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Thursday, 2 July 2015

New In Beauty | bagsy, Vichy, Liz Earle, Burt's Bees & more...

Just a little rundown of a few things that I've accumulated beauty wise over the last couple of months. Some are repurchases, i.e. my beloved Stay Time Concealer and some are totally new to me, i.e. I had no idea what they were when I opened them!

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser* | £9.99
This tube is enormous, there's a whole lot of cleanser in there! I definitely haven't given it a full trial yet, but I have used it a couple of times, in the same way I would the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, and I do think it's nice. I haven't noticed any extra hydration from it, but it's certainly not drying and my skin is left feeling clean and very comfortable. 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish | £14
After finishing up my little tube and having loved using it as much as I did, I almost had no choice but to invest in another. Cleanse and Polish is a real cult favourite and although I wasn't a fan the first time I used it many years ago, I now completely see why so many love it. 
Burt's Bees Lip Balm | £3.50
My absolute favourite lip balm. I like it far more than Carmex, and a little more than the Blistex in the little blue tub. The Bee Good Lip Balm is a close second, but mine became impossible to squeeze out of the tube so I immediately went back to Burt and I haven't looked back! 

Vichy Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil* | £13.75
This appeared on my doorstep one day last week, and by that I mean the postman delivered it, it wasn't just there when I opened the door. That would be odd. What I mean is I didn't know it was coming, but I'm very interested to see how well it works. When it comes to removing my make up, oil cleansers are my number one choice. They tend to be superb at breaking down make up and leaving my face feeling clean before I go in with a cream cleanser and a flannel.

The first product that got me into cleansing oils was the ARK Pre Skin Cleanse, which is brilliant. I'm currently using the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, which I like but it can make my eyes a little foggy so I don't think it's the perfect product. I'd still like to try The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil soon, but I will definitely be giving this Vichy one a try this week to see how it compares. 
Color Wow Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac* | £14
Okay, so I had absolutely no idea what this was when I opened the parcel it came in. My first thought was oooh sparkly! And my second thought was overly glittery hair. I know the 90s are in, but I'm not sure I want to relive the days when I covered myself in glitter, specifically blue glitter. Those roll on glitter sticks anyone? I loved them.

A lightweight glosser, this is supposed to seal the cuticle, to trap colour and moisture, and lock out dryness. There's a UV filter to help stop colour fade and it's supposed to dry to a glossy, mirror-like shine. So I don't know about mirror-like, or about sealing the cuticle but this does give my hair a little extra shine that's always welcome. It's an interesting product, not one that I think 'oh I can't live without this', but I'm definitely enjoying using it so far.

Soap & Glory Peach Party | £11 
I snapped this up a little while ago in Annie's blog sale and I've been reaching for it on every good skin day since. It's very glowy and has the tendency to exaggerate any uneven skin so it's not one I like reach for every single day without question, but I've been wearing it a lot. And for someone that has mostly worn pink blushes for the last two years, this is a big change.
Balance Me BB Natural Perfection with SPF 25* | £26
When I was asking for BB Cream recommendations a few months ago, I was pointed towards this by so many different people. After a bit of google image browsing I assumed that it would be too dark for my complexion and I totally forgot about it. Then a couple of weeks ago this tube dropped through my letterbox, I gave it a try and was very pleasantly surprised that I can make it work for me. It is a little too dark so I've been mixing it with my NARS Tinted Moisturiser and the combination has been the perfect summer base.

It's really quite sheer, but it feels so light on my skin, looks incredibly natural and there's also a good SPF in there, so I definitely don't mind applying a little more concealer on those problem areas. If you think the colour might be a little dark for you, it could still be worth giving it a try! 
Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara | £6.29
I've already talked about this at every opportunity since I got it, so I imagine that you're tired of seeing me mention it. But you know, here I am again. Essentially this is the best mascara under £10 that I've ever used. No flaking, no smudging, and it holds a curl all day. 

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer | £4.49
There's no knowing how many tubes of this I've been through. It's definitely more than three. It's the only concealer I use, both for under eyes and blemishes/redness, and I think it does a brilliant job at both. The lightest shade is a great match for me, the formula never looks cakey, it's easy to blend and it stays put throughout the day. 

So I'm just going to say it, I really don't like the name of this brand. I get the concept, it's all about compact handbag sized products that are easy to use and perfect for on-the-go touch ups, but I don't like it. It's one of those words I just don't like. Like quiche. But you know, that's just me.

The people behind bagsy have worked for global beauty brands, so I'm sure they know what they're doing, and are doing it better than I could. And the packaging is great. It's just the name. Like if I were wearing a NARS lipstick and someone asked me what it was, I'd just say NARS. But if someone asked me about these I'd say, oh they're a brand called bagsy but don't let the name put you off, their products are really nice.
bagsy Ray of Sunshine Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder*  | £18
I have this in the light/medium shade and it's a really lovely colour. Not too dark, not too orange, no shimmer or glitter, but gives a healthy glow without looking powdery on the skin. The quote isn't typically my thing, but it is a sweet touch and it does make me smile so I guess it's doing its job pretty well. This is something I already know that I'll reach for a lot over the summer.

