Soap & Glory Wish Upon a Jar

I’ve finished using this product for the recommended 21 day cycle, and thought it was deserving of a quick review. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Soap and Glory, and so last year in the Boots Boxing day sale I made a beeline for their gift sets and ended up getting one that contained a handful of products, including this one.

 

I’ve got so many face creams that I only just got round to using this one. It’s described as a collagen overhaul that runs in a 21 day cycle, and once you’ve used it for 21 days you can’t use it for 3 months. Not too sure why, but them’s the rules…

Anyway, as normal with soap and glory the packaging is amazing, a silver ball shaped tub. It also smells amazing, sweet and fruity with a slight hint of peach.

The cream itself is VERY thick and luxurious feeling, and that was what gave me my first hint that I was going to love this product. It feels really luscious going onto your skin- not sure how to put it really, but it just feels indulgent! My skin always feels like it’s been soaked in silk 5 minutes after putting it on!

The results, of course, are the important part, and I can happily report that this product definitely makes your skin look fabulous. It has a kind of plumping effect, feels like it’s boosting your skin from the inside out and pumping it full of goodness!

My skin looked smoother, more even and dewier, and of course softer! I loved it so much that I’m going to invest in a Soap and Glory night cream now, to try and replicate the effects long term since this product can only be used for short bursts. (I’m still not sure why that is- because it’s too effective maybe??)

Anyway, to sum up- wonderful product. Really thick, luxurious cream that makes your skin plumped, enriched and smoothed- and all with that pinch of Soap and Glory magic! Will be using it again in 3 months, and definitely repurchasing :)

Soap and Glory Feel Good Factor SPF25 Face Cream

My search for the perfect day cream has been pretty much endless. There are lots of night creams I like; intensive, moisturising wonders that soak my skin in magical healing properties and leave me waking up looking fab, but the day cream was a tougher nut to crack. I think that’s because it’s hard to find a cream that can make an obvious difference when spending the day under makeup.

There are plenty of decent enough creams out there, but I have a very specific checklist and it’s taken me a long time to find one that ticks all the boxes.  In order to be my day cream of choice, it must:

–          Have a light texture

–          Absorb super-fast

–          Have a high SPF

–          Make my skin soft

Not a tough list you might think, but it’s the SPF that really causes the problems. Being ginger, I have a long and weary relationship with SPF, and my main problem with it is always the horrid texture. If you get a high SPF cream it always has a thick consistency, rendering the remainder of my checklist impossible.  This is something I’ve even tackled recently with the high ended Clinique cream- you just can’t have a light cream with an SPF. Well, you couldn’t- until this beauty came along.

This is Feel Good Factor, an SPF 25 face cream by Soap and Glory. I love S&G, so I’m surprised I didn’t notice this sooner because it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.  Despite having an SPF of 25, it’s light and liquid in texture, and soaks in pretty as soon as you apply it. I put it on after washing my face and but before brushing my teeth and by the time I’m done brushing it’s absorbed.

The only thing I will say is that it doesn’t tick every single box; it has a slightly sticky finish that doesn’t seem to go away even after it’s soaked in. It’s nowhere near as thick and sticky as sun cream, but I have oily skin, which means that this does have a tendency to sit on the top. I’ve managed to combat this with a little dust of pressed powder, but ideally I’d love my skin to be baby soft. A high ask for an SPF, clearly!

Overall all I really like this cream. It’s light, easily absorbed, and despite the slightly sticky finish it doesn’t feel like a sun cream, even with the high protection. And at only £12, it’s a total steal. I’ve gone through so many high end brands in search of a good SPF day cream, and whilst I’m not totally satisfied with this, for now, I’m happy. If you don’t have oily skin, you may fair better, so if that’s you, and if you want a cream that will sit happily under your makeup and protect you from the dreaded sun but without that horrid, thick consistency, then look no further my friend!

Project 10 Pan!

Hello folks!

Having a quick re-sort of my stuff today made me realise two things: firstly that I have a ridiculous amount of products that I’d forgotten about, and secondly that pretty soon I’m gonna have a rather serious storage problem. As a result, I’ve succumbed to a temptation that seems to hit all beauty bloggers sooner or later: I’m doing my own project 10 pan.

Project 10 Pan is a notion created by Laura of ‘buy now, blog later’ who’s videos I’ve watched since forever ago. The basic idea is that you pick 10 products and use them all up – ‘hit the pan’, before you buy any more. A great idea, and one that I’m going to attempt, with a few slight modifications- the first being I only picked out 9 products and the second being that I have no intention whatsoever of not buying other things in the meantime. There’s just waaaay too many lovely stuff that’s about to hit the shelves, and I just couldn’t do that. What can I say, I’m weak. I know it. It’s shameful.

So I’m not using project 10 pan as a shopping deterrant, merely as a way to get some use out of old products and create space for new ones. I’ve made plans to keep them all in a drawer together and have picked one from each ‘category’ as it were, so that I can go through and replace them with another one once they are gone; another lipstick from my stash that needs to go once I use this one up, another face cream once this one is done… you get the idea. So anyway, enough rambling: here are my chosen few.

