A Firm Favourite: Soap & Glory’s Up-toned Girl Review

Hey there everyone! Summer is just around the corner and I’m getting beach ready! Apart from cleaning up my eating habits (there’ll be less chocolate cookies in my cupboard for a while!) and hitting the gym, I’m also testing out a firming product for the first time ever! Soap & Glory’s Up-toned girl is a body lotion with a difference and, when applied daily, it smoothes the skin and firms up troublesome areas. Here’s what I thought of the product:

Packaging: 5/5

Up-toned girl comes in a convenient pump bottle and, as ever, I love the cheeky vintage pin-up on the packaging. I also like the stylish colour scheme and the luxurious look of the pink and silver design.

Smell: 5/5

The product contains coconut, almond and grapeseed oils and has a fresh, mildly fruity scent.

Performance: 5/5

Up-toned Girl has a light formula which absorbs well into the skin, leaving even the least moistured areas feeling soft and well-cared for; a must in the dry Summer weather! I loved how Soap & Glory’s illuminating ‘Flatterspheres’ gave my skin a healthy and natural Summer glow.

Up-toned Girl is an excellent body lotion, even without its unique selling point; Soap & Glory’s ‘Self-Taut Technology’, a secret formula which firms, tones and moisturises the skin. Now, when it comes to toning, nothing can beat a healthy diet and frequent exercise, but I am pleasantly surprised with the results of this product.  Over the last two weeks, the cellulite on my legs has cleared up considerably and my skin is feeling so much softer! I will definitely be re-buying.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s review and that you’re enjoying the Summer weather wherever you are. I’d love to know; what are your Summer beauty must-haves?

Until next time!

Danielle xx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

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From Wild to Wonderful: Eyebrow Hacks and Beauty Review

Long have I longed for fuller, sexier, more dramatic eyebrows and recently, I tried out Soap & Glory’s Archery DIY Brow Bar [£12.00 for 5.6g in Boots] to see if it could give me just that. Soap & Glory’s offering is a 4-in-1 product, which includes 2 shades of powder, a highlighter and a wax to set and define your brows. It also includes two feathered mini-brushes. Here’s what I thought:

Packaging: 5/5

Soap & Glory have done it again! The Archery DIY Brow Bar is compact, handbag friendly and beautifully designed. As I am always on-the-go, I also like that the product doubles up as a pocket mirror, which is ideal for topping up your makeup on the bus or tube.

Product: 5/5

The quality of the powder is one of my favourite things about the Archery DIY Brow Bar. The chocolate brown shade perfectly complemented my dark hair colouring, but the fairer haired amongst you can mix the brown and blonde shades to match your natural eyebrow colour. Meanwhile, the highlighter adds extra impact when applied to the arch of the eyebrow. Finally, the wax was one of my favourite things about the set; I’d never thought about using wax to texturize my brows before and I loved the finished look!

Value: 5/5

At  £12.00, I think that the Archery DIY Brow Bar is good value for money. The products are of a high quality and the mirror and brushes come in very handy. I would particularly recommend this product to anyone travelling over Summer, as the Archery DIY Brow Bar gives you everything that you’ll need to create impactful brows on-the-go.

My top eyebrow tips:

  • Know which brow shape you’re aiming to create: for example, I have a heart shaped face, so I use makeup to enhance the curve of my eyebrow arch and create the illusion of a softer jawline.
  • Getting your eyebrows threaded is more painful than plucking or waxing, however the arch will be crisper and the results will last much longer.
  • When doing your makeup, blend different shades of powder to match your hair colour. This will make the finished look appear much more natural.
  • Finish off by applying concealer above and below your brows for a crisper finish.

I hope that you enjoyed my post and I’d love to know your favourite eyebrow hacks.

Until next time! Danielle xx

Blog supported by Soap & Glory

10-Minute Makeup Tips for the Girl who is Always Late

It’s 08.45am and you have to dash out to your 09.00am lecture PRONTO. You may be in rush, but have no fear; there is still plenty of time to create a fab, fresh-faced makeup look. Here’s my top beauty tips for girls in a rush:

  1. Moisturise and apply sun protection

You can’t build anything on bad foundations, so don’t forget to care for your skin!