It comes in a beautiful box with a pale blue pouch inside that. The compact itself is very simple, which is nice but I think I would have preferred the beautiful illustrations on the box to carry through into the compact. There's also a good sized mirror in there, so it's definitely been really well thought through.
bagsy Wow Lips Full Colour Chubby Stick* | £12
The outer cardboard tube this comes in is so pretty, so the white plastic casing, clean and simple though it is, feels a little underwhelming. It's a twist up stick, thank goodness for no annoying sharpeners, and it's very compact. There doesn't seem to be a lot of product in there so I'm not sure how long it would last, and the price seems a little on the high side.

Having said that the formula feels very comfortable on the lips, not drying and there's a good amount of pigmentation. I have the shade 03 Ready to Wear, which is a dark nude, one of those shades that's really popular at the moment and that I can see suiting a lot of skin tones. 
bagsy Lip Cocoon Raspberry Tinted Moisture Balm* | £7
Tinted balms are my thing. I'm all for hydrating, sheer lip colours and this is a perfect example of a really good one. It's incredibly smooth, the hint of colour is really lovely and the fruity raspberry scent isn't too over the top. I can't find this on the website, but I believe these retail for £7, which isn't extortionate and I would certainly purchase another one at that price.

I also have another product from the range which will be featured in a little summer giveaway in the next couple of days!

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Have you tried any of these products before? Anything that you'd particularly like to try?
I'd love to know what you think!


P.S. Pop over to ChrissyLilly for fun, Canadian adventures. And please give a huge hello also this month to Emilia Leigh, Blogging for Sanity, Loved by Laura and Laugh with me LeLe.


  1. Those Bagsy products look so nice! The packaging is so pretty :D

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  2. I love the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, it's one of my favourites! Really curious to try the Balance Me BB cream :) www.folkesthinks.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Ah I have such a soft spot for Burt Bees products!
    Story Of A Girl

  4. I feel like I definitely need to get on the Cleanse & Polish bandwagon! I was given a cute little giftset for Christmas with a bunch of Liz Earle miniatures and Cleanse & Polish was one of them. I ADORED it, and yet never got round to buying a full size one?! Will definitely have to purchase it! As far as No17 goes, I LOVE their loose powder! So cheap and one of my favourite setting powders!

    Lovely post, hun! xxx

    Rhianna / http://www.robowecop.com

    1. It's such a brilliant cleanser, definitely see why it's a favourite for so many <3

  5. Hmm, yes I agree with you about the name, it's a little weird! Although I can't think of a better alternative myself! The packaging is really cute though :) xxx

  6. Oh my gosh, there are so many things here I think I want to try now


  7. It's a shame that Balance Me tint is a bit dark because it sounds perfect otherwise!

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

    1. A lovely product, Balance Me are such a brilliant brand <3

  8. The Bagsy products look so pretty! Love the packaging, it really stands out from everything else <3

    1. It does, really excellent branding I think! x

  9. Gosh, so many nice bits! I really like the sound of the Color Wow Pop & Lock!

    Tara x

  10. Vichy micellar oil is something I can definitely guarantee for - awesome results! Literally free of make up in 2 moves.


  11. I really rate Liz Earle and Burt's Bees- both brands have worked so well for me!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

  12. Thanks so much for mentioning me! So happy to be on your blog, great post by the way, that bronzer is so cool!


  13. Burt's Bees is a brand I hear loads about but have never actually tried, might have to pick something up!
    sirensandbells.co.uk xx

    1. Definitely recommend them, their lip balm is my favourite <3

  14. I thought I was the only one who hated the word quiche! :') I'm so happy I'm not alone! The Bagsy products do look lovely but I wish the cute patterns were transferred onto all of the products and not just the packaging!
    I can't wait to hear how you get on with the Vichy Cleansing Oil. I've been intrigued by the brand for such a long time :)

    Becki | <a href="http://beautyandthebrunette.co.uk”>beautyandthebrunette.co.uk</a> xxx

    1. Haha you're definitely not, I don't like the way it sounds at all! x

  15. i've actually used up a tube of that burt's bees cleanser before and it's a decent cream cleanser that doesn't have SLS in it so i enjoyed it and i think it's a great option for someone on a budget. and i'm really interested in that vichy cleansing oil, i love cleansing oils and what i've tried from vichy has been great too so i'll definitely look into that.

    the bagsy stuff has such beautiful packaging! i guess if people were more familiar with the name then it wouldn't sound so funny but that takes time when launching a new brand and it does sound a bit funny. but i think if people saw the packaging they'd think it was lovely and probably that it's pretty high end.

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

    1. That's true, it seems like an odd choice for a brand name but maybe it will seem a little more familiar soon! x

  16. Burt's Bees lip balms are incredible! I have a Coconut and Pear one at the moment and it's amaaazing <3

    Jess xo

  17. Cleanse and Polish is fantastic! I still cannot get over how much my skin has improved in just a week. It was a product that was 100% worth the investment for me.

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com


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