There they are, all ready to be loved and used! As I said, I’ve tried to pick one from each ‘group’, in theory meaning I can use them all each day. I’ll go into a little more detail on each below.

Britney Spears Circus Fantasy Perfume

As I’ve said before, I love perfume, and having a soft spot for Britney I tend to buy hers even if I only like them a little, for loyalty reasons I guess. This one I picked up a good few years back and haven’t touched since, simply for the reason that it’s only OK. It’s soft, fruity and sweet, very wearable, but I don’t love it, and there are so many perfumes I adore that the ‘likeable’ ones tend to get ignored. Perfume is one area where I really do want to try and cut down, and as a result I’ll be trying to stick to this one until it’s used up.

Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11, Porcelain

I actually really like this foundation- it’s matte and soft with great coverage, and it’s pale enough to suit me which can be a struggle since I am roughly the shade of a piece of A4. Despite this, after converting to Bare Minerals around 18 months ago I’ve realised that nothing can beat it, and as a result I’ve sworn to finally get round to using up all the liquid foundations I still have lingering around. Fortunately there isn’t much left of this one, so I should be through it fast, and like I said, it’s a great foundation, so this should be an easy one.

17 Photo Flawless Skin Primer

I bought this for a very sad and pathetic reason- the name sounded like the Smashbox photo finish primer I’ve been coveting for so long, and I was hoping to ease the pain of it only being available in the US. So you can imagine my joy when I found out Smashbox was launching in Boots! There’s an extremely high chance I’ll be rocking home with a basket of Smashbox goodies soon, but in the meantime I’ll work my way through this, which is perfectly adequate but not really ‘magical’.

Soap & Glory You Won’t Believe Your Eyes eye cream

For some unfathomable reason I’ve managed to accumulate a rather immense amount of eye creams- probably because my mid-twenties are looming fast and I’m trying to keep my skin in denial. Either way, they need using up, and as the nearest to empty I selected this one to go first. It’s a pretty great cream actually, and has roller bead applicators which I’ll miss when It’s gone. A possible repurchase once I’ve worked through them all? We’ll see….

L’oreal Color Infallible eyeshadow in shade 01, Time Resist White

These eye shadows are UNREAL. Don’t let anyone tell you different. They are totally, truly infallible; they last for aaages, and the pigment is heavy and bright. I pretty much love them. But not this one. This one I bought when I was looking for a subtle day shadow, and it’s just waaaay too bright and shimmery for the day. It’s also too light for evening, so as a result I’m gonna use it sparingly, try and make it work until it’s gone and then not buy it again. I’ll buy the others in this line though- boy will I. Especially this one

Lipsmacker lip balm- Vanilla flavour.

I have an unfathomable obsession with lipbalm; it’s one of my irrisistable products, and somehow I’ve managed to collect hundreds. As a result I’ve sworn to step up my usage and work through them, and since this is half gone AND missing the label it’s going first. It’s nice, though, as with all lip smacker- sweet, soft and gets the job done.

Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 day cream

This one feels like a bit of a cheat, since I didn’t actually pay for it- It’s a teeny tiny sample pot the nice lady in boots gave me when I bought my All About Eyes eye cream a while back and since it’s a good brand I feel like I should really use it. A small pot though, which means that hopefully it’ll be gone quickly! It’s a bit too thick for my taste, so I probably won’t repurchase, but let’s see what my skin thinks!

 Mac Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara

I have a real problem with mascara (I seem to be saying that a lot…), mainly because I have very pale, ginger eyelashes that are impossible to see, but I hate the clumpy ‘over mascara’d’ look so many can give you. As a result, I live in the constant belief that the next mascara I buy will be ‘the one’. I’ve ended up with a few ‘the one’s’ this way, and this is one of them- it’s a great mascara, utter classic, and I will repurchase eventually. First, though, I have to shift the drawerful I’ve collected, and this is nearly gone so hopefully a week of use will kill it off, therby giving me the illusion of progress. It’s the little things….

Maybelline Color Sensational in shade 812, Delicate Pearl

I really don’t like lipgloss- it’s sticky, gloopy, your hair sticks to it and it never lasts. Lipstick, as a result, is my drug of choice, and I’ve recently decided to pick a favourite kind- L’oreal Rouge Caresse. It’s gorgeous; light with exactly the sheeny, slightly matte look I like and in GORGEOUS colours. As a result, all others must go so I can buy more Rouge Caresse, and this one is the first I picked. It’s a perfectly harmless, light sparkly pink, but it’s pretty unforgettable and I’m hoping to make short work of it.

So there we have it- all the first round contenders for my project 10 pan with a twist (the twist being I still get to buy stuff. God I love twists). I’ll work my way through them as fast as possible, and post again when I have a whole new set- and hopefully a lot more space!