31 July 2013

Beauty Empties: July 2013

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Sally  Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Violet Night - I bought a couple of these nail polish strips from Fragrance Direct for about £1.50 each. I tried a green gingham set and they just did not work and I even put it towards my disappointing products blog post I'm currently writing. One night though, while still sorting my room out, I decided to dig another pack out and try again. This time they actually worked so I think the other may have been a dud. Although a bit boring, Violet Night is a simple bright pink with a hint of purple. I was really impressed with how easy they were to apply, finding near perfect matches for my nails, and how they lasted. They were also pretty easy to remove using normal remover. I have a couple more with different patterns to try but I'll definitely be buying some more especially at that cheap price.

Taaj Micellar Water - Ever since I started this giant bottle of micellar water, I have been counting down the days till I finished it and can now start using Bioderma again. Don't get me wrong, this is a good micellar water and it removed my eye make-up very well but it always left my eyes looking a little bit red which Bioderma doesn't do. I wont be buying another bottle of Taaj.

Etat Pur B09 Express Purifying Mask - Technically I haven't finished this product but I broke the lid so have depotted the mask into a jar which has a sealed lid. Instead of keeping the tube for months as that's how long it'll take me to finish it I thought I'd just put it into this months empties. I like this mask and it's a very good price, only £7.50, but it hasn't impressed me like other clay makes have. I'll happily finish it but I wouldn't buy it again.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron - A little bit of this serum goes a long way so it's actually lasted a surprising amount of time. It makes my skin feel incredibly soft and has really helped with dry patches. I have a couple of other serums I want to finish first but I will buy another tube at some point in the not too distant future. Probably next time there's a Boots 3 for 2 offer.

NSPA Grapefruit Shower & Bath Gel This must be the second bottle of this shower gel I've been through and I'm sure I'll be buying another bottle soon. It's cheap and works well but the main thing about this is the scent, it smells amazing. It reminds me of The Body Shop shower gels but for a fraction of a price. They're normally on offer for 2 for £4.

Caudalie Grape Water Spray - Like I wrote about in my last months empties, I've been using these water sprays as part of my cleansing routine. Depending on which cleanser I use, I'll spray my face then apply my cleanser. Once it's washed off and my face has been patted dry I'll spray some more to sort of finish my cleanse. I have a couple of other water sprays to finish before I have to think about which one I'll repurchase but I liked this one so it could be on the cards.

Topshop Watermelon Lip Balm - I only bought this because of the scent, it smells amazing. It's a good enough lip balm but I wouldn't buy it again. In fact I don't even think it's available anymore as it's not on the Topshop website.

Lancome Hypnose Perfume - Although technically not an empty product, it is one I'm about to throw out. After a good clear out and sort of my bedroom, including all my empty perfume bottles, I found this one from Lancome. It's my second bottle and I loved it in my teens but since I've had this one for years I think it's gone bad. The perfume itself used to be purple but is now a murky grey colour and the scent has changed as well. I don't hate the scent but it's just not be anymore so I wont be buying another bottle.  I'm kicking myself for not finishing it up before it went bad as you can see I've hardly used any and probably spent around £50 on it. This has definitely made me more careful with my perfumes and I'm trying to use them all before buying any new ones.

Fig + Yarrow Pink Love Salts - Although it's not as good value buying the smaller size of these bath salts, I wanted to make sure I liked them before spending £25 on the full size. The scent is a mix of patchouli, ylang ylang, bergamot, orange, geranium and black pepper. These are very similar to the Therapie Himalayan Bath Salts which I already have the full size of so wont be needing to buy the full size just yet.

The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream - This is my favourite shaving cream I've come across so far. I have very sensitive skin and can get a razor rash very easily especially when I use a shaving gel that isn't very good. I haven't had a single rash when I've used this cream and it creates the perfect lather and actually stays while I shave both legs. The little tub has lasted me a long time although over the past month or so I have noticed it thicken up slightly so probably best that I've finished it. Because of this I wont be buying another one until I've finished the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil which is what I'm using to shave with at the moment.

