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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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 Treats: How To Make A Homemade Chocolate Face Mask

As much as I love chocolate, it just doesn’t seem to love me back. That’s why. this Easter, I’m being kind to my skin by putting chocolate on my face, instead of in my mouth!

You can buy chocolate face treatments from many spas and beauty suppliers, but it’s much cheaper and more entertaining to make your own at home. The consistency of this homemade treatment is light and the formula works wonders on my skin, leaving it feeling soft and well cared for. And the best bit? The chocolate face mask smells good enough to eat!


Here is how you can make it yourself at home!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

What you will need:

  • A pan
  • A glass bowl/ measuring jug
  • A mixing bowl
  • Table spoons
  • A container to store the finished product
  • 25g good quality dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 table spoon of almond oil
  • 1 table spoon of honey

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Method:

  1. Fill the pan half full with water and set the glass bowl inside. Place on a medium heat to warm the water.
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces, placing the fragments into the bowl. Stir until melted.
  3. Separate an egg yolk and whisk it in a bowl.
  4. Add the oil, honey and finally the chocolate to the bowl.
  5. Place the face mask  in a empty container.
  6. Apply the treatment and wash your face clean 15 minutes later. Your skin will be left feeling pampered and, best of all, it will smell of  dark chocolate!

 

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I hope that you enjoyed my post and I’d love to hear about your chocolatey Easter creations!

Until next time,

Danielle xxx

(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)

Spring Clean With Me- Makeup Bag Edit

Hey everyone! Today I’m chatting about spring cleaning. Now, although I’m  pretty organised in most areas of my life, the same cannot be said of my makeup collection. That’s why this February, I’m trying to mend my beauty ways, paving the way for radiant summer skin.

Here’s how I give my  beauty collection the spring clean treatment.

1) Get Your Dates Right 

There is a common misconception that beauty  products can’t go out of date. Although it is true that dry products (like eye shadow) can last for a year or more, other products are significantly less durable.

Once a product is opened, it becomes susceptible to contamination by micro-organisms, from both our skin and the air. Products such as mascara, liquid eyeliner, foundation, and lip-gloss (which all have a high-water ratio) are particularly vulnerable.

You should be wary of products which have separated out into layers, undergone a change in colour, or begun to emit an unusual odour.

Many beauty products have a special icon on the back of their packaging, indicating the lifespan of the product. Always look for this while sorting out your beauty collection.

You may be reluctant to toss away your favourite foundation, but it is worth being cautious, as out of date products are breeding grounds for bacteria and can contribute to bad skin and infections.

2). Don’t Forget Your Brushes!

Makeup brushes collect oil, dirt, and bacteria, which can all clog pores and cause breakouts.  To avoid this, you should try to clean your brushes once a week.

If you don’t know how to clean your makeup brushes, the process is easy.

  1. First, you should run the bristles under lukewarm water to remove any excess makeup or dirt.
  2. Next, wash the bristles using a gentle cleanser. I use a cleanser because shampoo and antibacterial soap can irritate sensitive skin.
  3. Wash away the cleanser with warm water. Finally, pat the brushes dry and re-arrange the bristles.

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3. Stick To The 12 Week Rule

I don’t know about you, but over the course of numerous Christmases and Birthdays, I have accumulated a vast collection of unwanted beauty products.

To combat makeup hoarding, discard items that you have failed to use over the last 3 months. Decluttering is very satisfying and downsizing your makeup collection will give you more space for future beauty hauls.

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4) Give A Little Gift!

If you have unwanted beauty products that are still in-date, then why not pass them on to a friend? They will be grateful for the surprise gift and you’ll feel great, knowing that your unwanted products are being enjoyed by someone else.

5) Pretty Storage Solutions

Now that you have dealt with all of your old and unwanted products, it’s time to find some sexy new storage solutions to keep your beauty and skincare collection organised. Tidy away your makeup in wicker or wire baskets, display your makeup brushes in empty jam jars and keep hair ties in a trendy copper bowl.

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I hope that you found my tips useful and I would love to hear about your Spring cleaning ideas.

Danielle xxx

(Supported by Soap & Glory)

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)