I love a clay mask! My favourite being the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask but it can be a little pricey at £24.00. Although I have to admit it’s totally worth the money, I really wanted to find a cheaper alternative – I’m trying to save the pennies at the moment for my Wedding!
Roaming the aisles of Boots, I discovered that quite a lot of brands were now bring out their own clay masks which is amazing and I’m going to make it my mission to try them all and report back. This time however I settled on trying the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask. Reason being it was on offer at £6.67 (rrp. £10) but loved that is was a thermal mask.
The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is a clay based face mask to cleanse and purify your skin. The self-heating mask warms the skins once you apply to your face and starts to open up your pores. The charcoal and kaolin clay then helps draw out impurities within your skin. It also contains soothing and calming myrrh oils which leaves your skin feeling cleansed and super soft. The thing I love most about this mask is that you only have to leave on your skin for 5 minutes to feel the benefits, which means it’s so much easier to incorporate in your skin care routine. It’s also non-drying so it doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the skin either. Rather than using it as a daily cleanser, I tend to use this more of a mask 1 to 2 times a week and I’ve found it’s helped to balance and calm my skin a the while keeping any spots or blemishes away – win win for me!
If you’re new to clay based skincare, I would definitely recommend The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask as an introduction to clay masks, plus it doesn’t break the bank either.
Have you tried the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask before? Is there another other high-street clay face mask you would recommend me trying next?
Why is it that when you go into Boots for just one thing, you end up coming away with a lot more than you intended?! Classic example happened to me last week when I popped into Boots on my lunch break to pick up the Sleek Cream Contour Kit which I had my eye on for a couple of weeks (did you see my beauty wish list? Find it here), but all of a sudden I had my hands full with all sorts of beauty goodies. Here’s what I ended up picking up –
Sleek Cream Contour Kit & Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette – As you know if you saw my beauty wish list a couple of weeks ago, I had my eye on this for a while so as soon as pay day hit I picked it up. When I reached the Sleek section in the makeup aisles, there was an offer of buy one product, get one half price – well it would be rude if I didn’t take advantage wouldn’t it?! As I was picking up a contour kit, I wanted to get some sort of blush palette however they had all sold out. Instead I opted for the Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette. Bit excessive on the contour products I know, but I thought this was a really nice little kit which has a powder contour, highlight and blush all in one – perfect for travelling!
Soap & Glory Pillow Plump Lip Gloss – I have a lot of matte lipsticks in my makeup collection which I love, but sometimes I’m looking for something a bit glossier. Rather than buying new lipsticks, I can just add a clear gloss over the top on matte lipsticks for the same desired effect. Now, I haven’t brought a clear lip gloss since I was at school (remember the days where you could only get away with wearing clear lipgloss at school – ha!), but fancied trying something that could maybe enhance my lips. I therefore opted to give the Soap & Glory plump gloss a go. These glosses have something in the formula which makes your lips tingle and buzz to make your lips appear more fuller. I’ll let you know if it really works…
Ecotools Precision Blush Brush – I picked this up as my Real Techniques expert face brush fell apart for the third time…really not happy, but more on that another day! So I needed a similar style brush but wanted to trying something from another brand. I then found this down the makeup brush aisle. Its similar to the expert face brush – same kinda of density, fluffiness only it’s more of an oval shape rather than a rounded brush. It does however do the job of applying my liquid foundation which is great but I think the shape of this brush will also be perfect to use with my cream contour palette too!
Denman Dressing Out Brush – I used to have one of these brushes years ago when it was really popular to back comb your hair (think Amy Winehouse beehive days!) and although I’m not looking to massively back comb my hair, my hair is currently looking for flat as its due for another haircut. I thought I would pick another one of these brushes up again, just for those days when I’m looking for a tad more volume.
Have you tried any of these products before?
As soon as a couple of fellow Brighton bloggers mentioned there was a new NYX stand in Boots (Brighton) I just had to check it out for myself! I’ve heard a lot of good things about NYX mainly on American blogs/videos (being that it’s an American brand) especially about their soft matte lip creams which are their version of liquid lipsticks, so I knew these were the first products I wanted to try from the brand.
As I approached the makeup aisles of Boots, it wasn’t hard to spot where the new stand was as there was a swarm of girls swatching every NYX makeup products in sight. I edge my way into where the liquid lipsticks were and the first one the catch my eye was Stockholm – I’m a real sucker for a nude lip colour! I’m also a huge fan of a purple berry shade so also had to pick up Copenhagen!
First impressions – I love them! The formulation is soft and mousse like so they feel really nice when you apply them to your lips, feeling comfortable without feeling too dry or sticky. Eventunally it does feel a little drying on the lips as matte lipsticks generally do but no where near as some other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried in the past. On the flipside to this however, I do find they don’t last as long on the lips. Other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried in the past such as The Hour Glass liquid lipsticks lasts for hours on end, the NYX liquid lipsticks…not so much. They do last a good couple of hours though before you need reapplying, and at £5.50 you really don’t mind. All and all for the price, NYX liquid lipsticks are fantastic!
Have you tried the NYX liquid lipsticks before? What is your favourite shade? And what would you recommend trying next from NYX?
I have tried a lot of high-street make up in my time – and by high-street I mean, make up you find in Boots or Superdrug. My make up bag usual would have been filled with a lot of Bourjois, Rimmel or L’oreal however I’ve notice is fast becoming more filled with Soap & Glory. A brand originally famous for their amazing bath and body products, now have their own make up line and they are fantastic! Here are top three picks you need to try from Soap & Glory –
Supercat Eyeliner Pen – I am probably on my 5th eyeliner pen from Soap & Glory. I love a winged eyeliner and this pen makes it really easy. I had heard some mixed reviews on this eyeliner, people often saying it smudged and dragged along the lash line but once I tried it out for myself I found very much the opposite. It’s long lasting, easy to use and it’s the blackest black eyeliner I’ve come across. Admittedly, when my lids are particularly oily I do find some transfer with this eyeliner so something to bear in mind, but at £6 it’s a steal and definitely worth trying.
One Heck of a Blot Powder – When it comes to powder I’ve always been a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural kinda gal, but after hearing some really good things about the Soap & Glory powders I wanted to give this a go – and I think it’s great! For one thing I really love the packaging as it comes with mirror (something I found annoying the MAC Mineralize powders), but I also find this is just as good as the MAC’s powders, plus its half the price at £12!
Kiss Ass Concealer – I’ll admit, I only picked this up as when I brought the One Heck of a Blot Powder, Boots were running some sort of offer (either buy one get one free, or buy one get on half price – can’t quite remember) so ended up giving the concealer a go. This is a three piece kit – one colour for under the eye, the other designed for any blemishes and a setting powder. I have to say this is the most premium feeling concealer I have tried from the high street (similar to Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier), it feels creamy with high coverage – another product I would definitely recommend.
Have you tried any Soap & Glory make up products? Would what you recommend trying out next?