Thursday, 5 December 2013
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap is a leave-in treatment specially formulated for use of distressed hair. It contains an Interlock Protein Network and Fortifying Complex to provide the hair with protein and ceramide which help to strengthen weakened areas, keep hair strong from within and also tp protect it on the surface leaving hair healthier looking and risilient.
Some bold claims- does the product match up? In a word, yes. I have been using this in combination with my usual hair oil and I have definitely noticed a difference in my hair.
To those of you who haven't had bleach damaged hair, this is probably going to sound so odd, but basically, when my hair is half dry, it feels sticky, soft of like dolls hair, if that makes sense to you at all? Anyway, it's not nice at all.
The Extreme Anti-Snap has improved that so much in just two weeks, my hair is barely sticky at all now, and when it is, it's usually after I've used silver shampoo which is notorious for drying out hair. Even then though, it's nowhere near as sticky as it was. This just makes my hair feel stronger, silkier and a lot less stretchy, and it smells amazing!
I can't quite put my finger on the smell but it's very, very sweet. It doesn't last in the hair but it's nice when applying it all the same.
Talking of application, you basically use this as you would a leave-in conditioner, while hair is damp, and comb through.
I really do like the Extreme Anti-Snap and as it is my first experience with Redken, I am now keen to try more of their products, which you can pick up from Hairtrade.com for a little cheaper than their RRP.
Have you tried Redken's Extreme Anti-Snap? How did you find it?
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
I'm all for a nice black clutch, but this clutch from Yon-Ka is no ordinary clutch, because what it hides inside is something truly magical.
Perfect for a gift, Yon-Ka's Absolute Vitality clutch contains two full sized products and one 15ml sample size.
The sample sized product is Masque No 1 which is a gel-cream mask which provides immediate hydration to the skin, leaving skin soft and energised whilst also protecting against free radicals, aging and irritants. This is suitable for sensitive skin and also for dry and oily skin alike.
Phyto 58 PS is great for dry skin and helps to regenerate and brighten your complexion while you sleep. It's quite a heavy cream an after applying at night time, you really can feel the difference in the morning.
While these two products are infused with Rosemary an have a floral scent to them, the final product in the cluth, Pamplemousse has a more citrusy smell to it making it a perfect day cream. It wakes both you an your skin up and being rich in essential oils, makes your skin feel really soft and silky.
This really is a beautiful set and such a lovely gift if you feel like treating someone this Christmas. I think it'd be a great gift for anyone from their twenties to their nineties. The products feel really luxurious and clutch itself is really pretty too.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
When I started to see the Glamour Beauty Edit Box from Latest in Beauty pop up on various blogs and Instagram accounts, I decided that I wanted to be part of that party too so I placed my order and waited for three days before the postman came knocking at my door with a very exciting parcel.
The idea behind this is that you pay £14.95 (plus postage) and get £65 worth of products. Now, I needed a new HD Brow Kit which come with a £19.96 price tag so it was really a win-win situation for me regardless of whether I liked whatever else was in the box. Needless to say, I've been pretty wowed by each product so I'll get on to tell you a little bit about the Beauty Edit Box's contents.
First up is the Balance Me Extra Care Radiance Face Oil. Prior to this, I'd never tried a face oil. I had tried an oil cleanser but this was pretty different to that.
The Balance Me Face Oil comes in a 10ml little glass bottle with a rollerball to help with application.
I like to apply the oil by rolling a little on a few areas of my face and the working it in to my skin in circular motions as this helps with the removal of toxins and improves circulation and skin renewal which helps to leave skin looking really healthy and radiant.
This oil smells a lot like chamomile tea which I love. It's a really natural scent which helps to wake both you and you skin up.
I find that the oil sinks into the skin really quickly and doesn't leave it feeling at all greasy, just looking really glowy, but not shiny, because there is a huge difference.
I know that for those of you with oily skin, adding more oil to your face may seem a bit daunting but actually, adding this the Extra Care Radiance Face Oil onto your already oily skin is not a bad thing at all, it can actually help to reduce the amount of oil in your skin. I know it doesn't make much sense but it's how science works guys.
