Bath/Shower

DrSalts+

Have you ever felt like flying to Nepal to climb and/or swim in the Himalayas but then thought: ‘you know what, I could just run to Superdrug to pick up some Himalayan Bath Salts…’? Yes, so have I.

I’ve got a friend in Nepal so I’d love to go, but when money is an object and my job is the object of my affection, it’s a no can do situation.

In other news, remember ‘Salt Bae‘? Well, he’s only gone and went to Uni and got a degree and is now DrSalts+ Bae…*

*debatable

Before I get further into this review, here are some facts about Himalayan salts (bath ones in particular) and why you need them in your rooms of the bathing variety….

Himalayan salts are found deep within the rivers and valleys of the Himalayan Mountains. They were formed 250 million years ago from ancient unpolluted seas and are considered to be some of the most pure salts in the world.

Himalayan salts contain upwards of 84 minerals and trace elements, almost identical to those in our body – it is easy to see why bathing in high quality Himalayan salts could replenish the minerals which are critical to maintaining a healthy body, especially the skin and muscles.

I can reveal that I’m thoroughly impressed with these, I use them and have noticed a difference. They’re very helpful after a workout

They help to relax my muscles, and this blog is my oyster. When you get it, you’ll get it… When you won’t, you’ll never get it.

The colour of these salts are beautiful pink/coral. Wow. The affordability of these salts are also wow. The packaging gets another wow.

I love DrSalts+ Himalayan because it’s full of minerals including sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. These salts are made for your next bath, especially because of their list of benefits:

  • Stimulate circulation
  •  Detoxify and hydrate the skin
  • Increase moisture retention
  • Help to promote cellular regeneration and can help to heal dry, irritated skin
  • Help reduce inflammation of the muscles and joints, relax muscles and can
  • therefore help to relieve pain and soreness
  • Reduce stress and promote a better night’s sleep

Here is one thing I find extremely strange: salt when consumed by my person makes me inflate but when washed in by my person it’s somewhat detoxifying. Hmm…

To conclude, I want to liken them to FROSTIES ’cause they’re “GREAAAAT!”

Glossybox

I wasn’t going to blog about GLOSSYBOX because I wasn’t a fan of much… However, I’ve since changed my mind because some of them actually that bad. They might be useless for me, but they might be useful for you.

Merci Handy

Let’s start with the hand sanitiser. I need this when travelling on TfL. Trust me, I catch germs like Ash does Pokémon. So, it’s got to stop!

Merci Handy helps to a degree… It’s French, is rose gold in colour and seems pretty good? I’m not a hand gel connoisseur, I haven’t got any idea about how good it actually is…

As far as I know, it has one job, to kill the bacteria but keep it on our hands – until we can get to sink. That’s it. Oh, and it smells like perfumed alcohol.

Merci for reading.

Rodial Glamolash XXL

Yeah, okay, I’m going to say it – I wasn’t expecting much from this mascara…

Aside from the fact I’m very picky when it comes to mascaras, I have worn Rodial before, in the form of a foundation, and it didn’t agree with me.

I’ve got to say that I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by this… I was even reluctant to try it. Boy was I wrong. It’s lovely. Again, I’m not saying it’s the best I’ve ever used, I’m just saying it’s good.

It contains beeswax which helps with the conditioning of our lashes, carnauba wax which evens and fans them out and soluable collagen which works to provide full volume and body to them.

It’s a nice little sample, but I doubt I’ll be buying again…

The wand is nice and thin, just how I like it. I’d say it’s good for long lashed girls like myself, and even better for those with shorter lashes I’d suspect.

The most important thing about mascaras (for me) has to be the deep, dark colour. Rodial’s Glamolash XXL provides just that.

Models Co. Contour Stick

This one felt like I was applying Crayola on my cheekbones. Nah, it isn’t for me… I don’t do drawing on cheekbones, never have and won’t be starting anytime soon.

I’m sure it’s a great little tool for artists (of the makeup variety), but I can’t even draw a wing of eyeliner. I have no hope trying to draw contour.

Sorry, if we were on Family Fortunes you’d be hearing the BUZZER.

Also, while I’m here – GLOSSYBOX, the colour you gave me was horrendous… It was brown, sparkly, and I looked like I’d smeared glittery shit on my face. Nah, soz. I ain’t ’bout that life.

Elgon Deliwash Haircare Cleansing Conditioner Co-Wash

Oh! This one has to be my favourite of all of the Glossybox samples I received! Let’s face it, two out of four were abysmal, and another was a hand sanitiser, so… I mean, come on!

This smells lush, makes my hair feel soft and look shinier.

Mind you, I’ve just dyed my hair with L’Oréal’s Casting Creme Gloss (with Royal Jelly), if my hair gets any shinier, people’ll think it’s Rudolph’s nose a few months late (or early).

