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Blogmas Day #13 The Weekly Round Up #105


I can't believe how close it is to Christmas now. I haven't even started wrapping my gifts and I still haven't finished my shopping. But this week on It's a Beauty Thing saw my Gift Guides for Beauty Lovers and for those of you Shopping on a Budget, a Haul which had a shit tonne of new skincare, as well as December's Luxe Birchbag which I loved.
Any who, let's get in to my favourites from the week...

Up first is the No7 Melting Cleansing Gel, I purchased this to see if it was a drugstore dupe for the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and although it doesn't have the same oily/balmy consistency when massaging into the skin, it still feels amazing, removes makeup effortlessly and is generally just a great cleanser, no frills, no fancy name or anything, just a great cleanser and it doesn't dry my skin out, it feels comfortable, clean and it makes my skin feel amazing. This one is for normal to dry skin which with winter in full force my skin is needing and for only £9.50 it is a great affordable cleanser. I will do a review or maybe a face off with this so watch this space. 

Next is the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Peel Off Mask. Now this is very similar in texture to the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, except with the Sanctuary mask you peel it one off and I have never had one that peels off properly like that and frankly it's kind of gross peeling off what looks like skin, but it's a great mask and I am really impressed with it. Plus it's around £10 so it's much cheaper than the REN mask and it performs just as well if not better, as it still has the glycolic acid in as well as other AHA's and a blend of fantastic radiance boosting, skin refining ingredients to reveal smoother, brighter and youthful looking skin. 
Full size £10
Sachet for £2.99

Another mask I have been loving is the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask this is a clay mask which heats up when you apply it. Simply leave on for 5-10 minutes and once removed, your skin will feel super clean, refreshed and smooth. It draws out all the impurities and clears breakouts and any sign of bubbling blemishes. I can't 100% recommend it as I have only used it for about 2 weeks but I am a massive fan and will be doing a post all about Sanctuary once I've tried the products out for long enough. If you want to give this a try but don't want to commit to the full size then you can get a Sachet for just £2.99.

Okay final thing from Sanctuary I promise. The Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator is another product I picked up in this weeks drugstore haul and I have used it a couple of times already and I'm really enjoying it so far. I don't use any other manual exfoliator except the Soap & Glory Scrubatomic but the radiance exfoliator is giving it a run for it's money. I put S&G and Sanctuary on the same price level and the quality of both brands is incredible for how affordable it is. The beads are slightly bigger and abrasive that my regular scrub but when used with my next favourite, the Konjac Sponge it does a fantastic job at getting my skin clean, smooth and ready for my treatments that follow.

In this months Birchbox was this little gem, the Benefit Puff Off, this is a dinky sample size but I have used it a couple of times and have fallen in love with it. It's great to put on before makeup to smooth the look of puffy under eyes. The full size has a metal iron looking applicator which is great for cooling and de-puffing but this little sample is still great and does the job, just without the metal applicator. It's £22.50 for the full size and I'm not sure yet if I will go and purchase the full size when this is done but it's definitely on my maybe list. 

I discovered a new brand this week and as you know I'm already a massive fan of the Makeup Revloution so when I saw the new Freedom range which is more of a professional line and their Priming Water Spray is something I have been obsessed with this week. It's enhanced with multi vitamins and is easily absorbed into the skin to hydrate the skin for hours and boosts radiance. 

There's been a lot of talk about the Tanya Burr Rosy Cheeks Palette so I picked it up on a "quick" trip to Superdrug for some cotton pads. It didn't look like much, in fact it didn't look like it would be good at all. But I am in love with this. There's a bronzer, blush and highlight. All great versatile shades to suit a multitude of skin tones, even though they don't look like it. The bronzer is a great contour and bronzer shade so great for either one, the blush is a beautiful rosy pink colour which is super pigmented. As for the highlight, it looks quite yellowy White in the pan and quite stark when swatched but when applied to the skin it's actually a beautiful champagne kind of highlight which looks amazing on the skin. It was only £8 and there is another palette which is a more peachy tone which I will definitely be picking up along with more of the Tanya Burr makeup. I also like the Peachy Glow Cheek Palette which has more of a champagne highlight and peachy blush. Bronzer is still the same. 
I love the B. Angled Contour/Blush Brush from Superdrug, I've been using it for bronzer, blush and powder. It's soft, blends product so easily and I just love how it applies. 

My last makeup product is the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette. I've been loving the shades Funny Girl and Rocker for all over the lid, then Smarty Pants, Jetsetter for the crease as a transition shade and Firecracker and Rebel to deepen the look up. Finally I love the darker shades Smokeshow, Activist and Leader for the outer corner, and lash line to smoke it out and deepen the look a bit.

This week I have been trying out the L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil-in-Cream as it's a great product to hydrate the hair and make sure it's being treated well as the cold weather is really taking it's toll on my poor hair. This is the one for super dry hair but there is another formula for all hair types.

Onto a new YouTube channel I've been watching, The Michalaks, the life of a husband and wife and their little boy and they are just adorable. The quality of their videos, the incredible montages, it's just a great family to watch and they're funny and like regular people sharing their life every day. They also have an online shop where they sell makeup bags and brush rolls which you can see here, and Hannah also has a blog which I have been obsessed with.

I have two movies this week, first is Push, this is about people who have gifts like controlling people with their mind, making people believe anything you like, moving things with their mind and well, they also kick ass too. It's a great movie. 
The second movie is The Scouts Guide to the Zombie apocalypse which Ben and I watched Friday. This is in my top 5 Zombie movies, maybe even top 3. It's funny, it's got a great story line and the characters are great. Definitely worth a look. 

The TV show that I've been watching this week is the second season of The Flash, I am about half way through and it's a great super hero show. I love the characters and the show has just been done so well it's addictive.

That's it for this weeks round up. I hope you enjoyed my Gift Guides and everything else. Next week will be a review on the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette and a makeup look for a Christmas Party.

What's your favourite skincare line from the drugstore?

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