You can buy Balance Me's Extra Care Radiance Face Oil sparately for £15.00 for 10ml here.
Now onto Benefit's They're Real Mascara- I already own the full size of this and do really like it so a little travel size was always going to come in handy. I find They're Real to be really great at adding lots of length and curl to the lashes and it stays put all day without any smudging or flaking. If I'm honest, it isn't the most volumising of mascaras but if you have quite naturally thick lashes, this isn't going to be an issue for you, and if not, it's easily paired with a couple of costs of a volumising mascara.
You can buy the full size of Benefit's They're Real for £19.50, here.
As I said earlier, the HD Brows Brow Kit is the main reason I bought the Glamour Beauty Edit Box because the palette retails at £19.96 all by itself. You don't get to choose the shade of kit that you get in the box but it would appear that Latest in Beauty have gone for the pretty universal 'Foxy' which is a light to mid brunette kit which could be darkened up by applying the powder more heavily for those with darker hair, or there is a darker brown shade intended to be used as an eyeshadow which you could mix in. I'm not 100% that Foxy is the only shade available with these boxes but it is the only one I've seen. I do have the kit in Bombshell too but I'd have to say that there isn't a great deal of difference in the shades so if you are blonde and Bombshell would be your first choice, I wouldn't let that put you off too much.
I have owned another HD Brow Kit as I mentioned and have owned that one for way over a year so I can give a full review of that, in fact, I think I have at some point on my blog, but basically you get two brow shades in a mid brown, one has slight red tones to it and the other is more ashy, as well as a dark brown and bone coloured powder which are intended to be used as eyeshadows. The two brow shades are called 'Warm Brown' and 'Dark Brown' and the shadows 'Nude' and 'Carbon'. As well as using the latter two as eyeshadows, you could also use them to darken or lighten either of the brown brow shades.
The staying power of these powders is great and they last in your brows all day.
It's really easy to create a soft natural look with the powders but also, you could create a more dramatic brow if that's what you're after.
It's such a versatile little kit and one that I recommend to everyone who likes eyebrows.
You can buy it separately for £19.96 here.
Next Up is Philip Kingsley One More Day which is basically just a dry shampoo.
I've had to stop using dry shampoo recently because the powder in it has been setting off my allergies something rotten so to save myself a day full of sneezes an bloodshot eyes, I' just been getting up that little bit earlier to make sure I washed my hair instead, so I was a bit reluctant to try this, but as a fan of The Elasticizer from Philip Kingsley, I decided to bite the bullet and give this a go and I'm pretty impressed.
It doesn't leave my head itchy like Batiste's version, and it doesn't set me off sneezing. It also doesn't make my hair a nightmare to brush at the end of the day. The only negative for me is the smell, it isn't very nice. It's not massively offensive but you can tell you're wearing dry shampoo every time you breathe in through your nose if that makes sense?
It costs £5.25 for this little 50ml bottle so it's pricier than Batiste but it definitely does the job better. You can buy it here separately if you're interested.
The Maybelline Baby Lips is something which I vowed not to buy into. I have more the enough lip balms and I thought of them as more of a novelty than a product that would actually do much for your lips and I don't know, I guess I was half right. I got the Mint Fresh version and while it's not the most moisturising thing I've ever put on my lips, it does help to nourish them a little. It feels a bit waxy but it tastes good. It reminds me a little of Chapsticks. That said though, will I buy more? Yes probably, I think next time though, I'll be looking for some with a bit of colour to them so they o more than just moisturise my lips a tiny bit.
If you haven't gone crazy for Baby lips yet and bought some already, you can get them here for £2.99.
Toni & Guy's Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray does what it says on the tin. It keeps your hair where it is all day. I like this because it's not sticky and it doesn't make your hair feel crispy like a lot of other firm hold hairsprays do.
It smells like your regular hairspray which is something that I personally don't mind after years of being in shows which required what seemed like a can of hairspray being emptied onto your head every night, and it's a convenient size to throw into your handbag.
