Student Survival Kit Review

Amphora Aromatics Student Survival Kit Review

For those that don’t already know I’m currently finishing off a Masters in Information and Library Studies. The appearance and subsequent diagnosis of my ME (you can read all about that over here) threw some of my plans into chaos but thanks to a supportive department and understanding supervisor I was allowed to go on medical leave. But before all that I’d also graduated with two undergraduate degrees; one in Art History from the University of Leeds and one in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. So when an opportunity came about to the check out Amphora Aromatics’ Student Survival Kit I signed up straight away, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my studies it’s that it’s super important to remember to look after yourself. And that is exactly what Amphora Aromatics had in mind when they created this survival kit.

 

Student Survival Kit Introduction

The Kit

The kit features some great products that utilise aromatherapy to provide relief and comfort for students in all walks of life. Whether you’re a Fresher just starting out, a student in the middle of their course or a Masters/PhD student there is something for everyone. The products also cover a range of needs; there’s some great beauty items from AA Skincare for skin, lips and hair care, face marks by Ooh-arr, a foot lotion by Amphora Aromatics and their specially developed focus Aromatherapy Blend.

What attracted me to this kit was that Amphora Aromatics  have covered all the bases and put together an assemble of products that I would have picked myself. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy products as I’ve mentioned before and I really appreciate that they combined their knowledge of aromatherapy with the realities of student life when creating their student survival kit. While it’s great to have some excellent face care products to pamper yourself with for a self-care session, it’s even better when you’re getting the healing and soothing effects of aromatherapy to boost you too! I’ll be talking more about this in my review of AA Skincare’s Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion below.

As every student knows it’s not always easy to splash out on products to pamper yourself, especially when you’ve got x amount of expensive textbooks to buy. All the prices in the student survival kit are reasonable and the slightly more pricey items, such as AA Skincare’s Natural Shampoo Bars and the FOCUS aromatherapy blend is something that will last for a long period of time. Prices start at £1.20 for the Ooh-arr facemasks, with most products ranging between £3.40 – £.5.60.

 

Amphora Aromatics - My Student Survival Kit

My Student Survival Kit

I was given the chance to choose three products to create my own student survival kit and then provide an honest review of them. So before I get into the review of each product I wanted to explain why these three products beat off the other contenders to make it into my personal survival kit!

First up is Amphora Aromatics’ Fresh Feet Lotion which made it onto this list because sore feet is a part of any students life. I’ve not met a campus yet that hasn’t been huge, and I know from experience how often students have to trek from one side of the campus to the other – usually in a tiny 5 minute window! Throw in the cold weather as we head into winter and it’s a horrible combination for our bodies, especially our poor feet. I’m a big fan of foot lotions especially those that are made from peppermint so this was a must for my own kit.

Next up is AA Skincare’s Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion because as I said it’s important to remember to take time out to give yourself some self-care. This lotion can be used as a cleanser as part of your daily routine so if you’re super busy and don’t have time for a full on pamper session you can still actively be looking after yourself and your skin. It was the two key ingredients, lavender and tea tree, that drew me to this product and ultimately got it a spot in my kit. Lavender isn’t just great for your skin; it’s great for your well being. It’s great for stress – which lets be honest is something ALL students will suffer from at some point during their studies – due to it’s calming and sedative products. So you’re not just helping to soothe your skin, you’re also giving yourself a calming boost at the same time! I talk more about how I noticed this while using the product in my review below. Tea Tree is fabulous in skin care due to it’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, so popping that in a moisturiser alongside lavender was a win-win for me.

The final product in my kit Amphora Aromatics’ FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend, and if you’ve been keeping up with my blog you’ll know I suffer from ME. Since hearing about Focus blends I’ve been wanting to try one to see if it could help me focus when struggling with fatigue and brain fog. However, this is something that can benefit all students. If you’re having a long day with back to back lectures, or you’re stuck in a room that is too hot and stuffy, it’s really easy to start to lose focus. Early morning lectures, especially if you’ve been out the night before, can be a nightmare too. Blends like this are great for popping in your bag or spotting on a tissue to keep in a pocket. It’s also designed to be used in a oil diffuser or burner so after a long day of classes you can get back home, pop it in and feel able to focus on that mountain load of coursework waiting for you.

