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Friday, 27 May 2016

Soap & Glory Shower Jelly

Despite my affinity for Lush bath bombs, I'm definitely more of a shower person so when I heard that Soap & Glory were adding two new products to their incredible bath and body range, I was definitely intrigued and excited to see what they would be. Imagine how happy I was when I found out that they were introducing two new shower gels or should I say, jellies. Something about them just screams Summer and as the weather has been warmer and sunnier over the past couple of weeks, I've found myself reaching for these every time that I've hopped into the shower recently. So as I've been putting these to the test since their launch, I'm here to share my thoughts on both of them and the shower jelly concept and here they are;

I have a feeling that a lot of you will have clicked onto this particular blog post solely to get your Sugar Crush fix and you'll definitely be happy to find another product added to the lime scented line. I'm a fan of the Sugar Crush scent, as you might have been able to tell if you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while and this Sugar Crush shower jelly smells exactly like you'd expect it to; sweet, zingy and fresh. 

The consistency is unlike any other shower gel or shower cream that I've used before and as the name suggests, this really does come out of the tube like jelly. I went through a bit of a phase in my early teens where all I would eat as a snack was strawberry jelly so the Original Pink shower jelly, in particular, certainly takes me back to those days. But what impressed me the most was the fact that both lather up really nicely. Some other shower gels just don't do that and that's why those are ones that I don't repurchase. These on the other hand, I can see as a permanent fixture in my bathroom cabinet for many months and years to come.

Speaking of Original Pink; I think that this might just be my favourite out of the two, solely because I'm all about the Righteous Butter and the Clean On Me range of products. Both shower jellies leave your skin smelling absolutely incredible and of your Soap & Glory scent of choice for a good number of hours and of course, if you follow up your shower with it's sister products, the scent lasts all the longer.

These retail at £5.50 each, which does seem a little bit pricey but that's mainly because I'm the kind of person who begrudges paying any more than £1 for a shower gel normally. I'll definitely be making an exception when it comes to these and as Boots regularly run 3 for 2 deals, it will be nice to receive one or both of these as a little added bonus after buying two other products. 

What do you think of these? Will you be picking one or both of them up when you're next in Boots? Are you more of a bath person or a shower person? And which Soap & Glory scent is your favourite?


Monday, 23 May 2016

The May 2016 Look Incredible Deluxe Box

Look Incredible Deluxe Beauty Box May 2016 Review

On Ellis Tuesday I've tried two beauty boxes in the past, from Look Fantastic and Birchbox respectively and I have to say, I've been impressed with every single one of them that I've received but when this month's Look Incredible deluxe beauty box arrived at my door, to say that I was blown away would be a definite understatement. So let's see exactly what is included in the May Look Incredible deluxe beauty box*;

NARS Makeup Primer Review Beauty Blog

First of all, any beauty box that includes one NARS product is a big hit for me so to find two full size NARS products is almost unbelievable. First up we have the NARS Makeup Primer. This retails for £25 on it's own and is a product that I've wanted to try for quite some time now. I'll be sure to share my thoughts on this and the next NARS product in a dedicated blog post in a couple of weeks time.

NARS Eyeshadow Palette Indian Summer Review Beauty Blog

Then we have the NARS Eyeshadow Palette in Indian Summer. I've tried NARS eyeshadows in the past and have always been incredibly impressed with the quality and pigmentation and this one is no different. I also adore the two colours both individually and together. This is £25 when bought on it's own. Did I mention the fact that this whole box is just £35?! More on that later.

Best Beauty Box Subscription Review 2016

Next up we have a brand that I've always wanted to try, as well as one of their most celebrated and best-selling products. When I saw the Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes mascara staring up at me from the box when it first arrived, I couldn't help but smile and get rather excited. I had actually planned on picking this up on my trip to Orlando later in the year so I could try it for the first time but thanks to the this month's Look Incredible box I can try it right now and thank goodness I did. I think I might have found a new must-have mascara. I've definitely got my eye on the Lights, Camera, Flashes statement mascara from them when I hit up Sephora later in the year.

There's usually one hero product in a beauty box, or at least that's how I normally feel when it comes to them, so to have two NARS products and an exclusive brand such as Tarte with a product that retails for £21.50, honestly blows my mind and that sense of excitement and awe continued when I spotted the absolutely stunning Guerlain Face Powder Brush. This retails for £25.50 ordinarily and despite it being my first foray into Guerlain, it definitely won't be my last. The bristles are so soft and simply beautiful.

