Find a good face mask

Howdy!

Todays blog is here to give you a run down on my top face masks one choice! I have BIG love for a good face mask and use them probably more often than is recommended. I don’t care, I love the feeling afterwards and my skin is always super dry so I think it really helps to keep it silky soft. I think we forget how much our faces go through on a day to day basis so it’s really important we do everything we can to keep our skin flawless. We all secretly love taking a good selfie where we know we won’t need a filter to even out our skin tone and face masks are the key.

I have picked my top 4 face masks that I use and then 2 little extras… one I have been recommended and one that recently came in my Birchbox.

Face Masks all

 

From left to right:

 

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1.Keeome Hydration Theropy Mask. Now this mask was part of February’s lovely Birchbox treats. I am yet to try it but wherever I  look it has nothing but amazing reviews. RRP £29.00 for a pack of 6. I searched around a little and other than Ebay there aren’t many places where you can buy them individually… so I really I hope I love it because then I can just repurchase in bulk! The packet says that its packed with Vitamin E and thats exactly what my face needs. I’ve been told Vitamin E is key to zapping dry skin so I use it… ALOT. This mask is a bit of a time consumer… It says to leave the mask on for 25 minutes!!! This is the type of product you tie in with your teeth whitening routine and just sit it out flicking through the latest edition of Vogue.  I’m so excited to try this one I may even pop it on tonight!

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2.Mask of Magnaminty by Lush. RRP £11.50. I think out of them all this one if my favourite for really getting in there and getting the job done. Without it being harsh on your skin you can feel from the second you put it on your face that its getting to work. I think that might be the hint of mint in the formula that makes your skin feel alive again. Now don’t be afraid if this mask doesn’t seem to set, I don’t think its supposed to. Every time I use it stays wet the whole time its on my face which I like. It’s heavy with honey which I love. I can recommend this one enough!

Vitamin E Face Mask

3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Sleeping Mask. RRP £11.00. Now this technically qualifies as a mask… because it says so on the tin. However, its slightly different from a mask because you don’t need to rub or take it off after! This can be a down fall though… because instead of using it like a mask and applying it a couple of times a week to refresh my skin, I find myself putting it on every night before I go to bed. Once again it’s full of Vitamin E so it does wonders for my dry skin!

“£11 a pop and you’re using it every night…” – Mr Willetts

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4. Brazened Honey by Lush RRP £7.25. The next time you are in lush buying all of their lovely products please take a second to stuff your nose into this bad boy. The initial overwhelming smell of honey will knock your socks of but everything that sits under that first smell is just as addictive. This product makes me feel almost dewy once I’ve used it but unlike my other Lush face mask… it dries and it crumbles so make sure you are sat down on your own with a book for this one… or you run the risk of leaving a trail of beautiful honey smelling dusk in your wake. I this one as a little Sunday night treat to get me ready for the week ahead.

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5.Sephora Pearl Face Mask. RRP £5. Now these are like gold dust. Firstly they don’t sell them in the UK (if you’ve found a place let me know and I will love you forever). So I have this magic little angel who fly’s around the world and picks these up from the States. I use them sparingly as a treat. The first time I tried this face mask was shortly after I got married and I was genuinely impressed with the results. It made my skin feel just like new. I then purchased some more while I was on my honeymoon in Dubai. We had a little night in and I decided to put one on. It was post Yacht day and it cooled down my sunburnt face and returned it back to normal… no peeling over here! It’s been my favourite treat ever since… go out find them and bring them back to me in the truck load!

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6.Loreal, Pure Clay detox mask, RRP £7.99. This was a sponatnious purchase this afternoon when I was in boots stocking up my already full make up draws. I’ve read so many amazing reviews on this product that I actually felt like I was missing out. I’ll let you know how I get on but anything that has the word CLAY involved in a mask is usually a hit. If I end up with a new face I’ll be sure to let you guys know!

In case you haven’t caught on yet I love a good face mask but so does Mr Willetts…

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He does prefer a Boots simple rub on and peel off one but every now and again he really gets involved.

“If you didn’t spend £11 here, £20 there on all this crap we could afford to go to Dubai more” – Mr Willetts

So get out there men and women alike and find your favourite face mask… I assure you it’ll be super fun!

Mrs Willetts x

 

My First Birchbox

Hi guys!

I want to try and keep my blogs a little different each time however when this little box arrived at my door this week I thought what the heck! I need to share with your guys what was in my very first Birchbox.

Now for those of you who don’t know, Birchbox have been around for a while now. In short its a box of goodies specifically tailored to you and your beauty needs. When you sign up online you fill in a short survey about your skin and hair and what you expect from products and then they tailor this cute box full of testers for you to try. These products are then available through their website at full size and usually discounted via points you collect or vouchers you get in your box.

I haven’t used all the products in my first box and I did receive 2 products that I already use however overall I was impressed with what I got!

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The first product in the box is 70ml tube of Rituals Mild exfoliating body scrub. RRP for a full size tub is £19.50 (350ml). It can be found… here.