You can buy Toni & Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray for £2.19 for 75ml here.
And finally, theses Lash Curlers from Eyeko, they're pretty much just like any other eyelash curler but with a velvet cushion (which isn't applied in these pictures) an velvet handles, which makes them feel a little more luxurious than it's none velvet coated counterparts.
It does curl lashes nicely and the curl does stay put for a while which is always good and for those of you who didn't know, Alexa Chung is heavily involved with the brand which is a pretty good reason to get them in itself.
You can buy the Lash Curlers from Eyeko for £12.00, here, but they are limited edition so you may have to move fast.
So that's everything in Latest in Beauty's The Glamour Beauty Edit Box. You can still purchase the boxes here, and I'd really recommend them. I think they'd make a lovely Christmas gift for any beauty lover or just a lovely treat to yourself.
Will you be picking up a box?
Friday, 29 November 2013
I am a huge fan of Bourjois and they are definitely my favourite brand to get all of my base products from. I guess this is a sort of 'My Base Makeup Routine' post because these are the products that I remain permanent in my makeup routine regardless of what other products I'm using.
The first step in my base application is primer. Generally, I don't need primer as my makeup tends to stay put throughout the day pretty well, so I use this more to bronze up my face a little bit before applying my foundation.
The Bronzing Primer has a mousse texture to it, with a little bit of stickiness, which I guess is what helps foundation to stick too it. Once on the face though, and blended in, you can't feel this stickiness at all.
I don't like the feeling of having makeup on my face which is why I always opt for fairly light coverage foundation, and this primer is so light that you can't feel it at all.
Colour-wise, it does look a little scary in the pot but you just take a small amount at a time, blend it into your skin an build up the product until you get the colour you're looking for. As you all know, I'm seriously pale but this doesn't make me look at all orange or muddy, just as if I've had a few days in the sun, healthy if you will.
Bourjois Bronzing Primer also has a scent to it which is the same one that their chocolate bronzer has, which I personally love. This might be a worry for those with sensitive skin who avoid scented products, but as a person who has sensitive skin, I can honestly say that I have not experienced any problems with this product which I bought in summer and have used religiously ever since; no breakouts, rashes, anything.
Following on from saying I bought it in the summer, this is the same pot, and as you can see, it still looks pretty much full, this is because you only need the smallest amount making it great value for money, especially when you consider its high end counterpart, the Chanel Soleil Tan De Channel. In terms of how similar they are, I can't comment as I don't own the Chanel one but I do know that Bourjois is owned by Channel.
In terms of application, I like to use my fingers for this, I just find that's how it works best for me, so I dab it on an then blend all over my face and onto my neck.
It makes my foundation look flawless, you can't see any pores at all and the colour lasts under my foundation all day.
The Healthy Mix Serum is my foundation of choice because it feels light on the skin, leaves a really nice, healthy glow and gives me just the amount of coverage that I want.
I use the shade 52 in the Healthy Mix Serum and find it to be a really good match. I have quite a yellowy tone to my skin, even though I'm really pale and I find that Bourjois' foundations are the only ones that truly match my skin tone.
I apply this over the top of the Bronzing Primer, again with my fingers and then, if I want it to be really perfect, I'll quickly buff it in a little bit with either my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, or the Expert Face Brush. They're both just as good at doing the job.
I know that a lot of people like to wear this in the summer an then switch to something heavier and less glowy (I'm trying really hard not to use the word dewy because it's started to creep my out), but I like to use it the whole year round because the light coverage is enough for me in the winter.
I don't know whether I'd say it lasts for sixteen hours but I never keep my makeup on for that length of time anyway so that's no issue.
The powder smells lovely too, it has a real vintage-esq feeling to it, but again, this hasn't interfered with my skin at all.
The only downside of this product, for me, is that it can get quite mess when trying to get it on your brush. The effect is one hundred percent worth it though because it keeps your base looking 'just done' throughout the day, helps to keep your foundation put an sets everything nicely.