Davines Nounou Nourishing Repairing Mask* - This hair mask has lasted such a long time and is definitely well worth the price. It's aimed at dry and brittle hair which is exactly what mine is and it's helped a lot. I wouldn't say it's repaired my hair, I don't think anything can, but it's definitely made it feel softer and look more healthy. Once I've used all the other conditioners I have I'll probably buy another tub of this.

Dainty Doll Concealer Pen - I wasn't impressed with this concealer. It took forever to get it working in the first place and I just wasn't a fan of the formula and feel of it. It was a nice colour but that's really the only positive. It's a shame as I've liked all the other products from Dainty Doll I've tried. I won't be repurchasing this again.

No 7 Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen - You're only meant to use SPF for a year and I assume the same applies for lip SPF so it's about time to throw this years old lip balm in the bin. It's a bit of an odd colour with too much shimmer but was bought with a no7 voucher so didn't cost anything. I haven't even tried to apply this to my eyes, I just can't see it working. I wouldn't buy this again and will be sticking to other lip balms that I have which contain SPF.

If you've gotten to the bottom of this post them I applaud you as it was a lot of products to read about. I thought I'd put in a little disclaimer as I always get comments about how many products I use in a month. Compared to others who write empties posts, I always seem to finish a lot more products but it's not deliberate. 

There's going to be products that always feature in my empties posts: for me this is water sprays, conditioners and shower gels as these are what I go through the quickest and use on an almost every day basis. You'll hardly ever see make-up here as it takes so long to finish. You'll see a lot of skin care but it'll always be different types of skin care. For example I've finished a bottle of micellar water but it'll probably be a few months until I finish the next one. Same with a serum, I've finished one this month but it'll take me a while to go through another. I also have a lot of products that are half empty that I'm trying to use up so obviously I'll finish these quicker than if they were new. 


30 July 2013

Beauty Favourites: July 2013

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Vera Wang Love Struck Perfume - This is the latest perfume addition to my collection and I've worn everyday since I got it. It was a hard choice between this one, the original, and the floral rush version. I went for this one but I might have to buy the other as well! The notes are pink guava, angelica flower, mandarin, Indian jasmine sambac, tuberose buds, blue lotus blosso, sheer musk, precious woods and vanilla. I also love the bottle design!

Anthropologie Angel Food Candle - I'm not a huge fan of candles despite loving how they make my room smell because 9 out of 10 candles irritate my skin and eczema. I decided to take a risk and add this candle to my basket when I was making an Anthroplogie order and I'm glad I did. So far, fingers crossed, this candle has been fine with my skin and the scent is heavenly. It smells like a mix between sweets and cakes. I also love the packaging and how it looks on my bedside table.

Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat - I've raved about this base coat so many times on the blog already but I just had to include it in this months favourites anyway. It's by far my favourite top coat and the only one I've been using this month. It dries almost instantly and with a matte finish which makes applying the coloured polish even easier. It has quite a thin consistently so despite me using it nearly every time I paint my nails, I've hardly made a dent in it so it's going to last a long time. It's about £12 so is expensive but definitely worth it.

L'Oreal Micellar Solution - This is the first "drugstore" micellar water I've tried and it's the closest match I've tried to Bioderma. It hasn't got a scent and it feels exactly the same on the skin as well as removing every last trace of make-up. As it's cheaper I'm sure the ingredients aren't as good as Bioderma's but if you're on a budget then this is perfect. I'll definitely be buying more bottles of this inbetween Bioderma.

Original Source Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel - I've raved about the NSPA grapefruit shower gels before but this is even better. You can clearly see how much I've been loving it! This is a limited edition scent for the summer so I'll have to stock up a couple of bottles like I did last year with the pineapple scent.

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29 July 2013

NOTD: Urban Outfitters W.I.P Blueberry

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Supplies used... 
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Urban Outfitters W.I.P Blueberry  // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

I think I must have bought this polish last summer and have only just got round to trying it for the first time. I don't know why because it's a really nice shade of blue and has a pretty good formula. Only two coats are needed and it dries pretty quickly without any bubbles.