Now that you know why I picked these three items, it’s time to find out how they shaped up!

The Products

Amphora Aromatics - Fresh Feet Lotion

Fresh Feet Lotion

Due to my hypermobility I’ve always suffered from sore feet and being a student didn’t help with this at all. Hurrying across campus, often struggling through crowded hallways and in wet and cold weather; yep student get definitely need some TLC! And lets be honest; until it gets to the summer and we whip out the sandals we won’t really give them much love. Peppermint and Tea Tree are an ideal combination for a foot lotion because not only do they help keep your feet feeling and smelly fresh, but tea tree has lots of natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities too.

After a long day the idea of giving your feet a thorough pamper or a pedicure is not at the top of any student’s list. A lotion like Amphora Aromatics’ Fresh Feet Lotion is something that you can rub into your feet within minutes, or use as part of a longer massage to really work out those aches and pains. The fact that it’s so easy to use, and not messy means that you can use it on the go too. If you know you’re going to have a long day at Uni, followed by a shift at work or a night out then pop this beauty in your bag. No one’s going to know if you whip it out in the toilets and rub some on your feet!

The light weight lotion spreads really easily and absorbs quickly not leaving a sticky residue behind like some foot lotions, and also not leaving you with excess cream to spread. It does smell strongly of peppermint but no more so than any other peppermint product out there – pocket mints smell stronger as an example. It is a foot lotion after all so you don’t want something with a weak scent. I found that it doesn’t take much to use as it spreads so well so the 100ml bottle will keep you going for ages! And finally; does it work? Yep! I recommend putting it on overnight (and wear socks to lock in the goodness) and you’ll wake up with feet that feel nurtured, soft and refreshed.

 

AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion

Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion

I have been eyeing up the AA Skincare range for a while, and have heard great things about so many of their products so I wasn’t surprised to find that I liked this product. I was surprised, however, to find just how much I needed it. I thought I had most of my skin care routine sorted out and this product came along and proved just how wrong I was!

It’s described as being “perfect for balancing acne prone skin” in the Student Survival Kit and while I don’t have terrible acne I would definitely describe my skin as acne prone. I’m now in my 30s and I still have trouble with it. I’ve made great progress in recent years after discovering Garnier’s PureActive and SkinActive ranges, but it’s still not perfectly under control. Well, after a month of using this lovely product I can say for certain that it definitely does balance your skin.My skin felt more hydrated and refreshed, and generally it felt like a balance in my skins levels had been reached. It really did feel like I’d found the missing piece of the puzzle for my skin routine. It kept my skin free from blemishes, and any that did pop up due to hormones were soothed away thanks to the wonderful combination of tea tree and lavender.

The added bonus with this product is that it smells very strongly of lavender – and before you think, oh no, give me a moment to elaborate. Strong smells, especially lavender, can be a big turn off and I hear you on that one. When I first got a whiff of this moisturiser I did think it was pretty strong and wondered whether it was going to be too strong. What I found was that it disperses as you use it and ends up becoming a pleasant lingering scent instead. My fiancé normally notices when a product has a strong smell and when questioned he had absolutely no clue what I was talking about. So don’t worry you won’t be walking around smelling like you’ve dunked yourself in lavender! 😉 You will, however, be benefiting from the therapeutic qualities of lavender. I like to use this product before bed so that the lavender helps to calm and soothe my skin and my mind, preparing me for a nights rest.

 

Amphora Aromatics - FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend

FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend

You might be wondering what exactly is an aromatherapy blend, and why is it worth investing £7.50 in a tiny bottle of 10ml? That’s a pretty steep price, or so it seems, especially for a student. Aromatherapy blends like the FOCUS blend by Amphora Aromatics isn’t just a bunch of oils thrown into a pot. Made from pure essential oils, Amphora Aromatics’ blends are specially formulated to produce a mix of oils that work in harmony to help boost your mood or well-being. They have a whole range, but this one is specifically designed to help stimulate and clear your mind, enabling you to feel refreshed and be able to focus more.