I thought I'd just include a swatch of all the products for you so that you can get an idea of how the products look on the skin, obviously I haven't blended them because you wouldn't be able to see them, but basically, the powder once blended is translucent, the foundation matches my skin perfectly and that amount of the bronzing primer is almost enough for my entire face.
And there you have it. I hope this has been insightful, or useful, or something along those lines. I know that I'm always wondering what different bloggers use for their base.
What is your favourite drugstore brand for base products? And what do you use?
Thursday, 28 November 2013
I have recently decided that I want to expand the content of my blog to include more home and lifestyle posts, so with that said, I'm bringing you a little home style post today, which I really hope you like, focusing on lighting.
As bloggers and vloggers (something I am also contemplating expanding into soon), a big part of what we do revolves around lighting. I know that I have both moaned about it when it's not been right for taking pictures in and praised it when it's been just right. The fact is, lighting is a big part of our blogging lives, and the right and wrong lighting can really effect and change the mood of our pictures.
So this got me thinking, if lighting can effect the mood of our pictures, then surely, it can effect the mood of us too, ever heard of 'mood lighting'?- thought so. For this reason, I think it's something to really consider when thinking about home decor.
I've been having a look round recently for some extra lighting for my room, particularly as I'm planning on getting myself a dressing table which I will be needing a table lamp for so that I can see what I'm doing during these dark winter months and I'd also like a matching bedside and ceiling light too, and I have really been spoilt for choice while looking at the BHS website. I won't waffle on too much now, but if you watch the video, I'm sure you'll see why!
How cute are those bright little lampshades scuttling round the lamp?! The video actually reminds me a little bit of Toy Story when all the household object creatures come creeping out, is that just me? Gosh, I hope someone else remembers that.
I love the studio style floor lamp and the circular cage style one too, I think they may both be going on my Christmas list.
Have you spied any lights that you would like in your room? And which ones do you think I should get for a dressing table, there are just too many I like to choose from, I need some help in whittling them down.
You can see the full range of lighting from BHS here.
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Wednesday, 27 November 2013
I first became interested in Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick collection after hearing that Mollie King from the Saturdays had her own limited edition lipstick out with the range.
Unfortunately, I missed out on Mollie's limited edition signed version of Fuchsia Flash, but I did still manage to pick up that shade minus any Mollie involvement.
Alongside Fuchsia Flash (left swatch), I also picked up the shade Neon Red (right swatch).
Straight away, you can see why they are called 'Vivids'. The colours are so bright but are still somehow super wearable. I've never been near a fuchsia lipstick in my life but this one is not at all scary to wear, it's a really pretty true fuchsia and is so flattering. I'm much less afraid of wearing reds but Neon Red is totally different to all of the other reds I own, it truly is neon. Imagine a red highlighter and you're there.
Neither of these lipsticks have any obvious undertones which I find really unusual, but I also really like this about them. It makes them completely different to any other lipstick.
The formula of these is really lovely too. It contains honey nectar which makes the lipsticks feel nice and creamy. This is great because it means that they don't dry out the lips at all. They also don't cling to any dry patches which is a really good quality to have in a lipstick at this time of year because the weather can be really harsh to your skin and lips are for me, the place I feel this the most.
Once on the lips, these don't budge. I still have faint swatches left on my arm from this morning despite scrubbing at them straight after taking the pictures and washing them multiple times since.
The finish is ever so slightly glossy but is definitely leaning more towards the satin end of the scale, which I really like.
At £7.19, I think these are brilliant. They're not the cheapest drugstore lipsticks but for the colour pay off you get and the amount of time these last on the lips, they are definitely worth it. It's also worth mentioning that these are the very first lipsticks that I have tried from Maybelline and after my experience with these, I will definitely be trying some more lipsticks from their other ranges too.
What do you think of the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids lipsticks? Will you be trying them out?
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Burberry Body is my most recent perfume purchase, however, I have actually loved it since it's release when I received a sample of it in a Glossybox.
For the first couple of hours of wear time it actually smells, to me, like rhubarb custard sweets, but after this, it settles down to the most gorgeous, feminine scent.
