As you may know, if you are a regular reader of Sprinkle of Glitter (which I do hope you are), I regularly review Liz Earle products and absolutely love them. I find they suit my skin beautifully, do the job they say they will and look great on my dressing table too.
So when the Superskin Body Cream popped through my letterbox, I was pretty excited.
Liz Earle says:
"This divinely aromatic, ultra-rich body cream is formulated with 25% plant oils – making it our most intensive body moisturiser ever. With East African shea butter, organic rosehip oil, antioxidant cranberry seed oil and pomegranate extract, natural source vitamin E, plus the divine scent of neroli, this luxurious cream helps mature or very dry skin look and feel visibly plump and smooth."
Weeeeellll I don't have mature skin (at least I hope I don't, being a spritely 20something!) or very dry skin. I would say I lean more towards dry on the moisture scale, but not very dry. I think this is why this product, is sadly not for me.
As always with Liz Earle products, the packaging is sophisticated and luxurious- how may other body creams come in a fancy double carded box? Although, for £28.10 for the 200ml tube, you'd want a bit of zazz, non?
The problem I had with this, didn't lie in the beautiful packaging though, it was the actual product- the cream.
I found the scent to be extremely strong and reminded me quite a lot of an older lady. As you will know, I'm fussy about smells but Matt agreed that this was perhaps a bit much. I suppose if you liked the smell and didn't want to wear any perfume then this might suit, but for me, it was a no no.
Onto the actual cream. I didn't like it. Yes, IT DID MOISTURISE. I can't fault it in the doing-your-job-department, but it was incredibly oily. When dispensed from the squeezy tube (more on this in a mo), there was a little puddle of oil surrounding the cream. This does rub in and is only because of the 25% plant oils but for me, I didn't like it. It wasn't aesthetically pleasing.
I think this item would have been better suited to a pump dispenser or perhaps a finer nozzle because it very quickly became all messy and gunky, which a) looks bleaugh and b) encourages bacteria and other nasties.
I must say, I feel awful to give a Liz Earle product a bad review and I did think about this for a loonnng time before I wrote it. In the end I decided that Sprinkle of Glitter's loyalty must always lie with it's Bloggerinos. I will always tell you the truth about my thoughts on a product, even if it means I might not get sent any more from that particular brand.
In summary, the Superskin Body Cream wasn't suited for me. That isn't to say the product is bad, it does moisturise and I had no negative skin reactions, it just wasn't my cuppa tea.
I do however have a review of the Sheer Skin Tint coming up and that is a woweeamazingiloveitsomuch kinda item, so I won't feel too bad for the thumbs down today!
Have you tried this product? Do you like oily creams?
Since we all love a good review here and there, I uploaded one to my YouTube Channel and thought I would share it on here as well. I really love this kit and can't wait til I can start my giveaway with my extra packs! Yay!
As you will see from the video, this is a buurrrrilliant little kit and I thoroughly recommend it!
Plant pot packaging floats my boat!
Who can resist pinks and sparkles? I know I can't!
Did you enjoy my YouTube review? Is this a set you can see sneaking into your collection?
For more info and more OPI Polishes to tempt you and your credit card, check out the OPI Lena White site.
UK Bloggerino customers only this time I'm afraid.
Prices INCLUDE postage and packaging (which will be padded envelope, coloured tissue paper and of course some sparkles- pretty pretty). Baby Glitter and I will make them like a little present for you :)
Paypal Only. Please pay within 24 hours. No returns. Simply leave a comment with what you would like and your paypal email and I will invoice you.
Set of 4 Mini Mac Pigments (2.5g each) in Blue Green, Fuchsia, Kitchmas and Grape. Used about twice. £12 inc. P&P.
MAC Pressed Eyeshadows in Pan Form (bought in pan form, not diy depotted) in Vanilla, Carbon, Swimming and Parfait Amour.
Vanilla, Carbon and Swimming - £5 each inc. P&P
Parfait Amour - £4 inc. P&P
Avon Concealer, still in wrapping - £3 inc. P&P
MAC Eyeliner in Smoulder. I do have pics of the pencil but it's blurry and poops, I promise it is in there! Haha! Swatched once, sharpened once (for freshness for you). £7.50 inc P&P.
MAC Limited Edition Shadestick in Nuture. Never touched, brand new. £10. (shimmer peach colour)
MAC Glitter Pigment (in old, big pot) in Reflects Very Pink. Swatched once. £12 inc. P&P
Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles 2 in 1 Tinted Roll On - £7 inc. P&P
UK Bloggerinos only this time. First come (comment), first serve.