I bought 3 nail polishes for £15 in store but it seems to only be 2 polishes for £10 online. Otherwise these W.I.P polishes are £6 each.

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28 July 2013

Sunday Pamper 006

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For some reason, despite sleeping in later than usual, I feel so tired today so I'm not really in the mood for a full pamper session. Instead I'm going to be focusing on three horribly painful spots that appeared over night in the hopes that they will be gone by tomorrow or at least a lot smaller.

These three masks are my hero products when it comes to spots. On their own they work really well, but together they can reduce the worst looking spot to something not even that noticeable. First up is the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque which I apply only to the spots and I leave it on until it dries which I then remove with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This mask helps to calm down redness and draws out impurities without drying the skin out. I'll then apply the Parsley Seed mask to the same areas and leave it on till it dries as well. This one works in the same way but I find it's more effective at drying the spots out than the other one. Again this is another one that doesn't dry the skin out.

I'll then apply the Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask all over my face and leave on for about 10 minutes. During this time I'll be applying a hair mask but I haven't decided which one I want to use yet. This mask helps to calm the skin and when I wash it off I notice an immediate difference in  my skin and any redness has reduced. It also helps to hydrate the skin especially in areas where I applied the other two masks, just in case they did dry the skin out at all.

Here's to hoping I'll wake up tomorrow morning and the spots have disappeared!

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27 July 2013

Project Sample Use Up 005

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Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Shampoo - I liked this shampoo but there was only one use in the sachet so not enough product to see how it actually works. One good thing though is that it didn't irritate my sensitive scalp! It also felt very moisturising which I don't often find with shampoos. I might buy the full size at some point to see if it can make a difference to how my hair feels as it does get very dry.

Doctor Duve Hand Cream - This was an ok hand cream, it smelt nice but did take a while to sink in so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Dr Bronners Magic Citrus Orange Soap - I enjoyed using this little sample of the all in one soap and the pleasant orange scent. I will be buying a full size of the unscented one but not for a shower gel, it's a bit too watery for my liking, instead I'm going to be using it as a brush cleanser which I've heard works really well. I just need to finish Johnsons Baby Shampoo which is what I'm currently using for my brushes.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint - I already own the full size of this which I loved when I first tried it but now for some reason it seems to oxidise very badly on my skin after an hour or so. Although I like the finish and the coverage, I wont be buying another tube once I finish the full size.

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum x2 - This was an ok serum, it felt really nice on my skin and was hydrating but I'm not looking for an anti-aging serum at the moment. I am planning on buying a different Origins serum though.

Origins Hight Potency Night-A-Mins x2 - I really loved the orange scent of this night cream and how thick and moisturising it was. I woke up the next morning and could still feel it on my skin. I'm going to be buying the full size in Autumn or Winter.

Origins Modern Friction - I was very surprised at how little product was in this sachet as usually with Origins sachets they're full and I can at least two uses out of them. I only managed to apply this to my nose so couldn't really test it out properly. I probably wont be buying the full size of this scrub but I might ask for a better sample at a counter.

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint - If there's one time I hate having very pale skin, it's using foundations. There's so many that I want to try but the shades are just way too dark for me and very orange toned. This one from Jouer is no exception and I'm glad I only have a tiny sample sachet. Sadly I wont be buying the full size of this one.


26 July 2013

Mini Reviews 006 // Nivea // Redken // Healthy Sexy Hair

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Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner* - I'm always on the look out for products that mean I don't have to apply a body moisturiser, the one beauty step I absolutely hate doing. This new product from Nivea means I can do just that! It's the last step when showering or having a bath. You apply it, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse off and pat dry. It leaves your skin incredibly soft and moisturised. The only downside to this product is that it doesn't really have a scent but it also means it wont mix horribly with the shower gel I use before. It's available from Boots and Superdrug as well as most supermarkets but it's found among the nivea moisturisers and not in the shower section like you'd expect. I'm also using a similar product one Soap & Glory which despite smelling nicer, is about three times the price and not as good.

