GOSH BB Cream in 01 Sand and Lumi Drops in 002 Vanilla Review

I picked up a couple of items, by the new to me brand ‘GOSH’ a few months ago and after using them for a while I feel ready to give my thoughts! I got the GOSH BB Cream in 01 Sand and the GOSH Lumi Drops in 002 Vanilla- both of which I have seen online as suggestions for those with pale skin so I was eager to give them a go.

Prior to purchasing the GOSH BB Cream, I read a fair amount of reviews online. I’ve got pretty pale skin, so after seeing quite a few positive reviews I decided to give it a try. I’d previously never tried a BB Cream- as I had issues with only finding those which were far too dark, but I was curious to try out a product that combined Foundation, Primer and Moisturiser! It’s a pretty thin and liquid consistency but seems to cover fairly well- although as you can see blemishes are still visible with a light layer. However it did a decent job of covering the dark patches around my eyes, and definitely helped to even out my skin tone.

To apply, I have used brushes, makeup sponges and most recently my new silicone sponge and with everything I have tried, it blended in fairly easily. The colour isn’t too yellow or pink toned, and this is perfect for lazy days when I don’t fancy the whole moisturiser, primer, foundation routine- although admittedly if I wanted my skin to appear more flawless I’d want to couple it with a good concealer! I’m definitely glad I picked this up, and when it runs out, I’m sure I’ll pick it up again.  It’s a great single step item. Due to this I love it when I go travelling, I took it on my last two holidays and it was small enough to not take up much of my liquid allowance whilst making my makeup routine super speedy so I could spend more time enjoying the sights! For £9.99 I’d definitely recommend giving it a go- and as they stock it in Superdrug you may even be able to find it on an offer.

I also picked up the GOSH Lumi Drops in 002 Vanilla. I like to use it in one of two ways- either on its own as a highlighter, or mixed with the BB Cream (or a foundation) to give a more luminous glow to your skin. I find that it gives a quite subtle look when worn as a highlighter- as seen in the picture but it’s perfect when I am going for a natural makeup look.

What I really like about the Lumi drops is that it isn’t a glittery formula, and instead just seems to give my face a glow! This is the palest shade in the range, and it is really pretty looking on the skin. You get a lot for such a small bottle- which once again makes it perfect for travelling!  It’s also well packaged- as it has a small opening which means a lower risk of squeezing out far too much! I’d highly recommend giving it a go, and I found it the perfect shade for my skin tone. For £7.99 I think it is a bargain, and as someone fairly new to highlighters I have found it a brilliant introduction.

I’d really recommend both of these products- and I was happy that both worked well for my fairly pale skin, so definitely one to look out for if you struggle to find pale enough products!

After trying out these two products, I definitely want to try out more by GOSH – so please feel free to share any recommendations of products you have discovered.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and Moisture Balancing Conditioner Review

Last Christmas I was lucky enough to receive my first large pot of Elasticizer (150ml) as part of a set that also included Shampoo, Conditioner and some hair styling products. It was Elastizer that stuck out in particular, and I used every fraction of that pot! In what I would call remarkably good value, it actually lasted me up until a couple of weeks ago- using it every few weeks, or more frequently when I had the time to let it sit on my hair! As my hair is fairly long, I found this pretty damn impressive.

Given this, when I noticed that Look Fantastic had 15% off Philip Kingsley, there was no way I could resist replenishing my stock- particularly as my Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner had also just run out (after lasting an impressive 6 or so months).

Previously I’ve only tried the original Elasticizer, but when I noticed the Geranium & Neroli version was available as a 500ml version I thought it would be interesting to try! It does smell fantastic, and is very pleasant to use (and the packaging is just gorgeous!)- but if it hadn’t been the same price as the regular elasticizer, I probably wouldn’t have paid extra for the scent, as the main thing I care about is the effects!

I picked up two items, the Geranium and Neroli Elasticizer (500ml) and the Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner– which I got in a massive 1000ml size, both should be enough to last for about a year or more, given how long the smaller bottles lasted me.

Now these two items (which I usually use with the Infuse My Colour Wash in Copper) have been a godsend for my hair, particularly as it’s been getting longer. I’ve had really long hair a couple of times in my life, and the main reason that I’ve cut it (other than being bored of it!) is how annoying it becomes to maintain. My hair tangles easily and brushing it out used to be a cause of many tears- both when I was very young, and when I got older as well.

However Elasticizer and the conditioner has made my hair so much easier to look after. Although it hasn’t turned me into a hair styling wizard (to be honest I don’t think anything could) it has given me soft, smooth and shiny hair which hardly knots or tangles and is so much simpler to brush out- and puts me in a previously unheard of state of being able to skip brushing my hair for a day, and not have to worry about losing half of it to the hairbrush the next. My hair also seems to dry quicker (although I don’t know why), and I no longer need to worry about enlisting help to brush it, or having to braid it before going to sleep and neither product weighs my hair down, or makes it feel greasy.

For the Elasticizer, I just wet my hair, put a couple of pumps throughout all my hair and then put it up in a shower cap (so glamorous!!) for an hour or two- or as long as I can! And the conditioner I just use on the length and ends of my hair after shampooing- easy.

To be honest, the only negative I have for these two products is the price. And I will admit that they are not cheap. I bought the big sizes as you get a ton more product for the price compared to the smaller bottles (on Look Fantastic the current price for the 1000ml Conditioner is £48.50, and for the Elasticizer is £66) and because of the handy pumps- far more convenient than sticking a wet hand into a pot of Elasticizer! I also have enough confidence in these products after using them for the last 6 months to not feel like I will want to change what I am using anytime soon-which is good given how much I have!