I'm having a HUGE houseclearout. Before I take things to charity shops and eBay, I wanted to give you first dibs on everything because I know you are bargain hunters and love a good blog sale!
So, first up are some dresses. I won't go into the details because I have blogged about them before but just to let you know, I have DRAMATICALLY LOWERED the prices. I would like to just have them out of my house really.
I will be selling them for £25 each, inc P&P. Considering I bought these for £80 each, this is super snazzy and you'd be picking up a total gem. I have UK sizes 8, 12 and 16.
I think these'll be snapped up fairly quick, so please comment on this post with your paypal email. It will be first come, first serve.
I'm going to be using my pennies on buying Baby Glitter some sleepsuits (the kids grows at an alarming rate!), a highchair, a new carseat (her newborn one will soon be too small) and one of those things babies sit in and can walk around with the aid of wheels- like a zimmaframe but sitting down and for babies haha. She is growing quicker than I anticipated!! Eeeekk!!
I was sent this High Definition Brow Kit a few weeks back and since I feel I have now thoroughly tested it, I thought I would share my thoughts with you all.
The HD Brow Kit comes in 3 different versions- Bombshell for blondes, Foxy for brunettes and Vamp for those of us with very dark hair. I have been given Foxy because I have brown hair and might I just say- it is the PERFECT match!
Each kit contains 4 anti-smudge pressed powders which can actually be used as eyeshadows or eyeliners as well, depending on what kind of brush you use. You could even use the very light hue as a subtle highlighter for uner the brow bone.
I have been using the little brush provided and the light chocolate brown for my brows and a little certainly does go a long way. I have also used the 2 lighter shades on my chum Charlotte's brows and even though she is blonde and the kit is designed for brunettes, it worked perfectly, so there is a lot of scope for flexibility with this product.
I think the packaging of this product is rather swish. It arrives in a sleek black box and the palette, as you can see, matches the black theme. I really like black packaged products, I think they feel demure or grownup somehow. I also like the that eyebrow brush is actually quite good at it's job (usually the provided applicators are pretty poor) and that there is a reasonable sized mirror, so you could take this product out and about with you and apply on the go. I will definitely be taking this on my upcoming travels!
So here you have a bit of a barefaced snap, with my eyebrows in their au naturel state.
And here we have it once I have used the Foxy HD Brow Palette. I actually prefer this to my MAC Eyebrow Pencils in Fling and Dirty Blonde- something I thought would never ever happen!!
It has great staying power- as in, is there when I take my makeup off at night, and I love how it makes my eyebrows just look lovely and defined and natural and not 'drawn on', like some products do.
Above is the eyebrow in question (ooof sounds like it's done something wrong, naughty little eyebrow) but with the rest of my makeup applied. I think alone it looked a little severe so I wanted to show you that it looks lovely (even if I do say so myself) when everything else is set.
The HD Brow Kit retails for £19.99 and you can find more info about it HERE or call 0845 644 3994 (ext 32). I think for such a versatile product with 4 shades, decent brush, mirror and good packaging, this is a great price and I would happily repurchase!
What do you think? Do perfect brows float your boat?
This is a little late, since I have bought a few more lovely things since this little spree. Yes, it's naughty, I know, but I came into a little bit of money (I'm not talking megabucks here, I'm talking under £200) so I have treated myself to a few things and I thought I'd share.
You may well have seen my Garnier Day Cream review (click HERE if you haven't and want to) and I spoke about the Mother Puker Lipgloss last year. My tube ran out so I had to re buy it because I luurrvvee it so very, very much. I actually entered a little post on it into Abby's (her blog Abbzzw) Giveaway and it won! Woohoo! I still use my Cath Kidston mug- thank you Abby!!
Out of this little haul, I wanted to talk to you about the two lipsticks. It's love. Literally, love. In the snap above they look fluro orange but that's because I had to pop a lamp on because it was dusk and my camera is poopsicles. I've been wearing them in a lot of my recent videos and received a tonne of comments on them so I couldn't not write a blog post. :)
The Beauty UK Lipstick is in Naughty and the Sleek Lipstick is in Candy Cane. They are both a sheen finish, I tend not to like matte or frost finished lipsticks so these are right up my street. Neither of them leave my lips feeling dry and both have great staying power. I would say they don't last as long as MAC but they do fair a great deal better than other drugstore lipsticks I have tried.
