Nails Inc Night Night Soothing Face Mask

I should know better, but I’ve been neglecting a few areas of my skincare routine recently. One is using a facial exfoliator, the other is using a mask. No particular reason for this except being lazy! But I decided to rectify this and try a mask that I’ve had in my collection but never tried, called Night Night Soothing Face Mask from Nails Inc.

Thought they did nail polish? I’ve known of Nails Inc because of their polishes and nail treatments. But over the last few years they’ve expanded into skin care products. This was the reason why I bought this mask, out of curiosity. I’ve used their polishes before, nice range of colours and effects….but skin care? And this being half price at the time of purchase convinced me more to play guinea pig and buy it.

Nails Inc Soothing Hydro Night Mask

What is this mask supposed to do? This mask is designed to be used over night, and gives the skin a fresher appearance. Helping it to recover from the stresses and pollutants it comes across during the day.

Packaging. The mask comes in a little pot which in itself sits in a card board sleeve. The pot needs to have its lid pulled back to get to the product ( think of the sauces you get from certain takeaways and that’s pretty much the same type of packaging ).

Consistency. This reminded me very much of a gel type serum. White in colour, quite thick but the texture had an almost waxiness to it.

Scent. Delicate but a beautiful clean, floral with a slight sweetness to it. This smelt more like a body lotion than a facial product but I found it so enjoyable to smell.

How to apply. Onto clean skin, massage a thin layer of mask over the face ( avoid eye area ). Leave on over night and cleanse as usual the following morning.

In use. You get 10 ml of product which is one application. I felt that was a lot of mask to put on my face so used only one third. This was enough to give me a thin layer over my face and neck. Easy to apply and very quick and clear with no colour on the skin. It felt as if I had applied a night cream onto the face because of it’s texture. To look at my skin it was obvious something was on it because there was a slight shine to it but didn’t look oily. The scent from the mask wasn’t obvious and perfect strength while on.

The morning after the night before. My skin didn’t dramatically change when I woke up. But I did expect the mask to have sunk in, which surprisingly it didn’t…well not totally anyway. My face still felt as if there was something on it as I felt a light waxiness to it, although not as much as when this was first applied. My skin wasn’t matt in look, it looked like I had face cream on it. Didn’t feel dry, felt very nourished and treated.

Washed off. I cleansed my face as usual. Again, no massive change to my skin look wise but it did indeed look and feel more rested which was what I wanted. Not dry but hydrated, and ready to start my morning skin care routine.

Any surprises? I expected this to sink in after a few minutes which it didn’t. After accidentally touching my face a couple of hours after applying this, I found the feel of the mask still there. The remainder of the mask I thought would be left on my pillow yet all it left was a feeling of protection ON my skin and not anywhere else!

Who would this be good for? This mask is designed for all skin types but for me the skin that would benefit from this more is the dry type. Dry naturally, or dried out due to extreme weather ( heat/cold ). If I was lucky enough to go on holiday abroad this year this would be slipped into my suitcase for sure!

Recommended? 100%! Affordable, easy and quick to use and does what its supposed to do which is to give your skin the rest it needs from the day before. Great scent, provides protection and hydration, what more can you ask for? Perfect mask for the lazy skin care lover. Get your mask directly from Nails Inc here which is still at a sale price of £3.00 ( at time or writing post ).

The Bath Bae’s Oh So Slushie Bath Cubes

Bath products are everything to me. A bath late afternoon/early evening helps me to get rid of the day’s aches, pains and stresses, and prepares me for a peaceful evening. I found a company called The Bath Bae on Instagram. Selling bath dusts, rocks and cubes, their products caught my attention. I thought these would make not only a nice treat for myself but as gifts for others too.

The Bath Bae’s Oh So Slushie Bath Cubes

Why these? The look and the idea of the bath cubes I liked. It looked different, it looked appealing and I have never tried bath cubes before. The scent I thought was my type of scent, and I thought these would make a great addition to my bath product stash.

Bath Cubes? Just think of a bath bomb and what they are made of and designed to do, and instead of it being round or whatever shape it maybe, its cubed! And not just one lots of them!

