Thursday, 30 June 2016

Life | Goodbye June


Dear June,

First let me apologise for not writing last month; I started work again and life was a little bit hectic.

So what did you bring to me this month June? Well, you were first full month of being back in full time work since being off ill since December, and let me tell you even though I'm now super busy again I'm absolutely loving my job. I'm now back to the stage where I just want to tell everyone just how important dementia is and start raising awareness all over again.

I've finally got my tattoos sorted out, one of which I've been waiting for over a year to get sorted. In fact I'm having them done two hours after this letter to you goes out.. I'm getting two Harry Potter tattoos so I'm definitely going to be a Potterhead for life now, keep your eyes peeled for some pictures!

Health wise you've been a lot quieter, I've only had two appointment lasts month and I've still got some more investigations to get through. That's literally all I have on my health issues this month.

It's a short but sweet letter this month June, but I'm off on holiday on Saturday so I'm starting July on a good note. A short note June, please sort the weather out for me!

Beka. xo

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Beauty | Primark Traceless Bobbles


Remember the other week when I was talking about my new Tangle Teezer and I mentioned how my hair had actually broke off where it had become so knotted. Since then I've been looking for anyway possible to reduce the damage I'm causing to my hair.

Traceless hair bobbles, or the Invisibobble, are the latest range. What can only be described as an old school telephone wire these bobbles are designed to be traceless and kinder to your hair. Honestly I was never really convinced, I just couldn't work out how using these kind of bobbles would help your hair and be kinder to your hair so I just never thought about picking any up. Although I changed my mind a few months ago, before I discovered the damage to my hair, because I've seen nothing but fantastic reviews from fellow bloggers so I decided it was time to pick some up and try them for myself. With my luck though every time I step foot in any Boots they were always out of stock, but then I spotted Primark had their own version!

For £1.50 for a pack of 5 I'd have been stupid to not pick these up, and if they weren't any good then I hadn't really lost out on anything. These are the strangest thing to put in your hair, I didn't really know what to expect but it took me a couple of times of putting these in my hair to find the way to put them in. I wasn't expecting them to hold my hair that well because my hair is long but also really thick so there is a lot of it, but they actually feel very secure in my hair and I don't feel like my ponytail is slipping down my head throughout the day. I've realised these work by distributing the pressure around your hair a lot more evenly and they aren't tight all in one area so your hair isn't pulled. I wouldn't say they're completely traceless though, when I took my hair out there was still a very slight kink in my hair.. But I'd definitely be happy going out with my hair like that because it wasn't as noticeable as a typical hair bobble would leave in your hair. Also, these are a great way to add some volume into a ponytail!

As you can imagine they lose their shape really quickly and stretch out, but it doesn't stop them doing what they do, I can still tie my hair up with these easily. I just need to remember to start reaching for these on the days where I'm at work and have my hair up for 12 hours...

Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday First | Percy & Reed


I'm not even ashamed to admit that I only really buy Elle when there is a sample that I really want to try. That sounded worse than it should have, I love Elle I really do but I can't say that it's on the top of my list each month unless I know there's a sample that I really, really want. I do hold an interest in fashion, but not enough to buy a fashion magazine on a monthly basis.

With June's edition of Elle Magazine there was a very generous 75ml sample of Percy & Reed's Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery. The Wonder Overnight Recovery has been designed to help combat the dreaded "hair hangover" where hair can feel "dull, limp, lacklustre" that "looks and feels frazzled". The Wonder Overnight Recovery is a "leave-in treatment" that you use overnight as it "absorbs instantly into dry hair" while "helping to nourish, rehydrate and even repair damage" (percyandreed.com).

I've never been so scared and dubious of a product. I've heard of Percy & Reed before but I've never had a chance to use anything from them so I was really excited to use this. The idea of having to apply this to dry hair and leaving it in my hair overnight terrified me, I'm very reluctant to apply anything to my hair when it's dry because who wants to be left with greasy looking hair? I started by applying this to the ends of my hair and slowly working it through my hair and working my way up. I just went for it when applying for my roots and I really worked it in. At first you could tell I had it in my hair, but after a few minutes it sunk into my hair and completely disappeared!

Another little thing that terrified me with this product was that in the morning when you washed your hair after using this you didn't need to use conditioner! I have really long hair, so the thought of not using conditioner when washing it is something that just isn't an option. In terms of a true review you need to test everything out, so I washed my hair and skipped my beloved conditioner.. My hair survived and it actually felt incredible. When doing my hair I can definitely say that it had more body, looked healthier and there was definitely a lot less frizz going on that.


