Beauty Pie Haul – My final orders

(Top shade – Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby / 2nd shade – Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girl)

If you have read my post back in December you will know that I signed up for a 3-month membership to Beauty Pie. And if you aren’t sure what Beauty Pie is, have a look back at my previous post here. Since then I have made my final two Beauty Pie orders and wanted to give you an update on my thoughts of the brand.

I made my second order in Dec and picked up; Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal (rrp £75 / member cost £8.37), Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girl (rrp £18 / member cost £3.47) and Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby (rrp £18 / member cost £2.66). With the membership, Beauty Pie give you a monthly allowance of £112 (rrp) but you’ll basket will only charge you the member-cost (at factory prices). What I however quickly realised is that if you want to buy their skincare range, that £112 limit does not stretch very far. With my final order, I bought; Super Pore-Detox Black Clay Mask (rrp £50 /member cost £6.15), Unbeatable Concealer in Shade 75 Neutral (rrp £20 / member cost £4.10) and Wondercolour Nail Polish in Le Milk (rrp £14 / member cost £4.10).

My Verdict:
Starting with skincare, since the buzz surrounding acids lately in the beauty industry, I was most excited to try out their Retinol Night Renewal from their Retinol range they released in November. I was just a little disappointed I couldn’t order more from the range though due to the membership budget limit. After looking through the range I opted for the Super Retinol Night Renewal cream. I’ve used it for a couple of weeks now but I’ve not seen a huge difference if I’m honest, but I will keep you posted on my progress. I do however have to say the pump on this bottle is a little naff, and in order to get a decent amount of product you have to pump the lid a fair few times. The Super Pore-Detox Black Mask however is really great! I’ve used it once a week since ordering it and I do think its made a difference to keeping any spots away, leaving my skin feeling super clean and un-clogged.

The make-up items overall are great for the price tag too! The nail polish in Le Milk is my second polish from Beauty Pie, and I’m super impressed by the quality (you usually only need one coat of polish) and lasting power – I would definitely recommend trying their polishes if you are interested in signing up to Beauty Pie, and only £4.10 – bargain! I’ve also really enjoyed using both lip products – Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girland Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby. Both are really lovely shades and the texture of both styles apply really nicely. The best of the bunch though is the Unbeatable Concealer! Used under the eyes, it has full coverage and the texture means it stays in place throughout the day.

So will I join Beauty Pie permanently? If I wasn’t such a beauty addict, wanting to try everything out there, I actually might spend £10 a month to be able to buy all my makeup from Beauty Pie. The quality is really good, but I would feel I needed to buy something every month. I would definitely however sign-up for a three month membership again in order to test out more of their skincare. From what I can see from their range, they are really trying to challenge the market, bringing quality products and ingredients at affordable prices. I would really recommend checking out Beauty Pie!

Have you tried anything from Beauty Pie yet? Or will you be signing up to check out their products for yourself?

Skincare for your January bank-balance: Aldi Beauty?!

January is one hell of a long month isn’t it? You haven’t been paid since Christmas and trying to stretch out the last of your money on being able to eat, so buying any kind of beauty product goes way out of the window. Even if you are down to your last drop of cleanser, can you really afford £10 – £30 to replace your beloved bottle of skincare before February pay-day? Well I might of just found the answer to save your skin till the end of the month…

A couple of months ago I was doing a food shop in Aldi and I stumbled across their toiletries section. I then quickly noticed Aldi’s selection of skincare and vaguely remembered that their night-cream had some good reviews. Considering each product was relatively cheap, ranging from £1 to £7, I thought why not give it a go. At the time I picked up Lacura Renew Multi Intensive Serum (£3.49) and Lacura Caviar Illumination Night Cream (£6.99), and recently my friend also brought me the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser (£3.99).

Starting first with the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser, as I have only had this for a short time. My verdict currently, is that its ok. I couldn’t yet tell you for certain if this was a dupe for the famous Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser as I need to ideally keep using it for a while longer to see how my skin reacts – but as it stands it does the job when the pennies are a little short. I will do a full review soon when I have had a proper run of using it.

The Lacura Renew Multi Intensive Serum and Lacura Caviar Illumination Night Cream however, I’ve been testing over the past two months. These are both marketed as ‘anti-aging’ solutions, detailed on the box at a recommended age of 30 to 50 years old. Although I’m not quite 30 just yet (two more years to go!), I am interested in getting in early to reduce signs of aging – not that I really buy that any product will stop wrinkles altogether, nor do I really have a huge issue with getting wrinkles – it’s a fact of life! Anyway… The main reason I was keen to try them was to gain more moisture in my skincare routine (reason why in my prev. blog post here). And that’s exactly what they do!