Packaging. I like how these are presented. 200g of bath cubes come in a pouch. Front totally clear so you can see what you get, whereas the back is silver holographic like in colour. You have to tear the top of the pouch to open it, but is resealable.

How do they look? Similar size to a traditional dice and cubed shaped ( of course ). Beautiful mix of colours are in each of them, pink, blue, little bits of purple and white. They have a great hand made look to them as they aren’t identical in appearance but look so inviting and fun!

Scent. Oh my! These smell AMAZING! Very much smells like a slushie drink . Sweet, strawberries, raspberry scented ( think of the blue version not the actual red fruit ), cherries with a slight fizzy hit to it.

In the bath. Its recommended to use either half or the full packet of these bath cubes, I used a third. Used like a normal bath bomb, I threw a handful of cubes under warm running water. Each cube slowly became individual mini circular bath bombs which fizzed and released bright streams of colours. Absolutely stunning! A little foam was made, and then the bath water turned from a party of mini bath bombs,then merging into a multi coloured swirling pool and ended as a purple bath soak.

I used the amount I used because I knew I wasn’t going to spend my usual amount of time in the bath, much shorter in fact. So not sure if using more would have created more foam that would have lasted longer.

On the skin. The water felt very soothing, my mind felt very relaxed with no irritation just supple and hydrated skin.

Value? The bath cubes cost £6.45, but when I bought these there was 25% off. You can use the full bag or half, which pretty much is the cost of a decent quality bath bomb ( minimum ). So price wise I think this is fair when you think not only the amount of product you get, but how its packaged and its overall appearance. It looks more expensive than what it really is.

Recommended? Loved these bath cubes! Scent was to die for, created a gorgeous looking and relaxing bath, which was what I had hoped for. Great product to gift ( think of those teens who’ve worked their butts off GCSE and A Level wise! ), and perfect to mix and match with others in the range without breaking an actual bath bomb up. Want to be part of The Bath Bae gang? Get your Oh So Slushie Bath Cubes here now.

Revolution Beauty London Stargazer Nail Polish

Having my nails painted is as close to make up as I get! My liking of standard nail polish was thrown in the bin ( alongside the actual bottles! ) when I discovered gel polish. Why have polish on for a matter of minutes to then chip when you can have your pretty nails last for up to 2 weeks if not longer? Well, since having a daughter who loves make up and her nails done, I can’t exactly put her hand under a UV lamp. So every so often I will buy a polish that can be used on her and when the mood takes me, on me too. I bought Stargazer from Revolution Beauty London a few months ago when it was part of their sale.

Revolution Beauty London’s Stargazer Nail Polish

Why this one? I wasn’t looking to buy nail polish but skincare products. I was curious to see if Revolution’s polishes were any good and I LOVE glittery nail polish, and thought this shade would stand out and be eye catching so I bought it!

The bottle. Textured silver coloured lid which is similar in colour to the polish itself. Clear bottle with a chrome coloured R on the front. Modern in look, simple and stylish.

Colour. I actually thought this would be a clear polish with pieces of silver glitter in it. Yes, there is silver glitter in it. They appear flat and pretty much same size and shape, suspended within the polish. But the polish itself has a sort of grey/silver tinge to it which makes it look almost molten but not a total block colour.

My nail routine. Push back cuticles. File nails. Apply a nail dehydrator/nail polish remover to remove all oils from the nails. Thin coat of base coat. Polish. Top coat. Cuticle oil. DONE.

Application. The brush was quite wide and spread easily over the nail, so each nail was covered in 2 to 3 brushes. First coat I did thinly and the final two ( 3 in total ) I loaded my brush with a little more polish. Each layer was touch dry in around 2 minutes. I ‘ floated ‘ the brush over the nails to make sure I wasn’t dragging any glitter off and dabbed the polish on to make sure glitter was where I wanted it to be.

Consistency wasn’t too thick or fluid, so just right. Easy to apply, not a strong smell of polish present and even without top coat my nails were shiny.