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment - This has quickly become one of my favourite products to apply to my hair. I use one pump and mix it in with which ever oil I'm using that day and apply to my towel dried hair. I've been using it for about three months now and I have noticed a difference in my hair. I only use it once a week as that's how often I wash my hair and I only apply it to damp hair but I've also read somewhere that too much protein isn't good for your hair. I haven't noticed a difference in split ends as the only way to get rid of them is a hair cut but I have noticed a difference in my hair breaking when I brush it. The scent of this is amazing, it smells like fruit sweets. It definitely shouldn't have taken me this long to try it! I bought it from Feel Unique for £14.30.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner - This is similar to the Redken product as it's another protein treatment but in spray form. It's great at detangling hair so I use it to brush out my hair before washing and then after I've washed it and before I apply oil. I haven't noticed a difference to my hair like I have with the Redken so I wouldn't rush out and buy it again but I'm liking it as a leave in conditioner and detangler. I bought it from Feel Unqiue for £11.45.


25 July 2013

NOTD: Colour Club Pardon My French

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Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Colour Club Pardon My French // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

It looks like Colour Club also sell another Pardon My French nail polish but a light pink shade. This one was from the Birchbox collaboration collection; Wanderlust. Pardon My French is one of the pastel shades from the collection, a lovely pink-purple. This is one of my favourite shades to wear and reminds me of one of my favourites, the limited edition Boots polish from Barry M but a slightly lighter and more pastel version. It's also very similar to Models Own Lilac Dream.

Unfortunately the formula doesn't match up with how nice a colour it is. It's very thick and quite hard to apply but you do only need two coats because of this.

As far as I can tell this set is still available from Birchbox for £10 and I really recommend it. The formulas aren't great but I just love the summery colours and the mini bottles are so cute.


24 July 2013

Boots Shopping 001

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Boots was having it's annual summer points event the other week where you got £7.50 worth of points when you spend £30 so I couldn't help myself and went into town. I made a list of what I wanted so I wouldn't risk any extra purchases and I did quite well. Only one item wasn't on my list!

Vera Wang Love Struck has been on my wishlist ever since it came out and I've finally bought it. I went for the 50ml which was over £30 so I ended up buying it separate to everything else so I got two lots of 750 points. The notes are pink guava, angelica flower, mandarin, indian jasmine sambac, tuberose buds, blue lotus blosso, sheer musk, precious woods and vanilla. It has a lot of the usual notes that I like in perfumes and I've been wearing it every day.

I had planned to buy a lot more of the Barry M Gelly nail polishes but when I actually looked at them in person I didn't really like them or had a similar colour already. There were three that I wanted but there wasn't a 3 for 2 offer on so I only got two of them. Next time I'm in Boots I'll be picking up Lychee but this time I bought Papaya and Blue Gape. There was a free nail polish offer if you spent £6 so I went for the neon pink but it does look very thin, might need a white polish underneath.

Instead of buying more nail polishes I bought a couple more Maybelline Colour Tattoos than I was planning on. On my list was On And On Bronze, Permanent Taupe and Pink Gold all of which I've been wearing a lot recently, especially Permanent Taupe. I'm a bit disappointed with the other three though, Immortal Charcoal, Eternal Gold and Metallic Pomegranate. They aren't as smooth and creamy as the others and don't blend into the skin as nicely either.

Another brand that had the 3 for 2 offer on was Soap & Glory so I bought a couple of the Mother Pucker Glossy Sticks in Bashful, Plum Jam and Nudist. I've completely fallen in love with these and will be buying the other colours soon. They're pigmented, hydrating and smell amazing as well as being a bit glossy.

Finally I bought two hair products, one planned and one unexpected. I wanted a cheaper shine spray to feature in my Vs post from the other day and I went for this Lee Stafford one. While looking for the shine spray I came across this hair mask sachet and was intrigued about it so I bought it. It's a single use or two of the Mineral Hair Rescue Mask so you can try it before buying the full size.

