Soap and Glory - Worst of All

Hello Lovelies,
I hope you are well and having a good week so far!
Lately a lot of my posts have been about products which I have been loving, so I thought I would mix it up a little and share with you some products I am really not loving for a change!
All the products I've picked for today's post are from Soap and Glory.
Don't get me wrong, Soap and Glory is a brand I love. They do some fantastic body scrubs and body lotions. At any one time, I will always have a couple of Soap and Glory products in my bathroom and shower and I always stock up whenever they are on offer at Boots.
These 3 products however have not impressed me at all.
I got all of these as part of my Soap and Glory Best of All kit which I bought just before Christmas. Everything else I got as part of that set I really liked but these 3 products are quite likely to end up unused, unloved and in the bin in the near future. 
I am glad though that they were included in the Soap and Glory Best of All kit as I have had a chance to try these products without paying full price for them 
I know now that these products don't work for me and I won't be repurchasing any of these 3 bad boys any time soon. Or ever, more like.
I bought Soap and Glory Best of All when it was half price at Boots.They only sell the full set at Christmas time but you can always buy the product individually online or at Boots.
Anyway enough rambling let's get on with the review!
The first product I dislike is the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. Maybe I have been too spoilt by my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but this to me is a pretty average product. It doesn't do a great job at removing my make up and I don't like the smell of it very much either. 
The consistency of the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk is really runny and it proper stings if you get it in your eyes! 
I am trying to force myself to use this up but if you are thinking of getting this I'd say save your money and invest in a Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser instead (which is incidentally a couple of pounds cheaper than the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk but a million times better. 
The Superdrug product actually removes make up, smells great and is gentle enough to rub over your eyes without temporarily blinding you. That's something the Soap and Glory Cleansing Milk sadly fails to achive.
The next product that was in the  Soap and Glory Best of All kit which I really dislike is the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in the colour Punch Bowl. I thought this looked really promising and there's nothing wrong with the colour. It's a wearable everyday pink that's quite sheer. 
The formula of this product however is awful. It's not so much of a lip gloss but more of a lip glue. I think this is possibly the stickiest lip gloss I have ever tried. It also tingles on the lips and it's actually quite uncomfortable. I know this product is supposed to plump up your lips but I'm really not a fan of the feeling of hot chillis/pins and needles on my lips! I am pretty sure getting collagen injections would be less painful than wearing this product.
I also don't like the smell of the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss. It smells of a mixture between plastic and vanilla. Yuck yuck yuck is all I have to say about this.
The final product I was disappointed with in my Soap and Glory Best of All kit is their Thick and Fast Super Volume Mascara. I find the wand far too big so the mascara  doesn't coat all my lashes properly. I also don't like the consistency of the product as it's far to dry and thick. When I use the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Super Volume Mascara it quite often leaves clumps of mascara on my lashes. It's also quite pricey for a drugstore mascara and there are a lot of cheaper and better mascaras out there than this one!
As both the 2 make up products that were included in the Soap and Glory Best of All set disappointed me, I don't think I am going to be purchasing any Soap and Glory make up any time soon. I have seen a couple of really good reviews on some of their make up products but my experience with the Thick and Fast Super Volume Mascara and Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss has really put me off Soap and Glory cosmetics! But I will definitely carry on using their body scrubs and body butters which I still love.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this review and that you found it helpful. I'd love to know what your favourite and least favourite Soap and Glory products are so leave me a comment down below!
Nuala xxx 

Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser

Hello Lovelies,
I hope you're all well and that you've had a nice weekend. I can't believe it's Sunday already! Where has the weekend gone? It's freezing outside (even though we're nearly in March), so as I'm staying indoors this afternoon I thought I'd bring you another little post about a product I recently picked up from Superdrug which I'm loving!

I've used the famous Hot Cloth Cleanser by Liz Earle before which is a brilliant product so I didn't really consider trying Superdrug's version until I watched Georgina from Makeup-Pixi3's Cleanser Collection on YouTube. She mentions how good this stuff is in her video so I decided to pick up a bottle next time I was in Superdrug and boy am I glad I did!
The first thing I love about this product is the price.
You get 200ml of product plus a muslin cloth for only £4.99!
If you are buying the same sized product from Liz Earle, it will set you back £24.00 and you have to buy the muslin cloth separately as well.
I am really impressed with the quality of the Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser. It's very thick and creamy but still gentle enough to rub over the eyes and face. It also smells amazing. You know the smell of holiday when you're at the beach? Think sun tan lotion and Pina Coladas. Well that's what the smell of this reminds me of!
How to use this? 
This product is really easy to use. You simply apply some of this creamy cleanser all over your face and eyes. 
You then run the muslin cloth under hand hot water, wring it out and remove the cleanser from your face with the cloth. This step will gently exfoliate your skin, remove any dead skin cells (gross!) and leave your skin nice and clean!
This Cleanser  is recommended for normal to dry skin types and contains Vitamin E as well as antioxidants. Both these ingredients will help protect your skin against environmental damage.