The Sleek Candy Cane Lipstick retails for £4 and the Beauty UK NaughtyLipstick for £3.49. I think you'll agree that these are really excellent prices.On the Beauty UK website, it suggests that the product is infused with a minty flavour but personally, I didn't get this. I'm not overly bothered though, I love the colour, finish and price enough for it not to be an issue. The Sleek lipstick is said to contain vitamin E, so this is always a bonus. Gotta love those vitamins!
Swatches: Sleek Candy Cane one swizz of lipstick (yes, a swizz/stroke/layer, you get my jist), Sleek Candy Cane double swizz to demonstrate how you can build up your coverage. Then, third from the left, Beauty UK Naughty one swizz and then the same but with two swizzes.
As you can see, they are both so similar that I perhaps didn't need to purchase them both, Superdrug mania got the better of me though! Ahaha. Does anyone else suffer from that?
Well that was my mini spree and review. I have actually bought a very spangly perfume and a couple of MAC things too, so I shall do a post on these very soon!
I thought it might give you a little zing of excitement to know that the next batch of Random Acts of WOWness parcels are ready and will be sent out within the next few days (or when I get to the post office haha).
(That's right kids, that is an OCC Lip Tar- oohh yyeeaaahh)
I'm not making this post to say "ooohh look at me", just because I'm spreading the joy. I think especially with all the crud that is going on in the UK at the moment, it's important to remember that on the whole, the world is a good place.
Since my YouTube video about it, I have had hundreds of addresses so I have plenty of people hoping for a surprise which is pretty cool! It's not too random if I have to email you first for your address- hahaha!
Whilst mooching around Superdrug a couple of weeks ago, a pretty good offer caught my eye. Garnier were selling 2 Daycreams for £3.99. Considering they usually retail for £5.06 each, I thought this was a brucey bargain not to be missed!
I decided to try one for Normal/Combination skin (green pot) and one for dry skin (pink pot). I wish I had just bought 2 pink pots now because I have dry skin and don't know why I tried to kid myself that I don't- what a goon.
I have used the green pot a couple of types and found the texture of the product to be a little 'gloopy' and when rubbing into my skin it felt as though a layer of film was left behind. It looked completely fine (I didn't look like I was made of plastic or anything), but I just felt a bit yakky.
The pink pot of cream, however, is lovely. It has a really pleasing fresh, girly scent, sinks in wonderfully and does leave my skin feeling hydrated. I have to say, it doesn't stand up to my beloved Liz Earle moisturiser (see review on that HERE), but this is a pretty high benchmark, and for a drug store product, I think it is excellent.
I love the packaging- anything pink is a winner in my books and it is small enough to sling in the bottom of my Mary Poppins-esque handbag. Perhaps I shall do an updated 'What's In My Bag Video'- yay or nay?
If I were to see another good offer like this, I would snap up 2 more Garnier Day Creams, but I'm not sure if I would part with £5.06 for one.
For all the official science and Garnier blurb (I was a bit slack on the 'real info' front today!), click HERE.
Hmmm, so that wraps up my fairly bllarrghhhh good but not woweepoopypants brilliant review. What are your thoughts? Have you ever tried this? I would really like to know because I feel a touch on the fence!
There are two reasons I tend not to do very many FOTD's, even though I love reading/seeing all of yours.
The First- I don't tend to do a 'fully made up' face very often nowadays because I'm usually rushing. Rushing to make bottles, rushing to sort Baby Glitter out, rushing to get in the car, RUSHING! Even in this one, I had forgotten to do my eyebrows- grr!
The Second- My camera is shoddier than a snail playing tennis, so it is pretty hard to capture a good sharp image. Also, I never quite know how to pose without looking like a goon!
That being said, here I am with a FOTD for you all today! Hahaha!
I recently bought a few more MAC pressed shadows to go in my 15 Pro Palette (someone help me, I have an obsession) and one of them was Amber Lights. The MAC Website describe this colour as a 'peachy brown with shimmer' but I would say that's totally wrong. It is a vibrant copper with reddy gold undertones and I LOVE IT. I seriously do not know how I lived without this shade in my life. Why did nobody force me to buy this years ago??
On my eyes I have gone for Amber Lights on the lid and then Antiqued in the crease, all the way across. I have applied a little black eyeliner (L'oreal Carbon Gloss in Black), mascara (lordy knows, I'm not too loyal) and that was it. It's a really simplepimple look and I've been doing it most days. I like to think it looks like it took more time and skill than it really did ;)
For the face I have used MAC Studio Sculpt in NW15, 2True Bronzer to contour and MeMeMe Moonbeam dupe to highlight.
