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Soap And Glory PORE REFINING MASK – review

When I saw these on Soap and Glory’s Instagram I could not resist so I was straight to boots and picked up the Pore Refining Sheet mask. Recently sheet masks are blowing up and every brand is bring out one or five different types.

I have oily skin, with blemishes and very dull skin so I am always looking for a mask that doesn’t leave my face oily!

I have to admit when I first opened the mask I was highly disappointed, it was soaking wet. I found it difficult to separate as it kept sticking and slipping out my hands, after separating the mask I popped it on my face to find it did not fit my face at all. It just didn’t fit the sides of my nose and my cheeks.

HOWEVER….

Despite the disaster so far, I wore the mask for 15 minutes like the instructions tell you. At first it tingles a little when you first apply the sheet to your face like a toner does sometimes, not uncomfortable more refreshing!  The mask has a fresh and fruity scent to it but not over powering, nor irritating to the skin!

After taking the mask off I dapped my face with a cotton pad just to get the excess product off my face.

My face 1 hour later is still soft, moisturised and my pores have reduced in size RESULT!

Would I buy this again?

YES. Really loved the result of this product, certainly the best sheet mask I have tried would recommend it over some of the other well known brands in Boots. Let me know your favourite sheet masks and thank you for reading!

Melissa

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Day Eight – Florida Diaries

After not getting back until late from the football we didn't wake up until gone 10 and we didn't really have any plans for today. So we just lazed about until 12 then went straight for some lunch in our hotel restaurant.

Undecided of what we were going to do today we decided on magic kingdom! By the time we had lunch and waited for a bus it was around 2, so we went on a few rides and used up our fast passes that we had left.

After being in Disney 8 days we still hadn't watched a parade we decided to wait until the next parade and watch one before we went home! Well it was amazing totally worth watching, I'm a little gutted we only watched the one but guess that made it more magical!

Here comes the rain…….. We decided to run back to catch the bus back to the hotel and we were fed up of getting wet.

After having so much fun playing golf yesterday we went to swan and dolphin and played their crazy golf which was BRILLIANT a total must!!

Then we hopped from park to park but everything was shutting so it was time to head to bed, ready for the last full day in Disney!

Melissa

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Day Seven – Florida Diaries

Day 7 was a little bit of a chill day we had nothing planed apart from a football game later on in the evening. So we decided to pop to blizzard beach and play crazy golf, there are two crazy golfs winter and summer and we played both.

However one hole in and a huge storm started and we had to stop playing, an hour later we were off and started playing. If you are looking for an afternoon to kill then I highly recommend crazy golf as it is so much fun.

We preferred the winter course to the summer but both were very fun!

After an afternoon of golf we headed back to the hotel and had some lunch before it was time to get ready for the football, which was in Downtown Orlando. It cost us $27 to get to Downtown Orlando for the game which is pretty steep, but were then told Uber put prices up when they know theres events on.

Its about a 20 minute drive from Disney to Downtown, we got into down town orlando and our Uber driver was taking short cuts through estates a little sceptical of course. Next minute our Uber driver informs us that we are in Paramore an estate in Florida with a very high crime rate GREAT! After being flagged down asked if we wanted to park on these peoples drives we finally got to the stadium!

The football was fantastic, nothing like a British match! Fans are brilliant and really get into the game, I am talking flares, songs and drums (apparently totally normal to stand on a platform banging a drum in America)! We both couldn't resist buying Orlando City shirts of course, they were on sale so even better!

We then left the stadium and walked with the crowd into Downtown Orlando as we had no idea where to go. After trying to find WIFI by standing outside numerous bars and restaurants we finally ordered an Uber back to our hotel!

We decided to grab some food from the hotel restaurant and took it back to our room, then we went to bed!

Thank you for reading!

Melissa.

 

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Day six – Florida Diaries

Hello again, I swear I will great through these diaries one day 😂. The fifth day we woke up around 8am and headed off to universal studios via uber (Highly recommend using uber instead of yellow cabs). We were so excited to hit universal after hearing so many good reviews and recommendations from people, also this is where Hard Rock Cafe is which meant food!!!