When using the Lacura Caviar Illumination Night Cream, the texture is quite thick, none scented and applies nicely on the skin. In the morning, you can still almost feel it on your face and my complexion was noticeably brighter and more plump looking. Just what you need from a night cream in my books! The Lacura Renew Multi Intensive Serum also gives a similar effect. I use this only in the mornings as an extra boost of moisture underneath my normal moisturizer and it gives my face a really nice glow which I can notice even after I apply my foundation.

I am also really impressed by the packaging! The night cream comes in a gorgeous blue jar similar to those creams which have a £200+ price tag attached, and it also looks very nice on my nightstand. The Lacura Renew Multi Intensive Serum comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a pump dispenser and is 50ml which is really good compared to most other serums on the market which usually come in 30ml sizes.

Overall, its a big thumbs up from me on Aldi Beauty products! So if you are looking to save a little money on your skincare routine, I would definitely recommend giving the Aldi Lacura products a go.

Reflecting back on 2017

Just some of my favourite photos from 2017

As we still remain in the first week of January and also inspired by my lovely friend Emily (check out her blog here) I thought I would do a little reflecting on 2017. I’m that person who likes to make new year’s resolution each year and like most, often feel a failure at not keeping them. Although I didn’t keep my resolutions, I think it is important to look back on all the great things I have achieved. Using a Pinterest link Emily shared in her blog post (here), I have answered a few reflected questions below to document my 2017….

What is something I did last year that I think I will remember for the rest of my life? – I got married and became Mrs Tremlin! It was honestly the best day ever and even more lovely to celebrate with all of our family and friends. When it comes to weddings, I was never that girl who had the whole day planned from the age of 5. Getting married was never very high in my life goals, but finding the man of my dreams and wanting to spend the rest of my life with him, it felt amazing to get married and now finally call him my husband!

What was the most challenging part of last year for me? This year I made the decision to leave my role in Brighton and go back to working in London. If anyone that has read my blog previously, you know that I worked in London before but wasn’t keen on the long commute so therefore made the move to work closer to home in Brighton. Turns out for me that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side. Although it was great living that bit closer to home and getting back of an evening at 6ish, I really wasn’t enjoying the role as much as my job in London. I therefore made the challenging decision to find a job back in London and do you know what – it was also the best decision I made in 2017! If I could give anyone some advice for 2018 it is to listen to your heart. If something doesn’t feel right or is making you unhappy, there is a reason for it…it means it might be time a change.

Of the books I read last year, which was my favourite and why? Hands down it was Ice-cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams. I ended up listening to this on audiobook but I loved it that much that I went out and also brought a copy of the book as I know it will be a book I will want to read again and again throughout life! It is a non-fiction book based on Laura’s experience of taking step back from her successful career to become a nanny. Through her time with looking after children, she discovers the surprising art of reconnecting with your inner child to make adult life that bit simpler. It offers a new way of thinking about things, for example – would you expect your child to go to school and pass their exams if they hadn’t had enough sleep and stayed up all night…? No! Then why do we think of sleep as a luxury, prioritising work deadlines in favour of getting a restful night sleep? If we don’t have enough sleep and look after ourselves, how do we expect to be great at our job. I would definitely recommend giving this book a read this year if your new year’s resolution is to start looking after yourself more!

What could I have done to make last year better? Look after myself more! Making a few big decisions (changing jobs) and reading inspirational books (like Ice-Cream for Breakfast), I definitely began to looking out more for myself towards the end of the year, rather than quite honestly having others walk all over me. Going forward however, I know there could have been more I could have done to look after myself . For instance, I definitely could of looked after my health that bit more. My diet was wasn’t great towards the last half the year and in return I have put on weight, my skin has been bad and all the other things which comes from not looking after what you are putting in your body – which is something I want to change this year!

What are my most important goals for this year? As you can predict from my last answer, improving my health is first on my goals list. My other goals including; writing more – keeping up with blog more and also writing a journal. Often my head is spinning by the time I go to bed with thoughts rolling around in my head but I’m hoping in writing my thoughts down it will give me a clear mind. I also want to read more – with my new commute back and forth to London I have more time to read and I love it. So much so, I’ve treated myself to kindle so aiming to read at least one book a month. And my final goal is to be more organised – the same one I make every year! This year however I’ve started a bullet journal so hoping it will help organise everything from my diary to my expenses. Fingers crossed!

Have you taken the chance to reflect on 2017? What are your 2018 goals?