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23 July 2013

DIY 001 // Cushion Storage

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I've had these cute fox pillows for quite a while now but still living with my parents means limited space for all my junk possessions and I didn't really have a home for them. I did have them on my bed but it meant having to put them some where else while I slept and I didn't like throwing them on the floor all the time.

I've had a plain wooden Ikea storage crate hanging around my room for years since I used it to keep one of my A Level projects in while I was working on it. It's been home to many things since then but recently I was thinking about giving it to a charity shop. I put it next to my bed one day and it suddenly came to me I could use it to store a couple of cushions in while I'm not using them. It's the perfect size to fit halfway under my bed as well.

The crate sat holding my cushions for a month or two but I wasn't one hundred percent happy with it as I'm not a fan of pine wood so I added a layer of Annie Sloan Paris Grey paint to it. It's the paint I always turn to when I'm not sure what to do with a piece of furniture. If I had enough of it and it wasn't so darn expensive I'd paint my bed with it as well!

A coat of paint and some spare casters and it's completely transformed and I love it. I still need to paint the inside but I was too happy with it and wanted to take some photos straight away. You'll be able to see the foxes sitting in it when I share some photos of the freshly painted wall in my bedroom.

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22 July 2013

NOTD: OPI A Roll In The Hague

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Supplies used... 
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
OPI A Roll In The Hague // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

It's not often I'll reach for an orange polish, I like the colour and especially on other people but for some reason I just don't like it on myself. A randomly selected A Roll In The Hague the other day, one I hadn't tried since buying it. It's a strange colour, it looks completely different in the bottle to when it's on the nails. In the bottle it looks like a creamy orange. Once on the nails it becomes a bright sort of jelly orange. It also looks different in different lighting so was quite hard to photograph.

I bought my bottle from Fragrance Direct for only £3.99 and it's still available along with a whole bunch of other OPI polishes. I've know I've spent a fair amount of my wages on the polishes, can't resist as they're so cheap ...

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21 July 2013

Sunday Pamper 005

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I should have posted this last Sunday and although I took the photo, it was just too hot to sit down and write the post. Instead I shut down my laptop, used all these products and just relaxed with an ice cream. Also trying to get my head round to going back to work after a week off and it probably being way too hot and stuffy in the building. which is was, for the whole week!

As you can see all the products reflect what the weather has been like for the past two weeks. Amazing. Although I have to say, I've had enough and I can't wait for Autumn and Winter. I'm probably the only one, but I love the cold weather. Mainly because my eczema is at its worst in the summer and is right this second.

Korres Guava Shower Gel added to an ice cold bath, heaven after a day of painting walls and moving furniture around. A thick layer of Charles Worthington Melting Balm all over my hair. Liz Earle Foot Spritzer on in the morning and then a layer of The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector on in the evening after painting Colour Club Mod In Manhattan on my toes.

Hawaiian Silk Hydration After Sun all over my body and Yu-Be on my elbows and knees. Ren Moisture Mist sprayed on my face through out the day and a coat of Colour Club Pardon My French on my fingers.


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Cat approves of the courgette plants // Bedroom wall finally painted // First courgettes picked for the year // And made into courgette bread // New candle // Palm sized bowl full of ice cream // Making chocolate covered frozen bananas. 

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19 July 2013

Beauty Box: Birchbox July 2013

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I haven't tried anything from this months Birchbox yet so I'm just going to share the photos and what's inside.

Chia Seeds // Carole Franck Fluide Fraicheur Phyto-Hydrant // TheBalm Instain Long Wearing Powder Staining Blush in Swiss Dot // Nougat London Nurturing Hand Cream // Blanc Cachemire Creme De Jour Protectrice // Dead Sea Spa Magik Silky Smooth Body Lotion.

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18 July 2013

NOTD: Essie Neo Whimsical

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Supplies used... 
Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
Essie Neo Whimsical // two coats
Seche Vite Top Coat

Essie Neo Wimsical is the sort of colour that I always fall back to when I'm not sure what polish to wear. It fits into the nude but still pastel group so well. It's a light pink with a hint of purple although on my nails it looks a lot more pink. It reminds me of Models Own Utopia but a more subtle version. Only two coats are needed to create polished looking nails that still have a little bit of colour.