I applied two layers of top coat. With the first I felt the glitter wasn’t smooth enough when I touched my nails, but the second application did the trick.

Coverage. Depending on the amount of applications, you can build up the colour and sparkle effect. One coat gives a sheer background with glitter. Two coats turns that sheerness into more of a silver colour to with more glitter. And three coats makes the background colour more obvious with even more glitter makes these really bling.

My overall effect. Silver, twinkling, shining, especially when the light hits the nails. Not for the faint hearted or the person who likes plain nails.3 coats IS NOT GIVING YOU PLAIN NAILS!

Long lasting and removal. These bad boys are still on and I refuse to take them off till I need to ( day 3 ), so can’t comment on removal but with most glitter polishes keeping a soaked cotton wool pad of polish remover over the nail a little longer than standard polish normally does the job. If not a light file over them breaks the top coat seal and will help the removal process.

I painted these on the Saturday, and even after work on Monday my nails were still in perfect condition and chip free. If ever there was a place to chip a nail or three it would be in work. I use my hands constantly and the fact they’ve survived is impressive!

Recommended? How this polish is presented is great. The polish itself is easy to apply and gives a great coverage and effect on the nails. Not the cheapest of polishes on the high street but not the most expensive either ( £5.00 ). I really like this polish, and if I’m constantly staring at my nails that indicates a great product in itself. I definitely want to try different shades and effects but this one gets the green light from me! Fancy owning your own Stargazer? Visit Revolution Beauty London here to buy your own piece of nail glitz!

Nivea’s Beeswax Hand Cream

Everyone’s hands have been through a lot over the last 5 months. To fight this awful virus that’s been thrown upon us, washing hands thoroughly has been highlighted as being important, and if not possible to sanitize them. And goodness wash and sanitize I have! So much so at one stage I thought my hands would break off. And that’s when a decent hand cream is needed. Nivea’s Beeswax hand cream was given to me as a gift, which I’ve been using for the past few weeks

What is this supposed to do? Like all hand cream’s this is designed to stop your hands from drying out. By not only protecting them but adding moisture. This formulation is supposed to provide this result all day, in fact 24hrs, as the packaging states.

Nivea Beeswax Hand cream

Packaging. 75ml of hand cream is stored within a white plastic tube. Screw top lid, with the well known navy coloured Nivea logo visible on it, an illustration of beeswax indicating the scent/version it is and relevant information on back e.g ingredients. Simple, clear and very much is part of the packaging appearance and style of the brand overall.

Scent. I would describe this as being quite sweet in fragrance, with a honey aspect to it but not identical. It has a delicate powdery background to it, making it more clean than syrupy scented. Very pleasant.

Consistency/appearance. White in colour, with a texture which is very similar to a body lotion and is smooth in consistency.

Nivea Beeswax Hand cream consistency

Applying. My hands have improved greatly over the last few months, so the dryness has settled down. I apply this when my hands feel tight, and more so at home as its more convenient to grab it than to use at work, which isn’t practical most of the time. I use about half of the size of a 5p per application.

After application. There definitely was a look and feel of my hands being moisturised once it had been applied. My hands didn’t look greasy. In fact they almost looked matt. But the colour of my hands looked less dull and ashy. Not only did they not look greasy but they didn’t feel it either. There was definitely some form of protective barrier on them as I could feel it, but it didn’t stop me using my hands freely e.g driving.

As time went on. After initially applying the hand cream and getting on with my day, my hands were no worse over time but did feel as if they needed more of it to be applied to give my hands the luster they received when I first used it. One thing that I think stayed the same was the light scent left on my hands.

Reccommended? If the condition of your hands is normal, or you just want a hand cream to use if and when needed and you have no real issues, this would do the job. This is a decent and standard size for a hand cream so will last a while. Can be bought cheaply and the scent is nice. For me I would prefer a richer texture which really cocooned my hands for longer. So not my favourite hand cream but is a decent one.

Can be purchased from a variety of places online and instore, such as Wilko, Home Bargains and Amazon. Prices range from £1.00 to £2.50.

