Big Blue – LUSH

After what seems like ages, I decided I needed a Lush bath. This little guy was on my ‘need to use soon’ list as I’ve had it in my stash for quite some time now. It’s one of my old favourites, and it turns the bath water one of the most gorgeous shades of blue I’ve ever seen.

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I’m not sure why my Big Blue bath bomb looks like it’s been through the wars. If anyone else has ever ordered anything online from Lush, have you experienced them looking weird and discoloured too? It’s not the first time it’s happened and the bath products themselves have never been defective. I’m just curious!

I haven’t used a Big Blue from Lush in ages, which is quite sad as it’s one of my favourite bath bombs. I have a huge issue with the seaweed inside it; I just can’t get over the fact that it looks like spiders in my bathtub! Call me weird, but I can think of nothing worse than a candle lit bath, and in the gloomy light seeing black things floating around and feeling them brushing against my skin. It also clogs the plug hole and I don’t like fishing it out after I get out of the bath, if I leave it then people will freak out… it’s a seaweed catch 22.

Please tell me I’m not alone in my seaweed madness!?

Anyway, the other day I was determined to use my Big Blue bath bomb before it fell to bits and ‘went off’ and I suddenly had the brain wave, after nearly two years of avoiding this lovely bath bomb, use a SIEVE! It was genius, even if I do say so myself. I plopped the bath bomb into the water and sieved all the floating bits out, it didn’t take that long and it meant I didn’t have a mid bath freak out.

Using the sieve after you’ve let the bath bomb dissolve also means you can leave the seaweed in there a bit to soften the water up before you remove it. bigblu2

I love the fresh seaside scent and it’s Mediterranean blue water, it really is one of the best bathbombs for just chilling out and forgetting where you are for the evening. It leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft, and the sea salt is a lovely little touch. The seaweed is called Arame Seaweed and according to the Lush site, it’s rich in vitamins and minerals, so if you can stick being in the bath with it, you get all that good stuff too.

It’s one of their cheaper bath bombs, and is around the £3.35 from Lush at the moment. Plus, if you’re ever desperate for a piece of summer, this is definitely the way to go!

Alice x

Sleek Original Pallet 549

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Is it Autumn yet!?

I’ve been meaning to replace a couple of my pallets as they’re starting to look like they’ve seen better days and a couple of the pans are either empty or pretty used. I picked up Sleek’s i-Divine Original (549) pallet in Boots and I think I’m in love! The pallet is themed around London and has some of the loveliest shade names I’ve ever seen!

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The pallet is mostly metallic, ‘Black Cab’ is the only matte shade in the bunch but I’ve been finding a lot of metallic pallets have a matte black! I’m not sure why this is, and it does look a bit odd. I seem to have acquired a lot of black mattes and I hardly ever use them. Oh well, there’s always that one colour I suppose…

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The pallet came with one of those annoying sponge applicator things, I have no idea why they bother wasting plastic with them as they’re pretty useless. Although one thing I love about Sleek is the mirrors they put into their pallets, they’re big, amazing and a life saver! There was also a clear piece of plastic that covered the top of the eyeshadows, which had the shade names printed on. It was a pretty cute idea, and it also doubled as a bit of protection for the mirror! I’m still in the stage of new make-up where I make an effort to keep it nice and neat.

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The shadows are quite pigmented, although ‘Afternoon Tea’ did let the side down a little bit. I can see myself using ‘London Eye’, ‘Big Ben’, ‘London Rain’, ‘Banksy’ and ‘Hyde Park’ the most. I think ‘Royal’ might get a bit neglected as I’m not a huge fan of the shade but I’m sure i’ll find a way to blend it with something!

