One of the brands I was way too excited to get my hands on in London was Soap & Glory a beauty range that actually looks like a bath & body first cousin of Benefit Cosmetics…they’re not related though. These guys do bath and body like nobody’s business. They do an excellent blend of clean and gourmande scents with a balance that’s uniquely hard to come by. This Sugar Crush Body Scrub seriously does not smell sickeningly sweet to me…it’s a yummy, tart sort of sweet. It makes me think of those sweet cola jelly bottles with a zesty dash of tart lime.
I made a mad dash for this at the Soap & Glory shelf and contemplated getting this or the body wash. I thought having the scrub which is more “touchworthy” in experience would set me off better the first time around. It’s got moisturizing and smoothing almond oil which I fully believe in aside from the scrubby bits of brown sugar and macadamia grains. The better way to use this so you get a thorough scrub and don’t waste product is to not have the shower running while applying this. Slather it on and rub generously…it isn’t painfully abrasive but it’s abrasive enough to be your smooth operator. As you will see in a bit I soooo needed this scrub right now as I delightfully thumb-type this from Norway. For a moment for truth’s sake, let me show you the semi-disgusting reason why I’m ever so glad I bought this when I did (believe me this was the compromise…showing my leggings instead of my scaly legs).
Don’t.judge.me…lol, and I have been bathing don’t you dare suggest that I wasn’t! What you’re seeing right there are my leggings having been pulled inside out so you can probably guess in what sort of state my lower legs were…it was not a pretty sight. I’d been faithful in moisturizing my face and hands here in Europe but I’m afraid I can’t say the same for my body. I used the scrub 2 nights ago and it set me straight for a day and a half but coming to Norway really dried up my legs again so it was time to convene with this star find once more.
“Use in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly, depending on the level of scaliness you struggle with. (Four times-even-if you’ve ever been labelled ‘old lizard legs’.)”
Two hours ago I used the Sugar Crush Body Scrub on damp legs with my feet in warm water sitting on the side of a hotel tub. It’s best on legs that aren’t too wet so the dense thick pasty consistency with the grains can exfoliate to the fullest. Whats lovely is you don’t just get the physical exfoliation…the almond and lime oil just makes the job a smooth, moisturizing, and nourishing experience and once you rinse your legs off you get a soft supple feeling that suggests no lotion required…but because we’re in a really dry country I still finished off my legs with my fave Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream which you can get in Manila. However you could walk out the door without doing so…because this is just a really fantastic scrub that moisturizes and doesn’t just exfoliate. Love this stuff.
Top o’ the morning to ye! Hello from London…well just outside London somewhere in Richmond. We’d decided to spend the night with my aunt’s friend to extend our blissful London encounter by just a wee bit more. Yesterday we were at Covent Garden…a lovely place with a collection of boutiques and things to look at. Of course no one could restrain me from a second visit to UK’s famed Boots pharmacy which is their equivalent of Watsons back home.
CLOCKWISE: Rimmel ApocaLips in “Nude Eclipse” (I already have “Celestial”, “Galaxy”, and “Stellar” & want to find “Apocaliptic”), Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (MED 3 is a good shade for you MAC NC30 girls), and Lisa Eldridge’s fave Maybelline 14hr Lipsticks in “Stay With Me Coral” and “Beige For Good”
My first rush Boots visit was in Dublin, Ireland where I picked up 3 Rimmel ApocaLips shades and the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. Because of the spontaneous sleepover I don’t have those first purchases with me to show but this second time around these are what I got. I’m impressed with all of them. The Maybelline 14-hr lipsticks (which were on “Get 50% off on the 2nd” offer) have that MAC lipstick texture without the dryness and extremely long wear (and that coral shade is PERFECT on me not pasty at all…review soon) and the Sugar Crush Body Scrub smells like limed Coca Cola or those sweetly tart cola bottle jellies. The Lasting Perfection concealer is the transfer resistant dream I hoped it would be and I’ll refrain from saying more for now ‘coz you bet these finds each deserve an individual post with prices included.
Just thought I’d share a few beauty related purchases before I hit London again today London is exactly what I dreamed it would be and more.
The silence around here is deafening isn’t it? Blame it on Europe. I’ll promise you loads of yummy posts in the next few days (not to mention truckloads of pictures) but right now I’m in the UK somewhere in Wales with the Valencianos, my cousins, and it’s my birthday I am now thirty, people here could hardly believe it, and our Swiss host in Zurich said it was impossible…but here I am.