The instructions on the product itself says for use in a diffuser or oil burner; I did not test the product in either of these for two reasons. As I am asthmatic I have to be careful when burning oils, especially those with a strong scent and that is why I didn’t try this in my diffuser either. While I was very happy with this product and it’s effects (read on) it does have a very strong smell due to the main ingredient; cloves. I have a pretty sensitive nose; I can visit candle shops and Lush without any problems, where as my mum who has an incredible sense of smell cannot even walk past them. So hopefully that can give you an idea of scale for strength of smell.

I did still use the blend though and found other ways to use it that worked for me! For example, I found it useful to spot some on a tissue and smell that, and I also used it during steaming sessions to clear my sinuses and found that it worked fantastically for that. After steaming I felt much more refreshed and focused than I would have done using a vapour rub, while also benefiting from clearing my sinuses as the blend also contains Eucalyptus (one of the main ingredients in vapour rubs!).

After using the oil I definitely felt a difference in how I felt. It helped to clear my head, almost feeling like someone had run through my mind and giving it a shower. The cobwebs were gone, the fuzziness and the fatigue that coated my thoughts had been brushed away and I could focus again! I really do recommend trying this blend if you find you are having trouble concentrating in classes, or exams. If you have ME like me, or another condition that causes fatigue or brain fog then this may also benefit you. As with all aromatherapy oils be aware of the ingredients and check that they’re safe for you to use. As this blend is made of pure essential oils it isn’t safe to use directly on skin, but you can easily dilute it with a base cream or base oil. You can out the full range of base products available at Amphora Aromatics right here.

Conclusion

Everything I tested in this review would be a fantastic part of any Student Survival Kit. They are just the right mixture of practicality and pampering mixed with all the goodness that aromatherapy has to offer. What I particularly liked about these three products was that none of them meant taking extra time out of my day to add some self care and aromatherapy into my routine. They are all items that are quick and easy to use, and also so easily portable; you can pop them in your bag and use them on campus if you need to. The whole kit listed by Amphora Aromatics fits that bill actually, and is also a great starting place for anyone who has never tried aromatherapy products.

Over to You

Although this review was aimed at students, I think that most of this was applicable to anyone and I hope that even if you’re not a student that you got something from it! For the students among you don’t forget to also check out my student advice section. It’s my way of passing on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of students. If you have any questions about student life then feel free to get in touch 🙂

Do you have a student survival kit? Or if you were a student what would be in your kit?

Personally I think everyone could do with a survival kit for those long days; how do you cope with long/bad days?

Have you tried aromatherapy before? Do you use oils and blends or do you prefer to use products like AA skincare which contain aromatherapy oils?

Let me know in the comments! And if you have any questions about anything in this review please do not hesitate to ask 🙂

Skincare Samples

Sample Shoutout - June: Skincare Edition

Welcome to the first Sample Shoutout a new series here at Just Geeking By where I share a couple of samples I’ve been trying out each month. They will usually be beauty samples, however, from time to time they may be something else such as food or stationery! It really depends on what I can get my mitts on 🙂 These are all free samples gathered with the help of freebie sites or following companies on social media networks. If you’d like me to go into more detail about how I obtain samples let me know in the comments! ((Texture used in the banner is by Lady Asmodina and the Sakura Frame is by katydeviantart.))

This month it’s a skincare special as I review L’oreal Paris Smooth Sugar Scrubs, Clarins SOS Hydra and Glam Glow’s SuperMud Clearing Treatment!

 

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L’oreal Paris: Smooth Sugar Scrubs

Cocoa Nourish

 

L'oreal Paris: Smooth Sugar Scrubs Cocoa Nourish

As soon as I saw these advertised I knew I had to get my hands on them so when I saw the chance to grab a sample I did and crossed my fingers! I was really excited when I got it through the post, and then held onto it for a few weeks because I didn’t want to use it up.

I tested the cocoa Nourish scrub, and there’s also kiwi Clear and grapeseed Glow.