They’ve lasted really well too. I’ve been wearing ‘Banksy’ and ‘Hyde Park’ today and the shadow hasn’t moved or faded. So far so good! In testament to this, the swatches were a nightmare to wash off, I gave up in the end and went out for dinner with rainbow lines up my right arm. Talk about staying power…)

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The only down side is the matte plastic lid, which a lot of Sleek products have. It looks gorgeous when new, but after awhile it picks up smudges and looks dirty pretty quickly. It would never put me off buying anything, but I’ve already managed to get a foundation fingerprint on the lid and it just doesn’t wipe clean very well…

All in all I’ve a very happy bunny with this!

Favourite shade? 🙂

The Pros and Cons of being newly ‘single’…

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Seen as I’m now ‘single’ and ready to pringle, I thought I’d do a light hearted post on the perks, and drawbacks of suddenly being free from well, togetherness. This is in no way an anti-relationship post, just a few amusing things I’ve noticed that have made me chuckle whilst I’ve been drowning in boxes and guilt.

I’d like to point out now thought that I’m saying ‘single’ in apostrophes because being married actually makes becoming single again an awkward process that makes you want to slam your face into a cactus. A very spiky cactus.

1. Bed space. I actually have room to roll over, without face planting the floor. On the flip side it’s cold and there’s nobody to warm me up, no midnight cuddles and well, that got depressing pretty quick, but YAY I CAN MAKE A DUVET ANGEL.

2. I have an entire library of songs I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to without feeling really sad because they remind me of you know, not being an emotional wreck. However I have an even bigger one that allows me to belt out STACEYS MOM HAS GOT IT GOING ON every time I stare at someone in the traffic light queue, and no one can judge me.

3. If I want to eat the same thing every day for a week, I can. Meal plans!? Pha! Spaghetti bolognaise is where it’s at, 5 nights a week until my body cannot take anymore pasta goodness. It’s like being a student but you feel guilty because you’re an adult now and you really should eat like one.

4. You can’t bake unless people come over. Somehow eating a whole cake or tin of buns is acceptable when there’s 2 of you, but when you’re alone even you know it shouldn’t be done. I really want to bake and do all sorts of things but there’s only me to eat it. It worries me that my stomach wants to shout CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

5. You have to do ALL the chores. Need I say any more. Well, on the plus side they’re all done to your standard and it’s bliss. Utter, tidy bliss.

If anyone else would like to add to my list, feel free to in the comments. 😀

Alice x

June Favourites <3

I’m not sure how many times I can apologise for being late on the whole blogging thing again. But, recently things have been pretty hard and hectic and asfdgh. I’m not going into detail at the moment, but I’m going through a (thankfully not messy) but complicated break up. So I’m in the middle of throwing my life around and hoping for the best.


Anyway, back to the June Favouites. 10 days late, but I hope you lovely bunch don’t mind too much. ❤

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ANATOMICALS – FACIAL SPRITZ.
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This was sent in a Glossybox a while ago now so I thought, I’m moving out, I need to use this up! It smells like lavender and is supposed to have a calming effect, on you and your skin. It definitely does and it smells lovely. The lavender scent is quite heavy, but it doesn’t linger on your skin. If I’m feeling a little anxious in the evenings I give my face a quick spritz and I’ve been finding it very soothing! Plus in this heat it’s really refreshing, although I still jump every time I have to spray it on my face.

The packaging is so quirky, cute and very summery! The Anatomicals team have written an amusing message on the back, which seems to be a theme with their products.

OGX – RENEWING ARGAN OIL CONDITIONER.

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It leaves my hair feeling so soft and silky and it smells gorgeous. I can’t really describe it, but I’ve recently had an ‘Argan Oil’ scented Yankee candle, and it smells like that. I had no idea Argan Oil had a smell, and I never imagined it would be a nice one but I love this so much! ❤ I’m really intrigued to try this with the shampoo, but I’m wondering if I can justify spending that much money on a shampoo and conditioner. *sigh*. It’s around £7 on Asda, per bottle. More expensive than my normal Tresemme.

