Three Masks and a Foundation

I was lucky enough recently to pick up a voucher online for 3 sample Body Shop face masks, so I popped into town one lunchtime last week to pick them up. I was a bit worried that it might not work somehow, but the lady in the Guildford shop was lovely and picked the three samples out for me. I had to sign up (for free) for a Body Shop card, but that’s okay as I do shop there now and again, and anyway apparently I get a £5 voucher on my birthday for having a loyalty card, so that’s something to look forward to.

The samples I was given were British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask and Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. All of these are available for £15 per 75ml.

Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask

Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

I had high hopes for the British Rose one, and it smells very nice as well as feeling good on the skin. But I’m not convinced I gained any plumping benefit afterwards – or at least not enough to last or to notice. The Ethiopian Honey mask was the one I was most looking forward to as I LOVE honey and always have a teaspoon of honey every night as I think it staves off colds and is one more defence against the dreaded hay fever. This one felt totally gorgeous on the skin and smells amazing, but again I’m not sure my skin was very nourished afterwards – though I accept that may have had something to do with finding a large spider in the bath (double yuk!!) while I had the mask on and getting my long-suffering husband to deal with it (the spider, not the mask …).

Last but not least was the Himalayan Charcoal mask – I wasn’t really looking forward to this one which is why I left it to the end, but actually it’s okay – though you do end up with tea leaves stuck to your face so must hope that nobody comes to visit you! Weirdly this is the one I would choose of all three of them if I absolutely had to – but the exfoliant ingredients worry me as I believe they damage the face.

So, whilst this was a pleasant experience (apart from the spider, LOL), I won’t be purchasing any of them in their full sizes, especially as I think they’re expensive for what you get, but you might well enjoy trying them out.

On that lunchtime trip to town, I also went into Boots to have my No 7 Match Made foundation skin tone analysis, as I thought it would be interesting to do, to see what they said. It didn’t take long and the lady I saw was really lovely and helpful. She picked up on my problem skin very quickly – and acknowledged it would difficult (as I thought) to match me with a perfect foundation as I am menopausal (and therefore my skin dries out foundation really quickly) and also I suffer from spots and blemishes (and therefore need a full coverage, ideally). Sadly, there’s not a foundation around (as far as the lady and I know) which will give me the coverage I need without caking – but the best she could do was No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Cool Vanilla – which is lighter than the ivory tones I usually go for but actually suited me better as I’m horrendously pale!

No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation Cool Vanilla

The other fun news – which made me feel fantastic! – is that while I was having my skin analysis, the lady said how much she loved my nail polish and asked what it was. Result – I’m finally a Real Girl, LOL!!! Nobody’s EVER asked me this sort of thing before so I must be doing something right. Anyway, it’s Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mauve Along polish, with a top coat of Rimmel Glitter Finishing Touch, in case you’re curious!

So, I’ve tried this foundation a couple of times during the week, and certainly miss the amount of coverage I usually rely on. That said, I can build it up a little, but I’m not sure that’s enough to make me feel comfortable. On the other hand, it’s been brilliant at not caking during the day so definitely has some staying power. It’s £14.50 at Boots.

While I’m not likely to repurchase this foundation, I will use it on non-work days or days when I feel more confident in my skin. So the search for the perfect foundation continues but it’s been a fun-filled experimental week!

Anne Brooke




Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mauve Along

sally hansen mauve along

I’ve always been rubbish at attempting to do my nails, but thanks to the lovely nail posts from Mrs Strawberry Blonde, I’ve been trying to have a go lately. My new nail focus was also encouraged by a neighbour giving me some fun size polish for Christmas in a really nude shade I loved – and which didn’t show up the inevitable mistakes!

Since then I’ve bought several nail polishes, mostly in totally the wrong colour and all of which have ended up with me in tears and throwing them away. Then a few weeks ago, I was in Superdrug in my local town and saw the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range in this colour, Mauve Along – which drew my attention as it was very similar to the polish from Christmas. I popped it in my basket and gave it a go.

According to the label, this nail polish includes a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, colour, top coat, a gel shine and is chip resistant, hurrah! For a nail numpty like me, it’s all but a miracle! I think it might be because the brush is large and somehow comforting but it seems to go on like a dream and it also dries really quickly. It lasts quite a few days without chipping – not bad for someone like me who is constantly in the garden or at the allotment when I get a chance! The colour is also really subtle and only shows up in certain lights – which is perfect for what I want, though there is a huge range of other colours to have a go with too. I’ll certainly be adding more from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range to my small but perfectly formed nail repertoire!

Anne Brooke Books