Will I continue to use the Percy & Reed's Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery? Definitely. The only downside to this product is the fact that I have to wash it out the morning after. Working 12 hour shifts, I always wash my hair the night before because I'm already up early and I don't quite fancy the idea of getting up even earlier to do my hair. I'll definitely be using this on those days I have an event, I'm going somewhere or I just want to feel good about myself in general.
Would I purchase the Percy & Reed's Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery? It retails at £20 for a 150ml tube which I know some people would find a little bit steep to pay for a hair product, for a product that actually does what it claims to do I'd be happy to pay that price. Also, can we please talk about the packaging. 
Would I recommend the Percy & Reed's Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery? Definitely. I feel like I've stumbled upon the perfect product for the lazy girl like me. A hair product that's going to work overnight to make my hair look better with me having to do nothing but wash it? Send it in my direction!
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I only wish that I didn't have to wash it out the next day because I'd be using this on a daily basis. I'm amazed by how well this actually works and it really makes my hair look incredible.

Did you pick up Percy & Reed's Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery? Have you tried anything by Percy & Reed before? Is this something you think you'd try? Let me know!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Life | June Empties


I'm sure I've mentioned this before but I'm such a creature of habit it's why I barely write empties posts. I stick to the same products all the time and rarely try new things so it's takes me what seems like forever to have enough products to even justify an empties post.

Lets start with the skincare products that I've finally used up. I've finally managed let go of my Skin Clear Oil Free Mattifying Lotion and use up the rest of it after finding the perfect replacement for it. I've also finally finished my Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter because I swear this tub seemed to last me a lifetime, I don't know what I did differently when using it but it definitely lasted me a hell of a lot longer. My Moisture Match Shine Be Gone moisturiser is another favourite that I've recently replaced but I had to finish up my open tube before I could move on from it, although I have another full tube to get through... I've amazed myself by the fact that I've used up both of my Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleansers, and I somehow managed to do it at the same time. I've repurchased my Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser and I'm back to using that on a daily basis!

I've got a huge pile of shower products that I need to get through so I'm trying my hardest to use up what I can to make a decent dent in that pile before my birthday and Christmas where I know I'll be given so much more. I know, how do I have an empty bottle of Snow Fairy at this time of year? I've never used a shower gel so sparingly and been so reluctant to admit I've used every last drop.. I always stock up on Snow Fairy just like everyone else when it's back in stock. I've also finally used my Chocomania Body Scrub up, this wasn't my favourite but I feel like I'm collecting body scrubs so I need to get some used up. I've decided that although I love The Body Shop body washes they just don't seem to last very long, although the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent is a new favourite of mine! Are we really surprised that a bottle of my favourite ever shampoo is in my empties? I'm already insanely stocked up on this...

So what else have I been using up? I finally got to the bottom of my setting spray from Avon, I really need to get into the habit of using this on a daily basis because I'm usually half way through my day with my makeup melting off wondering why before I remember I forgot to use it. The Cranberry & Cream shower crème by Patisserie de Bain became one of my favourite scents in the Spring and made me decide that I need to try out a lot more of their products. Soft & Gentle has always been my favourite deodorant brand and the Jasmine & Coco Milk is always the scent I grab when I need a replacement. I now cannot live without my Planet Spa Sleep Serenity Pillow Mist and I genuinely have another five bottles of this ready for when I run out, it helps me sleep so much easier, I feel so much more rested after using this and I honestly don't know what I did without this before.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Friday First | Tea Tree & Witch Hazel with Extract of Berry


I feel like I've done nothing but try new skincare lately, which I'm aware might not be the best thing for my skin but I'm trying to space out trying the new bits I'm picking up lately. When I was in Boots the other week with my Mum we walked past the stand for the new Tea Tree & Witch Hazel with Extract of Berry and it grabbed my attention straight away. I love the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel range from Boots anyway, some of my skincare essentials are from that range. While I was in Boots the whole range was on 3 for 2 and I needed to replace my blemish stick, but the new Extract of Berry range caught my eye. I commented to my Mum instantly on how similar I thought this Refreshing Jelly Scrub looked to the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Scrub that I've tried and love so I just had to pick it up to see how it compared.

