Cheap ‘n’ Cheerful: Drugstore Reviews #2

Finally! The second instalment in my drugstore reviews!

Drugstore reviews

This one is on skincare, bath stuff and basically everything I didn’t cover in the first one. Although some of the stuff  featured are not in fact drugstore, they’re still quite cheap so I decided to include them anyway.

And, although this is not particularly related, PRIMARK LIPGLOSS HAS GONE UPMARKET! It now has a sort of brush applicator, like the one I have seen only in pictures of YSL Touché Éclat. Unfortunately, the product is still basically just glitter but I still think that brush is pretty cool. Anyhow:

The first item up for review is Nivea Express Hydration Primer.

Nivea express hydration primer

I can’t really confirm its priming powers other than that it does help makeup and such to last longer, which is of course good! I sometimes get powder sticking to my chin in dry bits, for some odd reason, and I can say that this sorts that out. It has a gel-like texture and spreads easily so you don’t need that much to cover your face. It doesn’t do bad at moisturising your skin, either, but I don’t think it would help that much if you have dry skin. Overall a good, all-round product, like you often get from Nivea.

Next is Bomb Cosmetics’s Raspberry Blower Cleansing Shower Butter.

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This stuff smells amazing. It makes my bathroom smell of raspberries. I love it.
This shower-butter-thing is semi solid in the pot, and what you do is scoop some up with your fingers and lather it onto your body. The result is very creamy, and very smooth. This product is a ‘very’ product, apart from the slightly tacky packaging. It doesn’t bother me a lot, though. In some respects, it adds to the novelty. It is £7.99 from the website.

Now for the Soap and Glory Bright and Bubbly gift set. It contains the Scrub of your Life, Hand Food hand cream, The Righteous Butter and Clean On Me shower gel. I got it for £5 from Boots on a deal, but it’s normally £10.

Left to right: Scrub of your Life, Hand Food, The Righteous Butter, Clean on Me and the accompanying loofah/poof
Left to right: Scrub of your Life, Hand Food, The Righteous Butter, Clean on Me and the accompanying loofah/poof

The Scrub of your Life: let me start by saying that I haven’t had a lot of experience with scrubs. This was, in fact, my second. I like it, and it smells good, and I think it scrubs well. The beads are fairly big, but not rough. As always with Soap and Glory, the packaging is cute and looks great.

Hand Food. A lot of people rave about the Soap and Glory smell, but I didn’t like it at first. I found it too strong and synthetic, but I actually quite like it now. Still, it might not be for everyone. You may want to smell it in the shop. The actual hand cream itself  is thick and creamy, but it sinks in quickly. I don’t have particularly dry hands but it is definitely working.

The Righteous Butter is a creamy body butter – it’s easier to ‘break’ into than the Body Shop’s Body Butter if you’ve ever used that. I can’t say it’s done wonders, but it isn’t bad. I haven’t really used it that much, to be honest.

The last is Clean On Me shower gel. It’s basically a sweet-smelling shower gel. You can’t really do much with shower gels to be honest. Still, it’s good for taking on holiday.

And that completes this part of my big drug store review. Until I buy more stuff, and then review that.

But, right now, I will say farewell. I just had a week’s holiday, so if you did too then I hope it was relaxing! If not, then we are coming into MARCH which means SPRING and NOT SO DARK AFTERNOONS! Yay!!

Apple xx

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What I’ve Been Using: Nivea Soft Moisturiser

For a long time, I didn’t use moisturiser because I thought that it made my skin get all oily and break out (I have yet to convince my mum that it is not, in fact, absolutely evilest evil evil). If you’ve had a similiar experience, then problem here doesn’t lie in the fact that you’re moisturising, but more likely in that you’re using the wrong thing. Or maybe that your hands are really dirty. It could be either.

Nivea soft

Let me start off by saying that I do not believe it is necessary to spend over £20 on a moisturiser. If you want to, then by all means go ahead and do, but it’s not completely necessary. There are perfectly decent ones you can buy for a whole lot cheaper.