 

L'oreal Paris: Smooth Sugar Scrubs Cocoa Nourish

Eventually I did and I absolutely loved it! It did everything I expected and more. I’ve had these pesky blackheads around my lips that I’ve tried literally everything to get rid of them and nothing has worked – until now! The smooth sugar scrub got rid of them in one use. Wham bam, thank you L’Oreal Paris! It’s been probably about a month since I used it and they’re still so much better than they were. It really did nip the most stubborn ones in the bud.

As you can (sort of) see from this photo it’s a very clear mixture when it goes on. You put it on, add water to activate and leave it on for however long you’re instructed. You can also put it directly onto your lips so it’s a face and lip scrub.

My Vote: 10/10


Clarins SOS Hydra Face Mask

 

Clarins: SOS Hydra Face Mask

Face masks are no longer just the sort that you put on and wash off, and there are now a bunch of moisturiser based ones which you just wipe off when you’re done. The Clarins SOS Hydra Face Mask is one of these and is designed to be what it’s name states; a dose of hydration to save your skin. Well, it does that. My skin was certainly more moisturised afterwards… the problem was getting the blasted thing OFF.

The instructions say something like ‘just wipe it off’. Hah! I wiped, I rubbed, I washed and I even grabbed my micellar water and used that, and even an hour after I still could feel the remnants of it clinging to my skin. I was not impressed.

My Vote: 4/10


GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

 

 GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

I am a big Glamglow fan girl after receiving their THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment Glam To Go in a prize pack, so I was eager to try more of their range. So when the chance came to try two of their new products I applied and got sent this clearing treatment along with another one (check out next month’s Sample Shoutout!). I kind of had mixed feelings about this one and I think it was mostly because it was only a one use application. I think this is the sort of product you would need to try over a period of time to really see the benefit.

 

 GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

As you can see from the picture it has a bubbly type of texture which then dries more like a mud/clay mask. It felt a bit odd while drying, otherwise I had no other comments on it. My skin came out feeling fresh and clean – but that is pretty much what I expect from any face mask. It that doesn’t happen then to me a face mask isn’t doing it’s job. So like I said I’d definetly want to try this for a longer period of time to see how it went before being able to give a proper opinion on it.

 

Vote: 6/10 * ((An approximate vote due to the circumstances noted in the review.))


Over to You

Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

 

 

My Fantastic Beauty Surprise!

My fantastic beauty surprise!

I am a self-confessed competition addict. I love entering competitions, and I also have a pretty good track record of winning things. Most of the time I’ll share them on twitter or with friends, and that’s about it. This time though I think this haul deserves a blog post of it’s own! I’m also planning to review a lot of it so it’s been a great win in terms of blogging, and has come just at the right time. It also actually made me cry, which sounds dorky, I know. I entered the competition by Beauty Base just as I was beginning to get my meditation and daily life schedule back on track at the start of May. I was feeling really happy about how I was doing, and the competition required you to answer a question; why do you deserve to win this hamper? I always answer honestly and as my ME/CFS was the first thing on my mind at that moment, that is what I answered with. It wasn’t an aim at a sob story, it was just reality. I doubt that’s why I won. Competitions are done by random generations, it wouldn’t be fair otherwise. So this win represented a personal win too, almost like the universe was giving me a small pat on the back.

Now that I’ve rambled on I guess I should actually show you the goodies? 😉

My Beauty Prize - Opening the Box!

 

As you can imagine it took a while for them to get everything together and then of course I was away in London, so I had to wait until I got back to be able to open it! Despite our train being massively delayed and us getting home really late I had to delve into it and see everything for myself. I’d seen a photo with the competition but it’s never the same as actually holding things in your hand, being able to read the labels and of course, being able to pop the lid and smell them!

 

Beauty Prize - Everything Laid Out

 

As you can see it is quite a haul! It is huge and I’m really  chuffed with it. I use face masks, scrubs and sheets regularly to help keep my skin clear which in turns helps me control my skin picking. I’ve also found that face masks are brilliant for relaxing my facial muscles when I get a particularly bad migraine. Due to the difficulties with my migraines over the last few months my supply of face masks has been depleted so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

Here are some more photos so you can get a closer look at everything!