The Refreshing Jelly Facial Scrub with Extract of Berry claims to "effectively exfoliate to help unclog pores of dirt and impurities without over-drying" while also helping to "fight spot causing bacteria" and "give long lasting shine control" (boots.com). After reading all that I decided that I couldn't really ask for anything for from a face wash and I couldn't wait to try it. The face wash recommends that it's only used once a week and after trying it on the back of my hand I can see why. The exfoliating beads are quite big and it's a little bit harsher than my daily face scrub, but it isn't too harsh for the skin, it definitely doesn't rip your face apart and because of the jelly it feels quite nice and cooling.

Does it live up to it's claims? My skin definitely doesn't feel dry after using this face wash at all, and it definitely helps with the dry skin I'm currently having round my nose.. Thanks hayfever! I always used to turn to my Neutrogena face scrub when my skin was having a really bad time and really needed calming down and after only using this Extract of Berry face scrub it seems to be doing the same for my skin. My pores around my nose definitely look smaller and a lot less visible after using this face scrub, and who doesn't want that? Initially it really helps with shine control, however I still apply all my products to help keep my shine at bay just incase and I still have to powder throughout the day with this warmer weather, but my shine is definitely reduced after using this face scrub. I think this is going to be my go to face scrub just before I apply a face mask so that my skin is prepared and so that my face masks can get in there and really do what they're meant to. If you're expecting the extract of berry to be included in the scent I'm not sure. I personally wouldn't say that this face scrub smells anything like berry, it isn't an unpleasant scent but it isn't what I'd think of when I think of anything with berry.


Would I reuse the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel with Extract of Berry Refreshing Jelly Scrub? It's definitely going to be the face scrub that I reach for when my skin is having a particularly hard time and really needs calming down, or the face scrub I reach for just before I apply a face mask. You definitely wouldn't be able to use this on a daily basis purely because the exfoliating beads are just too big for a daily use, but they are great when it comes to tackling dry skin!
Would I repurchase the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel with Extract of Berry Refreshing Jelly Scrub? I think it's going to be one of those face washes that I'll probably see what's on offer when I'm next in Boots. It's very similarly priced to the Neutrogena face scrub so depending which I see first, or which is on offer next in Boots will depend which one I grab. I'm not saying I won't repurchase it because I know I definitely will, but I just can't decide between the two.
Would I recommend the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel with Extract of Berry Refreshing Jelly Scrub? I would. It feels really nice to wash your face with and it really helps with dry skin a lot. My skin feels clean after I've used this and doesn't feel dry at all. It's going to be great to use before putting on a face mask and it really helps my skin when it's having a particularly bad day and it just needs to calm down.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I'm not overly keen on the scent, but it isn't horrible. It disappears quickly enough and it's easy to ignore. I really like how it makes my skin feel and how it calms it down, my only downside is that I can't use it on a daily basis.

Do you use anything from the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range? Have you tried anything from the Extract of Berry range? Is this something you think you'd try? Let me know!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Beauty | Battle of the Mascaras

I really enjoyed writing my battle of the blushes post, so I thought I'd look at two new mascaras I've been trying and see how they match up against my holy grail!

Heroine Make Volume & Curl
This is the first mascara I've been trying for a while. You might remember seeing this in the post where I spoke about what my cousin bought me back when he went to Japan. I've been wanting to try some Japanese makeup for a while as I've heard incredible things about it, and I was never expecting my cousin to bring me anything back from Japan let alone a mascara so that's pretty cool!

Lets start with the brush. For me, it's like nothing I've ever seen before but then I'm pretty sure it has to be similar to something out there, but nothing I've ever used. Half of the brush is pretty straight and thin with the other half being very round. It took me a while to get used to the shape, but once I'd played around with it for a while the brush was actually quite easy to use. The formula is what I like to call 50/50, it's not an overly wet mascara but it isn't totally dry. It's very easy to work with and easy enough to build, I'd recommend waiting about 30 seconds to a minute before applying a second layer. Using the trusty wiggle brush trick it's easy enough to avoid the spider, clumped lash look and fan your lashes out.

One thing I do need to tell you about with this waterproof is that when the Japanese tell you that there mascara is waterproof, they are not fucking around. I applied this is the morning and thought nothing of it until I went to remove my makeup as normal before I got in to bed. I was kind of having a lazy night and just went to remove this with my micellar water, it did not budge at all. All that came off with my micellar water was the foundation and powder around my eyes but no trace of the mascara. I genuinely had to melt this off with my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter, and by melt I mean I had to warm it between my hands and hold this over my eyes for a minute or two before gently working it into my lashes. I have genuinely never been so scared when unable to remove makeup.