After having 3 heart failures due to the price of one day ticket we entered the park! Had a good wonder around, got our bearings then decided which rides we wanted to go on. We didn't do a lot as I don't like upside down coaster and my boyfriend didn't want to get wet so we stuck to normal coasters and stimulates.

We finished Island Of Adventure after around 2 hours, went to board the Hogwarts express to Universal Studios, sat on the train then got taken off and told it was broken and it will take 3 hours to fix, not impressed…..

Overall I wasn't too impressed is IOT found it very tacky, if you have visited Blackpool pleasure beach then it's similar….

Into Universal studios we go, everything was a bit better than IOT, however there was a lot of work going on. It's just like one big film set a lot of familiar buildings such as the simpsons and Harry Potter. We then went on a couple of rides and then we got a little hungry so decided to go to Hard rock for food!

Hard rock was lovely as always the service was great!

We then got hit by a huge storm started in universal for about 2 hours in the storm but all rides were closed due to thunder so we decided to call it a day there.

Fed up and saddened by the day at universal we got a taxi to international drive and decided to do something non theme parky… Helicopter tour, got to admit I don't like flying that much so this was way out my comfort zone. However I loved it, totally recommend it if you are ever in Florida you can see for miles and miles!!

That's day 6 over with! Thank you so much for reading!

Melissa.

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The Body Shop – Vineyard Peach Collection

Hello and happy Sunday, I am writing this in the past and should of been and gone to London by now. I thought with it being Sunday I would do a very chilled out post incase any of you felt like doing some sale shopping on a Sunday evening.

The body shop this summer came out with a range called Vineyard Peach which I was all over like a rash as peach is my favourite scent ever! I have noticed at the moment the body shop have deals on the peach range in store and online so thought it would be the perfect time to share my opinion with you! The collection has all the usual shower gel, body lotion, body butter just like every other scent you can get.

I didn’t get the FULL collection mainly because I do not need it all and it will hurt my bank balance. I did however manage to pick up the following

  • Body Butter
  • Body Lotion
  • Body Spray
  • Shower Gel

First up is my favourite product that the body shop do, there body butters! I haven’t used a good body butter in ages, and have started using this one every time I have a shower and I can honestly say its fantastic! I love fake tan so I apply this to my body before I apply my tan and it goes on so evenly, so theres a top tip for all you tanners out there. I also find it stops your tan from smelling horrible and strong! As for the consistency of the butter it is lovely and thick, so maybe not for you if you have oily skin but I have normal/dry especially on my legs and arms and find this solves all problems!

Next up is the Body Mist/spray, I love this as it means if I want the scent but haven’t got time to apply creams and butters I can quickly spray and I am good to go. As for how long it lasts I would say all day, I can defiantly still smell this on my clothes and skin throughout the whole day. The only thing I don’t like is that it is in a glass bottle and I wish it was in a plastic one so I could pop in in my handbag! Overall though I do really like this product!  Now for the product I have loved the most, I have purchased my second bottle of this shower gel I loved it that much. I find with shower gels you come out the shower and cannot smell it, with this one the smell stays with you for ages which I really like, it makes you feel lovely and fresh once you have used it. the gel is quite thick so you do not need much as it goes a long way. 

Now for the last product that I own from this range, and the one I have not got much of a ‘review’ of. I think because I have been using the butter I haven’t thought about using this. However I have been using it in the mornings on my arms just to give me the peach scent. It leaves my arms feeling very soft. I like how it is not thick as it dries really quickly and feels very light. I will keep using this product and hopefully love it even more!

Well that is it for The Body Shop Vineyard Peach review, overall I have LOVED this range and hope they keep it all year round as it is such a beautiful scent. Defiantly check out the range as it was on sale last time I looked, as well as many other summer scents.

Thank you so much for reading don’t forget to follow my blog!

Melissa

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Day Five – Florida Diary

Hello again! Day Five was all about the Alligators, my boyfriend still dying to see an alligator in Florida we decided to visit GatorLand!

Can't remember exactly how much it was to get in but I think it was around $40 for us both which isn't too bad. Today's weather was in our favour too it was scorching hot!