If you have oily skin perhaps you can give the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser a go which I will be reviewing soon too. 
As with all Superdrug own label products, their Hot Cloth Cleansers are BUAV approved.
This means that none of their own label products or any of the ingredients in their own label products have been tested on animals. I take my hat off to Superdrug for doing this, and I really hope all other retailers as well as make up and beauty brands will follow suit.
Well as you can tell I am extremely impressed with this product. Thank you Georgina for mentioning it in your Cleanser Collection video!

What's your favourite cleanser? Let me know in the comments below and thank you for reading.
Nuala xxx

NOTD - Essie Where's My Chauffeur

Hello Lovelies,
I hope you are all well and having a nice weekend!
Today's post is going to be my first ever NOTD (Nails of the Day) post. If you've seen my Payday Haul post you'll know that I recently had my acrylic nails taken off and stopped getting Shellac done in a bid to save a bit of money. So far that's not really worked out though as I have spent the money I've saved by not going to the nail salon on nail polish instead!
One of the polishes I picked up was Where's My Chauffeur by Essie and I'm absolutely loving this colour!
 Essie describe Where's My Chauffeur as an 'opulent turquoise'. Personally the colour of it reminds me a lot of Tiffany & Co. jewellery boxes, which is perhaps one of the reasons why I'm loving it so much!
 As I've only recently started painting my own nails I am by no means a pro but here are the products I've used on them for this NOTD post.
Base Coat
For my base coat I used the A&E Protein Treatment by Nails Inc. This treatment helps nourish brittle and damaged nails which is probably quite useful for me after having acrylic nails for so long. You only need one coat of this on your nails and I let it dry for a few minutes before applying my polish.
For my colour I applied 2 coats of  Where's My Chauffeur by Essie.
Top Coat 
The top coat I used was the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat. I've done a separate review on this which you can read by clicking here. I cannot praise this product enough as it doesn't only dry your polish in  a matter of minutes, but it also makes the polish look more nice and shiny and helps it last longer.
And here is the final result!
I'm really enjoying being able to change up the colour of my nails a few times a week which I never really did when I had acrylics (I always used to go for pink and white).
I'm definitely planning on picking up a few more colours next time I'm at Boots so I'd love to hear your nail polish recommendations in the comments below. 
I hope you enjoyed my first NOTD post and thank you for reading!

Nuala xxx

February Birchbox and Bye Bye Beauty Boxes...

Hello Everyone,
I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and that you've had some sunshine where you are! Finally it's been sunny down in London, so I spent most of today taking pictures for my blog!
It was also quite a nice surprise for me as well when the postman delivered my February Birchbox yesterday morning. I'd actually completely forgotten about my subscription (which happens to be running out this month).
I am very pleased with this box. So much so that I'm even a little bit gutted that I've taken the decision to have a break from beauty box subscriptions for a while!
Quite a few of the samples were a very decent size in this box and I'm also happy about the fact that I got products from a couple of brands that I recognise.
The theme for this month's Birchbox is London Fashion Week which I thought was pretty cool.
 I only got the box yesterday so I've not had a chance to try any of the products yet, but I wanted to show you what I got and explain my reasons for quitting beauty box subscriptions.