Soap and Glory Thick & Fast HD
Another brand I'd been thinking about trying makeup from was Soap and Glory, and I was thrilled when I saw that this was included in The Whole She Bang, which I picked up on boxing day. I can't even begin to describe the brush shape, however Soap and Glory describe it as a 'V-groove' brush. I couldn't get it to photograph at all but one side of the brush is flatter, compared to the other side of the brush which is incredibly round and full and you can see that's where the volume comes from. The mascara also features 'collagen pre-peptides' and 'long-stretch polymers'  that you can see pictured above, which attach to your lashes to make them appear fuller and thicker.

I really struggled with the mascara. For me personally the formula is far too wet and it just instantly causes my lashes to clump together and I end up looking like I just have 3 insane spider lashes. I love how black this mascara is, which sounds a little bit strange but although some mascaras are 'black' they're just not black enough. This mascara is jet black. It comes off incredibly easy, both with micellar water, eye makeup remover and a facial cleanser. I'm not going to write this mascara off completely, a plan that I have is to wait until I use up the mascara I'm currently using before washing that brush and applying it with a brush I know works well for me.

Natural Collection Water Guard
This is my absolute holy grail when it comes to mascara. It is definitely the cheapest mascara you could ever pick up, and I think I actually picked it up when I was stuck in a mascara rut and nothing was working out for me and ever since I have been in love with this mascara.

As you can see the brush is very flat and is the same width, so it might not be the best for people who look for volume but I absolutely love this mascara. It's a drier formula compared to a lot of mascaras meaning that it is incredibly easy to build, but you do have to work with it quickly to avoid clumping. It fans my lashes out wonderfully and never gives me the spider lash effect. As much as I love this mascara my only complaint about it is that one day it can be perfectly fine, but the next I can tell that it seems to be a lot drier and a little harder to work with.

So did the other two convince me enough to swap from my holy grail? Out of the two I've tried I'd say that the Heroine Make definitely made me think about it, as much as it scared me half to death I kind of loved how difficult it was to remove because lets be honest, that definitely isn't budging at all during the day. Heroine Make is a little bit harder to get my hands on, I'd have to buy it online and it's not exactly cheap. For me Thick & Fast was far too wet for me to work with and it just made my lashes clump together, beyond the point of working with them to make them look half decent. But I'll definitely see if I can make it work with a mascara brush I know works with my lashes. So I'll definitely keep using my holy grail Natural Collection, but if anyone I know ever goes back to Japan I'll be begging them to bring me a few tubes of Heroine Make back with them.

Update: Pay attention to what colour mascara you pick up kids, because brown/black mascara just doesn't compare to wearing black mascara. What I'm currently doing is using my holy grail natural collection in the brown/black to coat my lashes and get them into the style I like them to be, and then I'm currently going in with the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast with an old natural collection brush to re-coat my lashes and to make them black, also I've found this allows the fibres in the Thick and Fast to actually work and my lashes are currently looking incredible if I do say so myself.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Friday First | The Body Shop British Rose Gel Body Scrub



Is there anything more exciting than finally being able to try out a product that you've been wanting to try out for what feels like forever? As soon as The Body Shop came out with their British Rose range I knew it was going to be a range that I lusted over, and I've purposely avoided picking up some pieces from the range because I knew I'd end up buying everything and spending a small fortune. However, I had two vouchers to use in The Body Shop so as well as picking up one of my staples I finally treated myself to something from the British Rose range.

The British Rose Gel Body Scrub contains "real rose petals" and is "infused with the essence of roses". With this British Rose body scrub being a gel formula instead of a traditional body scrub texture it "effortlessly melts onto the skin" (thebodyshop.co.uk).


When it comes to body scrubs I'm very picky, I prefer body scrubs on the drier side which almost feel like sandpaper. I've tried a body scrub from The Body Shop before and it wasn't my favourite, only because the consistency was too wet for me and it melted onto my skin too quickly before I could get the effects from the scrub aspect. With this body scrub having a gel texture I love how it feels on the skin. The gel is so quick to melt into my skin but it also has a cooling affect, and with the weather getting sooner it's an absolute god send. The parts of rose petals melt into the skin as well but they also act as an extra scrub along with the scrub. Once the gel has melted into the skin the beads are a great scrub and really give my skin a great exfoliate. After using this my legs feel like they've been totally pampered and feel completely refreshed. Not just because they've had a good scrub but they feel nourished and super soft. Also the smell of this is just beautiful, the rose scent isn't too overpowering but it's just enough. Although it doesn't linger on the skin for very long it does make my bathroom smell wonderful after my shower!


