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.

Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick- First Impressions and Swatches

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!

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy face wash review

Frothy Face Wash

I bought the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy face wash for one main reason- having received the sample with a previous order and really enjoying how it made my face feel. And thankfully after buying the full size and using it for a few weeks I haven’t been disappointed.

Although I find it fairly pricey at £18.50 for 150ml (otherwise known as the most expensive face wash I have ever bought!) I feel that it is definitely worth the money, and it has shot straight to first place as my new favourite face wash.

For one thing I love the fact that this face wash doesn’t dry out my face or leave it feeling tight after washing- a problem I have found with many face washes I have tried. It works well with areas that sometimes get a little oily, and also on areas of my face prone to dryness and seems to suit both well. It is definitely a face wash that suits combination skinl.

Since I started using this face wash on a daily basis I haven’t had any bad breakouts, and my skin feels smoother and looks brighter.

I also really love the scent of this face wash; it smells really fresh and minty. It has bergamot, spearmint and lavender which makes using it a pleasure. It is a fairly thick paste like texture that means that it bubbles easily and well.

Origins Face Wash OpenAnother great thing about this frothy face wash is how little is required per use which means that even though it is expensive it should last a decent amount of time. In order to use it I just squeeze an approximately pea sized amount in the palm of my hand and add tepid water to lather it up, before swirling it all over my face (avoiding the eyes- the spearmint makes that a rather unpleasant sensation!) before rinsing off with warm water. I use it both day and night and it has really improved my cleansing ritual as I look forward to using it!

I would definitely recommend trying this face wash if you have combination skin- and I find that it works really well for my skin that tends to be more towards the drier end of the spectrum. It is a bit of a luxury due to the price but it works which means that it is a worthwhile indulgence.

Based on its texture and foaming abilities I think that this face wash will work really well with cleansing brushes like the Clarisonic- and I can’t wait to give this a try once I get a new head for mine!

Origins Face Wash

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation/Concealer in Porcelain 1/Naked 1

ConcealerFoundation Collection

Last time I was in boots I spotted that there was a Collection foundation and concealer on offer, meaning that they were only £3.99 each. Given that the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1 is the best concealer I have tried for my pale skin I was excited to give these a try!

I picked up the Illuminating Touch Foundation in Porcelain 1, and the Illuminating Touch Concealer in Naked 1- both in the lightest available shade.

collection foundation

I am very happy with the Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation. It is in a frosted glass bottle which is nice and I think looks and feels more expensive than you would expect for a cheap foundation. It also has a pump which works well and means that you can get foundation out easily and cleanly, although it does give you a fraction less control over how much foundation comes out- I find that I pretty much have to do a full pump!

foundation pump

In terms of coverage I would call it fairly light, but buildable. In the picture above I have applied a single light layer using a real techniques sponge. Using your fingers or a brush I imagine you could get a higher coverage. The Boots website describes it as a ‘your skin but better’ finish, and I would definitely agree. It helps to cover small blemishes and red areas (such as around my eyes) well.

In terms of shade I would say that Porcelain 1 suits my skin pretty well. Although on my hand it looks a tad too dark, once it has been blended in I can’t see a difference so I would definitely recommend trying it if you have pale skin and struggle to find a foundation that works. Below is a picture with the foundation on.


I am also pleased with the Illuminating Touch Concealer, although I will say that I prefer the collection lasting perfection concealer I previously reviewed. I like the concept behind the concealer, but find it a little too pink for my skin- although once blended in it seems fine! This means that I don’t feel that it gives me as great highlighting or illuminating abilities as it would if it were a lighter shade.

collection concealer

I find the brush a tad annoying due to the fact that it dries out and wastes product, making it hard to use. In Boots I was unable to use the tester due to the brush being caked with dried on product! So something to try avoid doing if you buy this concealer.

concealer brush

It does seem to conceal pretty well however, and does blend in well so I would still recommend this for people with pale skin- just maybe give the lasting perfection concealer a go first! To show the difference in shade between the two collection concealers, here is a picture of them side by side.

concealer comparison

Finally here is a before and after picture! On the left is my face with no product on, and on the right I have the illuminating foundation and concealer on, although I applied both with a sponge and in a fairly light layer so this could be built to a higher coverage level if desired. You can definitely see that it helps in covering dark circles under my eyes and red areas.

Comparison Face

Overall I am happy with my two purchases and would definitely recommend giving them a go! They are a bargain for £3.99 each (and fairly priced at £5.99 for the foundation and £4.99 for the concealer when not on sale.)