Soap and Glory never disappoint when it comes to hand cream, Hand Food and Endless Glove are at the top of my hand cream favourites.
Hand Dream is the newest hand cream and it’s no disappointment. Hand Dream smells amazing like all Soap and Glory products. The is more moisturising than the other hand creams, it’s brilliant if you suffer from dry hands or if you want a more nourishing hand cream for the colder months. This hand cream is also designed to help prevent the signs of aging showing the hand by using AHAs for cell renewal. I don’t know if it anti-aging because I haven’t been using it long enough but it’s worth a try.
Overall, another lovely hand cream and I’ll definitely repurchase it when I run out.
I’m not really a powder girl but I always keep one in my collection because it’s really handy to have. After I do my makeup in the morning I tend to set my foundation or concealer with powder but only on the t-zone to get rid of any shine and on any concealer. I prefer small brushes to apply powder because I only want it on specific places, my favourite brush is the Real Techniques Setting Brush.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Powder
I really like this powder but I feel it’s a lot of money for a powder so I usually just use the powder that comes with the concealer. There’s a really wide shade range and with all Bobbi Brown products the tones lean to warmer side of things. It’s very finely milled so it never looks cakey and it’s great for blotting shine throughout the day.
Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot
This is my absolute favourite powder and I doubt I’ll ever buy another powder again. I prefer a translucent powders because I don’t want my powder to add any coverage, that’s what my foundation is for. This is really finely milled and doesn’t show on the skin and keeps shine a bay. I really love the retro packaging and there’s a large mirror inside it, which is great for make-up on the go. It’s my favourite and I can’t recommend it enough.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Laura Mercier powder is just gorgeous, it’s a real luxury buy but it’s worth every penny. It’s translucent which I actually prefer because I don’t want a powder to give me coverage, I get that from my foundation. This powder is completely indictable on the skin and it feels lovely.
Being a sufferer of oily skin, I have picked up some tricks and methods to minimise breakouts and keep shine at a minimum. I hope some of the tips can help you too. These tips have worked for me but everyone’s skin is different and can react differently, so please try to test products before buying them. Its worth saying I am a huge Liz Earle, it was the first skincare range that really worked for me and improved my skin.
- Cleanse. Its really boring and everyone says it but cleansing is crucial to improving skin. Before I started using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and the hot cloth cleansing technique, my skin was dull but shiny and prone to breakouts and blocked pores but now my skin is completely different. I think the best cleanser is the Liz Earle one but the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean, the Simple Cleansing Lotion and the Purity Cleansing Lotion (available from Superdrug) is also very good. I think the best way to properly clean oily skin is hot cloth cleansing because its wiping away everything lying on the skin, muslins and face cloths are best method.
- Moisturise. I completely understand why people with oily skin skip moisturiser, it can feel like more grease and oil and some moisturiser for oily skin are still too rich and causes make-up to fall off. My favourites are the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light (very light but doesn’t really have a mattifying effect) and the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Moisturiser and I’ve just tried the new Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone moisturiser and it looks promising (I’ll do a post when I’ve came to my conclusion).
- Exfoliate/Masks. It removes the dead skin and helps to clean out blogged pores. I don’t like scrubs but the Liz Earle Gentle Cream exfoliator is very good, its super gentle because it has the same texture as the cleanser but the joboba beads buff away dead skins without hurting my skin. Masks are great for cleaning out pores, my favs are the Liz Earle Clay Mask, Soap and Glory Fab Pore and Origins Clay Mask.
Liz Earle – John Lewis and uk.lizearle.com
Soap and Glory – Boots and soapandglory.com
Origins – Boots and John Lewis
Garnier, Simple and Neutrogena available in chemists, Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets
Purity – Superdrug
I have an embarrassing amount of nude and brown tone eyeshadows, it’s the only eye colours I tend to wear because they’re easy and they generally look chic and understated. Everyone loves neutral eye shadows and the Urban Decay Naked Palettes dominate the market but there are other really good palettes out there.
This one is made up of three matte shadows (which, apart from Revlon, are really hard to find on the high street) and a shimmery brown. They’re highly pigmented, easy to apply and blend, they don’t crease and last pretty well. The shadows are soft but not so soft they’re smash instantly and the packaging is nice and strong.
Vanilla – matte cream colour
Pink T – a nude tone with an undertone of pink, matte (it doesn’t look pink when applied)
Mudhoney – matte taupe
Aubersheen – shimmery, mid-tone brown
Available from Boots and the Soap and Glory website and cost £10.
Soap and Glory already have three flavours in this range and this is the latest edition.
I mainly only bought this for the cute packaging, I like products that look a bit retro and I think the packaging is quite similar to Benefit. This smells like vanilla sweets and it leaves my lip with a subtle pinky peachy tint. It’s not that moisturising and it’s not anything particularly unique of different but it is cute.
I would prefer them to be in stick form just because I think tins of lip balm, in general, are a bit unhygienic but its good product nevertheless.
I absolutely love hand cream, I slightly obsessed by it, every time I wash my hands or use hand sanitiser, I immediately apply hand cream. My favourite is Soap and Glory Hand Food, it has a nice smell, it’s absorbed quickly and it doesn’t leave hands greasy. They’re latest hand cream also doubles up as a moisture mask for your hands, the idea is you can use it like a traditional hand cream but at night you can layer it on thicker and sleep in moisture gloves and the next day you wake up with beautifully moisturised hands. It works really well as a normal hand cream, just as good as Hand Food, and it does work as an overnight mask, if you can sleep with gloves on (I can’t!).
People give powder a bad wrap and call it old fashioned but a good powder is a great product. Powders can look cakey or powdery and loose powder can just make a mess sometimes.
One Heck of a Blot is a translucent powder, which I know some people love and others hate. I have no problem with translucent powder because I don’t want powder to add anymore coverage, I just want it to mattify but I know some people don’t like them because they have no colour and no coverage. It’s finely milled and manages to take away shine effectively without looking cakey. With some powders, I find they settle in weird places and stick to foundation/tinted moisturiser and look a patchy but this one doesn’t, it mattifies the skin but is completely invisible.
I really like this powder and would recommend to anyone who wants a good, mattifying powder.