Would I reuse the British Rose Gel Body Scrub? I'm currently using this every single time I shave my legs because I love how it leaves my skin feeling after. Now the weather is getting warmer I'll definitely be using this as my all over body scrub.
Would I repurchase the British Rose Gel Body Scrub? I think I will, it's £15 for a 250ml tub but a little goes a long way because of the beads being really great and actually acting as an exfoliant before melting away. I love how it smells and feels as well so for me £15 is a great price for a great product.
Would I recommend the British Rose Gel Body Scrub? I would. Like I've said, I'm very picky when it comes to body scrubs because I'm always looking for one that has the exfoliant part that actually feels like a scrub before it just melts away. The gel part of the scrub is really soothing and just feels great on the skin so if you're the kind of person who likes a body scrub that is a little bit softer on the skin while still acting a great exfoliant then this could be the scrub to you!
Overall score out of 5? A 4. It isn't as totally dry as I'd like a body scrub to be but it does work fantastically well and like I keep saying, I love how it leaves my skin feeling. At the minute I've only tested it out on how well it works on my legs, but the real test will be how it works on the rest of my body and how long it lasts me then.

Do you use the British Rose Gel Body Scrub? Have you tried anything else from the British Rose range from The Body Shop? Let me know!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Beauty | Garnier Pure Active




Is there anything more heartbreaking than having to find a replacement for your holy grail product that has ben discontinued? I've spoke before about how much I loved my Oil-Free Mattifying Lotion from Boots Skin Clear range, however I was absolutely heartbroken when I found out that it was being discontinued. I was literally savouring every last drop of my Boots Mattifying Lotion while searching high and low for a replacement. I can't quite remember how I came across it but I remember reading that the Garnier Pure Active was a very similar texture, great at controlling shine and thought "well why not?"

Pure Active is actually an anti-shine, anti-blemish moisturiser which is a great benefit. Seriously, anything that can help me fight blemishes as well as helping me control shine is definitely welcome in my life. The texture of Pure Active is quite a thick gel that simply melts into the skin, is quite cool and refreshing and dries pretty quickly. Straight away it feels a little bit tacky on your face, but it dries down pretty quickly and feels like there isn't anything on my face and I can go straight in with my makeup with no problems.

This keeps me pretty matte all day, and this with my Superdrug Optimum moisturiser and serum is a match made in heaven. With the weather getting warmer I still have to powder throughout the day, but not as much as I do when I don't have anything on. The scent isn't my favourite, I can't really put my finger on what the scent is but it disappears as you soon as I apply it to my face so I can deal with that. There is no way I will make it throughout the Summer without Pure Active, I'll just be a hot, shiny mess otherwise. This has definitely been added to the 'must rebuy' list.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Friday First | Bean Burst


Remember when you were younger and you were probably told that you'd grow out of your spots.. Yeah who made up that lie? Here I am at 22 still struggling with my skin and I think I've only just really got it under control. As well as struggling with my face I also struggle really bad with my shoulders and the top of my back. This is actually the area that bothers me more, which probably makes no sense as I can cover my shoulders and back a lot easier. However, it's also really difficult to find products that work for this area as I find the typical spot treatments for your face just don't work the same on your shoulders. Also my skin can be quite sensitive when using products that are just packed full of alcohol, and we all know how horrible really tight feeling skin can be.

I'm sure, like me, you've been seeing coffee scrubs literally all over social media. I can't go onto the explore section of my Instagram or scroll down my Twitter feed without seeing someone covered in coffee looking incredibly happy. I've always been interested in what the big deal about coffee scrubs are, so when I was given the chance to work with Bean Burst I instantly took it. Bean Burst sent me a 100g bag of their Grapefruit Blend Coffee Scrub* which is made up of coffee, pink Himalayan salt, coconut oil, apricot kernal oil, jojoba oil and Marula oil so naturally I just couldn't wait to try it. The grapefruit blend has been designed to "clear, balance and awaken your skin" and targets "cellulite, stretch marks, acne, scarring and dry skin conditions" (beanburst.com).. Can you see why I picked this blend? Bean Burst do other blends; a Sweet Orange blend that is designed to "cleanse, calm and revitalise skin" and a Peppermint Blend that is designed to "invigorate, brighten and energise skin" so there is a blend for everyone!