Now, a while ago I wrote a review on Simple’s Light Hydrating moisturiser saying it was nice, but it started to break me out so I’m now using Nivea Soft (I should probably change that review). I think the Nivea was about £2.75 for a 75ml tube, and you can get it from Boots or Superdrug, though they probably sell it elsewhere. Nivea isn’t exactly obscure. Anyway, it dies a good job of moisturising my skin if it gets too dry. Often I get dry patches around spots where I apply gel cream, and it works pretty well in them, too. It doesn’t break me out and is basically all round good. Yay!

Well, I’ll see you around, folks. If you’ve bought Nivea Soft as well then I’d love to know what you think.

Apple xx

Winter Hand Care

Just because there are clouds in the sky and you’ve got your warm coat on, you don’t have to also have the dry skin that could come hand in hand with cold weather. Here are some of my favpurite moisturisers – and some extra tips that I use to keep my hands soft and smooth in winter!

The Moisturisers…

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My first is Atrixo Enriched Moisturising Cream: I have mine in a handy little tub which fits into your hand. I take it to school, and because it’s only about £3 from Boots or most other drugstores, you don’t have to worry that you’ve wasted your money if you do lose it.

It’s a good, reliable moisturiser that works. Plus, it has this lovely, clean…Atrixo smell, which is really nice.

Jo Malone cream

This next one is Jo Malone Lime & Basil, which I actually won in a raffle, but is £38 to buy. Personally, I wouldn’t spend that much on a moisturiser, so this was a nice surprise for me!

It has a really very strong smell, which at first I hated, but I now actually find it quite pleasant. It’s definitely worth smelling it in a shop, because it will put you off using it if you don’t like the smell.

The moisturiser itself is very nice. It does the job impeccably. The packaging makes it a little hard to get the product out, though, which is a shame, because otherwise it’s very good.
If you have a bit of money to spend and you’re looking for a good moisturiser, then I certainly wouldn’t rule this one out. However, for the amount you get it is expensive, and I wouldn’t purchase it with my own money any time in the near future.

Nivea soft

My final moisturiser is the Nivea Soft, which is £2.45 in this 75ml tube. Again, it has a lovely, fresh smell, although it’s less natural compared to the smell of the Atrixo.
The consistency is thick, and the tube is too big to carry around with you, so I mostly use it at night.

Well, folks, that’s it for my selection of moisturisers, now onto my tips!
1. Clean out the soap from in between your hands. I know this sounds strange, but it can make that fleshly part in between your fingers go very flaky and dry, especially in the winter when the taps are cold.
2. Wear gloves. The cold will only make your hands dryer, so get yourself a nice pair of gloves or mittens.
3. Don’t overdo it on the moisturiser: little and often is best. Although, after saying that, it’s also a good idea to put a little more on than usual before you go to bed.

Have you got any cold weather hand care tips to share? Are some of you having a sunny and warm December? Feel free to let me know in the comments.
I hope you all have a great December – Advent starts tomorrow!
Apple xx

A Review of Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser

Hey there people! Today I’m just going to do a short review on Simple’s Hydrating Light Moisturiser.

Packaging

The packaging is average: not particularly interesting, but not particularly boring, either. The top is a flip open and squeeze one, which can sometimes result in you getting too much of the product. This isn’t a big issue, though.

What does it claim to do?

The back of the bottle reads: ‘Our Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a perfect blend of multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients to keep your skin moisturised and pampered, and carries on working for 12 hours. Perfect for even sensitive skin.

My view

I find that while it certainly doesn’t last for twelve hours, it is a nice and – true to the name  – simple moisturiser. I think this moisturiser would mostly be for people with normal to combination skin because it isn’t especially moisturising. However, it might make your skin break out if you use it when you have oily skin, which we wouldn’t want! When I layered this on because I thought my skin was dry (or some other reason that wasn’t very sensible) I started to break out around my t-zone. As you might think, I didn’t use this product too much for a while after that!

One of my favourite things about this moisturiser is that it’s light and doesn’t leave your skin feeling clogged or heavy- it almost feels like you haven’t put it on, although your skin is more hydrated, of course. One of the downsides is that it doesn’t last very long, and even when it does last for a while it’s very hard to judge if you should put more on or leave it for later.

All in all, it’s just a nice, reliable but average moisturiser. Nothing special. You can buy it for £3.79 at Boots here!

Apple xx