The full bottles are a little too pricey for my liking, but it definitely works. But aside from that I love everything about this product. The bottle is a lovely colour and the design is quite unusual. It’s also really easy to get the last dregs of the conditioner out. The sample size lasted me about 2 weeks, which isn’t bad.

The Body Shop – Chocolate Body Scrub.

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I didn’t believe in love at first sight until I smelt The Body Shop’s ‘Chocolate’ collection. It smells so good you could eat it. It’s quite a thick and heavy chocolaty scent that reminds me of baking. It’s the perfect Winter/Autumn scent that’s for sure, but in the summer I love it just as much because it smells so comforting and yummy. Or maybe I’m just trying to say I’m addicted and I’m not ashamed.

The body scrub is sugar based, I believe, so when you rub it into your skin it dissolves. The dissolving of the sugar means it’s not harsh on your skin, but still lets you give it a good exfoliating session. It leaves your skin feeling super soft and smelling gorgeous! If you use the other chocolate scented products like the body wash and butter you can build the scent up and it does linger, but after an hour or two I noticed my arms didn’t smell as chocolaty.

It’s a little pricey for a tub, but it’s lasting me a good while. I believe The Body Shop charge about £13 for the bigger tubs. The do give you a sample if you ask, so if you’re on the fence about such a big commitment, then I’d suggest popping in and getting a sample!

KATE MOSS – LILABELLE PERFUME.

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The scent lasts for several hours, and people have commented that I smell lovely at placement so I’m very pleased with it. The bottle is glass, and it’s quite thick which is always a bonus with me. I’m so clumsy, but it has survived knocks and a couple of drops.

The perfume has a peachy tinge to it, which you can’t really see as it’s running out! This is the smaller bottle, and it retails for under £10, so if you want a gorgeous floral perfume, it’s definitely a good one to try. It’s a spray bottle too, so no leaking!

DIRTY WORKS – DETOX MUD MASK.

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I’ll apologise now for the blurry swatch of face mask but my camera refused to focus and I tried for ages before I got mad and gave up. I’ve kept it in for the colour and you can make out the texture too. The mask is a pale shade of green and dries after about 2 minutes of it being on the skin. There’s no peeling, you have to wash it off with warm water. It doesn’t really have a scent, and it leaves your face feeling cool and refreshed when you wash it off.

It’s a nice face mask, and as I’ve had a bit of a break from my normal Lush ones, I was pleasantly surprised. The mask is quite runny, but you don’t need a lot to cover your face and it does dry pretty quick. Despite its texture I’ve not had an issue with application or getting to stay on my face. I’ve had this bottle for nearly 2 months and I used it 3 times a week, it’s not even half empty. Value for money? Definitely.

The packaging of Dirty Works is very much like the Soap and Glory, but they’re a brand that seem to be exclusive to Sainsburies? I haven’t seen them anywhere else yet, but if you have let me know where! Their products are pretty cheap compared to their Soap and Glory look a likes. I got this for under £3, but it normally retails for £5. I tried their body cream once and I wasn’t too fussed on it, but I would definitely get this again.

I feel like I’ve written an essay here… oops!

What have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of the above? What did you think of them?

Alice x

Your Current Situation is not your Final Destination…

I’m hoping I’m not alone when I say I’m the type of person that spends a lot of time thinking about where I should be, what other people are doing, and how my life is lacking in comparison to theirs. I spend a lot of time doing this, too much time.

It causes me a lot of anxiety and self despair. Some days I can’t even face attempting to reassure myself, I’m that awkward to reason with. I guess when you’re growing up in a world full of social media, it’s easy to get washed away in everyone else’s edited and glossy looking lives.

