Bobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub*

Bobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub

I distinctly remember the very first time I came across Bobbi Brown’s Beach fragrance. I was shopping in Glasgow with my mother when the makeup artist brought it out. It was brand new, and I thought that there was nothing quite as glamorous as having a scent designed specifically around the beach. Then, when I was living in Dubai I got my own bottle. It just felt so right to wear the scent in the desert heat –  it just felt so clean and unfussy, and I’ve had a bottle of it ever since!

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What I didn’t realise though, was that Bobbi Brown have leant the scent to a whole range of body products too! You can get everything from hand wash to body oil in the fragrance, and I fear that this tub of Body Scrub might just be the start of a collection for me!

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Packaged in a very generous screw top jar, the scrub itself couldn’t smell more glorious. The moment you take the top off, there is a huge whoosh of the Beach scent. Jasmin, Sea Spray and Mandarin make it feel so fresh and clean. It’s the perfect way to start my morning routine, and just before heading into the shower, I take a little of the scrub and apply it to my arms and legs.

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The scrub is wonderfully rich and luxurious. It really softens and smoothes skin without feeling too rough or abrasive, and even after it’s been washed off, my skin still smells wonderfully beachy!

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If you’ve got some tanning planned (real or otherwise) you absolutely need to try this scrub out. It leaves skin so, so soft and smooth, it’s like a little trip to the spa in your bathroom!

Bobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

YSL Rouge Volupte 43*

YSL Rouge Volupte 43

I’m not sure that there is anything that feels quite so summery as a coral lip. I don’t really tend to wear them if I don’t have a bit of a tan, so YSL’s stunning Rouge Volupte in shade 43 feels absolutely perfect for summer!

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Packaged in YSL’s signature glamorous golden bullet, the Rouge Volupte line are perfect if you want a slick of colour without the feel of a heavy lipstick. The formulas are full of lip nourishing oils which keep them feeling beautifully light and balmy, and give the lipsticks a perfect glossy sheen.

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Shade 43 is a stunning orange-toned coral, which is shot through with the subtlest of golden shimmer. A quick slick, straight from the bullet gives lips a subtle coral sheen, but it’s easily built up to an opaque, glossy finish.

YSL Rouge Volupte 43 swatch

Thanks to the oil base of the formula, the YSL Rouge Volupte are not the longest wearing lipsticks I own. I get a decent three hours from an application, but the bullets are just so pretty, and the formula so comfortable, I don’t mind reapplying at all!

YSL Rouge Volupte in 43 is priced at £26.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Glossybox June 2016*

Glossybox June 2016 UK

I just love when each month’s Glossybox arrives, it’s such a treat of a parcel, and every month they’re just filled with the most wonderful little treats and surprises. June is no exception, and the box is absolutely packed full with products which will keep me going all summer long!

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The full sized bottle of Ladival SPF 15 is one of those products which you just know that you’re going to be reaching for throughout the season. I’m hoping that the sunshine will return to Scotland soon (it’s been nothing but grey clouds and rain for the past fortnight), but I’ll also be tucking it into my suitcase when I pop off to catch a little sun.

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The sunscreen comes packaged in a spray nozzle bottle, and I can’t tell you how convenient that makes it! Just a quick spritzed and you’re good to go. I love the fact that it’s SPF 15 – light enough to let me get a little bit of a tan, but not enough to burn.

Glossybox June 2016 Aussie Hair Mask

Next up is a sachet of Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Conditioner. I’ve only heard rather wonderful things about this, so I’m really excited to try it! My ends are feeling a bit frazzled at the moment (I’m due for a trim) and I’m just about to get my roots done, so my hair is going to need some real TLC very soon!

Glossybox June 2016 Lait Apres Soleil

The bottle of Lait Apres Sun was a lovely little inclusion too! It’s one of those products I never really pick up for myself, but I always need a little to soothe my skin after the sun. De Bruyere’s formula is super lightweight, just disappears into the skin and smells wonderfully of summer holidays – all coconut and sunscreen.

Glossybox June 2016 Starskin MaskI was so, so happy to see this packet of Starskin Smoothing Bio-Celluar Second Skin Eye Masks. I’ve been on something of a sheet mask binge, so new ones to try are always fun! These ones are designed to be popped on the under eye area to treat everything from puffiness to crows feet. As someone who gets super puffy as well as eyes that are dry and tight, these sound ideal!