Luckily I got mine for only £1.99 from Fragrance Direct so it's the new formula and great brush. It isn't available anymore so I had a quick look around online and it seems to be available in the old formula for about £10.

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15 July 2013

Beauty Box: Glossybox July 2013

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First off how amazing is the box for the July Glossybox*?! The special design boxes are always my favourite and it makes a nice change from the pink ones. This months theme is Seaside Splash which is perfect for the lovely weather we've been having. All the products needed are perfect for this time of year and for the most part I'm pretty happy with the selection.

Anatomicals Spray Misty For Me Facial Spritz - I was looking forward to trying this facial mist but I'm really not a fan of the scent. It's meant to be lavender and peppermint which although an odd combination they usually smell nice together but not with this one. It reminds me of cleaning products and my mum wasn't a fan of this one. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be using this product.

Inecto Pure Coconut Dry Shampoo - I love dry shampoos but don't always like the scent of the Batiste one's so this coconut scented one is perfect for me. I love coconut scents so I hope this works well.

Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist - This spray can be used on wet or dry hair to create texture, volume and shine. I'll be testing this out next time I wash my hair and hopefully create a nice beachy style.

Coola Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint - There was a Coola product in last months Birchbox and was excited to see another product from the brand in this box until I opened it. SPF  25 is way too low for me when it's sunny, I always use SPF 50, but it could work on an everyday basis for a little bit of protection, like when I'm at work and hardly in the sun apart from my journey to and from. The main problem for me is that it's tinted and extremely orange. I have very pale skin and there's just no way I can use this.

Ciate Nail Polish In The Gossip - I always love getting nail polishes in beauty boxes and this colour certainly doesn't disappoint. The Gossip is a coral creme which is slightly more orange than your standard coral.

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13 July 2013

Vs 001 // Shine Sprays

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I have been getting a lot more into hair this past month and have been changing up my normal natural curly/wavy locks. I haven't done anything drastic to my hair, just changing the style either with a side braid or twist to get my hair out of my face, using styling tools or attempting a waterfall braid.

I was recently sent the ghd shine spray which sort of spurred on this blog post as I already had the Paul Mitchel one and thought it would be a good chance to compare all different price points. I have to be honest, before writing this post and testing out the products, I wouldn't have thought about using a shine spray but I've definitely changed my mind.

So the three shine sprays I'm going to be comparing are Paul Mitchel Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray* (now going to be referred to as PM for ease), Lee Stafford Shine Head Shine Spray (LS) and ghd Style Final Shine Spray* (ghd).

Packaging // My favourite packaging out of the three is by far PM. It looks sleek and I like the colour scheme used. Although I'm a huge fan of pink, the LS bottle just looks a bit too young. I'm also being extremely picky here but the mix of lower case and higher case letters just annoys me. It's like when people WrItE lIkE tHiS. One of my pet peeves. I'm also not a fan of the ghd packaging, it reminds me of a bottle of Lynx.

Scent // There is no doubt about it, PM has the best scent out of the three. It's almost like using a hair perfume as it has a lovely wild ginger scent. The only downside to this is if the ginger scent doesn't go well with your perfume. LS has the standard Lee Stafford scent which always takes me bag to being 16 as I used the heat protector from the same range. It's not a scent I can describe but if you're used Lee Stafford products before you'll now what it is. It's nice but can sometimes be a bit over powering. The ghd spray has a bit of a scent, just reminds me of hair products, but it's quite subtle so wont mix with my perfume which I like.

Shine // The PM spray gives the most amount of shine out the three. It really makes the golden shades in my hair stand out and makes it even more noticeable when out in the sun. This is the only one which claims to condition the hair as well and I did notice a difference in how my hair felt.

The LS spray actually doesn't give any shine to my hair which I was really disappointed about until I properly looked in the mirror and noticed how it tamed the frizzy mess which was my hair. For the past week we've had amazingly hot weather but my hair hasn't liked it and is more frizzy than normal. This spray has actually managed to tame it which was a complete surprise. I can usually sort out the frizz with a bit of oil but it can sometimes look a bit oily so this spray cancels out that problem. Definitely going to be keeping a bottle of this around the house for a while!