I get quite shy when people pull for me or go out of their way to make things happen for me. It’s always so much easier to say “I’m okay, you don’t have to…” but I’m realizing now that it’s sometimes even better to just say “Thank you…I’m so glad you did…” from the bottom of my heart. I feel very spoiled for my age in fact and I think I have God to “blame” for all this.
My lovely beauty inspired Marks & Spencer birthday card given by the Vees…
There are many things I can’t explain, like why I look so young, or know too little, why too many wonderful people love me or why I haven’t reached certain places…but then I hear a still small voice begin to say “You are here and you are Mine because I love you.” and all doubt walks out the back door. My life is awesome thanks to Him and I only hope I can find lots of ways to spread the love. Thank you all for being there for me…what a truly remarkable life this has been so far. We head out to London tomorrow and I can’t wait to be up and about.
Aye! Hello there from the land of four leaf clovers, good beer, and a hearty accent. I’m in Dublin, Ireland and will be travelling the next couple of weeks to different parts of Europe! So you’ll have to pardon the absence of posts in the last few days because I received my 3rd visa (the Irish one) on the day of our flight. It was nothing short of a miracle. I didn’t want to bring along bottles of shampoo and neither did I want to pollute the earth with more sachets…so I purchased this lovely organic Seanik Solid shampoo bar from LUSH a few months back and thought this might make shampooing a lot more hassle free on trips and gosh I decided to blog about this randomly here in Ireland and who knew it had Irish moss seaweed.
“Add oceans of shine with this mineral-rich, sea salt volumizing shampoo. Like a trip to a blue lagoon, Seanik is made with the best ingredients from the sea; softening Irish moss seaweed, and Japanese nori seaweed to make your hair soft as silk from root to tips, and sea salt to give body and volume to hair that’s fallen flat. One seriously sexy shampoo, we added lemon oil for extra shine, and the exotic far eastern fragrance of sensual mimosa and jasmine oils to bathe you in the heady scent of tropical flora all day long.”
• Sea salt for body: Mineral-rich sea salt boosts the volume and shine of limp, lifeless hair.
• Sea what? Softening seaweed strands infuse as you lather, and protein packed nori seaweed is particularly effective at helping care for your scalp.
• Scent and shine: Lemon adds loads of shine, and exotic florals scent your locks.
This vegan Seanik Shampoo bar smells a bit different before you use it but is pleasant enough when you lather it up well. You use it like a soap bar but on your head. I like to rub it for about 10 seconds on top of my head with the shower running then lay it aside and continue the task with my hands. It’s It’s not a melty bar either and as soon as it’s away from water will dry up nicely. My head feels clean, smells nice and my hair clean without feeling stringy. It’s actually one of those things you can give to a guy friend and he’ll probably think it’s a really good idea. It costs about Php495.00 when price is converted, shampoo bar tin sold separately.
Interested in furthering a career in makeup internationally but need that significant jumpstart? This could be your chance. Thanks to Conde Nast media, those lovely people behind British Vogue, by answering one simple multiple choice question and ticking a single circle you could win the UK makeup course of a lifetime worth £4000 established by Davinia Fermi. You have until this Thursday, April 18 (their time I presume) to do so. They’ve made it pretty simple. Tick a box and click submit.
Established in 2010 by respected make-up artist to the stars Davinia Fermi, the academy offers an extensive range of courses including Fashion, Media and TV Make-Up and Hair, Session Hair Styling, and a Foundation in Fashion Make-Up from which you can choose should you be the lucky winner of this amazing prize. Further benefits of the prize include: on-going support when the course has finished; advice on how to market yourself when it comes to establishing your career in the industry; exclusive discounts of up to 40 per cent on luxury beauty brands; and chances to assist on music videos, TV shows, fashion shoots and films.
Fermi herself has worked on make-up shoots all over the world for the likes of Vogue, David Bailey, and 007 himself – Daniel Craig – and is an authority on all things make-up.
This was the makeup course UK pro Lisa Eldridge was also giving away and talking about last Christmas. Lisa has worked alongside Davinia at some of the biggest high fashion shows and shoots in the European style industry and one of Davinia’s clients just happens to be 007 himself (Daniel Craig) Go to the Conde Nast Competition Link here to know more. Did I join? Is the sun hot??? You bet I did…