GOSH Growth ‘The Secret of Longer Lashes’ Mascara

This mascara from GOSH costs £9.49 and is most easily available in the UK from Superdrug. I thought I’d try this as I loved the idea of a mascara helping my lashes to grow, which is what this mascara claims to do. It contains something called SymPeptide® XLash which is supposedly proven to have a visible effect on the length and thickness of lashes.

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The reviews on Superdrug’s website for this are actually really great but I can’t count myself as a fan… Firstly, I didn’t love the brush and found it a bit uncomfortable to use. It’s a rubber one and I prefer bristles but that’s not a deal breaker if the mascara still looks great on the lashes.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like what this mascara did for my lashes. I like to pack on the mascara and I tend to do loads of layers. This mascara is not good if you like to do that as it’s a very dry formula and dries quickly and I ended up with very clumpy lashes. I don’t mind a bit of clump but I found it so hard to achieve enough separation. This admittedly was after the mascara had dried out a bit but even when it was still fresh I wasn’t impressed with the effect.

As for giving length and volume, it was very underwhelming. The colour is good and very black but it did nothing special and I didn’t feel anywhere near my best when wearing this mascara.

Regarding the claims that it will help your lashes to grow, I didn’t notice any difference with regular use. I’ve used it up and I wouldn’t credit it with any improvement to length or volume of my bare lashes.

GOSH make so many different mascaras I’m hoping I just picked a dud as the first one to try from the range. Have you tried any good products that you’d recommend from GOSH? I think it’s a cool brand and, of course, I love that they are cruelty free.

Love Nicole xxxx

Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer

I was intrigued by this Conceal and Define Concealer (£4) from Revolution as it was quite obvious they were trying to sell it as a cheap alternative to Tarte’s Shape Tape, which is a concealer I’m yet to try.

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When I first tried this, I really liked it. So much so, I went and purchased three more tubes of it straight away. However, I realised that this concealer actually doesn’t offer the best value as I got through tubes so quickly. I think it contains 3.4ml of product? I’ve finished and recycled my last tube so I can’t double check. This is quite a lot less than usual for a concealer.

The packaging is very pretty with the rose gold lid. It has a doe foot applicator that is slightly larger than is typical for concealers, such as the one in Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer.

It is available on their own website in 25 shades and it’s also available from Superdrug but I think they only sell 18 of the shades. The range of shades looks pretty broad and it’s rare to see such a wide range in a high street/drugstore concealer. The shade I bought is C3 which is for fair skin with pink undertone and it is pretty much my skin colour! Ideally, I’d like a shade more brightening for the under eye area so maybe in future I should try C1.

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The formula is thick and creamy and blends nicely. It looks very intensely pigmented when you first swipe it on. I always use a beauty blender to blend my concealer which stops things looking cakey but does take away some of the coverage, therefore I usually do a couple of layers under my eyes. It gives a good medium/high coverage; I wouldn’t say full coverage but then again I don’t think anything can completely hide my under eye circles ha. I did find it settled in lines under my eyes quite quickly but that’s sorted with a bit of melting with your ring finger. The finish is fairly matte but not powdery.

I found it lasted well throughout the day but the coverage did fade faster than other affordable concealers that I like.

I did like this concealer and it is something I would buy again but I would prefer it to come in a bigger tube! I get through concealer quickly anyway but this was just ridiculously quick.

Love Nicole xxxx

Eye Contour Serum from Garden Of Wisdom for Victoria Health

I was starting to notice more lines around my eyes which I was obviously not happy about! I had been made aware of the Garden of Wisdom range on Victoria Health by a video Nadine Baggott did on her YouTube channel. When I looked at the website I saw this Eye Contour Serum (£18) which contained lots of impressive ingredients so thought I would give it a try.

It is a multi-peptide eye serum which aims to help reduce bags under eyes, dark circles around the eye contours, fine lines, wrinkles and creases around eyes, as well as puffy eyes. Pretty impressive right? Have a look on the website for a breakdown of the key ingredients and their effects.

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The bottle is 30ml which is brilliant for an eye product as it’s going to last ages as you only use a tiny bit each time. It comes with a pump which you only have to press down the tiniest bit to get the perfect amount. Never push down the whole way as you’d get way too much out and it would be wasted! It’s great that the pump is controllable in this way.

