Philosophy Purity Cleanser [review]

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I got a 90ml bottle of the Philosophy Purity one step cleanser in the first BBB Beauty Edit Box. I've been using it occasionally over the past few weeks as I want to use up products that seem to be gathering dust at the back of my wardrobe.

I have to be honest and say this is not the cleanser for me. Using the Purity cleanser has made me realised that I really don't like foaming cleansers (which is good, because I now know not to pick them up) and so I'm not keen on using it. It has a creamy texture which is a little thin and runny, and is supposed to be fragrance free, but it does smell a little green and herby (if that makes any sense!). However, it is a good cleanser as it does remove all my makeup and doesn't leave my skin feeling dry and tight. It's also very easy to use as you simply pour a little into your hands, and massage over the face until it foams up. Then simply wash away! If you are a fan of foaming cleansers then this is probably perfect for you, with prices starting at £8 (90ml).

I wish this was a cleanser that worked for me, but unfortunately it isn't and I won't be purchasing the full size.

Has anyone else tried Philosophy Purity cleanser? What did you think?


P.S. Have a read of my review on the GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate over on Frootibeauty's blog as part of her Takeover Tuesday =)


Eau Thermale Avene Skincare Samples

I'm not sure who's blog I was reading, but I came across a post for Avene skincare samples, where the only cost was the P&P (£3.50). Of course, I ordered myself 5 samples and they arrived a few days ago.

I chose:
- Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser (25ml)
- Gentle Purifying Scrub (5ml)
- Soothing Moisture Mask (5ml)
- Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+ (5ml)
- Micellar Lotion (25ml)

I also received an extra sample of the D-Pigment Rich Dark Spot Lightener (5ml) which was a nice surprise! I recently started using the Loreal Micellar Water as a makeup remover, and I think the Avene one will be a great size to take with me if I'm going away for a weekend or something. I'm looking forward to trying the High Protection Moisturiser as I'll be going on holiday in the summer and will definitely need to invest in sun protection skincare. The other samples I chose at random so it'll be great to try out new products =)

If you want to get yourself a few Avene samples, then Mistrys chemist is the site you need to go to. Just add 5 samples to your basket and checkout. It's as easy as that!

Have you tried Avene skincare products before?


You Beauty Discovery Box: February

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My YBD February Box arrived last weekend. There was a great selection of products this month, and I decided to choose the GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, and the Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer (both with very long names!). Also, included in the box were samples BeyondDark Chocolate Moments of Pleasure and a large sachet of Charles Worthington Instant Amplifying Volume Treatment (also with equally long names!) =)

The products are a decent size, with the GlamGlow being 15g (full size is 15ml for £24.99 - unless I'm wrong, the product in the box is full size, only in a tube instead of a tub?) and the Pixi Primer being 12ml (full size is 30ml for £20.50). I think this box is definitely great value for money, and lots of people seem to agree as both the products that I have chosen are now out of stock on the YBD website. I'll be blogging about my experience using GlamGlow as is it such a well known product but it is on the pricey side, so I'll let you know whether I think it is worth the money or not. The Pixi Primer has been added to my little collection of primer samples. I haven't actually bought a full size primer in ages!

Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes? What did you think of the selection in this box?


February #frootimasterclass

I had the opportunity to attend another one of Frootibeauty's masterclasses last weekend. This masterclass was quite different to the previous one and focused on this look from a recent blog post. I picked up a lot more tips and got to try a completely different eye makeup look to what I would normally go for at weddings and occasions. The use of a black base on the eye meant that the overall look was smoky and intense (compared to the smoky eye I did for the previous masterclass here). A big thank you to Safiyah for holding the masterclass (and for the goody bag at the end)! I loved it just as much as the last one and am looking forward to another one (although it won't be held for quite some time).

Here are a few pictures of the look that I created. Again the pictures were taken quite a few hours after he makeup had been applied, and I think it's stayed pretty much in place! Even though the Barry M pigment was a gold-ish colour, it somehow came out a bit more green when applied over the black pencil base (which wasn't what I was expecting, but kinda cool!). Also, the pigment sort of ended up all over the eyelid instead of just in the centre, which made it soften the look slightly.

Products I used were:
Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original)
Avon Supershock Gel Liner Pencil (over the whole eyelid and on waterline)
Urban Decay Naked Palette: Sin (highlight), Naked and Buck (mixed together for skin tone shade), Dark Horse and Hustle (blend out the black base into the crease).
Barry M Pigment (44)
Motives Little Black Dress Gel Liner
Illamasqua Brow Cake (Gaze)
No7 Extreme Length Mascara

Rest of Face: (even though you can't see it)
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (SB12)
Sleek Contour Kit (Medium)
Illamasqua Cream Blusher (Betray)
NYX Lip Liner (Coffee)
MAC Lipstick (Twig)

I will definitely be using this technique for future occasions (any excuse to practise) =)
What do you think of this look?