It was my birthday last weekend. And I spent a lot of it wondering why I’m not doing x, y or z like people my age. It got me down a lot, but really, it shouldn’t. I’ve had a lovely, stress free weekend. I could cry with how lovely people have been! ❤

My sister made me a rather glamorous cake, see the resemblance? 😉

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I don’t want to be that person that thinks ‘I wish…’ or ‘I could have been’. I have this terrible fear of wanting to make the most of things, of life, because I see so many people pouring out their regrets, or complaining and trying to drag people down for their achievements, when they’ve never made an effort. Success takes work, and time. Nothing lands on your plate, as much as I wish it would.

I think I’m admitting that I have a fear of failing. Failing life. At getting older and not doing things. Just falling into the motions. Although I’m really not sure how you can fail at life, so I’m just going to sit and laugh at myself for being silly.

A quote popped up on Facebook, and normally I just ignore them because my feed is littered with too many videos and cringe worthy ‘share if you love dogs’ posts. But this one caught my eye, and it’s so true I wanted to sob in a heap like the emotional wreck I am.

YOUR CURRENT SITUATION IS NOT YOUR FINAL DESTINATION

It’s true. So so true.

Tomorrow will be better.

May-June Empties

I was starting to go a little crazy collecting the empties for May and this month. I really dislike clutter and just leaving them in a neat pile in a discrete place was starting to make me twitch! And then, after photographing, came the opportunity to throw them away and I was actually a little sad and reluctant. Horder meats borderline OCD. Dammit brain, sort yourself out please.

I also seem to have used a lot of moisturisers up. It’s like I have tons of them on the go and I feel like I’m drowning in the stuff, and then they all run out at the same time. Ah well.

1. The Body Shop: Body Butter in Fijian Water Lotus.

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This was part of a gift from my lovely sibling, and I still have the Fragrance Mist that came with it and I’ve almost finished the body wash. I think, because I started using it around Christmas/New year, the scent reminds me of that. It’s hard to describe, but very floral and ‘cool’? Maybe refreshing is the right word! I’ve never smelt a Fijian Water Lotus before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it smells amazing either way! If you use the body wash, moisturiser and fragrance mist you can build up the scent and it lasts for ages. It really is a beautiful smell. 🙂

I’ve had a few body butters from The Body shop, and occasionally they’re a bit too greasy. But this one was perfect! It was a little runnier than their normal butters, and absorbed into the skin a lot faster, but it left my skin feeling lovely!

2. Dirty Works: Supreme Cream Body Butter.

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This was from Sainsburies, and I think the company is trying to be the next ‘Soap and Glory’, the products are titled in a similar way, and the packaging is very similar! Although it’s all in blue rather than the pink/red of S&G. It was a huge let down, I’m not sure where to begin!

The scent was nothing special, but that really doesn’t bother me because I’d rather something smelt of nothing and worked than stink of roses. It did nothing for me and really didn’t leave my skin feeling any better for using it. It claims it has Shea Butter and Almon Oil for super soft skin, but my skin didn’t improve after using it. It absorbed pretty quickly but I found it to be a bit watery and my skin soon felt like it needed another dose. It really wasn’t a butter either, more like a general moisturiser.

I’ve only tried this and their Detox Mask so far, but I am intrigued to use more of their products as their detox mask has saved it for me. But I wont be getting this again in a hurry. It retails at £4 from Sainsburies, I think they’re the only place that sells it currently.

3. L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Day Cream.

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I did a blog post here on this and a couple of other face creams, if you want to take a gander. But basically, it wasn’t my favourite.

I feel like I’d have appreciated it more had I not used something better beforehand. It claims to “tighten pores, refine skin texture and even and perfect skin tone”, I don’t think it did any of that for me! It didn’t really have a scent, which was good, and I found it to be a bit too thin and watery for my liking. It didn’t feel like it was doing enough for my skin and I could have applied it over and over and not had any relief from dry spells. If you have oily skin, you might appreciate it as it was a light moisturiser. I don’t think I will be getting this again.

It retails at £14.99 from Boots, which makes me cry a little inside.