 

Beauty Prize - Ayumi face masks and washes

Beauty Prize - Ayumi Products

Beauty Prize - Byphasse Products

Beauty Prize - Dr Pawpaw, Technic Products and Perfume

Beauty Prize - Close up of the Technic glitter me up lipgloss

Beauty Prize - Face masks, sheets and pore strips

Beauty Prize - Himalaya Face Scrubs and Toothpaste

Beauty Prize - Himalaya Face Washes

 

I’ve used a Himalaya product before (their Almond & Cucumber Peel off face mask) and I’ve been quite happy with it so it was this brand that drew me to the competition in the first place. So I am super excited to be able to try so many of their products out now! I’ve also tried some Technic products before and been really happy with those. Otherwise the only other brand I recognise is Dr PawPaw which I’ve been eager to get my mitts on as it’s been taking the beauty world by storm and quite frankly I want to see if it’s worth the hype. There’s only a about 2-3 products in the whole bunch that aren’t useful to me and that’s the wrinkle ones! I don’t think I have wrinkles? I may try them to see – maybe I do have wrinkles and I’m just oblivious 😛

Overall I am really happy with it all. Now I just need to decide what to try first! Once I’ve found a home for everything… this has prompted me to have a much needed clean out and get rid of some things I’ve been holding onto for far too long. I’ve contacted a local women’s shelter and will be handing everything viable over to them so it goes to a good cause.

 

Over to you

Have you guys tried any of these brands? Is there anything here that tickles your fancy? Let me know because I’m happy to try something sooner if you would like to read the review – plus let’s be honest, I need the help in narrowing my choices down 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Incredible Make-Up Artists to Follow!

6 incredible make-up artists to follow

Make up is one of my passions, and I love when people combine it with art and design. There are some incredibly talented artists out there and I wanted to share with you a few of my favourites for this week’s Sharing Saturday!

Please note: All images belong to the artists mentioned in this post. If you like their work please take the time to visit them and follow them on social media!

 

Tal Peleg

Deviant Art  |  Instagram  |  FacebookTwitter

Tal Peleg makes incredible scenes using eyes and eye shadows, and these are just a few examples. You really do need to view her entire gallery to see the breadth of her skill. I love how varied her designs are, and how quirky too. There’s plenty of Disney, some art inspired like the Dali eye featured here, and some childhood favourites too.

 

 

Svenja Jödicke

Deviant Art  |  Etsy

Svenja is an artist that uses her eyes and make-up as a canvas, and what I really love about her work is the use of items as well as paint and make-up. This adds a 3D element, and also means that some of her work is more about symbolism and colours. For example, the first design featured here is her interpretation of The Little Mermaid, as part of her Disney series. Her butterfly and insect series’ are awe-inspiring and if you’re ok with seeing insects then they are worth a browse.

 

Katie Alves

Website  |  Deviant Art  |  Instagram  |  FacebookTwitter  |  Youtube  | Tumblr

 

Katie is a pretty well known face on the web and you’ve quite possibly seen her work before. She takes make-up art to the next level, using a variety of different products and skills to create amazing looks. She did a fantastic series called 31 days of Halloween and included tutorials on her youtube channels for the looks she created. She has covered a variety of themes, and plays around with glow in the dark paint to create some stunning effects.

 

Ithinity Beauty

Website  |  Google +  |  Instagram  |  FacebookTwitter

Ithi at Ithinity Beauty has an extraordinary talent for painting nails freehand, and these are just a few of her incredible designs. She posts new ones every couple of days and they range from freehand, to swatches and using different nail art products. When I’m not drooling over her beautiful designs, I love reading her blog and learning about the new products she’s tried out. She often takes part in themes and challenges which has resulted in some fantastic ideas and creations.

 

Makeup For Glasses

Website  |  Instagram  |  YouTube  |  Twitter

Samaries focuses on creating beautiful eye make-up designs for glasses wearers. As one herself she knows the challenges ladies with glasses face and lists herself as someone who is “breaking the rules when it comes to wearing makeup and glasses”. She offers tips and product reviews, as well as detailing the products she uses to obtain her stunning eye make-up. While Samaries’ work is not as fantastical as the other artists featured in this blog post, I wanted to include her because of how important it is for glasses wearers to have someone like her doing this. While glasses themselves have become fashionable in recent years, not many people actually experience the struggles of creating make-up looks with bad eye sight or that stand out behind glasses.

