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Not a beauty blogger | May

You may remember that a few times now I've featured beauty reviews on my blog as, despite the fact that cosmetics/skincare is really not my forté, I seem to spend quite a lot of money on products to beautify myself and I thought it was worth sharing with you the new things I've tried over the last month or so, and whether they're worth a buy or not.  I've spent a bit more on skincare this month as, where I've been feeling a bit poorly I've noticed my skin hasn't been as good.  I'm desperate for a really good moisturiser and something to battle away open pores and little bumps under my eyes.  If anyone has any recommendations please let me know.  Looking at thephoto, I think I could call the bottom line 'blogger's favourite products!' You can tell I'm a sucker for hype!



The blank black pot is a bot of Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic that I made in the Clipper Tea workshop.  I've been using this a lot lately and really notice a difference in my skin afterwards - it feels baby soft, smooth and soothed.  I'll definitely be getting another pot of this.

Lush Big Shampoo - £10.95/330g

I've been trying not to straighten my hair as much lately so I'm loving any products that leave my hair volumised and wavy after washing.  This shampoo is great and definitely does add volume and make my hair feel soft.  It's expensive for what it is but if you use it sparingly it should last a good while.

Lush Ultrabland - £6.45/45g

This is one of Lush's most popular products and was one that I tried at the workshop.  The idea is that you cover your face in Ultrabland and then take it off (along with all your make-up etc) with a muslin or cotton pad.  I didn't really get on with this at all, it feels like putting butter on your face and is really oily, and I found that I wear too much makeup for it to be able to take it off effectively as it just spreads it around my face, and I ended up having to wash my flannel every day! I think I'll stick to face wipes.


I use this for creating volume and 'jujjing' up dry hair - I just spray it on in sections, underneath the hair and then use my hands to work it through.  It definitely gives me bigger, messy hair, which is the look I go for when I don't straighten.  It also doesn't make your hair crispy like when you use hairspray which is definitely a bonus!


This was a re-purchase as I finished my previous bottle.  As I mentioned before, I like to make my hair look more wavy to try and avoid straightening it as much and this is absolutely great for that.  I spray it into dry hair and then scrunch it and it really brings out your natural waves.  It also smells amazing!  I bought the Bumble and Bumble Salt Spray hoping that would be even better but it's nowhere near as good as this one.


I've always wanted to be able to wear lipstick.  There's always been something so feminine and ladylike to me about a slick of red lipstick.  Sadly, it just doesn't suit me; or, I've never found a shade that does.  I bought this after the blogosphere started raving about it last month and I must admit that the consistency is nice but the shade I bought looks ridiculous on me and it didn't stay very long in any case.


Again another blogger favourite.  I bought this in 'And on bronze' and I really like the shade.  I tried applying it with my fingers the first few times and managed to get it all over my face, so I've been applying it with a small eyeshadow brush and that works much better.  It really does stay on all day, and has very minimal creasing.  The bronze is a really lovely, summery, shimmery shade.


I bought this after seeing Lily's review here.  It's such a gorgeous, bright colour and definitely perfect for the summer.  I'm loving corals at the moment (brings out your tan!) and I know I'll be wearing this shade a lot over the next few months.


Another well reviewed and well loved product.  After lots of bleaching my hair can get a bit dry and frizzy and this is really good for making it feel soft and well conditioned again.  I leave it in for about 5-10 minutes and my hair feels noticeably silkier when you wash it out.  My only criticism is it's quite a small pot so if you had longer hair I think you'd go through it quite quickly!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? This month I'm trying No7 Protect and Perfect Serum and the Skin Doctors Potent C Night Cream so I'll be reviewing them over the next few weeks.  I'm also considering treating myself to the Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant but I don't know if I can bring myself to spend £30 on a face scrub!

17 comments

  1. The cream eye shadow looks similar to MACs "Indianwood" paintpot but at 1/3 of the price it might be worth trying.
    Katie x

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  2. Ooo interesting!I usually hate beauty posts but genuinely loved this!Ive used the backcomb in a bottle and loved it too!The boyfriend has been using it too so I think I need another!I too havent been straightening my hair and my hair is naturally massive but it's so hot now that im having to put it up!xx

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  3. I love the Charles Worthington salt spray and I'm really tempted to try the back comb in a bottle
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  4. Benefit the porefessional is my fav thing at the moment. Glamour magazine out the end of the month has a choice of 3 mini size and the porefessional is one of them - its fab x

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  5. I have 'Big' shampoo too and love it! :)

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  6. Oooh, I have the Backcomb in a Bottle - I'm still getting to grips with it a bit, as I'm useless with anything styling related! The Models Own polish is lovely too :) xx

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  7. Love the Full Repair product, such a great range!

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  8. I love protect and perfect serum. I have quite sensitive skin and it never irritates me. I like the consistency of it too, it's not too oily.


    http://www.thegirlwholookslikeacake.blogspot.com/

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  9. I've been wanting to try a salt spray for my hair as I don't straighten mine any more either, might try that one out! xo

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  10. I need to find a miracle cure for under eye bumps too! I also think I need to try the full repair, I usually use the Label M mask but it's quite pricey and it's running out

    xx

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  11. I've been really interested in testing a salt spray for a while now but never heard really positive things about one, so may give this one a go. I was going to pick up the Lee Stafford one but I'm a sucker for a blogger's good review (; Beachy waves here I come - hopefully! (: xxx

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  12. Hi Rosie! You have a lovely blog :)

    I'm sorry you've been having skin troubles, it makes you feel so gross doesn't it. I use rose water on mine, I just use a spray bottle to spritz it onto my skin, either under or over moisturiser, and it leaves it lovely and soft. It helps with pores and is more gentle than cleanser, I find.

    I didn't like the ultrabland either, it didn't feel very nice to put something so oily and thick on my face!

    I'm your new follower, it's nice to meet you :)

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  13. Love the gorgeous quilt under the products!

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  14. I've never tried Lush products but I see so many people talking about them I think I need too.
    x

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  15. aaaw no, I LOVE my ultrabland. It's the only thing that gets all my make up off and gets rid of my dry spots. I didn't like the lip butters or caresse, I like bright and matt lippy and they didn't have any staying power at all.

    I'm loving Moroccan oil and They're Real benefit mascara at the moment x

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  16. I'm the same way with beauty products - don't feel like it's my niche but I still spend a good amount of my income on looking good! I think it's because I only buy something if the blog community raves about it first; I'm never first with the trends!

    I'm still debating natural shampoo as I've had bad experiences with it in the past (not Lush ones - local company) so might give the big hair a go if I'm feeling brave.

    Morag x
    moadore.blogspot.com

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  17. Loving the use of the word Jujjing here!

    Moisturiser wise, depending on skin type, the Boots No7 Beautiful Skin moisturisers are bloody brilliant. I use the normal/oily one, which is completely oil free, has SPF 15 and 5* UVA protection (it took me a while to work out why my face wasn't tanning this week) it's light on the skin, but leaves it feeling soft, smooth and almost matte if that makes sense? It's also seems to act a little like a primer for my make up in that the make up goes on much easier without any extra products. Initially I thought they were a bit expensive for me at £12.50, however since the pot still isn't empty four months on, I take it back! Based on this one, I'd definitely recommend looking into the ranges for the appropriate skin type (they do them for dry and very dry skin I think.).

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