Soap & Glory 'Glow All Out' Luminizing Face Powder | Product Review & Swatches

I have a bit of a confession to make: up until recently, I'd never tried anything from the Soap & Glory beauty range. Bad blogger! I've been a huge fan of their bath products for years, but their cosmetics range was always a little pricier than I'd have liked, and it wasn't until Boots had a 'Buy One, Get One Half Price' offer recently that I finally got to test some out.
I picked up the 'Glow All Out' luminizing face powder for two reasons: 1. out of hope that it might be a replacement for my beloved Sleek contour kit highlighter (here), and 2. the packaging. Like all the Soap & Glory products, there's a gorgeous retro twist to the compact, and it's actually surprisingly sturdy (meaning it survives even in my overpacked bag). That's kind of where our brief love affair ended, however.
Now, let me explain; 'Glow All Out' is gorgeous; it's a lovely shell-pink toned highlight, it has just the right amount of shimmer, and it blends like a dream. It really is a gorgeous product, and I'd recommend it for anyone who uses highlighter instead of blusher or for anyone looking for a natural summer glow...but not for those of us who need a neutral highlight for contouring. I'm sure I'll be digging this out of my make up bag when summer swings back around, but for right now, it's not you, 'Glow All Out', it's me.
Soap & Glory's 'Glow All Out' Luminizing Face Powder retails for £11, and is available from Boots stores nationwide, or on the Boots website, here.
What's your favourite Soap & Glory beauty product?
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Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colour | Product Review & Swatches

I think anyone who's been reading my blog for a while now (or following me on Instagram or Twitter) has probably realised that I'm completely obsessed with nail polish. I paint my nails at least twice a week, and refuse to use the same shade twice in a row, so my selection is, unsurprisingly, a little bit on the large side. That's why, when I find a brand that I like, it's a big deal...and I end up buying as many shades as I can.
'Uptown Blue' from this range (otherwise known as Maybelline ColorStay) made a huge splash in the blogosphere, this summer (and for good reason - how gorgeous is that shade?), but it was the formula that impressed me most. Working in retail means very few polishes last more than a day or so, chip-free, but the Forever Strong shades are the exception to this rule; they last at least 3-4 days, the formulas are fast-drying, and the brushes allow for quick, two-stroke application. What else could you ask for?

I only have two real problems with this range, all in all; 1, the shade selection is far from ideal. There are some stand-out colours, but not the best selection in the world. 2, they can be a bit of a pain to hunt down. I couldn't find any in-store at my local Boots, and ended up having to order from Superdrug online. Not exactly the worst crimes in the world, but I do like being able to pop in to a store on my lunch break for a new shade.
Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colours are available from Superdrug online, here, for £4.49.
What's your favourite long-lasting nail colour?
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