It's not your typical floral scent, as can be seen by the type of flowers that have been included, but is instead more grown up and sultry.
I can't choose a particular note that stands out to me, but all of the different notes work together beautifully.
The wear time on this is by far the best out of all of the perfumes in this post as I can still smell this in the ends of my hair that I've caught when spraying two days on if I haven't washed it.
I think that this bottle perfectly sums up the fragrance, it's elegant, beautiful and grown up.
Top notes: Green absinthe, peach and freesia.
Middle notes: Rose absolute, iris and sandalwood.
Base notes: Cashmeran, vanilla, amber and musk.
Vera Wang Princess Night is probably the total opposite of Burberry Body in that it's very young and girly and not at all grown up. It super sweet, bordering on sickly but this is something that I personally really love.
Princess Night is a very heavy fragrance and so it really is one that you might prefer to wear in the evening.
Despite only being an EDT, the lasting power of this is pretty impressive, lasting a good few hours before fading.
I really get the crushed sugar and vanilla notes coming through but you can smell the fruitiness in there too.
I can't see this being everybody's cup of tea because it is an 'in your face' type of scent and does have the potential to become a little bit headachey, but if you're after something super girly for the night time, this one is perfect.
I know that some people might think of this bottle as being a little tacky but I think it's so, so cute and would be proud to have it on my dressing table (which I really need to buy!).
Top Notes: Sweet wild berries, watermelon, tart raspberry.
Heart Notes: Jasmine petals, orange blossom, passion rose.
Base Notes: Crushed sugar, creamy woods, vanilla.
I bought Yardley's April Violets after searching for months to find the perfect Parma Violet scent. Prior to finding this, I'd actually resorted to using Parma Violet oil which was pretty messy to say the least so for me, April Violets was a God send.
I've always thought of Yardley as being a brand for older ladies and at just under the nine pounds mark, I wasn't expecting miracles, but this really is the perfect Parma Violet fragrance.
In all honesty, the lasting power of April Violets isn't fantastic and the other notes in the perfume don't make even a slight appearance, but this for me isn't at all a problem because the perfume is cheap enough to throw in my bag a spritz away through the day once it's worn off, and the fact that the only note that comes through is Parma Violet is just a bonus for me.
If you don't like Parma Violets, you're not going to like this, but if you do, it's heavenly.
Top Notes: Fresh green violet leaves, citrus, geranium.
Heart Notes: Parma violets, iris, jasmine, ylang, tuberose.
Base Notes: Vanilla, sweet powdery accords.
Diesel's Loverdose is a fragrance that I found in Abu Dhabi airport on the way out to Australia and it definitely perked me up in between flights. I returned home a month later and ordered it the day after I got back and it has since been one of my most worn fragrances.
The notes that really stand out to me in this one are liquorice and vanilla, but there is a real hint of fruit that comes through, which I'd say is the Mandarin.
It's a really fun, flirty (gosh, I don't like that word) fragrance, which I guess is what Diesel intended when creating this perfume; the bottle is supposed to be a dagger through a heart, described as "A weapon of seduction guaranteed to go straight to the heart."
This isn't a particularly grown up fragrance but it isn't a really young one either, it is lovely though and if you're looking for something sweet with a bit of something extra, then this is a good one to go for. It lasts all day and is quite strong without being overpowering.
Top notes: Mandarin, Star Anise.
Heart notes: Vanilla, Gardenia, Jasmine.
Base notes: Liquorice Liqueur, Woods, Amber.
Heart notes: Vanilla, Gardenia, Jasmine.
Base notes: Liquorice Liqueur, Woods, Amber.
Chloe Love is probably the most grown up of the fragrances I own. There's something about it that feels very vintage somehow. It's very elegant and feminine and the scent is very powdery. I feel like this would be a good one to buy for anyone from their late teens to their eighties, it really is beautiful.
Love is not a perfume for those who only like young, and very floral or fruity scents because it's very subtle in all it's notes but blended, they create something absolutely incredible.