And last but certainly not least we have the Chantecaille Lip Sheer in the shade Qatar. Chantecaille are a brand that I haven't heard a great deal about but there should really be more beauty buzz surrounding the brand. Their lip sheers retail for £24.50 and they do exactly what they say on the tin. It leaves you with such a lovely sheer look but it's equally buildable too. So I definitely wouldn't be put off by the intensity of the shade that you see in the bullet itself. I'll certainly be looking into more products from Chantecaille as a result of trying this lip sheer in the May box.

£35 is a little pricier than the other two beauty boxes that I've tried in the past (£15 a month for Look Fantastic and £12.95 (including P&P) for Birchbox) but the promise of receiving only 
full size products instead of sample and travel sized ones, definitely justifies the price. And when you take into consideration the fact that this month's products tally up to over £120, £35 really does seem like nothing at all. Talk about value for money!

Another big bonus for me when it comes to the Look Incredible box; delivery. I seem to live in a house where mail doesn't always arrive on time or at all so the fact that Look Incredible send each and every one of their boxes via Royal Mail's Second Class Signed For service is brilliant. If you've ever had mail go missing you'll know exactly how reassuring using a signed for service is. And the fact that your £35 includes that premium delivery really does sweeten the deal. 

For me, this is pretty much an unbeatable beauty box in terms of value for money, the size of the products included and the brands that have appeared. I can't wait to see what Look Incredible come up with for next month's box.

So what do you think of this edition of the Look Incredible deluxe beauty box? Have you tried any of the products included in the May box? If so, what are your thoughts on them? And which beauty box is your favourite out of the several that are currently on the market?


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Superdrug's Health & Beautycard's 5th Birthday Beauty Haul

Superdrug Birthday Beauty Haul Post

To celebrate the fact that Superdrug's Health & Beautycard has just turned 5, the team at Superdrug asked me if I'd like to do a spot of shopping. They very kindly loaded my Health & Beautycard with £40 worth of points to spend and here's what I managed to pick up, as well as all of the best deals and discounts that are available to Health & Beautycard holders to celebrate the big birthday;

Superdrug Haul

The first thing I spotted in store was the fact that there were lots of exclusive member only offers when it came to the Health & Beautycard. If you're out shopping anytime soon and pop into Superdrug, be sure to look for the little round tags and banners on the stands throughout the store. Or if you're shopping online, here are all the exclusive offers in one place. If you haven't already picked up a Health & Beautycard, there's no better time to do so than now.

One of the first deals to catch my eye was the members only one concerning Cocoa Brown. At the moment you'll receive 500 points when you buy two Cocoa Brown products and since Summer is fast approaching I decided to pick up both versions of their Instant Tan Bronzing Gels. I've yet to put them to the test but expect a full blog post dedicated to all things Summer tanning and sun protection in the next couple of weeks/month. Which one would you try first? The matte* or the shimmer*? And remember, 500 points basically equates to £5 worth of points, which means that you would only really be paying £8.98 for both products thanks to this great deal.

The other offer that instantly interested me was the 10% off selected Real Techniques products for Health & Beautycard members. After trying the Deluxe Holiday Set and their Miracle Complexion Sponge at the end of last year, I'd been keen to add to my Real Technqiues collection so I finally picked up the Travel Essentials* set along with their Brush Cleaner*. Again, much like the Cocoa Brown products, I will be sure to dedicate an entire blog post to my thoughts on these once I've properly put them to the test.

If those member only exclusive deals weren't enough reason to pick up or use your Health & Beautycard, there's plenty of other perks to using the card. There's lower prices, free delivery, bonus points offers, treats every Thursday and a surprise on your birthday. And talking of birthdays, all I have left to do is to wish Superdrug a big Happy Birthday! Here's to the next five years and more when it comes to the Health & Beautycard!

Now who do I talk to about those incredible looking birthday doughnuts? Hehe.

Superdrug Health & Beautycard Perks

Do you shop regularly at Superdrug? Do you own a Superdrug Health & Beautycard? Have you tried any of the products that I picked up in my haul? If so, what do you think of them? And what would you be treating yourself to thanks to the member only exclusive deals?

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