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The tube of lip and cheek tint was a bit of a surprise for me to be honest! It was tucked inside the inner packaging, so I only really found it when I was clearing the box out (they make wonderful storage boxes).

Glossybox uk June lipgloss swatch

It’s a stunning red with strong pink undertones, and can be used both on lips and cheeks. The formula couldn’t be lighter – it just glides on and leaves a beautiful stain on skin. This is perfect if you’re after a touch of colour around the pool or on the beach!

Glossybox June 2016 Konjac Sponge

Last up is the full sized Spa to You Natural Konjac Sponge. I’ve posted before about how much I just adore Konjac sponges, so this was a wonderful surprise.

Glossybox UK June 2016 Konjac SPonge

This one is completely natural and it’s perfect if you’ve got sensitive skin. I use my konjac sponges nightly – used with a foaming cleanser, they give my skin a thorough cleaning without being too harsh or abrasive. I then just rinse out and hang up to dry.

As usual, Glossybox subscriptions are £10.00 per month plus p&p here.

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit*

Maybelline Master Sculpt

For me, summer skin is all about really beautiful natural looking skin that’s got a golden glow. Basically I like to look like I haven’t really tried too hard, but, as usual, it’s looks like this that require a little extra attention to appear really effortless!

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So, in the hopes of looking naturally bronzed and defined, I’ve added Maybelline’s Master Sculpt contour kit into my everyday kit. Packaged in a dinky little compact, it contains everything you need to sculpt modelesque cheekbones – a pan of colour containing both a defining and highlighting shade, a mirror, and a little half moon brush.

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Using the kit itself really couldn’t be simpler. After applying my usual base and concealer, I sweep a light dusting on the contour shade in the hollows of my cheekbones, around my temples and around my chin, then blend. I’m after a super natural finish, so I only use a touch of the colour, but it’s so easily to build up if you’re looking for something a little more dramatic.

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I then add my bronzer like normal, then get to grips with the highlighting shade. It’s perfect if you’re after a natural, believable glow that looks like you’ve been on the green juice all weekend. Again, I use a light touch of it, focusing on the tops of my cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of my nose and cupid’s bow. If I want to build up my highlight, I then go in with a different formula to add some sheen – although I keep this just to my upper cheekbones. Maybelline’s kit makes contouring feel so easy and effortless, and the formula is beautifully silky soft. It’s perfect for most skin tones too, as there are two colour ways to choose from!

Maybelline’s Master Sculpt Contour Kit is priced at £6.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

 

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate for Night*

Liz Earl Superskin Concentrate for Night

As someone with chronically dry and dehydrated skin, I’m always on the lookout for new products which will help to calm and hydrate. Even though the weather isn’t feeling as cold and harsh as usual, I still like to add as much hydration to my routine as possible.

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate for night review

If, like me, your skin is prone to any sort of dryness or sensitivity, I would seriously recommend trying it out – I’ve been using it nightly, and I have just been loving it! Every evening, after a good cleansing session, I take a drop or two of the oil in my fingertips, warm it up a little then press into skin.

Liz Earl Superskin Concentrate for Night review

I then give myself something of a mini-facial massage, either using my fingers or my little butterfly. It lets the Superskin Concentrate really soak into my skin, and I can feel if any areas need an extra drop or two. I just love how quickly the formula sinks in, leaving my face and neck feeling soothed and nourished, and the scent is just delightful.

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Filled with skin saviours like Hazelnut, Rosehip, Lavender, Neroli, Avocado and Argan Oils, as well as Vitamin E, Liz Earle’s Superskin Concentrate couldn’t really be better for skin. I’ve really noticed a difference in my skin the mornings after using the Concentrate – it feels more supple and smoother. I’ve even dabbled in adding the tiniest drop to my foundation on days where my skin is feeling extra parched – it adds a really beautiful subtle radiance which lasted all day. If you’re headed off somewhere hot this summer, I would also recommend tucking a bottle of this into your case – it’s perfect for healing skin that’s seen a little too much of the sun!

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate is priced at £60.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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