So first up I got these 3 very decent sized products:
Vichy Thermal Spa Water (Limited Edition) 50ml
I've never tried this product before but it's a brand I like and I'm pretty pleased I got this in my Birchbox. This sort of reminds me of MAC Fix Plus as it can be used as a toner, to set make up or to refresh your skin. Really looking forward to giving this product a go!
Nick Chavez Beverly HillS Plump N Thick Leave In Thickening Mist 50ml
Well done Birchbox, another product I'm happy with! I've got severely heat damaged hair so I am looking forward to trying this and seeing if it does anything to improve the condition of my locks.
Korres Guava Shower Gel 50ml
Whoop  whoop another product I like!  I've never actually tried anything from Korres before, but I am desperate to try their lip products as I've heard so many good things about them. This shower gel smells great and it's the perfect size if you're going away on holiday for a week.
These 3 items I wasn't that excited to get though:
Gerda Spillman Bio Fond Cream Foundation 4.5g
This is a Swiss brand I'd never heard of before. I don't think it's a good colour match for me (it's pink based and my skin has yellow undertones) so I'm not really sure if I will ever use this product.
Birchbox Eyelash Curler
This is another product I was slightly disappointed with. I always think it's a bit of a kop out when companies like Birchbox or Glossybox include own label products in their boxes. I've not tried these curlers though so to be fair they might be really good, but my initial reaction when I saw these wasn't great.
E Boost Natural Energy Booster
This is an energy drink powder. Not much else to say about it. I guess it's just one of those random little things you always get with beauty boxes!
Why I'm giving up Beauty Boxes:
I've had 9 various beauty boxes now and have decided to take a break from beauty box subscriptions for a while at least. 
Over the months I seem to have accumulated a lot of products I don't need and will never use. 
I have to say though that I enjoyed receiving my Birchbox every month a lot more than I enjoyed Glossybox, and most of the products I got that I don't use were in fact from Glossybox. But, to be fair to Glossybox, I have seen some blog posts and the contents of their boxes seems to have improved a lot from since I was subscribed to them.
The way I have decided to look at it though is, would I buy a magazine if one of these products was a magazine freebie, and the honest answer is probably not. I also need to start using up some of the sample size products I have before my stash gets even bigger. 
If you've never tried a beauty box before subscription before though, I can highly recommend Birchbox (previously known as Joliebox), as you do get some pretty good products with them and the sample sizes are great for travelling too! It's also quite fun and exciting to receive a small parcel evey month without knowing the exact content, and seeing what everyone else got in their box too!
I am a little bit sad that I won't be getting my monthly beauty box any more, but on the bright side I am saving a bit of money now which wil probably be spent down at MAC or Boots instead...
What do you think? Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes and do you like this box? Please let me know in the comments below!
Nuala xxx

Shopaholic Tag

Hello Everyone,
A while back I got tagged by the lovely Missy from 'Never a Dull Moment with the New Girl in the City' to do the Shopaholic Tag!
 So without any further ado here are the questions of the tag and my answers!
1.) How old were you when you realised you were a shopaholic?
Probably when I was a teenager. 
2.) How do you feel after shopping, and do you have any weird habits you do after shopping?
Excited to try the things I've bought! No weird habits, other than having to take pictures of things for my blog before I can use them.
3.) What are your top 5 favourite stores to shop at and why?
MAC, Boots, Superdrug, Miss Selfridge, Oasis because I love make up and beauty products and Miss Selfridge and Oasis have really nice clothes. 
 4.) What item do you have the most of in your closet?
5.) Whats the most you have ever spent on 1 shopping trip?
1.5K. I used to work in sales and treated myself to a Fendi watch with my end of year bonus. I love that watch. It needs a new battery at the moment but as soon as I've sorted that I will be wearing it again every day!
6.) Do you ever experience shoppers regret?
Sometimes when I spend a lot of money on something and never end up using it. Thankfully that don't happen very often though!
7.) What was something you regretted buying?
My Brown epilator. It's a small torture machine and I never ever use it.
8.) What is your favourite thing to buy?
Make up!
9.) Do you buy the same items in different colours?
Rarely with clothes, very often with make up.
10.) Do you ever use dressing rooms?
Yes always. I don't buy things without trying them on first!
11.) Do you prefer to go shopping alone, or with others?... and who is your favourite shopping buddy?
I prefer going by myself so I can spend as much time faffing around as I like without annoying anyone but going with friends is fun too. 
12.) If you could go shopping with a Celeb who would it be and why?
Cheryl Cole because she's beautiful, got great style and I think it would be fun to hang out with her.
13.) If you could go shopping with a Blogger/Youtube guru who would it be and why?
Tanya Burr because she's so lovely and I could buy all the make up products she recommends!
14.) Whats your favourite, treat, snack, drink during or after shopping?
 No time to eat, too busy shopping ;)
15.) What is something you have always wanted to buy but never had the money to do so?
My own flat.
16.) If you had £1000 to spend on anything you want, what would you splurge on?
I'd probably go on a massive spending spree in Westfield!
17.) Are you a proud shopaholic? 
Yes ☺
I would like to tag the following gorgeous bloggers for this tag, and anyone else reading this who'd like to do it too!
Stacey from Expat MakeUp Addict 
Emma from Glossy-Boutique 
Daria from Wade-Ashore 
Laura from A Scottish Lass 
Alessia from  Whispers from Angels
I hope you've enjoyed reading this post, thank you again Missy for tagging me and happy shopping everyone!
Nuala xxx 