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Soap & Glory’s Speed Plump Moisturiser has become a firm favourite of mine. It hydrates my skin and it smells divine, with a strong hint of watermelon (£13.00 for 50ml in Boots)

2. Time is of the essence!

When I’m in a rush, I usually put 3 up-tempo songs on a playlist. I then have to use those 9-10 minutes to finish my makeup and get out the door- sharpish!

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These cheek sticks from Soap & Glory are a great time-saver as they can easily be applied on the bus or tube, meaning that you don’t have the added worry of faffing around with powder and brushes! (£8.00 for 14.4g in Boots)
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I am in love with this rich and rosy colour ❤

 

3. Start with what matters most to you:

I suffer from uneven, blemished skin, so concealer and foundation are a must for me! Dusting off my nose with a little powder helps to hide the grease on my pesky T-zone.

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Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder by Soap & Glory (£12.00 for 7g in Boots)

4. Eyes on the prize

A dusting of champagne  eyeshadow will instantly brighten up sleepy eyelids, whilst a quick lashing of mascara will open up your eyes and make you seem more awake.

5. Distract the eye

Opt for a bold lip colour. This will distract the eye from imperfections and give your makeup are more ‘finished’ look.

Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick by Soap  & Glory in ‘  ‘- £9.00 in Boots

6. Smell fresh, feel fresh

So, you didn’t get up early enough to shower this morning? No problem! A quick spritz of body spray will leave you smelling fresher than your morning coffee.

I am loving the Smoothie Star Body Spray by Soap & Glory right now, as I find the scent of almond and vanilla utterly irresistible! (£4.00 for 100ml in Boots)

7.  Be disciplined

Undoubtedly, punctuality and eating a healthy breakfast are much more important than having beautifully contoured cheeks, so stick to your time limit! It’s also great to embrace having makeup-free days regularly. Makeup can dry out the skin and clog pores, whilst parabens in your favourite products can even break down collagen, making you age prematurely. This means that having a couple of makeup-free days per week can be great for your skin!

I hope that you enjoyed my post and I’d love to hear your tips for busy mornings. Until next time!

Danielle xxx

Easter Candy-Inspired Makeup Tutorial 🍭

Hey everyone! This week I’m celebrating Easter early with this fab candy-inspired makeup look.

All of the products used in this tutorial were applied using my much-loved brushes from EcoTools. I have the 6-piece Bamboo Set (£15.99, Boots), the Sheer Finish Brush (£7.99, Boots) and the Define and Highlight Set (pictured below, £11.99, Boots). They are made from recycled materials and, in addition to being incredibly soft, they are also cruelty free!

As Easter is all about fresh, glowing skin, I began by priming my face using a little of Soap & Glory’s Hocus Focus ‘Illuminator’ (£11.00 for 30ml, Boots).  This product has a slight shimmer and is perfect for creating a fresh-faced daytime look.

Next, I used my Moisture Foundation from The Body Shop (£ 15.00 for 30ml) to give my skin extra coverage and colour. I love this foundation because it contains SPF 15 and it is perfect for enjoying the sun guilt-free. The formula is light and as it is slightly tinted, it gives you a healthy Summer tan (something which is hard to come by in Scotland!)

Binging on chocolate at Easter means one thing; spots! To hide my pesky skin imperfections, I applied a little of Soap & Glory’s Kick Ass Concealer (£10.00 for 5.2g, Boots). What I love about the Kick Ass Concealer is that it is a 2-in-1 product, which features a pink-toned formula for covering up spots and a yellow-toned one for brightening up the undereye area. Both formulas are highly pigmented and the Kick Ass concealer does a great job of giving my skin a flawless finish.

To contour my face, I applied Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder Bronzer (£11.00 for 9g, Boots) in the shape of a number 3 over the side of my face and cheeks. I then dusted a little bronzer onto the sides of my nose and blended using a EcoTools fan brush.