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The product itself smells incredible its floral and light and everything I love to smell like. I’ve smelt alot of white lotus products recently but the Yi Yi Ren is not something I’ve come across but does give the scrub a very sweet smell. I haven’t had chance to use it yet as I’m slowly making my way through all the beautiful scrubs and and soaps I got for Christmas however what I would say is the scrub does have a very light grit to it and usually when I’m using an exfoliator I like to use products that are on the slightly rough side as I do get very dry skin and I find that helps! This product would be perfect for someone with sensitive skin.

The second product I already use a version of. This particular one is the Spectrum Collection Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge RRP £4.99 and this is a full size product you can buy… here.


I swear by these types of sponge and you will not find me applying my base makeup with anything else. I love how evenly is spreads foundation across my skin and its perfect to use when dabbing your concealer into those slightly harder to reach places; under your eyes and the crease of your nose. In terms of feel I love it. I do find some of these sponges to be a little hard (depending on brand) but this could be my porridge “just right”. It’s also pretty cool that it comes with this bag which means you can drop it in your make up bag safe in the knowledge any excess product is not going to end up painting your other products.

3rd out of the box is this The Balm Stainiac product. RRP £14.00 for 8G. You can find this lovely product in Superdrug…here

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This is a 1.2ml tester and if my grandad was sat next to my right now he’d be tutting at the fact I don’t even know how to convert that without using my best pal Siri and when I did… its the same thing 1=1 (awkward). Now I’m not really a rosey cheeks type of girl except every now and again in the summer, so it wouldn’t be a must have purchase in my collection. However the pigment is light and would be perfect for a blush on your cheeks… It can also be used on your lips. I’ve yet to try it out as I’m not a big Red Lip fan… I’m hoping it comes out a more pink than red but I’ll keep you posted if it does make an appearance!

Next in my little box of goodies is PK Prep Polishing Balm. This is a mini version of the full product. The bottle is 20ml. RRP £18.50 for 75ml and can be picked up… here.

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I’m always conscious about using styling products on my hair. I don’t know why but the second I put anything on it my thin hair feels instantly heavier and blow-drys feel sticky. So I have a very select set of products I’ll use for styling. It is safe to say I love this product and would definitely purchase the bigger version. Although a little on the pricey side, if you follow the instructions on the back and only use a very small amount the results are great! As this was a tester I figured I would edge on the side of caution and use a very small amount as there are 2 ways of using it!

The first is when your hair is wet to help reduce frizz when blow drying… which it does! However word of caution – only use towards the ends and mid-length… touching your root you may find it looks a little greasy on your hair. The second is using when its dry to create a sleek look which isn’t something I do often but would use this product to try!

The next is just a quick note as I use this type of products for a lot of things and was actually planning to do a little blog on all the uses of this wonderful product. This particular product is Vita Coco Coconut Oil and although this is a tester but can be brought in lots of places. It usually retails at around £5 for 250ml.

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This little starter is a perfect way to test it out!

Lastly but by no means least is Caudalie moisturising sorbet. This 10ml tester and the regular 40ml bottle is a luxury price of £23.00 and can be purchased here

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I have to say when I saw the price of this bottle it did take me back slightly. However on trying the product I must say the price definitely reflects the product. This face sorbet instantly makes your face feel light and refreshed and almost dewy in texture. If I could afford to I would definitely apply this to my face twice a day as recommended on the back. When my current body shop moisturiser runs out I will definitely consider making this my next purchase!

Now I have to say I was actually quite surprised at the quality of items that you get in the box. It costs £10 once a month for the box. I’m genuinely quite impressed. The total for items in the box are below:

Rituals body scrub tester: £3.90

Spectrum Sponge: £4.99

The Balm Stainiac: £2.90

Philip Knightley polishing balm: £2.90

Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet: £5.75

Vita Coco Coconut Oil: £0.12 (think this was just a little added extra as you usually expect to get 5 products in a box)

Total for the box: £20.44.

I would like to say I’m looking forward to my new box… lucky for me because I signed up on a January promotion so I received 2 months of boxes for the price of one. I’m excited to open the next one up and see whats inside! Then before I know it Februarys box will be on its way to me!

I’m sorry to those who usually tune in to hear about Mr Willetts’ opinion on these products but when I explained the concept to him he didn’t quite get it… I’m currently looking for a male version to help him understand? If anyone knows of any good ones please comment below!

 

Hair Game

It may seem like an odd way to follow on from a wedding blog… talking about my hair but I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you about my recent hair journey.

Looking back on our honeymoon my hair was the best hair I’ve EVER had. I loved everything about it from the colour to the length. The only thing that frustrated me about my hair was the lack of volume and the ends were SUPER dry and always frizzy. I’m sure you’ll agree that my hair over our honeymoon was… on point (can I pull that off?!).

