Monday 18 March 2013

Makeup Monday: Blogger Makeup Bag

I'm delighted to introduce Hayley, a.k.a. SuperSugarBubble, for March's Blogger Makeup Bag. I love watching Hayley's YouTube channel, particularly her creative tutorials which are easy to follow without being patronising. She's got great taste in products and with a husband who is based in the USA, I couldn't wait to peek inside her makeup bag and discover which are her can't-live-without items from both sides of The Pond. Over to Hayley...
I like to keep my makeup bag as simple as possible and that's why I try to use a lot of multi-purpose products such as the Stila Convertible Colour Lip and Cheek Cream in Petunia. It's the prettiest pink colour that I've come across so far and it looks equally as beautiful on the lips and cheeks. I chose to pop some of the product into this handy little sample pot as it makes it smaller and easier to carry around. Muji make great travelling pots and containers to store your makeup in if you're looking to downsize your travel makeup bag. Eye palettes seem to be the most useful component when it comes to my makeup. I normally just go for neutrals- that way, I can gradually build up the colours and create an easy smokey eye look if I want. I love my Covergirl Exact Eyelights eyeshadows which are designed to complement your eyes and make the colour "pop" as they say. I like to carry around any "touch up" products and my MAC Studio Fix Powder is perfect for when my foundation has slightly worn off and I need to add a little more coverage. It comes with a latex sponge which packs on the product quite densely but it works great under the eyes to cover any end of the day dark circles! It's also a great tip to keep hold of any skincare samples you have lying around- you may need them some day! I like to use mine either when travelling (on a plane) or I like to pop them in my makeup bag. I found these La Roche Posay Toleriane Eye Makeup Remover Capsules recently at Boots- they work really well on me as I'm a contact lens wearer and my eyes can get sensitive at times. I am so grateful for these at those times when my makeup is all over the place or I stay out a little too late! As for makeup brushes, my "hero" brush has to be the MAC 217. This brush seriously does it all. It would probably help if I could find mini versions of all my favourite brushes but for now, I'm going to stick with these... 

What's inside? Laura Mercier Blending Brush, Bobbi Brown Blender Brush, Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner, Stila Eyebrow Brush, La Roche Posay Toleriane Eye Makeup Remover, Benefit Browzings in Medium, Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia, Covergirl Exact Eyelights in Hazel, Trish McEvoy Luminizer, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Warm Ivory, Burt's Bees Tinted Lipbalm in Tiger Lily, Elemental Herbology Cell Active Rejuvenation Moisturiser, MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC20.

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Wednesday 13 March 2013

Speed Review: DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub & Polish

Regular readers will know that DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is one of my favourite cleansers. I credit it as being part of the reason that my skin has been transformed over the past six months and it was recognised as my cleanser of the year in 2012's Skin Deep Beauty Awards. With this in mind, I was intrigued to see how I'd get on with the DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub & Polish.

Although it is packaged in a pretty box, my first impression of the tube packaging was that it looked and felt cheap. It's made of that very malleable plastic which I don't generally find to be particularly luxurious and the paper label disintegrated on contact with water. Having said that, I did appreciate the functionality of the tube presentation.

The product itself has a creamy formula, with a texture similar to body lotion. However, I didn't feel that it lived up to DHC's claims regarding hydrating and nourishing benefits in spite of the inclusion of olive oil and vitamin E. There is a high concentration of gently abrasive particles (from natural corn cob powder) and this makes for an effective scrub, which I enjoyed. It has a delicate lavender scent which isn't offensive.
DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub & Polish creates a rich lather and whilst some may find this luxurious, I found that it dried out my skin- this was my main problem with the scrub.

At £14 for 200g, I wouldn't repurchase this. I found it to be something of a "meh" product and I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as my (more affordable) Soap & Glory body scrubs.


Monday 11 March 2013


Apologies for my silence recently readers. As is no doubt the case for many of you at this time of year, I was hit by a nasty virus and have been unwell. I'm now completely recovered and to mark the fact that normal service will be resuming on Skin Deep, I thought I'd hold a small giveaway.

If you follow a lot of blogs or watch YouTube beauty channels, then you'll know that the 8 pan eyeshadow palettes by American drugstore brand, Wet 'n' Wild are hugely popular and with good reason. One of the most popular palettes is "Comfort Zone" which combines wearable neutrals with a couple of green colours as well as a shade (the Definer shade in the bottom right) which is known to be a close dupe of MAC's popular Club duo-chrome eyeshadow.

Sadly, this cult item is not available in the UK so when I visited the USA recently,  I picked up a palette for my personal collection as well as an extra for this giveaway!

One lucky reader will be able to win this Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone eyeshadow palette (I'm afraid that this giveaway is open to UK residents only as I wanted the winner to be someone that might not have access to this palette).

To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite eyeshadow is, whether it be a single colour or a palette, along with your email address (please ask your parents' permission if you are under 18).
For an additional entry, tweet @Skindeepblogger. Subscribers to my YouTube channel (click here to visit) will get an additional entry if you write a further comment below identifying yourself with your YouTube name.
In order to qualify for entry, you must be a follower of this blog.
The winner will be picked at random and announced on Tuesday 19th March 2013. Good luck!
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