4. TRESemme Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray.

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I love TRESemme, if all else fails on my hair, I know I can go back to TRESemme and it’ll fix it somehow. I bought this to go on holiday and never really used it that much because I was too lazy. However, I have since emptied the travel size (pictured) and also gotten through a bigger one. I will be getting more! ❤

It keeps hair in place without being too stiff and shiny looking, although I will say if you spray too close it can go really crunchy, but I think that’s the same with most hair sprays! It doesn’t smell too bad either, and lasts a good 12 hours. It has stood the busy work day test on more than one occasion and is brilliant for stopping my fringe from separating. I’ve just got to remember to leave my hair alone!

For 250ml, it’s about £2.70 from Superdrug, which isn’t bad!

If you’ve tried anything I’ve mentioned above, let me know your thoughts on them too! 🙂

Alice x

Behind The Blog… featuring Alice from Strange Made Me

Every now and then I get a little emotional at how wonderful and lovely people are! Today the amazing Karen from Confetti and Curves posted a Behind the Blog post on Strange Made Me! I would love it if you checked it out and gave Karen some love, she is fantastic and her posts never fail to make me feel warm and fuzzy, with a side order of chuckling! Eek! 😀 x

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Hey Beauty Buddies,

The weather may be a tad inconsistent but (as always) we’re back again today with another fun filled Behind The Blog for you lovely lot to feast your eyes upon for the next few minutes *cheers of joy*

 If you’re new to Confetti & Curves *friendly wave* & not entirely sure what this blog shenanigans is all about then *click here* to bring yourself up to speed – you may even find yourself getting involved. Why the heck not?!

Today’s hot blogger joining me on the virtual sofa of sassiness, is the rather talented, witty & darn right lovely Alice from Strange Made Me. If for some unbeknown reason you haven’t already stumbled upon Alice’s cutesy corner of the interweb then I suggest you pop over & make yourself known asap. She really is a top blog-buddy who never fails to make us all ‘lol’ with her witty sense of humour &…

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NIVEA 3 in 1 Micellar Water

Firstly, I feel like I need to explain that I’m going through that phase where you really want to write, or blog, and whatever you put down on paper, or spend hours editing and typing up just sounds like waffle. Awful waffle that you just want to throw on the floor and stamp on. I have so many ideas I don’t really know how to jump on them and make them stay still so I can put them into play.

My camera is also corrupting photos left, right and centre. So I’m finding that I often spend ages getting that perfect shot only to find it’s corrupted when I load them onto my computer. So my Iphone is being my trusty camera, and I’m sad to say, it’s doing a damn good job. Round of applause for the Iphone please! B-)

Anyway! Back to the point…

I received this little gem in a Glossybox months and months ago, not long after they sent out the L’oreal Micellar Water. So I didn’t use it, as the L’oreal one seemed to last ages and I don’t like to have two products like that on the go. My skin tends to complain.

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It’s pretty darn good I think and I have already ordered some more from Boots! It’s just over £4, which makes me do a frowny face, but it is a lot better than make up wipes in my opinion. And I’ve being seeing a lot of make-up wipes around that prices too! (Since when did they become so expensive? Simple, I’m looking at you!)

With wipes you have to rub at your skin to remove the make-up, but if you soak a cotton pad with this and leave it on your skin for a couple of seconds, make-up comes off almost effortless. Foundation, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara… gone!

My eye-make up takes a little longer to soak than everything else, but I do wear it quite heavy! So that’s my own fault really.

I definitely prefer it to the L’oreal one as I found that one to be a little too oily for my liking. I have sensitive, oily and dry skin (combination skin rules. Not.) So any oily products on my skin drive me insane.

If you have sensitive skin it’s pretty brilliant, it didn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry, although I always used moisturiser afterwards anyway. I think the main thing I noticed was the effect on my eyes. I wear a lot of heavy make-up, which means if I use wipes I have to really rub to get it all off properly. With Nivea’s Micellar Water I just soaked the cotton pad and let it rest on my eye for 10 seconds tops and it all practically slid off, very little rubbing required.