The ghd spray gave a good amount of shine, not as impressive as PM but better than LS. It also tamed fly aways and frizz but did leave a bit of a residue on my hair. This isn't such a problem for me as I have very dry hair that doesn't get greasy easily so a bit of oil is probably good for me. For people with oily hair, I can see this not working for them.

Price & Availability // PM is the most expensive, £18.95 for 125m and isn't readily available. You can buy it from amazon for a higher price or find a salon near you that stocks it. ghd is £9.95 for 100ml and LS is the cheapest, £5.49 for 200ml and is found in Boots.

Surprisingly, there isn't an obvious over all winner which I wasn't expecting. They all have their pros and cons. My winner is going to be the Paul Mitchel spray because of the amount of shine it gives but I wouldn't be willing to pay nearly £20 for a new one. I think once these three are finished I'll try a different brand.

ghd have just started to feature hair style videos on their site which has been helping with my much needed hair inspiration. I've also been searching Pinterest and pinning to my hair board to find a style I like. It's given me a kick in the bum to actually go and get my hair cut into a proper style. At the moment it hasn't got any layers and my side fringe isn't really a fringe anymore, it's at that awkward length. I'm currently switching between keeping my hair long like it is at the moment or to go shorter. I keep on telling myself though that I'll instantly regret it if I do get it cut shorter, I always do!

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12 July 2013

Mini Reviews 004 // Caudalie // L'Occitane // Nip + Fab

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Caudalie Divine Oil - An oil that is multi-purpose, it can be used on the face, body, hair or nails. I've heard some people breaking out when using this on the face so I've mainly been using this as a body moisturiser and I've been loving it. It's very lightweight and sinks in pretty quickly, a lot quicker than I was expecting. Although others have raved about the scent, I was a little disappointed when it arrived and it doesn't smell as nice as I thought it would. Not horrible, just not nice and would be something that would put me off buying the full size. I want to smell nice as well as moisturising my skin. I've also been adding a couple of drops of this onto my bath when I want an added boost of moisture and it works well. As for using it on my hair, I'm not convinced, it's a bit too light and doesn't seem to do much. Over I'm glad I've tried it and I have two mini bottles to enjoy using but I wouldn't rush out and buy the full size when they're empty.

L'Occitane Vanille & Narcisse Perfume* - First off lets talk about the bottle. It's one of my favourites as it's so simple and looks perfect sitting on display on my bookcase. It sort of reminds me of the Marc Jacobs splash perfumes but better. "Made with a narcissus absolute from France, this fragrance begins with subtle notes, which evolve to reveal a floral and spicy heart with its beautiful vanilla base, formulated with an absolute from Madagascar." For me, it's a perfume I'd wear more in Autumn and Winter because of the musk and vanilla. Like other L'Occitane perfumes I've tried, this one lasts a long time. It's more grown up than a lot of my other perfumes but there's something about it that I like. It's one you'd definitely have to smell in store before buying.

Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae Body Butter - I have wanted to try this heavenly scented body butter for a good year or so and I finally own it. I got a mini tub of the Mango Smoothie Body Butter in a beauty box and I loved the formula of so I knew I'd like the pistachio version. This smells incredible! There are no words, you just need to smell it yourself. The name completely describes how good this product is: dry skin fix. This will be perfect to use in the winter when my skin is a lot drier and needs a heavier moisturiser. An added bonus, the body butter itself is green!


11 July 2013

Nail Polish Picks: Summer 2013

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L'Oreal Confetti // OPI Alpine Snow // OPI Who The Shrek Are You? // Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream // H&M Blue My Mind // Models Own Beach Party // Models Own Hedonist // Pixi Coral Cabana // Pixi Summer Pink // Pixi Very Violet.

