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25 November 2014

Soapsmith Bloomsbury Handmade Soap

Soapsmith Bloomsbury Handmade Soap Review
Soapsmith Bloomsbury Handmade Soap Review

Soapsmith is a bath, body and soap making brand based in London, and all of their products are packaged with a London inspired design. Soapsmith have a range of nine different scents; all inspired by different places in London, which is just an amazingly unique concept. Each product carries a map of London, to reflect the area that the scent is name after which I love. You can purchase Soapsmith's products online at Victoria Health, or in a number of individual stores which you can find here.

Soap isn't the most exciting product and I've never been wowed by a soap until I tried the Soapsmith Bloomsbury Handmade Soap. This soap is so strongly scented that I could smell its beautiful scent through the padded envelope it arrived in.. I've never come across a soap with such a strong scent and it has a truly stunning scent which is so strong that it scents my bathroom and lingers on my hands for upto an hour after each use. The Bloomsbury scent is a combination of fresh roses, honeysuckle, primrose and peony and it is so ridiculously authentic, that it smells like a fresh bouquet of flowers - it's so truly stunning, and I've had compliments from everyone that has used it so far.

I am a self confessed germaphobe so I wash my hands regularly throughout the day so they do tend to try out and get quite uncomfortable, especially if I use a liquid handwash as I find them to be so drying on my hands. To reduce my hands from drying out, I much prefer to use a bar of soap over an handwash as I find them to be more gentle as they don't contain the artificial foaming agents that liquid handwashes do. The Soapsmith Bloomsbury Handmade Soap is made from a cocoa butter, olive oil and a coconut oil base with a base of Tussah Silk to create a creamy lather. The soap almost melts upon contact with the skin, and the lather cleanses the skin and leaves my hands feeling soft, silky, nourished and delicately fragranced.. it's the nicest soap I've ever had the pleasure of using and I'm now dying to try more of their scents as I'm just genuinely blown away by how incredible this soap is and at just £6 each, they'd make a stunning Christmas gift.

Are you a soap fan, or do you prefer handwashes?

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm Review

Makeup Revolution recently launched a wide range of new products, one of which is their Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm £5* which is very obviously Makeup Revolution's version of the Stila Stay All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm which retails for £25. I've seen a few negative comments about Makeup Revolution 'copying' other products, but for me, I see it as a good thing as some people cannot afford to buy high end makeup products, so if you can get a good quality, credible dupe for a quarter of the price then that's brilliant. I would also say don't mock it until you've tried it, as I've been very impressed by nearly everything I've tried, and I really would recommend them as a brand. 

I've been contemplating buying the Stila version, as although I have dry skin.. I find that because I use intensive moisturisers and serums, they can leave my skin looking shiny even if it's not remotely oily, but I didn't know if it'd work so this Makeup Revolution equivalent is perfect as the ingredients are pretty much identical yet it's £20 cheaper.

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm
Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

The Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm is described as being an handbag hero as it offers weightless, invisible coverage for a flawless face, whilst diffusing imperfections and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Balm is packaged within a slim, lightweight, glossy black plastic compact with a mirror in the lid.. it really is the perfect size, and weight for popping in your handbag. Inside the compact, there is a thin sponge and a plastic disc protecting the balm which needs to be removed before use. The Balm can be used either as a primer to set and extend the wear of your makeup, or you can use it instead of a powder to to absorb any oil whilst eliminating shine. 

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

The balm has a strange, silicone-like consistency.. almost like the Benefit Porefessional primer in a solid form. I found the sponge to be pretty useless at applying the balm in all honesty.. the warmth of your fingers is definitely better to get the balm soft and easy to apply. To use the balm as a primer, I used my fingertips and pressed the balm into the skin rather than swiping to try and fill my pores but it didn't make any difference to my pores although it doesn't claim to, in its defence. The silicone base does help my foundation to apply a little smoother, and I have noticed that it does extend the weartime of my foundation which is great. 

To use the balm in the place of a powder, felt really strange. It feels so strange to put a balm onto the top of your foundation, but after a few times it doesn't feel so odd. Again just like using it as a primer, I use my fingertips to press the balm onto my shinier places such as my forehead, nose and chin and it does instantly mattify the skin without effecting my foundation and it is invisible exactly like the claims.. you can't see the balm sitting on the top of your makeup, it's completely undetectable. The balm mattifies any shine for a couple of hours or so, which is ideal for me as the dreaded shine usually appears around lunchtime so the balm gives me a few more hours shine-free, although I'm not entirely sure how it'd work on those with oilier skin types but at just £5, it's definitely worth a try even if you could only use it as a primer.