 

 

Eva Senín Pernas

Deviant Art  |  Tumblr  |  FacebookTwitter

Eva’s work includes full face make-up designs, as well as focusing on individual areas like her crime scene lips featured in the first image. I love the versitility of her work, and how she includes full special effects like her Kerrigan look (second photo) as well as creating themed pieces. There’s a vibrance and ingenuity to her work that really draws you in.

 

 

Are you familar with any of these artists? Any new or different ones to recommend? Are you a make up artist? Let me know in the comments and don’t be share to drop me a link to your work! <3

 

 

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Spring 2017 Beauty Products I want to Try

spring beauty products 2017

As someone who loves trying new beauty products I always keep one eye on the new products being rolled out for the season. Usually there’s a few I’m curious about, and the rest look good but don’t quite catch my fancy. Spring 2017 is doing the total opposite and I’ve had so many great products catch my attention that it’s time to compile a list! ((All images are credited to the product page linked for each item.))

 

Rimmel

Rimmel - Easy Does It Lipstick

 

There’s not much information about Rimmel’s new products for Spring 2017 which makes me wonder if there’s an announcement coming up later. However, they have launched their new lipstick ‘The Only 1‘ which claims to be “A no compromise ALL IN ONE lipstick Long-lasting colour, comfort, moisture and wear”. I’ve been a fan of Rimmel and their lipsticks for a long time now so I’m really curious to see what this new incarnation is like and see if it does what it claims to do.

 

 

 

 

Benefit

 

Benefit is one of those brands I’ve been eyeing up for a while and not quite managed to get my hands on just yet. They’re a bit on the pricey side for me currently, but I have to say I am a wee bit fascinated by a few of their new products. Their ‘They’re Real’ collection has two products that I’m really wanting to try:

 

Benefit - They're Real Double the Lip Hero

 

Double the lip is a 2-in-1 lipstick and lipliner and the reviews have been really positive so far. I love lippies, but lip liners? A whole different ball game for me. Maybe it’s the struggle to have a steady hand for the application or the lack of decent eyesight to be able to actually see where I’m applying it. Or both.This lipstick takes both those issues a way and gives you a liner and lipstick look in one application, and the shades look gorgeous too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Likewise, Benefit have gone for the 2-in-1 approach for the Duo Benefit - They're Real Duo EyeshadowEyeshadow Blender. It’s a two shade eyeshadow which has a darker shade at the bottom and a lighter at the top, so when you swipe along with the brush you get a liner and shadow effect. Personally, I live for blending different eyeshadows for a unique look, but I can totally see this being a life saver for quick application. I spend more time on my eyes than I do else where when getting ready to go out, and being able to just go swish, done! in one application sounds useful. My only complaint? The lack of colour variety. They are all very nude, and I can see this looking amazing in some more vibrant shades like purple, blue and green.

 

 

MAC

MAC - Colour Rocker Lipstick

 

Another brand I have looked at from afar, I have one product and it’s a lipstick that I love. So naturally I’m drawn to the rest of their lippies now. I love purple, so when I spotted their new Colour Rocker lipsticks I was instantly drawn to their two purple shades; Flatter me Fierce (a blue lavender matte – pictured here) and Evening Buzz (a grey lavender matte). There’s loads of bright alternative shades including some magical greens, blues and aquas. I might not wear it all the time, but I damn well need at least one of these in my collection!

 

 

Essence

One of my favourite places to shop for decent products at low prices is Wilko, and one of the beauty brands they stock is Essence. I recently grabbed a bunch of products from the Essence range and have been really happy with them. So I had to check out their new Spring Collection coming at the end of March 2017.

 

Essence - Out of Space Stories Nail Polish

 

One of the things I tried out was a bunch of their nail care range, and so I’m really excited about their nail products coming out. Look at this gorgeous space shade which is just one of their 7 new shades in the out of space stories nail polish collection.