The only thing you have to do is remember to buy cotton pads!

Have you tried anything similar? Are there any other brands of Micellar water you’ve tried and loved? I think this is my new obsession ha. 🙂 x

Sunshine Crazy <3

What is with the unpredictable weather this week. Urgh. Make your mind up please. Anyway, here’s a couple of pictures to sum up the week so far! Although I am well aware it is only Wednesday. But I have a long weekend off, so WHOO!

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Minion Dave and Spongebob (or should that be Haybob?) look like they should be a meme. They’re my favourite find of the week! They’ve won an award recently, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was as I was desperately trying to keep track of some hyperactive children who had just spotted the play area.

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Nozzy enjoying the sunshine today! He’s been acting odd for awhile now. He lives inside as we don’t have a suitable outside house for him at the moment, so he was sulking. 2 hours in the garden today did the trick, although the little sod did manage to climb up the bedding divider, and then later he got the confidence to climb a wooden planter, vertically might I add. My baby is going to give me a heart attack on day.

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asfdfgysga aka my super cute ‘Tuna Fish candle’. I can’t burn this. It’s too beautiful. It’s so summery and happy and amazing. On a side note, it smells zesty, like a clean sort of zesty. I don’t think it’s supposed to have a scent, so we’ll just have to go with my weird description. 😉

I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine, when it bothers to come out!

Face Cream Friday!

Face Cream Friday!? Yaaay!

I’ve been on a bit of a skin care adventure, the moisturisers below I’ve used for between 3-6 months exclusively. I don’t really mix and match, I figure once face cream at a time, or it could get expensive. (It also means I’ve had two of these pots lying around empty for nearly a year. Yup. Nearly a year guys).

1. NIVEA’s Pure and Natural Soothing Day Cream:SAM_2860

My absolute favourite, and surprisingly, the cheapest. I purchased this about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been loving it ever since. For £5.35 (Superdrug) you get 50ml of skin saving goodness. I have combination skin, which gets really dry thanks to central heating and my appalling fluid intake. This stuff takes a little longer than the No.7 and L’Oreal to soak into the skin, but it actually keeps your skin feeling really hydrated all day, without being too heavy and greasy. It says it’s suitable for sensitive skin, but I do detect a hint of floral perfume. It’s very nice, but if your skin really is sensitive, (eg. you have eczema on your face, it might not be your best friend).

2. BOOTS No.7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream [SPF15 + 5*UVA]:

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This was my favourite, until the Nivea came along. I used it for 6 months and it was the best thing since sliced bread. It has a vague, fresh scent but it’s so subtle you hardly notice it. It made my skin feel lovely and soft, and really gave it a good boost. It also has an SPF of 15 which in the summer I think is a must. It’s £13.50 for 50ml (Boots) which for me is almost a little too pricey, however this lasted me 6 months, you really didn’t need that much for it to work. The packaging lets it down a little bit for the price, the other two pots are glass and this is plastic. 🙂

3. L’Oreal Skin Perfection Day Cream:

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Out of the three, this is my least favourite (and also the most expensive), had I used it first I would probably have loved it, ah well. The issue I had with this was that it was a little too, weak? If that’s the right way of putting it. Some days, when my skin was particularly troublesome, I felt like I could apply it over and over and still get no relief. It’s light enough to sink in nicely before you apply make-up, but too light to really make a difference. On good days, it was fine. It absorbed the fastest, and smelt the nicest. It also had the sturdiest packaging. I used this for about four months before it ran out! It retails at £14.99 (Superdrug).

I find it really uplifting that the cheapest is my favourite. If you time it right in Superdrug, you can sometimes get them on offer. I paid £2 for my pot of Nivea the other week! I know Boots do their own offers, so keep a look out and you never know.

Have you tried any of these? Thoughts? 🙂

Alice x