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover Review

Hey Lovelies!
How are you? Hope you're having a good start to the week!
I'm off work this week as I had some holidays left to take before the end of March. I was hoping we'd have some sunshine so I could get some decent pictures for the blog but so far it's only rained!
Today's post is going to be a review product I recently hauled
If you read my last post you'll know that up until recently I was getting my nails done at salons so I didn't really have a chance to try this before When I took my acrylics off a few weeks ago it was at the top of my shopping list!
This is a product that's very popular amongst beauty bloggers. Last year it even won an Elle Beauty Award for Best Nail Product! 
Now that I've had a chance to use this a few times I can let you know my thoughts.
This product is so easy to use:
Step 1. 
Unscrew lid (D'oh) and place finger in pot (The nail polish I'm wearing here is Where's my Chauffeur by Essie). Inside the pot there's a sponge which is soaked in acetone free nail polish remover. 
Step 2.
Swirl your finger about in the pot for approx. 20 seconds.

Step 3.
Remove finger from pot and hey presto all the nail varnish is removed! Repeat process for all 10 digits.

My thoughts:
As you can see, the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover removes nail polish perfectly! However the claim that it removes nail polish in 1 second is slightly exaggerated. It takes me about 20 seconds to get the polish off each nail (which is still a more than reasonable amount of time). 
I also disagree with the claim that this has a red fruit and vanilla fragrance. The first thing I noticed when I opened the pot is how strongly it stank of acetone. Which is a bit weird as the product doesn't contain any acetone! Either way, this stuff stinks!
When I remove my finger from the pot it's slightly oily, which must be the almond oil in the product. That's quite nice though as it means your nails and cuticles are moisturised. I know other nail polish removers can be very drying on the skin and nails. That's definitely not the case with the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover
Overall I'm really impressed with this! I like how easy it is to use and that you don't need to use cotton wool with it. I also have a tendency to accidentally spill things, but if you knock this over you won't waste any of the product (or ruin anything!) as all the liquid is absorbed in the sponge. 
I bought this from Boots for £4.99. Another fab product at a bargain price and I will definitely be repurchasing this once I've used it all up!
What's your favourite nail polish remover? Let me know in the comments below what you use!
Nuala xxx

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat Review

Hello Lovelies,
I hope you are all well and having a great weekend! Sorry I haven't blogged all week but it's been quite a busy week for me. I do have next week of work though so I am hoping to take lots of pictures and prepare some blog posts for you!
If you read my last post which was a Haul, you will know that I've finally started painting my own nails after about 10 years of having acrylics (or in the last few months Shellac) on my nails. My nails are actually in quite good condition even though I had acrylics on for so long which I'm pretty pleased about.
I'm also really enjoying changing the colour of my nails several times a week and matching my nails to what I'm wearing (which I couldn't really do with Shellac or acrylics). 
Anyway one thing I always hated about doing my own nails is waiting for them to dry. I'm so impatient and there's nothing I hate more than sitting around for ages waiting for my nail polish to dry!
And this is where this amazing product comes in:
I asked on one of the general #bbloggers chats on Twitter which nail products fellow beauty bloggers would recommend and the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat was mentioned to me quite a few times.
I used this product for the first time on Thursday evening. After painting my nails (one base coat and 2 coats of Essie nail polish) I waited about 2 minutes. Then I applied the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat. I know the product claims to dry your nails in 30 seconds. That does sound a little bit too good to be true to me so I waited for about 5 minutes. And my nails were dry!
 Another thing that amazed me about this product that it  prevented my nail polish from chipping! I painted my nails on Thursday. Today is Sunday and my nail polish is still shiny and hasn't chipped! I didn't think that there was a product out there that could do that!
The consistency of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri reminds me of the glue-type stuff they use on your nails in salons after painting them to make your nails really shiny. The only difference between what they use in salons and this is that this dries a lot quicker!
As you can probably gather, I cannot stop raving about this product! Thank you so much to all the lovely bloggers that recommended it to me! 
I can see this product quite easily becoming one of my Holy Grail products. If you paint your own nails and haven't tried this yet, I really recommend you give it a go!
I bought my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat from Boots for £5.99, an absolute bargain!
Have any of you tried this? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below and thank you for reading!
Nuala xxx