We got up really early had a quick breakfast and booked an uber for 9:30!

Entering the park was no Disney experience, two steps in and there is hundreds of baby alligators in little swamps and then HUGE alligators swimming around.

We had a look around the whole park first to get our bearings there was alligators, tortoise, panthers, birds and deers

Oh and goats which are now my favourite animal and I totally want one as a pet….

Staying on the trend of feeding animals we decided to feed the HUGE tortoise we worked out he weighed around 44 stone 😮. For $5 dollars we got a pear on a stick and fed 2 tortoise!

Hungry, hot and tired we called it a day and booked an uber which took up back to the hotel!

After chilling out for a little while it was still boiling so we heading to Blizzard Beach one of Disney's water parks. Have no pictures I'm afraid. We spent about an hour here until a HUGE storm hit and we were told not to go in the water! We headed for lunch in a QS restaurant in BB and I had pizza and Callum had a burger. After waiting around an hour the rain only got worse so we headed back to the hotel.

We then decided to hop into our pool for the next hour because what else can you do in the rain on holiday?

We showered got ready and headed off to animal kingdom for our reservation in Rainforest. I have no pictures of our food but it was DELICIOUS. I had chicken with cheese and pasta, Callum had fish and chips.

We then decided to watch animal kingdoms light show. Both of us were very disappointed with this, I think after seeing MKs fireworks it's a bit of a downgrade but it was a lovely night!

Then that was it for the day we went to sleep very early for a early start at universal tomorrow.

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July Monthly Favourites 

That's right I actually have some favourites this month! Happy Thursday hope you've all had a great July, other than suffering with the Florida blues I certainly have! 

This month I have to admit I have bought a lot of new things from clothes, food to make up so this post may be a little varied but I'll get started. 

Firstly I will start off with make up and Beauty favourites! 

Eco Tools- over the past few months I have been trying out numerous Eco Tools brushes and I have to admit they are some of the best brushes I have ever tried. They are also very affordable too! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade- I am so late jumping on the bus with this product I know. However I cannot fault it, it is making my brows look 10x better than usual and really helping to get a definite shape! 

The Body Shop Body Butter (vineyard peach)- I have been using this product before I apply my fake tan this month and I have honestly noticed a huge difference. My tan is going on my evenly and also lasting a lot long that it would without me using it! 

Primark Pore Strips- that's right primark! These strips are absolutely amazing they are only £1 and definitely the best ones I have ever tried they are definitely worth trying out! 

Pop bands- I had this recently in my Love Me Beauty box and I absolutely love it! It is a hair tie that doesn't leave a kink in your hair! Which works wonders for me as I have to sleep with my hair up. I totally recommend them! 

Dove Deodorant- This is a weird one (I think), I have always been a sure girl. However this one was on offer so I grabbed it quick on my way to work one day and keep it in work for a refresh through the day. I can honestly say it is the freshest smelling deodorant I have ever used! 

A bit of an odd beauty favourite I know, but I have been using these cotton pads from primark for about 3 months now and have got to say they are Fab!!! They're only 80p and they're the large ones so you can get more make up off with one!

For me nail varnish is a rare favourite just because I usually wear acrylics but totally amazed by Primark's Nail Varnish's. I work in retail so I am always using my hands the polish lasted a good 3 days without chipping!

Now it's time for my random favourites and there is quite a few this month! 

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland- A YouTuber I have grow up watching! Recently Louise brought out a book and I am usually not one for YouTubers books but this one I just had to read! So glad I did too, it's on offer £5 in Tesco for the hard back and I read it in just under a week. Such a fantastic read and I am dying for the second one to come out! 

Storage draws- I have a tiny room so best keep dreaming about fitting Alex draws in them to store my make up in. So opted for something to go under my dressing table out of the way but still look tidy to keep all my bits in! These have been a godsend they fit my make up pallets in all my skin care too! They are from Argos £19.99. 

That's all for my monthly favourites this month let me know what you've been loving this month!

Check out my Instagram to see what I've been buying – @melissaljonesx

Melissa.