and by the Vegetarian Society – so it’s cruelty-free and suitable for vegetarians.

Suitable For Vegans – Original Source Shower Plum & Blackcurrant, Raspberry & Cocoa and Wild Cherry & Nettle

Hi there! I haven’t reviewed any Original Source products in a while. But now’s the time to look at a few fruity shower gels. Meet Original Source Plum & Blackcurrant, Raspberry And Cocoa, and Wild Cherry And Nettle. These shower gels are suitable for vegans – they’re approved by The Vegan Society.
Original Source Shower
Original Source Plum & Blackcurrant is surprisingly refreshing. I thought the plum fragrance would make this shower gel a bit too sweet for summer – but I was wrong. The fragrance actually reminds me of blackcurrant cough lozenges – in a good way. It smells like blackcurrant juice and green currant buds. So yes, this one is definitely suitable for warm summer days.

Original Source Raspberry And Cocoa isn’t my favourite. This fragrant combination smells a bit weird. It’s not bad, but it’s not what I expected – and I can’t smell any raspberries or cocoa. I don’t really care for this shower gel (and neither does my husband), so this one might end up in the hand wash dispenser.

Original Source Wild Cherry And Nettle is another nice surprise. And it’s another shower gel that reminds me of cough lozenges – cherry-flavoured ones, of course. The fragrance isn’t as strong as the plum & blackcurrant fragrance, but it’s definitely yummy!

The RRP for 250ml Original Source shower gels is usually around £2 – but you can find these shower gels for £1 (Poundland and the likes) or less (special offer).

Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate it. 🙂

Nail Of The Day – Orly Basket Case & Stamping

062016 Orly Basket Base and StampingHi there! When I did the stamping tutorial last week, I didn’t just do one nail. I did a full mani. And since I’ve finally found the picture I took of my nails, I thought I’d do a post. 🙂

I painted my nails with Orly Basket Case – which is one of the most beautiful pink polishes I have. It’s bright, it has a cool undertone and it’s a fantastic summer colour.

I stamped several random images from several different stamping plates onto my nails. All those plates were unbranded ones.

The black polish I used to stamp with is NYC In A Minute 001 Evil which I’ve been stamping with a lot lately.

This post concludes ‘nail week’ – so next week I’ll go back to posting product reviews (with the weekly nail post thrown in). However, I hope you enjoyed ‘nail week’ – I certainly did.

As always, feel free to let me know what you think of this mani. Or comment if you’d just like to chat. 🙂

Nail Of The Day – NYC In A Minute 019 A Perfect Day, MakeUp Revolution True Blue, Miss Sporty Sparkle Touch 888 Glitter & Stamping With QA89

NYC A Perfect Day MUR True Blue Miss Sporty Glitter and StampingHi there! A couple of weeks ago I did a blue and grey themed mani. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted. But I thought I should still share it.

I painted my nails with MakeUp Revolution True Blue (pinky, index finger, thumb) and NYC In A Minute 019 A Perfect Day (ring finger, middle finger).

I added some glitter – namely Miss Sporty Sparkle Touch Top Coat 888 Glitter – to my ring finger. And then I started stamping. 🙂

I chose my QA89 stamping plate – which is one of the many plates I haven’t used before (that’s because the images are too small for my nails when my nails are longer).

And I stamped on different images using Essence’s amazing White Stampy Polish.

Looking closely, the mani wasn’t perfect because the crown and flower images didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. But I have to admit that, from a distance, the mani actually looked quite nice.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab, Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique Kate, Barry M Masquerade & Stamping With JQ-L02

Rimmel Black Cab Andrea Fulerton Kate JQ-L02, Essence Stampy Polish White Barry M MasqueradeHi there! After a few recent nail fails I seem to have found my mani mojo again. 🙂 So today’s post is about a recent mani I really, really liked.

As usual, I didn’t know what to do with my nails. So I started with two base colours – Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique Kate (pinky, index finger) and Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 080 Black Cab (ring finger, middle finger, thumb).

I wanted to stamp. So I selected a few pretty images from my JQ-L02 stamping plate. And I stamped on the images with Essence’s Nail Art Stampy Polish in white.

But I also wanted some sparkle. And I opted for Barry M‘s Masquerade (gold, fuchsia and light blue glitter in a clear base).

I’m very pleased with how the mani turned out. It’s got a butterfly and floral images, glitter, purple and black & white. What’s not to love? 🙂 Please feel free to let me know what you think about this mani. And thank you for stopping by!

Nail Of The Day – Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Key Lime & Stamping With Pueen 65 (Partial Nail Fail)

Barry M Gelly Key Lime and StampingHi there! Since this week is nail week, this is another NOTD post. As you can see from the title, it’s a partial fail. Ah well, there’s always something… 😉

Let’s start! I painted my nails with Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Key Lime. This polish was almost opaque in one coat – brilliant!

I wanted the mani to look summery and tropical, so I chose Pueen’s 65 stamping plate which is part of Pueen’s Stamping Buffet collection.

The black polish I used to stamp on the images is NYC In A Minute 001 Evil. Everything went well – and then I noticed the blob on the ring finger…

Lately I seem to be prone to polish blob accidents. I certainly wished I could have avoided this one! However, all in all I was quite happy with this mani. I liked the green base and the tropical floral images. So whilst this mani is a partial fail, it’s also a partial success. 🙂