Yeah, I’d probably invest in this. It’s a definite maybe.

Again, like everything else in this month’s box, I wasn’t expecting much from this… However, it pleasantly surprised me. Well done, GLOSSYBOX.

SportFX Brow Pencil

I gave this one to my mum. I do not need it, one bit… My eyebrows are thick and black as it is… If I was to use this on top of them, I’d look like the night sky.

Another thing, I have experience of drawing my eyebrows (and lips) in with a pencil, the end result wasn’t pretty…. I looked like what would happen if Ru Paul’s Drag Race and a clown procreated.

My mum might be pleased with it though because her eyebrows aren’t as dark as mine, and she might actually know how to use it professionally. I’ll ask her and get back to you.

Final note: if it’s got Sport in the title, give it to the likes of Usain Bolt or Mo Farah, they’ll put it to good use.

To conclude, the best things about this box was the mascara and the conditioner. The hand sanitiser? Are you serious? You want me to get excited over that? It’s good but come on… Don’t even get me started on that Crayola Glitter shit thing! The brow pencil I’m indifferent on ’cause I never used it (and won’t).

This is chock-a-block with delicious butters and oils to leave your skin looking plumped up, gorgeous, and smelling of roses. Take this into the shower or bath, massage over wet skin and rinse off just as you would a hair conditioner. We’ve used deeply nourishing argan oil, which is thought to have anti-ageing properties as it’s rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and added brazil nut and almond oils as well as cocoa, shea and cupuaçu butters to leave your skin supple and radiant.

Ro's Argan

Ro, ro, ro your boat gently down to LUSH… Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily buy absolutely every batch of this!

Do you wake up in the morning wanting to feel like how P Diddy would feel if he was a member of the finest species of the aquatics? Word on the street is that you do… That’s why you need to get your mind, body and soul some of this.

Ro’s Argan body conditioner – or as my brother might call it “Ro’s Orang-utan body conditioner”… Don’t ask. Seriously, I tried asking a while back and it didn’t go down too well, nor get answered.

To me, it smells like cinnamon. If you smell it and can’t sense the hint, I’ve obviously been sticking my nose in the wrong place.

I bathe in Ro’s Argan as you would shower gel.

It’s basically conditioner – but for the body… I know what you’re thinking, “NO SH*T THREE AND A HALF SHERLOCKS!”

But, seriously, it’s great if you use this in shower while shaving because I assume they hairs’ll grow back finer. I wax mine, so I can’t comment. However, I’ve heard shaving with hair conditioner softens the growth, so I’m guessing it’s the same with this.

I don’t have anything to say other than dolphins are the be all and end all of the aquatics. If you can find me someone who doesn’t like dolphins, I’ll show you someone who shouldn’t exist in society. Harsh, but fair.

30 Beauty Questions Tag

I enjoyed the ‘Tattoo Tagso much that I’ve decided to do another one… However, I’m now turning my attentions to Beauty..

Do you remember your first makeup item?

I actually do! I think my first makeup product was the Maybelline Super Stay 16 Hour Foundation in 300 shades too dark and about 700 layers too thick. That was Mii… Haters would say I looked like an acne-sufferer who resembled TanMom!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

I have to say that my favourite ever mascara has to be the Masterpiece Transform by MaxFactor. This one suits my lashes perfectly and to a T. It lengthens, it curls, it thickens and it darkens… I love everything about it. Even the thin wand…

What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

Matte and flawless coverage – but I don’t mind if a blemish is still be visible. Also, I wouldn’t say no to a few glowing areas… However, I don’t want to look like I’ve been doing nothing but performing the act of facial perspiration all day!

Favourite high end brand?

Christian Dior. It’s one of them ones that can show all the other high-end ones the Door

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?

Kiko Milano, Kat Von D, Shiseido, Sephora, Origins.

Favorite drugstore brand?

L’Oréal (or Bourjois). I have a thing for the Parisienne.

Do you wear fake eyelashes?

Nope. I literally can’t even contemplate fake lashes or a metal eyelash curler. My lashes are my eyes’ life… If I put glue on them to put extra lashes on, my real OGs will real COME OFF!

Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?

I’ve left my house looking like I shouldn’t have left or that I don’t have one to leave plenty of times… So, in a word, no.

What is your most cherised beauty product?

My L’Oreal Men Expert Tattoo Reviver. I’m not even going to *tattoo* coat it… There, I said it! 😉

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?

I shop often for makeup and food. I think makeup comes before food. I pick up items here or there and/or hoard them here or there as well. I’d buy a product, forget about it, think I’ve lost it when I remember, then find it again – out of date…

Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 

I’m moving into my own place at the end of the year, so, no – I can’t afford to not budget.

Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

Nah. I’m awful at this. I should, but I don’t. I just A) never remember to and B) don’t see the point because realistically they’re making you spend more than you need to. Having said that, one thing I do love, is my mum’s Boots’ card. 😍😍😍.

Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand?

If I don’t like a brand, I won’t blog about it or use its products… If I love a brand, I blog about it. If they have a product that doesn’t agree with me, I’m honest.

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

There’s only so much you can actually do to prevent ingredients… I just try to use the most natural of products or products that have a high % of natural ingredients in them.

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Boots/Superdrug. I get lost in there. Sometimes when I need Dior, I venture into Fenwick or John Lewis and can never find the exit. I mean, how does one find the exit of one of those?

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I love trying new ones, but I think it’s best – for my skin – to stick to a routine because I don’t want my skin to breakout again. It was awful.

Favorite bath and body brand?

L U S H. It’s, umm, LUSH.

What brand do you think has the best packaging?

Guerlain. That packaging though… Also, LANCÔME is up there too, tbh.

Which celebrity always has great makeup?

Vanessa Hudgens or Kate Middleton.

5 Favorite Beauty Gurus

What? 😆

I’m supposed to say who I look up to for makeup? Myself, I reckon I do good makeup on myself and just about no-one else. Charlotte Tilbury. HudaBeauty. Jenna Marbles (if she was to do a makeup video). My neighbours’ cat? I’m sure she’ll be good at it if I train her. 💖

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?

That’s like asking me if I like bidets. I love bidets.

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Do you mean: “have you left dents in your eye where you pupil used to be (whilst putting on mascara)”? If so, yes.

 Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?

The only things I ever wear on my eye are creams, mascara and eyeliner. I can’t for the life of me (or anyone else’s) do eyeshadow. Also, I might as well own up now in saying that my eyeliner isn’t “wings and dat”… It’s more “line your waterline and on/under the lash line (with Khol) and hope for the best”.

How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

Zero. None. Nought.

What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?

Isn’t that like asking me if I pour milk into my bowl before the Coco Pops – or – if the Chicken came before the Egg?

Come on, people! What are some of these questions?! Why on God’s Earth would I put concealer before the foundation??? If you do that then I’m sorry, I’m sure it works for you but it’s just not something I’m familiar with.

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?

The word ‘consider’ is a strong one. You could “consider” something all you want, if you really want to do it, you would. 💖

What do you love about makeup?

That I can write about it. That it gives others confidence… That it can transform people’s faces or bodies. If you think about it, makeup is really quite something.

Herbalism

This a story all about how I entered my bath and ended up looking like Jim Carry from The Mask… 🎶 (Fresh Prince of Bel Air probably did this tune better).

Anyway, of all the strange things to happen to me, I walked into my bath for a shower (#savage, allie?! 😱) after trying an “experiment” which claims to revert greys/whites/silvers back to your natural hair colour, but looked in the mirror to find Stanley Ipkiss staring back at me.

Nettles, rosemary and rice bran vinegar work to cleanse the skin, removing dirt and grease, leaving bright and beautifully clean skin. Chamomile blue oil and rose absolute are used for balancing skin tone. Rice bran and ground almonds will gently exfoliate the skin and when mixed with water, the almonds create a soft cleansing milk. Our chlorophyllin is extracted from alfalfa, which is rich in vitamins and minerals and is great for revitalising the skin.

Herbalism is a green, fresh cleanser that positively surprised me in how good it felt on my skin. I actually feel as though my skin has been “replenished”. Oh, yes, I’m onto adult words now! Join me here tomorrow where I’ll be mentioning words like: “stratospherically” (well fit) and “unbloodybelievably” HOW are you real and not a God? 💖

What do I love about Herbalism? The fact that it’s got chlorophyll in it. 😆 Everyone get your ‘Photosynthesis for Dummies’ books out, or AQA as they’re better known… Who loved science growing up? Tbh, I didn’t mind any subject, I enjoyed school ’cause I was a boffin (who didn’t know her gluteus maximus from her funny bone).

Even though I’ve only used it once, I’ve already noticed that Herbalism has made my skin smoother, softer and cleaner. I can always tell if a LUSH product suits me after just one use – it’s the same with their masks (which are their products 😆).

For example, their Tea Tree Toner has broken me out once before…. I later realised that this was because spots and bacteria were trapped under the skin, so LUSH’s Tea Tree Water was just bringing that to the surface.

This is a good tip to note. Obviously if you encounter a really bad reaction like burning, skin infection or discolouration – stop using whatever you’re using immediately and go to seek treatment. If not, go in to seek advice, but stop until you get it.

Finally, I love Herbalism. It’s Herbalismly Herbtastic and I Herbzard a guess that I’ll be repurchasing. Green like Kermit. Frogs are always bae on Sundays, especially this one.