The only note that I can definitively pick out is talc because that is what I think must be behind that lovely powdery smell, but there really is so much more to this fragrance than that.
I love this so much that I actually have a back up bottle at the ready.
Chloe's fragrances are never the cheapest but they are gorgeous, and with stunning, vintage style packaging to boot, you really do get what you pay for.
The wear time of Love is great, again, I can smell this on my skin when I wake up, after applying it the previous morning and I really do urge you to smell this if you ever get the chance because I could never do it justice with my terrible descriptions.
Top notes: Orange blossom, pink pepper.
Heart notes: Iris, lilac, hyacinth, wisteria.
Base notes: Musk, rice, talc.
Marc Jacobs Daisy is a pretty iconic perfume among beauty bloggers and with good reason. For starters, it's not all about the bottle with perfumes, but for Daisy, it kind of is. This wouldn't look out of place in a display cabinet because the bottle really is lovely.
The fragrance itself is just as lovely with strong floral notes to pack a serious punch, Daisy is the ultimate girly perfume. I personally can't smell any of the fruitier top notes in this and I don't get the base notes of musk or cedar either but that isn't by any means a bad thing because this makes Daisy a true floral scent.
The best way to describe this perfume would definitely be 'pretty'. It's one of those perfumes which would suit any floral fragrance lover perfectly.
Daisy lasts for a good few hours and is one of those fragrances that you keep catching on yourself, which I always really like in a perfume. If you can't smell it on yourself, why bother even wearing one?!
Top Notes: Grapefruit, rasberry, pear.
Heart Notes: Jasmine, rose, violet, lychee.
Base Notes: Musk, cedar, plum.
This one from Hugo Boss is probably the most fruity fragrance in my collection, but even then, it isn't hugely fruity.
It's more fruity but grown up than young and fruity. I think this is probably due to the base note of sandalwood. It just makes it sophisticated with a little bit of a difference.
The perfume is very subtle and I really like that about it because I find that sometimes a lot of fragrances can be a bit headachey.
This is one that I can smell on my coat if I've worn it the day before, or even a couple of days before, so even though it's subtle, it still has incredible lasting power.
I also really like this bottle, it's just different to any other perfume bottles out there and I love the orange tint to it.
This is a brilliant one for those who like fruity fragrances but want something a little more grown up than your average fruity scent.
Top Notes: Sweet apple.
Heart Notes: White flowers.
Base Notes: Vanilla, sandalwood.
Heart Notes: White flowers.
Base Notes: Vanilla, sandalwood.
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique is what I would describe as a floral-come-oriental fragrance. Don't let the bottle fool you, this was just a special edition summer bottle. I sort of wish I'd got the original bottle because it's a lot more classy and grown up but this one was on offer at the time and I thought it would have been silly to pay quite a lot more money for the same fragrance just because the bottle was a little different.
Anyway, this is another, quite grown up fragrance and when it dies down, it begins to smell a little similar to Chloe Love. I'd say that it's slightly less powdery than the Chloe Fragrance though, and a little sweeter.
With only three main notes, it's easy to pick out the top note of rose and the base note of vanilla. The orange blossom is where the similarities with Chloe Love come in.
This is another perfume that I discovered on my trip to Australia. They had Classique in one of the malls and I really wanted to get it then but decided to save my dollars for days out. That didn't stand in the way when I got home though, fortunately.
The lasting power of this isn't as great as the Chloe or Burberry perfumes, but it's still pretty impressive lasting almost all day.
Top notes: Rose.
Middle notes: Orange blossom.
Base notes: Vanilla.
Middle notes: Orange blossom.
Base notes: Vanilla.
So there you have it, my perfume collection minus two. As I mentioned earlier, I'm not the best at describing fragrances and writing this post start to finish has taken me four and a half hours. Now that's dedication. I'm always looking to expand my collection and so would love your recommendations, particularly for winter fragrances. I'm not a huge fan of cinnamon so it's a bit of a tricky mission for me, but if you do have any suggestions, please let me know. Also, do you own any of these fragrances, which are your favourites? And are there any that you like the sound of?