Quick, simple, perfect for those who live their lives in a constant rush!
I have been sporting this lip colour a lot recently. It is Sleek's 'Candy Cane' lipstick (review to come soon), with a light layer of a coral gloss ontop. Its so fresh and summery, it makes me smile just to see it :)
Little story for you here- After I'd done my FOTD, I popped downstairs to the kitchen to make up Baby Glitter's bottles. I looked down the garden and there was Mindycat hurtling towards the house, pleased as punch, with a dead bird hanging from her jaw!! I knew the lounge window was open and that she would jump through to give me my 'gift' so I turned and tried to race her to the window to close it. What a mistaka to make-a! As I ran, I slipped on her kitty blanket and fell face first onto the tiled kitchen floor and just lay their, sprawled out thinking "Woah, this hurts!!". Fortunately, the bird remained outside. Dead, but at least outside.
A little while ago, whilst tweeting about nothing and everything (how did I get so addicted to throwing 140 characters about like that??), the equally twitteraddicted folk at Beauty UK (@Beautyuktweets) asked if I would like to review some of there products. Obviously, I said yes! Wouldn't you?!
Those of you with eyes will have spotted a lipstick in this picture. This is something I bought last week and will do a review on it in a separate post :)
Having swatched, played with and worn these shadows, I have decided I rather like them. The pigment isn't as good as the likes of MAC or Sleek but this domed trio retails for £3.99 so I'm not sure I would expect it to rival them.
I found you do need quite a lot of product to create a particularly noticeable look because these are very soft, cashmere like colours which would be perfect for a very subtle day time look, but personally, I prefer something a bit more zingy!
I noticed the shadows have quite a perfumey scent- is this just me or has anyone else stumbled across that too?
What I was really impressed by though is the packaging. I love the simplicity of the black compact (which by the by, makes a fantastically satisfying sound when it snaps shut) and it comes complete with a tiny retractable brush- ideal for on the go application!!
I'm not convinced that the brush would create a stunning effect as it is pretty broad, but if you are looking for a wash of colour- this would easily do the trick.
From the swatches you can see the shadows have a gorgeous satin finish to them. Beauty UK have six different Baked Eyeshadow Trios to peruse.
On the far left is the Pearl Eyeliner Swatch, slightly out of focus (grrr, my camera is dying a slow and fuzzy death) but you can clearly see it dries with a wet, sheeny finish, which I happen to like. I'm not really one for brown eyeliner so this wasn't my cup of tea, but I know this would be loved by a lot of other ladies.
It has super lasting power- all day, no smudges, none found half way down my face, and does look pretty if you are sporting a brown or perhaps even olivey-green look. This retails for £3.49 which I think is a good price and I will definitely be having a mooch at the other colours available.
On a bit of a side note- I LOVE the liner bottle, it's all wonky and unsymmetrical like something out of Willy Wonka Land hahahaha!
I'm really looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the lipstick because it is LOVE I tell you!
What do you think of the Baked Eyeshadow and Pearl Liner? Are they your bag, baby?
I must confess, I am always vveeerrryyyyy excited when Sleek MakeUp send me a surprise package- it is such a blogging perk and I don't think I'll ever get to the stage where I'm blase! Poor Matt is getting a bit sick of, "Look!! LOOOKKK! Look what came to review!!" hahahaha!
This time, sleek have sent through their latest product, released on the 3rd of August , POUT PAINTS.
Pout Paints are little tubes of superduper pigmented lip colour that dry with a satin finish. You can use just one on your lips or mix them up (like a scientist) to make any colour you like. There are 11 colours in total- lots to choose from.
Concept sound familiar? They remind me A LOT of OCC Lip Tars. Goes on like a gloss, dries like a lipstick, uber pigmented and a little goes a long way. The great thing is, OCC is pretty hard to get over here and twice the price (Pout Paints retail for £4.99), so it's a winner for us English rose's.
With the lids off they look like little craft paints. Sleek suggest using your finger or a lip brush to apply. I'd go with the brush otherwise you're going to end up with multicoloured digits..unless of course that's your thing :)
These are the four colours I was sent dolloped (mmm lovely word 'dollop') onto a plate. My Mother-In-Law described my dinner plates as 'tired'. Sigh. I happen to love my tired IKEA cheapo plates very much. Yeeeaahh, I'm defensive over plates!