Boujee Scents Fresh Unstoppable Wax Melt Snap Bar

Always a sucker for new wax melts! Highly fragranced, looks pretty, good price. All of these things I like to tick off my wish list when I make a new purchase. Sometimes I find new wax vendors, sometimes they find me! Boujee Scents are a business new to me who sell wax snap bars, reed diffusers and candles. They kindly sent three wax snap bars to try out, and the first one to be melted was Fresh Unstoppable.

Packaging. I have to say this really gives the wax bar the ‘wow’ factor! This wax melt snap bar came in a box which is the same shape as the bar itself. Pink in colour, with a printed sparkling dripping effect going down from the top to the middle. At the bottom is a cut out heart shape which gives you the perfect window to see the wax bar inside.

Boujee Scent’s Fresh Unstoppable Wax Snap Bar

Appearance of wax. A cream coloured rectangular 5 segmented wax bar. A delicate drizzle of iridescent glitter pieces gives it a glam shimmer. And when the light hits this bar it gives it an almost mermaid type effect.

Scent. Clean, fresh, great punchy fragrance which I can only describe as a typical and much loved laundry scent. Floral is present, a hint of fruitiness,a touch of a powdery element and there is the scent.

In melt. I was going to add 2 pieces to my warmer but opted for 1. It melted slowly, thoroughly, evenly. And the scent was there from beginning to end. As it warmed through the scent released that little bit stronger and fuller.

Strength & Longevity. I’m glad I went with the 1 piece of wax as this did the job as it was quite strong! Laundry scents can be very overwhelming but this strength was perfect. I had this one piece of wax melting for over 3 days roughly for 10hrs in total and the scent was still there and smelt lovely.

Price. £2.50 per wax snap bar which gives many many hours of melt and fragrance time!

Boujee Scents Wax Melt Snap Bars

Recommended? I’m very excited to now know Boujee Scents and grateful that they shared their wax bars with me. Not only is the packaging striking, but the quality and strength of the wax is fantastic and their is a great variety of different scents available to purchase too.

Do you remember my three point check list I mentioned at the beginning of this post? Boujee Scents Fresh Unstoppable Wax Melt Snap bar passed the test! Recommended 110%!

Want to try this wonderful wax yourself? Visit their website here now and grab your bit of affordable home fragrance glamour!

Fragrantasia’s Cotton Candy Wax Melt

I know everyone has their personal thoughts on fragrances in regards to likes and dislikes. But why some people don’t like sweet inspired scents baffles me! I LOVE them! So it’s no wonder that the lovely Amy from Fragrantasia kindly sent me a variety of wax melts, including Cotton Candy, knowing how much I enjoy a sweet scented piece of wax!

Appearance. This super sweet looking wax melt is just under 1.5 inches in diamater, which makes this the perfect size and amount to pop into a wax warmer. Pale pink in colour, and flower shaped. Simple and cute.

Fragrantasia’s Cotton Candy wax melt

Scent. I’ve melted many wax melts in the past. Sweet inspired ones are one of my favourites. This particular wax melt is sugary sweet, with hints of creamy vanilla rolled over strawberries.

In melt. This melted slowly and evenly, leaving a baby pink coloured wax pool. The scent I could smell straight away while it warmed through, and was exactly the same smell as it was before melting.

Strength & Longevity. The strength I would say is a medium. This was the perfect amount and strength of scent for my kitchen. It made it feel cosy, inviting and smelt beautiful. This melt was on for over two days for at least 5 hours per day, with the scent still present. So not only great in strength but lasted well too.

Recommended? If you love your sweet inspired scents you will love this. It smells so good without giving your senses toothache, and adds something to the room you are melting it in rather than it invading it. I would happily buy this myself and melt regularly time and time again.

Before I forget…did I mention the price of this wax melt? This little wax shape I received could be yours for £1.00! This is an affordable way to try out different scents that require no chopping or dividing. Just pop it in your warmer and melt, and this will last many hours. There are a variety of different scents available, not just Cotton Candy, but if you want to give in to your sweet homely desires, get yours here.