 

 

 

Essence - Colour Correcting Liquid

 

 

After trying out Technic’s colour correction palette (as seen in my favourite 2016 beauty products), I’ve been keeping an eye out for other products like this. Essence’s high quality and low price means that their new colour concealer liquid instantly popped up on my radar.

 

 

 

 

L’Oreal

As someone who suffers from various issues with my skin (acne, scarring, blackheads, dermatillomania ), L’Oreal’s new Infallible Total Cover range didn’t just appear on my radar, it lit it up like a Christmas Tree. The fact that they included an acne sufferer in their advertising makes me feel confident that a brand has actually considered the issues faced by acne sufferers.  Not just said ‘it covers, here you go’. I’ve honestly never seen a skin range that has made me want to buy the whole thing ASAP. There’s a skin primer, a foundation and a colour correction palette; everything you need if you suffer from skin issues like mine.

 

loreal total cover foundation

 

 

Finding a foundation that actually covers properly when you have uneven skin is an ongoing problem for me. I’m gradually getting closer to perfect skin, but honestly it depends on the condition of my skin on the day. If I’ve had a bad dermatillomania flare up then my skin is far from smooth no matter how many products I use. So I am really curious to see if the Total Cover foundation is the one I’ve been waiting for, one that smooths and covers and doesn’t leave me looking like I have 20 layers on my face.

 

 

 

loreal total cover concealer palette

 

Like I said; I lover correction palettes. So grabbing the one in this range is a no brainer for me. I like that it has both colour correctors and concealer shades so you can get the ideal finish from the one palette.

 

 

 

 

Barry M

I have fond memories of being a teenager standing in front of Barry M displays and staring in awe at the range of colours. I still love Barry M so of course they made this list.

 

Barry M - Frosted Cupcakes Nail Polish

 

 

I’ve always been attracted to Barry M’s nail polishes because they’re high quality and have so many more shades than most brands. I’m a massive fan of their effect/shimmery polishes as they always come out looking great even if you’re not perfect when applying. So when they came out with their new Frosted Cupcake range in such cute shades I was immediately interested!

 

 

Barry M - Coconut Infusion

 

 

 

Coconut has become a massive trend in the world of beauty, and while I’ve jumped on board with some of it, I don’t always seek it out. However, it’s the combination of healthy coconut, shades and Barry M’s quality that has been desperate to try their Coconut Infused nail polishes. These have been out for a while, and there’s new shades out for Spring.

 

 

 

Barry M - Matte Me Lips

 

 

Lastly, they’ve just launched their own version of lip kits with their new matte lip range Matte Me Up. The lip kits are limited edition from Superdrug and Boots only, however, the individual matte lips are here to stay. Again, it’s knowing that I’m getting a quality product that attracts me to this product, as well as the affordable price!

 

 

 

 

Essie

As a colour and nail polish addict, Essie’s polishes have a tendency to make me drool. I’ve been following them on instagram and I’m especially in love with some of their new 2017 ranges:

 

 

Essie - treat love & colour

 

 

I LOVE the idea of being able to nurture my nails with colour rather than having to have multiple layers of different products. Essie’s Treat Love and Colour range currently comes in three sheer shades, and naturally, I’m obsessing over this pretty lavender shade.

 

 

 

 

Nudes

 

 

 

I keep seeing these on their instagram and love how they turn out. The Ballet Nudes collection comes in pale and nude shades which look so pretty and chic.

 

 

 

 

 

The Body Shop

Body Shop - Almond Milk & Honey

 

Another firm favourite of mine is The Body Shop and I’ve been using their products since my teens. I keep an eye out for their new collections and this year they’ve launched their Almond, Milk and Honey range. It’s designed for sensitive and dry skin and is aimed at your whole body not just your face (I suffer from very dry skin on my body) and I love these two ingredients. The shower gel is something I’m seriously wanting to try out, as is exfoliating cream scrub. What I like about it is that it comes in a handy pack (see featured picture) which means you can try out a bunch of the products before buying a full sized version.

 

 

 

 

What do you think of my list? Are any of these already on your spring wish lists, or have I just given you a serious craving for something? 😉 Let me know in the comments!

 

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