Colours shown here are:
White - 153. Cloud Nine
Purple- 154 Mauve Over
Blue- 163 Peek-A-Boo
Red- 157 Pin Up
I used a cotton bud to mix together various amounts of colours to see what I could make. I really thoroughly enjoyed this part! I felt like a kid again!
I must say, with the colours I had to hand, it was pretty tricky to make a colour that I would wear. Saying that, if I were a Makeup Artist or wore a lot of editorial styles, I think this would really suit- where else will you find sky blue to your exact specification lip products for such under a tenner??
Whilst messing about with the colours I made this dusky pink which on plate, I really loved, but as you can see from my rather poorly applied to lips below, it wasn't for me. Saying that, I think some girls would reeallly suit it and look fabulous with this hue.
I did however like the second colour I concocted, which was Mauve Over, Peek-A-Boo and a touch of Cloud Nine.
Also, just to let you know, I applied a layer of lip balm before the paint. I like to give you the full picture! haha.
POUT PAINT PROS
+ Price- £4.99 is affordable. I will absolutely be purchasing a few more colours to have a play with. I really love the idea of making my own colour, that nobody else will have (unless they use the EXACT same quantities to make the shade) and popping it in my own little pot.
+ Unique- I think this is quite an unusual product. The only similar thing I have seen are the OCC Lip Tars.
+ Accessible- As mentioned above, Lip Tars in England are hard to find, so it's great that we can all pop along to Superdrug, or the website, and have a browse.
+ Longevity- I was impressed at how long these stayed on for, non of this one-lick-and-it's-gone business!
+ Versitility- You could create new shades every day! Afterall, they say variety is the spice of life ;)
POUT PAINT CONS
- I applied with the cotton bud I had to hand because I wasn't too worried about neatness (I was only at home and messing about), but this is not a product you could apply on the go. You would need a mirror and brush and if you were to use your fingers, a wet wipe.
- If you were a makeup artist and looking for really crazy colours like green or black, these wouldn't be able to make it but I'm not and I haven't seen many a gal with green lips, so this isn't a biggie! Plus, Sleek could well bring out more colours.
- They are messy! You would have to spend a little bit of time at home creating your colour and decanting into a container. Personally, I like this, but I can see some might find it a chore.
All in all, I REALLY like this idea and these paints. I think it's really cool to bring the fun back into makeup and gives us all a chance to have a bit of playtime.
Do these float your boat or do you prefer something quick and easy?
I'm sure some of you will already know but I've made a new friend of late. I want to tell you about her.
A few months ago, in one of my YouTube videos, I mentioned a little secret island I have in my head, where I give everyone I know roles and it's a utopia with houses made of pink scallop shells and chimneys that puff out pearls. Yes, it's mental, but that's the beauty of imagination.
Anyway, one lady, sitting in her house on the other side of the ocean was watching. Marie a 20something Mummy from America and she too has an imaginary land! Marie contacted me about our made up playlands and we instantly hit it off.
(These sprinkles came in my Glitterbits package and I keep finding them all over my house. There was even one in Baby Glitter's nappy!!!)
In the last few months we have chatted via email, facebook (she is Marie Bitsandclips if you want to add her), YT videos (her channel) and finally, spent brilliant hours talking via skype.
Obviously I love talking with all of you and try my best to keep up good communications but something about Marie (hahaha I'm thinking of that film now) has just clicked and I think she is a bloomin' hoot!
I think she has some really interesting things to say, a really wonderful outlook on life, a gorgeous family, a great sense of humour and all in all I just luurrvvee her! I love that writing this blog and having my YT channel has allowed me to be involved in such a brilliant community and enabled me to make real friends with people I would normally had never even have know existed. What a perk of the 'job'!
I don't know if you have had a chance to look but I actually made a couple of videos on my YT channel about a bit of a game we did recently. We decided to send each other packages of goodies and Marie totally put me to shame (that sneaky so and so!) and we filmed ourselves opening them- my video was cut into 2 parts because it was 40 minutes long hahah!
So really, I'm not writing this post to say "go look at my video", that's entirely your call, but I am asking that you go check out Marie, or at least friend request her on facebook, because she will bring a ray of sunshine into your life, and who doesn't want that?
PS- For the record, Marie doesn't know I'm writing this and hasn't asked for promotion and all that caper. I just wanted to share one of the joys of this great community with you all :)
PPS- I don't think this is particularly well written, it's late and I have my tired eyes in. I just wanted to pop my little 'I Heart Marie' message out there. Plenty of beauty and life posts to come!