The formula itself is a water based serum and feels how you assume serums will feel. It’s beautifully refreshing to apply and sinks in fairly quickly but not too quickly that you can’t distribute it around the eye area. I tend to put a bit on each of my ring fingers and then do one eye at a time, dabbing until it sinks in.

I use it within my morning and evening routine and can confirm makeup goes on top very well.

As for the effects I’ve experienced from using this for the past 11 weeks, I do think there is some improvement. My eye area is definitely far more hydrated and the dryness I was experiencing on the outer corners has cleared up. I also think the lines underneath are slightly less prominent and I hope this is something that continues to improve. I haven’t noticed a change to my dark circles.

I am a big fan of this serum. I find it so lovely to use and it has some proven-to-be-effective ingredients so I’m confident that it’s doing some good, whether it’s obvious or not. It’s also going to last a good amount of time so the £18 purchase price should deliver very good value. I highly recommend!

Love Nicole xxxx

Barry M All Night Long Concealer in Oatmeal

I can’t recall ever trying a face or base product from Barry M before but when I saw this concealer I was very interested! I love trying out budget concealers. This one costs £4.49 and comes in a 5ml tube with a small doe foot applicator.

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The packaging is very similar to Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer and it is also the same in that the black writing on the tube rubs off gradually with use. This doesn’t really bother me, however, on one occasion the black transferred quite badly onto my hands and I ended up smearing it on my face… Not ideal. I do try to remember to check it hasn’t got on my hands now before I touch my face!

I really like this concealer and have bought it multiple times! I wouldn’t say it gives full coverage but it’s definitely a high-medium. It brightens and conceals my under eye circles and doesn’t crease badly. After applying I use the warmth of my finger to gently press my under eye to melt away any creases that may have formed. The formula is creamy but not thick and it blends easily.

It sets nicely and whilst you can tell you’re wearing makeup, it doesn’t look heavy or cakey. I find it lasts very well and I trust it to last me all day and to fade gracefully when it does start to gradually wear off. I never set my under eyes with powder FYI.

It works well around the rest of the face at concealing any redness or blemishes. I have the colour Oatmeal which is the second lightest shade. The lightest shade Milk looks very light so would be ideal if you’re very pale! There are six shades in total which isn’t the best range and could be improved as there’s only one dark-ish shade.

I was so impressed with this little concealer – such a great affordable gem! It makes me think maybe I should try some other Barry M base products. Have you tried any that you’d recommend?

Love Nicole xxxx

The Body Shop Banana Body Care Range

I was SO SO excited when I saw this range teased on The Body Shop’s Instagram page. It took what felt like forever for it to finally become available on the UK site but when it did I was straight on there placing an order. I just love banana everything, to taste and to smell. The Body Shop already had a banana hair care range (which is beautiful) but in this summer launch they released a body butter, body yogurt and shower cream.

In the rest of the post I’m quoting the full price of these products, however, The Body Shop are always running some kind of discount so you’ll never have to actually pay the full price.

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The shower cream costs £6 for a 250ml bottle. It smells glorious (as does the whole range) and it lathers up beautifully without feeling drying on the skin. I mean, all shower gels do the job of washing your body, so the main thing that makes me pick a body wash product is the scent, and this is a scent I love.

The banana body butter costs £15 for a 200ml tub or you can get a mini 50ml tub for £6. This stuff is so thick and creamy and wonderful to use. It’s super nourishing and hydrating. It can be slightly greasy and take a while to sink in so it’s more one for the evening before bed than the morning. If you want something that sinks in more quickly then that leads me beautifully onto the next product…

The body yogurt costs £8.50 for a 200ml tub and is a formula that has been out in various other scents for a while. I’d not really been interested in it because I thought it probably wouldn’t be that hydrating and I’m a body butter gal at heart. However, when I saw they’d released a banana one I thought I might as well try it as I knew I’d adore the scent. I have been very pleasantly surprised with this formula; it’s pretty amazing! It’s a cool gel-like consistency that is cooling and fun to apply and sinks in super quickly without leaving behind any slipperiness that’s going to prevent you from getting dressed. It can be applied straight from the shower on damp skin or just on dry skin. Despite being super lightweight I do believe it gives hydration and helps to keep my skin in good condition.

I LOVE this range so much and I really hope it becomes permanent! On the website it’s described as ‘special edition’ which I’m hoping is just referring to the packaging rather than it being a limited edition range… I’d be sad if I was not able to repurchase these products!

Love Nicole xxxx