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.
Too Faced is a brand I frequently see online, and one that I often eye up- particularly their gorgeous palettes! I had never tried any of their products as there aren’t any stores where I live that sell them, and because they are fairly expensive to buy on a whim.
However when I was in TK Maxx in London recently, I spotted that they had some of the Too Faced Melted Metal Lipsticks for £4.99 each- given that they retail for £19.00 in Debenhams this seemed like too good a deal to pass up… After doing the usual TK Maxx check (ensuring that nobody has already tried out the product!) I was able to find four different lipsticks, all new and in perfect condition.
I really like the packaging for these products, and they both look and feel good quality. I love the gold lids, and find the applicator tip on the lipstick simple to use- it really makes it quick and easy to apply accurately.
I picked up the following colours; Melted Metallic Bunny, Melted Metallic Macaron, Melted Metallic Violet and Melted Metallic Jelly.
I was quite surprised by the consistency of the lipstick, as it is more liquid than I expected and there was some variation between the colours- for instance I found that Violet was far oilier, and therefore less pigmented than the other colours.
I was really happy with the colours, and how wearable they are- as the packaging looks like they will be really bright. I don’t generally wear lipstick as I feel a bit self-conscious in it, but these are surprisingly easy to wear. I’ve got fairly pigmented lips naturally- so did feel that my own lip colour showed through on the more opaque lipsticks.
My favourites of the four are Macaron and Jelly- which are the most pigmented and give the most vivid look on my lips. I found that the Bunny and Violet were a little runnier and therefore struggled to give as thick and even a layer, and had a tendency to look spottier (and more like a straight gloss). As I have used Bunny more, it does seem to be becoming a more workable texture so it’s possible that this will also happen with the Violet lipstick. Macaron and Jelly were a much better texture right from the beginning- so are currently my favourites!
I’d highly recommend picking up the lipsticks for the price that I paid- for £4.99 you can’t really go wrong! But at the RRP, it’d be worth swatching them first to check the colour and the texture. I also found that on my lips they looked pretty different to the swatches so keep that in mind. I’d definitely suggest keeping an eye out at TK Maxx for bargains such as these- although I’ve sadly never spotted them in my local store!
I’ve always been a fan of autumn, I love crisp leaves underfoot and the weather being cool enough for jumpers, flannel shirts and warm blankets, and dark and cold enough outside to enjoy film marathons and board game nights. I always anticipate the return of hot drinks (after months of almost all my coffee coming iced). Most of all I love that it means that we are closer to my favourite months of the year. So although I appreciate that it may still be a bit early to write about autumn candles- I’m going to. This is partly because I didn’t want to leave it too long and risk the stock changing in TK Maxx, and people missing out!
Another of my favourite things about autumn, is the fragrance. Even if this is partly due to candles and home fragrances making me associate specific scents with autumn, or whether it’s due to people using more spices in baking in autumn (apple pies, mulled cider, pumpkin spice lattes etc.)
Due to this, I’m always on the hunt for great smelling candles to bring that Autumn feel to my place- and as we sadly lack a Bath & Body Works in the UK (I’ve spent plenty of time filling my basket with all the autumn candles, that I can’t get shipped here) this usually means looking a little harder. I like Yankee candles but they can be a bit hit and miss, and a bit artificial- and the packaging isn’t always the prettiest.
One of my favourite places to search for candles is TK Maxx as they always seem to get great candles in the run up to Autumn and Christmas. On my most recent visit I was not disappointed- picking up three awesome looking candles by DW Home- for the bargain price of only £2.99 each, which is especially impressive as they retail at $12!
I picked up three different scents; Pumpkin, Autumn Orchard and Honey Pumpkin. They all smell fantastic- and the pumpkin and honey pumpkin smell very different- enough so that I picked up both! I also love the jars, and they’d be great to reuse once the candles are used up.
The Pumpkin candle smells sweet and slightly spicy, it’s very autumnal and I particularly love the simple jar- which is orange glass and says pumpkin in gold. I’m looking forward to lighting this one, as it smells like autumn baking- and few things smell more welcoming than that!
The Autumn Orchard Candle is a bit sweeter and has a rich apple scent. It smells like how you would imagine going apple picking to smell- the romanticised version without wasps! It smells delicious (apple pie!) but isn’t sickly sweet, as can be a problem with some apple candles. This candle came with a gold top, and slightly more complicated- although no less pretty design.
Finally the Honey Pumpkin candle smells absolutely amazing. It smells sweet with hints of spices, vanilla and honey. I love the glass jar (two toned glass) with the pretty printed label and once again can’t wait to use it.
All three candles have gorgeous scents, and I can’t wait to have them out on display come autumn as I feel they’ll look super pretty together! There were more candles available, and in different scents but I restrained myself to three that I felt went well together (Although I have since picked up a couple more!)
I’d highly recommend checking your local TK Maxx to see whether they have any in stock, as it’s hard to find autumn candles in the UK that are as interesting sounding as their US Counterparts. I was super happy to find these, and they’ve helped with my longing for Bath & Body Works Candles- which I’m unlikely to try unless they start shipping to the UK.
These candles look far more expensive than they were, and they’d make great gifts- I’d definitely be happy to get one! I even spotted some Christmas in TK Maxx, so keep an eye out and you may get lucky…
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?