It’s become very apparent from these selfies that I LOVE the right hand side of the screen… clearly my better side. Anyway I digress…

On my return from holiday I was fed up of my hair, plus Mr Willetts gets very upset when I put my hair in a bun on my head…he says I have a big forehead, which I do but thanks for highlighting. I tend to be putting it up every other day when my hair is long because it’s dirty or I’m too lazy to bother styling it. So first thing that Tuesday morning I took myself down to Blackheath Hair & Co (my favourite hair salon in Blackheath… and believe me theres a few) and kindly asked the lady to “chop it all off”. which she did… and as always for about a week I loved it… and have subsequently wanted my “old hair” back ever since.

Its not until you put the pictures together that you realise how much a hair cut changes your face?!

Anyway… I vowed from the moment I started to hate it that would take care of my hair from that moment forward, try not to use hair appliances too often, treat it well and live in hope that it would grow back just as beautiful as before but in A LOT better condition. So I decided to try out some new shampoos and conditioners in the hunt for the best one for my hair!

It’s important before I tell you about these products that I explain where Mr Willetts comes into all this (other than his mild insults around the size of my forehead). I Started to notice as I was testing these new products that they were depleting from the bottle pretty quickly…it turns out that Mr Willetts likes to treat himself to what he calls “A Salon Wash”. This basically means that he uses my lovely hair products to wash his very small amount of hair but he only does it as a treat i.e once/twice a week!!! Now considering he doesn’t have a massive amount of hair we had a little chat about his “Salon Wash” and agreed that he could use a small “pea size” amount if he helped me by reviewing each one for this very blog.

Now after changing and trying quite a few since I cut all my hair off I have now settled down to 3. I know three sounds a lot but it will all make sense in the end!

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From left to right we have:

Loreal Elvive  Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner

Lush Rehab Shampoo and Retread Conditioner

The Loreal Elvive Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner is relatively cheap and usually retails for around £3.50 per bottle. If you pop into Boots you’ll usually find it under some sort of offer. On this occasion it was £2 per bottle. This particular shampoo and conditioner is perfect if you are going on a night out or are looking to do something fancy with your hair. The texture once you’ve blow dried it actually makes it feel thicker to touch and makes it sooo much easier to style and put up. It smells amazing but it makes your hair feel almost a day old in terms of touch and I’m sure if you asked any hairstylist they’d tell you that they prefer hair thats not been freshly washed when putting it up.

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“it doesn’t do what it says on the tin, I was expecting my hair to be thicker but its the same. Smells alright though” – Mr Willetts

Let’s just be clear here that I think he thought that this shampoo was going to give him a new head of hair and needless to say he was a little disappointed with the result.

The second is the Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner. This is my favourite every day go to shampoo and conditioner. This is the one that runs out the quickest because it’s the most used out of the bunch. The smell is incredible and it always makes your hair feel clean and almost fluffy without being greasy. I think the organ oil packed inside is what helps to give my hair a little bit of weight without making it look greasy – which is a common problem I’ve found with different shampoos I’ve tried. These usually retail for round £8 per bottle – 100% worth the price tag but again often they can be found on the shelves of boots under some sort of offer. You just need to keep your eyes open and stock up!

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“this ones my favourite smells ridik and makes my hair really soft”-Mr Willetts.

For those who aren’t familiar with Willettsism’s:

Ridik – adjective, shortened from the word ridiculous and usually used to describe something thats really really good.

Finally but no means least is the Lush Rehab Shampoo and Retread Conditioner. Now this one is a little more on the eco friendly side and I am all for that! I love that lush exchange empty bottles (five) for a free face mask which usually retails for a minimum of £5 all you have to do is be environmentally responsible and return your lush bottles and tubs back to the store and exchange.

The shampoo and conditioner itself does not disappoint. This is not an every day shampoo and conditioner as the idea is to strip your hair back to its natural untouched state. Thats exactly what it does! It’s a perfect detox shampoo and conditioner after a few heavy nights of styling or if like me you work around food and your hair gets disgustingly on the greasy side. I would personally say use this once MAXIMUM twice a week to restore your hair. I personally like to use it when I have my once a week Mr Willetts run bath (but thats a whole different blog on the way!) The thing about this combination of shampoo and conditioner that always amazes me is that your hairs squeaks because it so clean which sounds odd but is such a lovely feeling! The shampoo retails at £5.75 per 100g and the conditioner £6.95 per 100g. A little more expensive but  considering you’d only use it once a week its a sound investment.

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“this one wasn’t very good. my hair wasn’t soft and how can I get on board with using the conditioner in the shower when I have to scoop it out. it’d be better if you could just squeeze it in your hand like the rest of them. Smells alright.” Mr Willetts

Since using a combination of these products and limiting myself to blow drying on a cooler heat and only using straighteners and curling tongs when I’m going out out my hair has improved 10 fold. I’m actually starting to fall back in love with it again and although I think 60% of that is because it’s now just started to hit my shoulders in length again I also believe that taking care of it has made it 100 times easier to style. iIt even styles itself sometimes and all I have to do is brush and tame with a couple of products after blow drying it. Here’s an example of it below!

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Please feel free to comment below if you use any of these products or if you have any that you think i should try! And subscribe now in anticipation for my next blog!

Mrs Willetts x