Payday Haul

Hey Everyone,
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!
If you follow me on Twitter you will probably know that I was completely skint throughout the month of January. Well I finally got payed on Wednesday and was able to go shopping again!
I lasted a whole month without spending any money, so I can only imagine how difficult it is for the Beauty Bloggers doing the spending ban. I really take my hat off to you and am loving all your spending ban updates!
The first thing I'd like to share with you that I got are these Yankee Candles. I bought them from Clintons. I know a lot of people buy them online, but as I'd never bought a Yankee Candle before I wanted to smell them before buying. Here are the ones I ended up getting:
I've been burning these candles this weekend and I find that they don't smell as strong as I'd like. I don't know if that's cos they are still brand new and I need to burn them a bit longer or because of the fragrances I chose. If you have any thoughts on this please let me know in the comments below!
As you can see I also bought a lot of nail polish!
There's a little story behind this. For the past 10 years or so I 've been getting acrylics or shellac done on my nails. But as I was so broke last month had my acrylics taken off and got a manicure instead. I really liked the manicure so I decided to buy some nail polish and start doing my own nails from now on. This also means I can do NOTD (Nails of the Day) posts now!
These are the colours I picked up:
I also picked up these items that were recommended to me on one of the general #bbloggers Twitter chats on Wednesday nights.
I will be doing a separate review on these product so I won't talk about them too much now.
The last product I picked up on my little shopping trip was probably one of the most blogged about products for the month of January! These are the Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquers.
They are on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots at the moment but as most colours were sold I only picked up the colour Celestial. Again I am going to do a separate post on this so I won't go on about it too much now!
Well this is everything I picked up on payday. I hope you've enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what you think and if you've got any nail polish recommendations I'd love to hear them!
Nuala xxx


My Fake Tan Routine

Hey Everyone!
I hope you are all well and had a good week!
Today's post is going to be on a subject very close to my heart: Fake Tan!
I am a massive fake tan addict. I've been fake tanning for about 8 years now. Before I started fake tanning I was using sunbeds, but I gave those up when I was about 25 and started to get worried about skin cancer, premature ageing and wrinkles. 
I know some might say why don't you just go with your natural skin colour, but I really don't think it suits me. For reference, naturally I'm about an NC15 in MAC foundations. Fake tan brings me up to and NC30-35 which I find looks a lot better on me. A few years ago I tried going without fake tan, but it really affected my confidence. I didn't even last a month before I hit the (fake tan) bottle again!
Here is what I do to make sure I am nice and tanned all year round.
 The Night Before I Fake Tan:
One of the most important steps of fake tanning is prepping your skin. It don't matter how good your fake tan is, if you don't prepare your skin properly, no fake tan is going to look good! The night before I apply my fake tanning lotion, I exfoliate my skin and apply a body butter. I love using Soap and Glory Body Scrubs to exfoliate my skin. They get rid of any dead skin cells (nice) and old fake tan. At the moment I'm also using the Soap and Glory Righteous Butter to moisturise my skin after exfoliating. These 2 steps will prevent your fake tan from looking patchy or streaky. They will also make your fake tan last longer!
 The Fake Tanning Process:
I always fake tan in the evenings. After my shower I apply the fake tan with a tanning mitt and let the colour develop over night. Even though fake tan mousse may be easier to apply than lotions, I prefer lotions because I find that mousse can be a bit drying on my skin.  
The next morning I  rinse the fake tan guide colour off in the shower and am left with a nice golden tan! 
Maintaining my Tan:
My favourite shower products to use are shower creams as they do not strip the fake tan of my skin. I never use any kind of oil based products as I find they make my fake tan go patchy. Not a good look! Body creams are also great as fake tan can sometimes be a bit drying and this way you are putting some moisture back into your skin!
Topping Up my Fake Tan throughout the week:
I always Top up my fake tan several times throughout the week using Garnier Summer Body. I've tried a lot of gradual fake tanners but this one is my favourite! Any fake tan you use will gradually fade during the week, but using a product like this will make sure you remain tanned throughout the whole week!  
Fake Tanning my Face:
I don't fake tan my face. I know there are fake tan products out there designed for the face but I prefer to keep my face fake tan free so my pores don't get clogged and that I don't get any breakouts. Because my face is a lot lighter than my skin, I buy foundations to match my neck /  chest area rather than my face and that works great for me!
Fake Tanning my Hands:
Fake tanning hands can be quite difficult, and I have found the best product to use on my hands is a fake tanning mist.  Fake tanning lotions can absorb into fingers and knuckles and end up looking really obvious. A mist will distribute the product a lot more evenly and will look a lot more natural on your hands. Fake tan always fades on my hands really quickly though, and I have to admit sometimes I have pale hands and very tanned arms!

Well that's it for my fake tanning routine. Thank you for reading I hope you've found it useful!
Do you fake tan? What products are part of your rountine?
Nuala xxx
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