Magazine Freebie — Rituals Fortune Scrub

Saturday, 23 November 2013

I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves it when magazines release their December issues because more often than not there are freebies of some sort. This year I think Marie Claire have won, because they're giving away very generous sample (150ml!) of Fortune Scrub by Rituals.

Rituals Fortune Scrub, free with Marie Claire

Fortune Scrub is a cream scrub, so it has a grainy texture rather than a gritty one. Nevertheless it's a brilliant exfoliator  I don't think my elbows have ever been so smooth!

The thick creamy consistency means that it's very gentle, so it's perfect for this time of year, and the sweet orange and cedar scent is lovely.

Admittedly I don't usually choose woody scents but the sweet orange balances it out really nicely so it's not too overpowering.

Rituals Fortune Scrub is available with the December issue of Marie Claire magazine, which costs £3.90.

The Fortune Scrub is worth £10 so this is definitely worth picking up, plus this month's issue is a very good read!

REN Skincare

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A month or so ago I picked up three REN skincare samples with InStyle magazine, but didn’t get a chance to try them out til recently, when I went home for reading week and needed some travel-sized products. I regularly read good things about REN so I was very excited to use this set!

REN Skincare Samples

Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk

I loved this. It’s a cream in the tube but once it’s mixed with water it turns into a milk so a little goes a long way. My skin felt clean and soft after use.

Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel

Again, a little goes a long way with this – there’s a lot more in that tiny tube than you’d think. The skin round my eyes feels taught, but it didn't make much of a difference to make dark circles. I'm starting to think that they're a lost cause! 

Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream

Very gentle and it has a lovely texture but it wasn’t actually moisturising enough for me. The weather turning colder has made my skin feel tighter (I’ve switched to the rich version of my regular moisturiser) so perhaps the results would be different if I tried it in summer?

Overall my reactions were mixed; I think I'd buy the cleansing milk and the eye cream but I'd have to try the moisturiser again before making up my mind.

Halloween Make-Up and Nails

Sunday, 3 November 2013

This year was the first time I've celebrated Halloween for about ten years  my flatmates and I all dressed up and had a night out. I got so excited about what I was going to do with my make-up and nails, and changed my mind about a million times before deciding on a cobweb theme. You can see my awkward selfie attempt below:

I used my Collection Fast Stroke liquid eyeliner to define my top lashline and then extended it beyond where I would normally flick to create a cobweb shape. I absolutely love this product; it's easy to use, a really nice shade of black and only costs £2.99.

I used Seventeen's Starry Eyes Trio Eyeshadow in Starstruck (pale pink, light metallic grey, dark grey/black) on my lids but all the shades were really patchy, no matter what I applied them with, and the pigmentation wasn't great so I was quite disappointed, especially as I love their cream eyeshadows so much.

On my lips I used Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush and it was the perfect shade  plummy and dark enough for Halloween, but not too much with the heavy eye make-up. Its staying power was incredible; when I woke up the next morning there was still a noticeable hint of colour on my lips. Very impressive considering that I had several drinks throughout the night and took all my make-up off when I got back to the flat. Top marks Revlon!

Creating this nail art was so much fun! It was also really simple  I just used the pen nib on my Models Own Nail Art Pen to draw the cobweb shape on each of my nails. As I'm right-handed the cobwebs looked loads better on this hand (my left) but all the shapes were a little bit different so it didn't matter too much. I added a little bit of gold glitter in the centre of each one to match my witch hat.

Do you usually celebrate Halloween? What did you dress up as this year?
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