At the moment I've put the pastel shades away, although you'll probably still see my wearing them, and have brought out the brighter more neon shades of nail polish.  You can see my Spring 2013 choices here if you still want a pastel fix. The first five I usually wear on my hands and the second set of five I normally wear on my toes. I don't mind if my nail polishes don't match, it's very rare for me to wear the same polish on both my hands and toes. Surprisingly I did it the other day though with OPI's Romeo & Joliet. 

After finally tracking down the infamous L'Oreal Confetti top coat it's become one of my go to polishes and works so well with any coloured polish. It also gives a nice glossy finish to the matte neons which makes a nice change. H&M's Blue My Mind is a great cheap dupe for Nails Inc Baker Street as well.

I don't wear OPI Alpine Snow on its own, although white polish does look great on others I just think my skin is too pale to pull it off. Instead I use it as a base coat for neons as it makes them look even more vibrant if that's at all possible. I'm still yet to find a white polish that only needs one coat but for now this one works great.


10 July 2013

The Cleanser Wardrobe 001

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I think it was Caroline Hirons who first talked about and used the term skin care wardrobe and it's caught on. It's a great way to describe a skin care collection as just like the weather, our skin is constantly changing so we can pick out products for that particular problem. Although I do have several toners, serums and moisturisers on the go at the same time it's more the cleansers that I switch between on a daily basis.

Cream Cleanser // I reach for Mario Badescu Cream Soap when my eczema flares up and I want something that I know will not irritate my skin or dry it out even more. I know foaming cleansers are meant to be bad for the skin and although this one does foam up, as the name suggests is feels very creamy and not at all drying. The only down side to this one is that it doesn't remove make-up but I always use a micellar water before cleansing anyway so this doesn't bother me. It has a slight coconut scent to it which I really like. This is also the cheapest cleanser  I own which is an added bonus.

Clay Cleanser // The REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is a pretty new addition to my cleanser wardrobe and was purchased because Elle raved about it for her sensitive and dry skin. I needed a cleanser for days when my skin is more oily and spot prone but one that wont strip my skin and irritate it. I love how this makes my skin feel, it's almost like using a clay mask but one that also cleans my face. Whenever I use this at night I always wake up and can tell a difference in my skin. It also doesn't dry my skin out and doesn't cause that horrible tight feeling like some cleansers that are designed for oily skin can do.

Oil Cleanser // I'm pretty new to oil cleansers, I think I've only tried the Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil and another one. Despite not getting off to the best start with oil cleaners, DHC Cleansing Oil I'm looking at you, I've really been enjoying using this one and it definitely hasn't put me off trying more. This is a great one if I want to take my make-up off and cleanse at the same time as it just melts everything away. Once the oil mixes with water it turns into a luxurious feeling milk and washes away easily leaving no residue behind.

Gel Cleanser // Again, we've all been told to avoid foaming cleansers and the Juliet Gel Cleanser from Antipodes is the one that's as close to a foaming cleanser as I'd use. It foams up a lot, especially if you dampen your face and hands as you use it but it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry. I reach for this one when my skin is looking a bit dull  or feeling more oily as it contains exfoliating extracts and really helps to brighten up the skin and deep clean it. This is probably the best smelling out of the bunch! Despite Feel Unqiue's description of the scent being green apple and cardamon, it's the honey and kiwi that I can smell.

Balm Cleanser // When my skin is feeling dry I reach for the RMK Rose Cleansing Balm. I first discovered this cleanser when I got a mini tub of it in a beauty box and I've loved it ever since. I'm still working my through the mini but I bought the full size with some Birchbox points. Although I will be buying the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm at some point, I'm loving this one for now. It has an amazing rose scent which I find very relaxing and calming. This is another one that emulsifies with water and it just feels nice to use on the skin, one that I actually look forward to using.

Milk Cleanser // I haven't included this one in the photograph as I was using a tiny sample when I put this post together and have since ordered the full size. I've been using the REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk in the mornings as it's very light and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. When cleansing my skin can become quite red, not irritated just red, and because this is so soothing and creamy I don't get this problem so it's great for when I need to leave the house pretty quickly.

Do you rotate your cleansers?

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09 July 2013

Week In Photos 145 & 146

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