You can never really have too many skincare products, can you? I have a whole cupboard full of moisturisers, face and body creams, toners, eye creams and cleansers all waiting patiently to be used but I just can't stop buying them. It is always best to have some back-up, or in my case, about 36 back-up products! My current favourite skincare product to buy is cleansers. I am a bit of a hoarder and own quite a lot already but I love trying out new products to see if I can find a new favourite. At the moment, nothing can really beat the legendary Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser or the Bee Good Honey & Propolis Cleanser which is so thick and creamy, it feels so luxurious on the skin but I really want to find a much cheaper alternative to those two to see if I can find something jut as good but half the price. I recently saw that some of Soap and Glory's skincare products were on offer in Boots so I decided to try out the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk to see how that fared in comparison to my other two faves.

About the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk:
"PEACHES AND CLEAN™ Deep Cleansing Milk features a special clogged-pore formula with PEACH & GOJUICE™ extracts and an OXYGINSENG™ daily skin detox which will help to purify and clarify, invigorate, soften skin, and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities for a smooth, luminous complexion."

The Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk smells just as incredible as you would expect. I absolutely love Soap and Glory products, not only because they aren't the gimmick they appear to be but because all of their products just smell good enough to eat. The Soap and Glory Smoothie Breakfast Star Scrub in particular smells so incredible that every time I go into Boots I can't help but smell it. Is that strange? I hope not. Fortunately this Cleansing Milk is no exception although it doesn't smell how I thought it would do. I expected it to smell of peaches and cream but instead it smells like peaches and mint. It is a really strange combination but it smells really refreshing - just like peaches and toothpaste. 

I have never used a Cleansing Milk before so I expected this product to have the consistency of actual milk but no, it is just like an ever-so-slightly looser version of a creamy cleanser. It is very light in consistency and it practically melts into the skin when rubbed in. The Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk is designed to melt away make-up although I don't use this product for that purpose. I take my make-up off first with a make-up removing wipe then apply the Cleansing Milk afterwards to help remove any final bits that I previously missed and everything just gets melted away. It is so gentle on the skin and once wiped away with a warm muslin cloth the skin is left feeling really soft, cleansed and fresher than before.

I really wasn't expecting much from this product considering I usually go for really thick and creamy cleansers but I love the light texture of this Cleansing Milk. You can practically feel it melting away your make-up and it feels so gentle and lightweight on the skin. A little goes a really long way with just two little pumps plenty for the entire face so this 350 ML bottle is guaranteed to last you a while. I also love the packaging to this product as you can lock and unlock the pump, making it perfect for travel. I absolutely love this product and I am really glad I have found a deep cleansing product from the drugstore which costs less than £10!


Review | Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk

I have had a lot of experience when it comes to matte liquid lipsticks. I have lost count as to how many I own although I haven't bought any new ones in the recent months. I have tried an awful lot of matte liquid lipsticks ranging from the cheap and cheerful from NYX and Colourpop, right up to the incredibly expensive Kylie Lip Kits. Wow, what an expensive lesson they were. Don't get me wrong, they are probably my favourite out of all of the various brands I have tried but the cost of them is extortionate when you take all of the extra fees into consideration. I would hate to think how much money I have given to Kylie and I am sure if I added everything up then I would probably feel a bit sick so what I don't know can't hurt me, I guess! Anyway, when I was in Dubai in September I couldn't resist a little trip to Sephora and I ended up walking away with a new matte liquid lipstick..or four. Two of which were from a brand I was unfamilar with, Huda Beauty.

The ladies in Dubai were literally crowded around the Huda Beauty stand, swatching like crazy and shoving people out of the way to get their most coveted shade. I had never seen anything like it. It was what I imagine a wedding dress sample sale to be like, or Black Friday in Dixons with everyone pushing and shoving over 20 quid off a telly. After a little while of watching in amusement I thought "hey, they must be good if they are reacting this way" so I joined the crowd and grabbed two lip products. Today I want to show you the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife.