Next, I used a concealer brush to dab a little more of Soap & Glory’s Hocus Pocus Illuminator onto my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. To finish off my cheeks, I applied Soap & Glory’s Peach Party Blusher (£11.00 for 7g, Boots) to the apples of my cheeks with an EcoTools blusher brush.  I just adore this product’s rich, natural looking colour. Don’t be scared by all the sparkle!


As this was a candy- inspired look, I opted to use a sugary shade of pink on my eyelids. My chosen shade was ‘Pink-tuative’ from Soap & Glory’s The Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette (£13.00, Boots). After blending, I also applied a little of the shade ‘Mauve Over’ to my crease, thus creating greater depth.

After a quick lashing of Soap & Glory’s Supercat Eyeliner (£6.00 from Boots- it’s a bargain!)  and Thick And Fast Mascara (£10.00, Boots), I was almost ready to go! I love Supercat because, unlike many felt tip eyeliners, it is highly pigmented. Also, the product is long-lasting, letting me enjoy my cat eyes all day (and night!)

Last, but certainly not least, I gave my lips some attention. For this candy-inspired tutorial, I opted for Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in ‘Cerise Please’ (£9.00, Boots). The lipstick smells faintly of vanilla (win!) and its highly-pigmented colour is just perfect for a bold Spring look!

To finish off, I blended my makeup with a little of Revlon’s Colourstay Pressed Powder (£10.00,  Boots) and I was good to go!

Here is a picture of the finished look!

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I’d love to know what you think of this makeup look. What are your Easter plans? 🐣 🍫🍭

Danielle xx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

All You Need Is Scrub: Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub Review

Hey everyone!

Summer is just around the corner and I’m on the hunt for perfectly soft holiday skin. So, this week,  I’ve been testing out whether Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush Body Scrub can give me just that. Here’s what I thought:


Texture: 5/5

I love the texture of this body scrub, as it exfoliates gently and  is not overly abrasive.


Smell:5/5

I love the citrus scent of the Sugar Crush Body Scrub, which contains sweet lime, almond oil, macadamia grains and glycerin from smashed brown sugar. The Scrub really helps to wake me up in the mornings.


Effect: 5/5

When used in conjunction with a quality body butter, this scrub left my harsh Winter skin feeling silky smooth.


Value: 5/5

Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush Body Scrub retails at £8.00 for 300 ml in Boots. I think that this is good value for money, because the scrub feels like a really luxiourious, high-end produt. You also get a generous amount of product for your money.

The Verdict:

I have noticed that my skin has softened since I began using the Sugar Crush Body Scrub and the product adds a little luxury to my morning showers. I will definitely be re-purchasing.

Now I’m off to recover from a night of salsa dancing. How did you spend your weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Danielle xxx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

Beauty Review: Spring Favourites 

Hey there everyone!  As of this week I have 100 followers! Thank you so much to you all for your support. Your lovely comments never fail to put a big smile on my face!

Now let’s get back to today’s post. This week, I’m teaming up with my friend Yasmin from  lipstickmusing.wordpress.com to review  some of our  favourite beauty products for the new season. Here are our top beauty picks to help you transition stylishly into Spring.

1. The Greatest Scrub of All- Soap & Glory

Price: £9.00 for 150ml

Danielle says: “This face scrub gently exfoliates, leaving dry Winter skin feeling soft, fresh and ready for Spring. The product is gentle enough for everyday use and a little goes a long way, so it’s great value for money.”

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2. Moisture Foundation- The Body Shop

Price: £15.00 for 30ml

Danielle says: “I really like this foundation because it offers excellent coverage and feels light. It is a perfect base for a fresh-faced Spring look. Moreover, the Body Shop’s Moisture Foundation is ideal for the warmer weather because it features  SPF 15 sun protection, which lets you enjoy the sun guilt-free.”