Overall I highly recommend these two products, particularly for people like me who have fairly fine hair, but quite a lot of it. These two products have made my hair vastly easier to deal with, and now I can actually enjoy having longer hair- without spending so much time worrying about how long it will take to get out the knots if I leave it down…

Do you have a game changing hair product which has made your life easier?

Infuse My Colour Wash Copper Review

I’ve had pretty much the same colour hair all my life- with brief forays into henna (great colour, impossible to remove without growing it/cutting it out…) dyed rainbow ends (great fun, but expensive and faded fast) and temporary pink colouring (looked pretty cool, but dyed permanently in spots.) I’ve never dyed it permanently all over, and given my general dislike for spending money on haircuts etc. it seemed smart to just try stick with my natural colour for a while- as that doesn’t require as much upkeep!

However as I’ve got older, I’ve noticed that my hair is getting lighter- I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s certainly not as coppery as when I was a kid! It’s edged more into the strawberry blond category and I was starting to feel that it had lost some of it’s vibrancy and shine, and I missed the more coppery tones that it used to have.

My solution to this was twofold;

Firstly I did a rough all over dye over my natural hair with the L’Oreal Colorista Copper Blonde hair dye, which kind of worked- in that it made my hair slightly brighter and shinier, but I really couldn’t get on board with the smell (really awful, and made me feel quite anxious!) and for the limited change (other than a bit shinier, and more copper tones) I just don’t feel that in hindsight I’d particularly recommend it.

Secondly- and the subject of this post- I bought the “Infuse My. Colour Wash Copper” shampoo from Boots, after seeing it on Instagram a few times and liking the sound of it!

This I would recommend, and it seems to be as effective for me as the dye- given that it gives me brighter, shinier and more vibrant hair- which smells good (fruity and delicious!).

The shampoo comes in a reasonably small bottle (250ml) but I’ve found it very long lasting, having already used it for a few months, and only used slightly over half the bottle. I have pretty long hair, so I am quite impressed it has lasted that long and also glad as it isn’t the cheapest shampoo at £13.95 a bottle. Although I try to usually stick to washing my hair a couple of times a week, so if you use it everyday it may run out quicker.

I also like the packaging, it’s a simple label on a pretty bottle- I love the shape and the bright copper colour (which is the actual colour of the shampoo!) and it looks cute on the bath, whilst being thin enough to not take up much room on the ledge.

It’s also super simple to use- as you just use it as normal shampoo- i.e. lather rinse and repeat if necessary! One thing to note is to make sure to rinse your shower well after use, as it is a very bright shampoo, and it may leave coppery marks- although I’ve found that it does wash off easily, and I’ve never noticed any stains. It also seems to help with keeping my hair soft (although admittedly my love for Elasticizer may help with that!)

Overall I would highly recommend this for redheaded people wanting to up the brightness, and coppery tones of their hair! It’s certainly made a difference to mine, and I’m planning to replace it when it runs out. For the price I can’t fault it, and it’s actually cheaper than my previous shampoo, so to me it feels like a bargain. It’s made me feel better about my natural hair colour, and evened out the colour, both from the leftover pink dye stain, and the previous copper dye- all in all a great result! It’s also 100% Vegan, and has 0% Sulphates, Parabens and Silicone.

I’d love to hear any recommendations for good hair products for redheads- or just any particularly brilliant hair products!


The Creme Shop Sheet Masks in Coconut Oil/Rose Water

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I have discovered that I really love using sheet masks in summer, particularly when I stick them in the fridge for a few hours to chill. It makes it a treat to have a relax with a mask on and cool down overly warm skin- especially during the last  few days of sunny weather where I have been out hunting Pokémon! (They also give my sun screen hating skin a little boost.)

Previously I have ordered masks on Ebay from Korea, which are lovely but do come with a long waiting time- and can be fairly expensive. I was therefore delighted to spot these ‘the crème shop’ masks in my local TKMAXX.

They had multiple different ones including cute animal face masks (which I believe have animal faces printed on the masks!) but from this rather large variety I chose two, Coconut Oil infused and Rose Water infused.

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This was largely because these were two of the largest mask sets- which seemed like a bit of a bargain at £4.99 for 5 masks. At around £1 a mask , it is cheaper than I have found on eBay. The other reason was that I find that rose water and coconut oil products work well for my skin.

Once unwrapped and put on the masks do have a fairly slimy feel to them, but I have found that to be part of most sheet masks and they are very soothing to the skin due to this. After removing the masks any liquid left on the skin soaks in easily.

I find the masks to be fairly similar in their benefits, both leave my skin feeling softer and more nourished and both smell pleasantly of their respective infusions. They also make my skin feel smoother.  I love the packaging for the masks, both the print on the box and the fact that the benefits of the mask are printed on the box making it easy to pick the right one depending on what you want!

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My favourite part of using these masks is the ritual- I know that after putting on the mask I have no choice but to sit down and chill for 10-15 minutes whilst doing nothing.

If you like sheet masks and would like to try a new one I would recommend looking in your local TKMAXX and seeing whether they have some in stock, it is certainly a quicker and easier way to try out a mask compared to ordering them online and waiting for them to arrive.

I’d love any recommendations for favourite sheet masks!