About the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks:
"Non-drying, featherweight, densely-pigmented and with a stunning, suedette finish, there’s nothing about Huda Beauty’s Liquid Mattes we’re not obsessed with. Already causing a furore, the silky formula applies like a lipgloss then dries in moments – cloaking your pout with a smooth, kiss-resistant veil of vibrant colour that won’t smudge, flake or transfer. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, there’s a shade to match each of the bestselling Lip Contour pencils, alongside seven stunning new hues ranging from deep plum (Material Girl) to on-trend ‘90s beige-brown (Spice Girl) – but be warned! These won’t stick around so snap yours up before your best friend beats you to it. "

The HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks are available in 16 different shades with 16 identical Lip Contours (that's lip liners to you and I) to ensure precise application. I love that each shade has its own liner as sometimes it can be really hard to find a liner which matches the lipstick and whilst it may look good on Little Mix, I am really not a fan of nude lipstick and dark brown lip liner. No, just no. When I bought my lipsticks, the matching liners had sold out so I have had to make do without but I do really think the matching lip liner would help create a much neater and precise application.

Trophy Wife is a pretty deep rosy pink, although I do think the photo on the front of the packaging makes it appear a little more purple than it actually is. Trophy Wife is a very wearable lipstick which, when applied, is actually a lot more muted than I thought it would be as I expected it to be a lot deeper with more purple tones than it actually has. It is still a really lovely shade and actually it is more wearable than I thought it was going to be. When it comes down to application I do find it to be slightly messy but name me a liquid lipstick which doesn't require 5 minutes of complete silence and a very steady hand? I really think the matching lip liner would make application a dream but the lipstick still looks good regardless, and that's the main thing after all.

Once applied, Trophy Wife appears to have more of a shine finish but after a few moments it dries down completely matte. I always seem to have dry lips, regardless of how many times I 'seductively' lick my lips throughout the day but surprisingly I didn't find that the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick showed up any dry areas at all. I found that once it had dried it did feel quite heavy on the lips - not in an uncomfortable way but you can definitely feel that something is on there so it definitely isn't the most lightweight liquid lipstick that I have tried. Longevity wise it stays put all day long without budging or transferring which is pretty damn good. I didn't find that it cracked or peeled off whatsoever so I literally cannot fault the longevity at all. If you want a long-lasting lipstick then this is definitely one to consider!

I have to just mention the smell of these HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks as, Christ, they smell bad. So bad. The worst smelling lipstick I have ever owned. I hate synthetic, vanilla smells and blimey, this is the strongest synthetic vanilla scent I have smelt. The first time I went to apply Trophy Wife I was so shocked at the smell, it was horrendous and unfortunately it lingers on the lips for quite a long time. It is like walking around with a Vanilla Yankee Candle attached to your lips which is alright if you like that sort of thing but I really don't have the stomach for it.

If I were just to review this product on the lipstick alone then I would say it is probably the best matte liquid lipsticks I have tried. They remind me of the Kylie Lip Kits in consistency and texture but ever so slightly cheaper and I absolutely love the shade range. I would happily own every single shade as they are all so beautiful and I love that you can buy the matching lip liner to make for an easier and precise application. They stay put all day long without budging, transferring or creasing and I really could not ask more from a lipstick. The only thing that really lets this product down is the smell. Why every single liquid lipstick must have an overwhelmingly sickly sweet scent to it I will never know but boy, this is probably the worst I have smelt out of all I have tried. I will still continue to wear Trophy Wife, of course I will, it is too good to waste away in a drawer but if I look a little bit green in the face then it is because I am trying not to be ill over inhaling the smell but hey, at least my lips will look gooood!


Review | HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife

The Lord did not bless me with much but he did bless me with good nails. For years and years I have always painted them myself and had people ask me if they were my own or if they were fake. I have never been a nail biter or had a problem with growing my nails so they have always remained in a healthy condition, minus the nail varnish! I personally don't like short nails on me so if one of my long nails were to break then oh my goodness, the world would be coming to an end. You can't have one short nail and 9 so long that they appeared fake so they all get cut short and I start again. 

For the last few months my nails have been really long and strong which is just how I like them but because I work in a jewellery shop, I am constantly pulling crowns out of watches, taking links out of watches, messing around with the clasps on necklaces and bracelets... after a while I started to notice that my thumb nails were starting to constantly break and split almost halfway down my nail making it so sore that in the end I decided to just leave my nails short for a while. I was also constantly fed up with my nail varnish chipping as soon as it was applied so I couldn't be bother with that, either. A couple of weeks ago my friend suggested we go and get our nails done together and as I had never even stepped foot inside a nail salon before I immediately said yes. It would be fun! We would be like those girls in films going for lunch and getting our nails done together!