3. Kick-Ass Concealer- Soap & Glory

Price: £10.00 for 7.7g

Yasmin says: “Fresh looking skin is always a key trend for Spring, but that doesn’t mean our skin cooperates and actually looks fresh. Soap and Glory’s Kick-Ass Concealer is a 3-step solution to eliminating blemishes and dullness to achieve a fresh glow. I love that it comes with a powder for sealing your concealer, as this is the best way to ensure your concealer stays put and looks perfectly blended in to skin.”


4. Naked Flushed Palette in ‘Streak’- Urban Decay

Price: £25.00 for 14g

Yasmin says: “Everything you need for flushed, glowing skin all in one palette! This trio provides you with a bronzer, a highlight and a blush, making it a perfect companion for  Spring travelling. The powders are super silky and the shades blend together seamlessly, giving you with sculpted, glowing cheeks.”

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5. Sunbeam Highlighter- Benefit

Price: £21.50 for 13ml

Yasmin says: “This highlighter is literally a sunbeam in a bottle! It adds gentle luminosity, making your skin look healthy and dewy – perfect for Spring. Plus, it feels super light due to its liquid formula; you can even mix a little in with your foundation for an all-over glow. This is a particular favourite of mine as it is such a natural looking highlight, giving you the ‘lit from within’ look.”

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6.  Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette- Urban Decay

Price: £39.50

Danielle says: “The dreamy colours in this Urban Decay palette are perfect for creating a fresh-faced Spring look. The eyeshadow is durable and works particularly when paired with Urban Decay’s primer potion. Despite being an expensive product, Naked 2 is definitely worth its price-tag because the eyeshadow is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.”

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7. Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in ‘Wonderland’- Ciaté London

Price: £17.00 for 6.5 ml

Danielle says: “Wonderland is a bright matte pink, which is perfect for Spring. My favourite thing about this liquid lipstick is its vivid colouration. The product feels light and once it has dried, the Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick has real staying power. I also love its precision tip applicator, which gives you a perfectly defined pout without ever needing lip liner.”

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8. ‘In Stitches’ Nail Polish- Essie

Price: £7.99 for 13.5ml

Yasmin says: “Essie nail polishes are my ultimate favourite – they have the best selection of colours out there, and their formula is long lasting and opaque. ‘In Stiches’ is a pretty blush shade, perfect for adding a touch of colour for Spring.”

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We hope that you enjoyed our Spring Favourites. We’d love to know,  what are your favourite beauty products for Spring?

Have a great weekend!

Danielle and Yasmin

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

Equestrian Style: Tottie Ellie Endurance Jodhpurs Review 

This week, the lovely ladies at Tottie have sent me some of their amazing equestrian gear to try out.

Tottie is one of my all-time favourite equestrian brands . Their products are a winning combination of functionality, fashion and fun.

Today  I’m going to be reviewing Tottie’s Ellie Endurance Jodhpurs, which normally cost £39.99 and are now reduced to £29.99. Let’s  start with my first impressions.

Appearance: 5/5

The Ellie Endurance Jodhpurs are a classic Tottie product, balancing style and practicality. The jodhpurs are very flattering and their subtle palm leaf design is really attractive. On a practical note, their dark blue colour is ideal for hiding the dust and dirt that comes with riding and stable chores.

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Comfort: 5/5

Described by Tottie as ‘riding tights’, the Ellie Endurance Jodhpurs don’t  have buttons or zips. As a result,  they are are extremely comfortable.

Moreover, the material is light, breathable and flexible enough to offer free movement while riding.

The jodhpurs feature inner knee patches, which gave my calves added comfort. I would definitely say that these jodhpurs are amongst some of the most comfortable that I own.

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Fit: 5/5

My jodhpurs were a great fit. The stretchy material moulds to your body, ensuring both comfort and a flattering silhoutte.

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Extras: 5/5

The Ellie Endurance Jodhpurs feature a small zipped pocket to the rear, which is ideal for storing your  keys and cash while out riding.

