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5 Awesome Soap & Glory Makeup Products

Soap & glory are currently celebrating their 10th birthday. Despite seeming like they’ve been around for much longer, I’ve become rather partial to their makeup line. Affordable, good quality and on trend, there’s little not to like about the ever expanding S&G cosmetics range.

If you’re heading to Boots this weekend, or planning a lil’ online shopping spree, these 5 products are highly recommended.

Soap & Glory Top 5

Sexy Mother Pucker

If you have an aversion to lip gloss then you may be thinking this won’t be for you, but hear me out. Sexy Mother Pucker boasts lip plumping technology that’ll give you Kylie Jenner-esque lips without forking out for surgery. This hydrating, smooth gloss has a hint of stickiness, but for an easy to wear lip colour, and a little tingle (seriously, you’ll feel the buzz on your lips with this one), it’s one of my preferred lip products.

Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon

For those who don’t like sticky or lip plumping gloss, these were the bomb! I say ‘were’ as these seem to have been replaced by the smaller gloss sticks – which I haven’t tried, but I’m guessing they’ll be similar. For £3.50, I’ll pick one up next time I’m in Boots (you can tell I didn’t do my research before taking this photograph!)

It’s All About Prime

Primers are really underrated! If you suffer from oily eyelids like I do, then a shadow primer is a must have! It’s All About Prime is available in two shades (and its currently just £2 – go, go, go!!!). I have the bright light primer, which is perfect if you suffer from redness or discolouration around your lids. While I don’t find this is the best for oily lids, I’d recommend it for anyone wanting crease free, smooth colour.

Supercat Liner

This fine pointed black liner pen is a great choice if you have unsteady hands or are a complete noob! For me, this rivals higher priced brands as it leaves precise, long lasting colour. You can achieve a very thin line or build up for a thicker wing. Either way, its a steal!

Peach Party

A multi-toned product, perfect for luminous skin, Peach Party is ideal for both highlighting and blush. I prefer to use this as a pretty highlighter due to its shimmer, which is a little intense for a natural look. However, the peach, gold and copper hues give a beautiful glow that’s highly flattering on a range of skin tones.

What are your favourite Soap & Glory products?

Manuka Honey – It’s Your New Skincare Weapon!

Natural beauty products are widely known for their benefits. A little googling will bring up thousands of results on the varying natural products on the market and their uses. And it’s no surprise that these type of products are becoming more popular, after all, it’s much cheaper to purchase a jar of natural goodness than it is to splash out on a luxe skin cream. Since falling in love with the Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask, and noticing the marvellous results it’s had on my skin in terms of helping to clear my hormonal blemishes, I’ve been wanting to give natural manuka honey a try.

What makes manuka honey so awesome?

Hailing from New Zealand, manuka honey boasts anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In other words, it’s great for healing blemishes, soothing irritation and redness and helping to clear your complexion. It’s also used to treat eczema, tone the skin, as well as aiding sore throats, wounds and infections.

Most manuka honey is given an UMF (unique manuka factor) rating, with the higher the number, the better the quality of honey and the higher the antioxidants. Honey with a higher grade is more expensive, and as this was my first foray into the world of manuka honey, my budget could only be limited to an inexpensive pot. Generally, though, you’re looking around the £10 mark if you purchase from a health food brand or retailer.

So, has my skin improved? I like to use manuka honey as a mask treatment, directly applying it all over my face (avoiding the eye area). While it feels sticky upon application, its surprisingly easy to remove with warm water and leaves no residue (though, I’d recommend using a toner after use to eliminate any leftover traces). After a 20 minute treatment, my complexion feels super soft, calm and refreshed. Any blemishes tend to heal quicker and the redness is less noticeable. My oily skin is hydrated but balanced.

As well as using it as a mask, manuka honey makes a great cleanser. Simply mix honey with some hot water and apply all over the face before removing with a warm, damp cloth.

All in all, this could be the new must have in your skincare arsenal.

Have you tried any natural products on your skin?

Make Your Matte Lipstick Look Kick-Ass!

There’s no doubt that this summer’s biggest beauty trend is matte lips. A velvety matte finish can make your pout look fuller and more defined, perfect for those of us that adore plump lips but don’t want to go down the cosmetic enhancement route. While there’s an abundance of lip cremes on the market that will transform your lips in an instant, the majority of textures can appear drying. Flaking or cracked looking lips are hardly a beauty trend you want to get on board with.

So, how can you keep your matte lipstick looking as incredible as its first application?

It’s all about the prep. Preparing your lips for a matte texture is the key to ensuring your pout stays luscious all day long.

Scrub, scrub, scrub

First, you need to exfoliate. Lip exfoliators have been around for a while, but it’s likely a surge in popularity is imminent. If you’re in the mood for purchasing a polishing scrub, then look no further than the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. The sweet scent of vanilla, orange and almond gently buffs away dry, rough flakes to reveal sensationally soft and smooth skin. For those who prefer a DIY option, a little honey and brown sugar makes the perfect exfoliating lip scrub. Secondly, you need moisture. Lip balms are everywhere on the beauty market, however, one of the best is the Nuxe Reve De Miel Nourishing Lip Balm –  an intensive hydrating balm for soft and smooth lips. Alternatively, a great budget option is Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm.

Prime for perfection

Once your lips are soft, smooth, and hydrated, it’s time for colour. For matte lip colour that’s long-lasting, NYX Lip Primer is your base superhero! Providing a uniform canvas for your lip colour, this primer prevents feathering and fading, as well as ensuring your lipstick lasts. For extra protection against smudging or bleeding, NYX Wonder Pencil is a welcomed addition. This nude coloured pencil, available in 3 shades, can be used to line lips, or for brightening eyes and concealing – a real multitasker!

Choose your brand

For your lip colour, different brands excel in matte territory. For a budget matte lip product, you can’t go wrong with the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams. With several new shades just released, there’s a shade for all in this line up. Lightweight, opaque and soft, for smooth application, these lip creams are the perfect choice for matte newbies. For higher end lip colours, try MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – saturated hues with a liquid suede finish or Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils for rich, creamy colour that’s non-drying.

Finally, after application, blot your lips with a tissue to remove any excess.

Which matte lipsticks are currently in your collection?

If You’re Considering A Freelance Writing Career

 

During my little hiatus on this platform, I was busy beavering away on my other blog, Diary of a Freelancer. Unlike this site, Diary of a Freelancer is based around how to get started as a writer, building an online business and making a consistent income from your work.

After blogging for over 4 years (Yup, I missed my blogs birthday!) I’m now a full time copywriter, and one of the main questions I get asked is how I started freelance writing without beginning my career in a traditional way. The answer – Blogging!

I know a lot of bloggers want to become paid writers and start their own business. That’s why I’ve written an awesome 5 day email course called From Blogger to Freelancer. The best part, it’s completely FREE!

In this email course, you’ll receive 5 modules covering;

  • Using your blog content
  • Effective guest posting
  • Promoting your services
  • How to get paid work
  • Creating a portfolio

If you want to sign up for this FREE course, just grab it here!

Hello Again & An Update!

Wow, it’s definitely been a while since I posted on here. So, what happened? As with everything, life got in the way, and to be honest, my heart wasn’t into blogging for a long time. Juggling a full-time job, second website, family, boyfriend and other things has meant less time for hobbies, so this blog had to take a back seat. Recently my love for blogging has been re-ignited, so after a change of platform (I’ve moved over to WordPress), a new design and a new camera, I’m finally ready to get my blog on again. I’ve got so many things to talk about! I can’t wait to get posting and share some cool things with you guys! Thanks for sticking with me!