I was originally thinking of just getting a gel polish on top of my own nails but after a scroll through Instagram I decided to get a set of acrylic nails instead. I was actually really worried they would ruin my own nails underneath and whilst I am sure they will harm them slightly what with all of the drilling, filing and chemicals within the acrylic, I decided to try it just this once. Don't get me wrong, I am not looking forward to seeing what my own nails will look like when they get taken off but a little treat once a year won't be too bad, will it?

After I decided I wanted acrylics done, I then had to decide what sort of shape I was after and which colours on which designs I wanted painted on the top. I scrolled through Instagram and came across an account called Nails_by_annabel_m and oh my goodness, I have never seen such beautiful nails before. They seem to specialise in the stiletto and coffin shapes and they pack Swarovski nail crystals on top of all of their designs - they are SO beautiful and I am literally obsessed but as I don't live anywhere near their salon I decided to steer clear away from the nail gems and crystals as I didn't want to be disappointed in comparison to what another nail technician could do. In the end I decided to go for a coffin-shaped French Ombre and I am obsessed!!!

Because I had never had it done before I had no idea what would happen or what the stages were and I will be honest - I wasn't expecting that. When I went in I was armed with a photo in hope they could recreate it and after we got past the language barrier, they set to work, cutting my own nails, taking my nail varnish off, filing them, buffing them, drilling them... Then came the tips and the acrylic which I watched in awe. After they had moulded the acrylic onto the nails and it had set, they then filed the nails down to the coffin shape and oh god, I will not lie to you. It hurt. At one point I thought the nail technician was trying to file down to the bone. They do it so viciously, so much so I looked at my friend opposite and mouthed 'is it supposed to hurt??' The tears in her eyes told me yes, yes it is. Once I had managed to move myself off from the edge of my chair and relax slightly after the technician had stopped, then came more buffing, the wash of my hands and then the fun bit! They then airbrushed the white tips onto my nails and as soon as that white had hit the acrylic, I was in love. 

What do you think? I am so obsessed with them, I can't stop admiring them. In hindsight I would have liked them a little bit shorter but I couldn't bare to have them file my bones away again! For the rest of the day my nails were ever so sore but I put that down to the vicious filing but apart from that, the whole process was really enjoyable and I really do love the end result!


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Every now and again when I feel like a little pick-me-up, I go into Lush and behave as if I am a contestant on Supermarket Sweep. If it catches my eye and smells nice then chances are it will be in my basket ready to come home with me. It is so easy to spend a hell of a lot of money in there, especially when it comes to different holiday periods throughout the year. Who can resist a cute little heart-shaped bath bomb at Valentine's Day?? During my most recent little spending spree I bought this little beauty, the Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar.

About the Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar:
"If you'd normally reach for a sweet treat to lift your mood, this bubble bar does just the job. Its sweet candy floss smell raises your energy levels and perks you up. It also offers extra moisturisation than the average bubble bar as it has a blend of almond and cocoa butter. Creamy Candy contains almond oil and butter chunks that melt onto the surface of the water, giving skin a velvety texture."

I was originally drawn to the Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar because of its look but I bought it because of its smell. It smells very similar to the Snow Fairy Shower Gel and that in itself makes it an immediate purchase for me! I tend not to buy too many Bubble Bars from Lush as I seem to always veer towards the Bath Bombs as I love the performance and the surprise of what will happen when the product hits hot water whereas there isn't too much anticipation with Bubble Bars, although they do still smell gorgeous - especially this one.

Bubble Bars are great because you can get about two or three uses out of one little bar, making them more value for money in comparison to the Bath Bombs. When the Creamy Candy Bubble Bar meets hot water, it immediately dissolves leaving the water a hot pink shade with lots of relaxing bubbles floating on the surface. What's even better is that the bathroom is then filled with the sweet smell of heavenly candy floss. It leaves the skin feeling really soft after use due to the cocoa butter formula and best of all you don't need to clean the bath out afterwards!


Review | Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

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