Accessories: 5/5

Aside from my lovely new jodhpurs, I also received some other  Tottie goodies to try out. I love my new Ampleforth Belt (£24.99). It is very stylish, combining quality leather with electric blue elastic panels. The leather gives the belt a luxurious  look, whilst the elastic makes it comfortable enough to wear on longer rides. The belt is ideal for  giving outfits an extra splash of colour and is also available in red.

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I also tried out Tottie’s knee-length Pandora Riding Socks, which kept my feet wonderfully warm. The socks were nicely padded, providing comfort without bulk and they fit smoothly under my riding boots. For £11.99, you get two pairs of socks, one  pink and one blue.

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The Verdict

I love the vivid colour and stylish design of Tottie products. Most of all, I love the  brand’s emphasis on comfort and performance. I feel that all 3 of the products featured in today’s review were value for money and I would definitely recommend them  to a friend.

You can find all of the products that I’ve reviewed here:

Jacket: https://harryhall.com/tottie-new-blouson-unisex-jacket-navy-blue

Jodhpurs: https://www.tottie.co.uk/catalogue/legwear/jodhpurs/ellie-endurance-jodhpurs/

Belt: https://harryhall.com/black-ampleforth-belt

Riding socks: https://harryhall.com/mixed-pandora-2-pack-sock-3-to-8

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I would love to hear whether you’ve tried Tottie riding gear before and, if so, what did you think?

Danielle (and my handsome friend Duke!) xx

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend? Beauty Review: Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Diamond

Hey everyone!

I hope that you’re having a wonderful week. With Galentines Day just around the corner, I’m super excited to post my first ever beauty review!

Let’s start with the brand; inspired by 1950’s pin-ups, Soap & Glory are all about natural beauty and the fun and fearless expression of femininity. Today I’ll be reviewing the Diamond Edition of Soap & Glory’s award-winning The Righteous Butter.

 The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition uses the same formula as the original. However, it is enhanced with luxurious pearlescent mica powder, which gives the skin an ethereal shimmer.

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It’s the diamond every girl wants this February…

 Here’s your beauty breakdown:


Packaging: 4/5

The pink packaging and shimmery label are both very pleasing on the eye. I did however miss the iconic Soap & Glory pin-ups!

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Left: The Righteous Butter Original, Right: The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition

Appearance: 5/5

The formula has a thick, creamy texture and a long-lasting glittering effect. I would recommend the original version of The Righteous Butter for daytime use, but the indulgent Diamond Edition is a dreamy addition to your pre- night out beauty routine.

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Scent: 5/5

Soap & Glory’s Original Pink fragrance is fresh and feminine. Zesty citrus, sweet summer fruit, flowers and a soft woody base combine for a fresh fragrance which avoids excessive sweetness.

Soap & Glory fragrances are developed by expert perfumers, whose long-lasting formulas leave you smelling gorgeous throughout the day and night. I like to keep a bottle of S&G Original Pink Body Spray in my handbag, to top up the flirty fragrance whenever I  need that something a little extra.

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Performance: 5/5

Soap & Glory body butters are a dream, and the Righteous Butter Diamond Edition is no exception. Unlike many body butters, The Righteous Butter absorbs very quickly into your skin, which is great if you are always dashing out to work or lectures. The butter  conditions your skin, leaving you feeling soft and sassy.


Value: 5/5

The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition is a fab product, and the best bit? It’s actually affordable! Retailing at £10 for 300ml in Boots, I am yet to find a body butter which beats this on price and quality.

From girl-to-girl, at the moment Boots are also offering a free gift when you spend £11 with Soap & Glory; so it’s a great time treat your girlfriends in time for Galentines Day.

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Galentines at the University of Edinburgh

The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition: It’s the diamond every girl wants this February…

My final semester at university has been stressful, but indulging in a little The Righteous Butter every morning has really helped me gear-up for the busy day ahead. I love the quality of the product and the price is student friendly. Would I recommend The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition?  Definitely.

Have you tried The Righteous Butter, or any other Soap & Glory products? What did you think?

Danielle xxxx

(Supported by Soap & Glory)