Bean Burst state that their "full body coffee scrub will exfoliate, hydrate and moisturise your skin at the deepest levels" which will "result in a silky smooth skin tone". The one thing that I absolutely love about Bean Burst is that on their website, when looking at each blend of coffee scrub it explains exactly why each ingredient is in there and what they can do for your skin. Coffee is "natural exfoliant that's full of antioxidants" that can help "to boost blood circulation which helps to produce new healthy skin cells". Coffee also "dehydrates the water in the fat cells which helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite by creating a tighter, firmer skin tone". Pink Himalayan Salt is used within the blend because it's "well known for it's cleansing, healing and antiseptic properties which can help to remove bacteria from the skin and provide your skin with essential minerals". Out of all of the essential oils used in this blend I've heard of them all apart from the Marula Oil. Marula Oil must be something I'm apparently missing out on because it's "known as 'Africa's Miracle Oil' because of the numerous benefits that it has on our skin" and "contains powerful antioxidants, essential omega fatty acids and vitamins". So because of all these wonderful properties Marula Oil "works to repair, protect, hydrate and balance your skins natural pH levels, promoting a healthy skin tone with fewer breakouts", meaning that this is "particularly beneficial for dry skin and conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne" (beanburst.com).

As I've mentioned before when it comes to body scrubs I prefer scrubs on the drier side and this scrub from Bean Burst is definitely that. It isn't so dry that it feels like you're ripping your skin to shreds, in fact because of the scrub having a blend of coffee, salt and essential oils the essential oils very quickly sink into your skin and your skin instantly feels moisturised whilst having a good exfoliation. Bean Burst recommend that you leave the scrub on your skin for 5-10 minutes, this is probably to allow all the goodness to sink into your skin and feel it leaving great before you rinse it off. This isn't a problem for a me, I just pin my hair up at the end of my shower and apply my Bean Burst blend just before I shave my legs so that it has plenty of time to sink in. This is definitely messy and I do have to rinse my shower after I get out, but that isn't a problem.

After using my Bean Burst blend for the very first time I could notice a different in my shoulders and the top of my back and how they felt and looked. I've used it a couple of times since and I'm really starting to see the difference. My shoulders and the top of my back now have a smoother skin texture and I'm having a lot less breakouts. I have a long way to go with the scarring still but I'm going to continue to use my Bean Burst blend along with my body spray from Boots to see how far we get with the scarring, although I actually have high hopes for this. I've only used this once on my stretch marks but again so far everything just feels a little better, firmer and nicer. I try to avoid using my body wash in the areas where I've used my Bean Burst blend because I don't want to wash away the goodness that's been left, does that make sense? So the scent of coffee does linger a little bit on the skin, but it isn't enough that every time you move your arm you can smell coffee, in fact unless you press your nose to your skin it isn't strong enough to smell.


Will I continue to use the Bean Burst Grapefruit Blend? Definitely. A little bit of this scrub is more than enough to cover my shoulders, top of my back and top of my arms so it's going to last me many uses. I'm already loving the differences that I'm seeing to my shoulders and the top of my back so I have high hopes in continuing to use my Bean Burst blend.
Would I purchase the Bean Burst Grapefruit Blend? It's definitely been added to my list, a 200g bag is £15 from Bean Burst. As I've already said so far I'm loving the results that I'm seeing and they're the best results I've had from any product I've used before. I think Neutrogena have a body wash that is designed to treat body acne so I think I want to try that and then I'll be able to compare my results. But so far, I'll definitely be repurchasing this Bean Burst Blend.
Would I recommend the Bean Burst Grapefruit Blend? Definitely. If you suffer with acne then I'd definitely tell you to give this a go, especially body acne but you can use this on your face very lightly and leave it on as a face mask. I'm going to keep trying it out on my stretch marks and other problem areas to see if I get results as good as I've seen with my acne. My skin also feels a lot more hydrated and a lot less dry so if dry skin is something you suffer with, this could also be for you.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I'm excited to see how it works and if it helps at all with my scarring on my shoulders and back and if it has any effect on my stretch marks. The scent is a nice blend of coffee and grapefruit and neither overpower the other. A little goes a long way so for me it's really fairly priced and something I think will become a staple in my skin and body care.

Have you ever tried one of the blends from Bean Burst? Have you ever tried a coffee body scrub at all? Is a coffee body scrub something that you think you'd try? Let me know!

*I was sent this product for free in return for a review. I have not been paid for this post in anyway, all opinions remain my own and have not been influenced in anyway.