Wednesday, 21 August 2013

WANT LONG HAIR, FAST?: FAST SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER.


Fast Shampoo and Conditioner £24.99.

I don't know anyone that ever asks for a 'mid-length' haircut/style. Short, above or on the shoulder, yes. Super long, yes. But I have never heard anybody pining over mid-length hair. Celebrity hair styles are a whole different territory; who doesn't want Alexa Chung hair?! Exceptions aside though, I'm sure you all know what I mean.
So, like the majority of people in the mid-length hair category, I am, and have been for years, trying to grow my hair and whilst I have had mild success, the dream is soon over when it's time for that dreaded trim and my ends need a good chop taking me right back to square one plus about 3mm, nothing groundbreaking there then!
Recently though, I have been giving Nisim's FAST products a try and so far, so good. 
FAST is actually a pretty clever name for the Shampoo and Conditioner duo as it stands for Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy and It makes your hair grow fast- genius, hey?! 
The idea is that by using FAST shampoo and conditioner every day, your hair can grow up to 99% faster than it's normal  rate! Sounds promising if not a little too good to be true, but in all honesty, the rate of my hair growth has increased by a pretty hefty amount.
So, I've measured this since I went back blonde so I have root regrowth to check on and in seven weeks, my hair has grown around an inch and a half which compared to the average growth of half an inch per month, is not at all bad, especially as my hair grows much slower than that average normally.
I think it's also important to say that both the shampoo and conditioner are both really lovely too. They make my hair feel soft and strong and the shampoo, my goodness does that stuff froth up like crazy. 
Another great thing is that my hair is not coated or weighed down which, having fine hair, is such a bonus for me.
FAST's Shampoo and Conditioner pack is by no means cheap but if it's going to help me in my Rapunzel quest, I'm going to carry on using it.
What are your thoughts on FAST? Have you tried it?

Saturday, 17 August 2013

HEALGEL EYE.



HealGel Eye £32.00.*

I've previously spoken about the Face product from HealGel (here) and said at the end of that post that I was hoping to get the Eye product next and sure enough, the little blue bottle of genius became mine pretty soon after- is two days a little obsessive? Probably, but regardless HealGel Eye is just as amazing as HealGel Face and I would have been daft not to try it out too.
So, to catch you up if you didn't read my last HealGel post; HealGel products were developed by cosmetic surgeons and biochemists as well as a top secret actor and there are three products in the range- HealGel Intensive, HealGel Face and today's star, HealGel Eye.
HealGel Eye is formulated to lift, brighten and revive eyes by using an advance corrective formula. Like any other eye cream, you apply it around the eyes using a light dabbing motion with your ring finger to avoid dragging.
The product is a really lovely lightweight gel that sinks in seamlessly. It's not sticky or greasy and it smells really nice too!
I was well and truly ready to put the anti-puffiness aspect of HealGel Eye to the test after months of the nasty hayfever season and I can honestly say that I have noticed a difference already. The skin feels much less puffy and instead are much tighter.
Another result of hayfever and said puffy eyes, is dryness around the eye area and HealGel Eye has been my solution to this too. I think this may be down to the hyaluronic acid complex which is said to lock in moisture.
I absolutely love HealGel Eye and having tried two out of three products from HealGel, I can honestly say that the range as a whole is incredible. All of HealGel's promises are met and I will definitely be keeping these products in my life for a very long time. Plus, Pixiwoo have said in a video how much they love the HealGel range (here, at 2.50) and if it's good enough for Youtube's top makeup artists...

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

L'OREAL PROFESSIONNEL MYTHIC OIL.


L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil £13.95.

I feel like I've been posting about so many hair products recently but in all honesty, that's because I have been really getting into looking after my hair over the past few months. I have always looked after my hair but lately, I've really upped the anti in my efforts to grow it and with that has come the discovery of lots of new (to me) amazing products!
Without waffling on any more than I have already, I'll get on to today's subject- L'oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil.
Now, this was a bit of a 'I've heard so many great things about it, now I want to try it for myself' type buy but you know what, sometimes 'peer pressure' is a wonderful thing because since caving and buying myself this, I have been one very happy bunny.
The Mythic Oil is very lightweight and is easily absorbed by the hair meaning it doesn't leave hair feeling or looking at all tacky or greasy. It's also a lot thinner and more liquid-y than any other hair oils that I've used which I personally really like as I feel that it adds more texture to the hair somehow, which with super flat hair like mine, is a godsend!
The oil contains avocado and grape seed oil which are a lot of hair oils because of their beauty benefits, and promises five main results; deep nourishment- check. Intense shine-check. Suppleness of the hair-check! Easy blow-drying-check. And finally, long-lasting anti-frizz... check!
Ok, so on the deep nourishment front, my hair feels lovely and soft and silky and it lasts too, beyond the oil drying! 
Intense shine is pretty self explanatory, and the Mythic Oil does make my hair really shiny, which can be hard to achieve with blonde hair as opposed to darker hair.
Suppleness is a funny one, the word 'supple' is just not something that I'd ever associate with hair but I've taken supple to mean swishy and texturised, sorry if I'm wrong, but even if I am, this oil does that anyway.
Blow drying is made easier, somehow this oil makes my hair seem to dry a lot quicker than when I'm not using it, always a bonus- extra time in bed!
And finally, my hair is a mass of frizz at the moment because of this daft weather and this is definitely helpful in reducing that.
So, now I've gone through that little checklist, I'll go in to how I use my Mythic Oil; I like to use a couple of pumps through the ends when my hair is damp and then just one pump, rubbed into my hands and then ran through the ends again once dry to help add shine and texture and banish frizz.
I absolutely adore L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, more than Moroccan Oil in fact and will be continuing to use this in the future- particularly as the price point is so attractive.
Have you tried Mythic Oil?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

YUKO LOCK IN COLOR SHAMPOO & TREATMENT.


YUKO Lock in Color £12.50 each*.

YUKO is a Japanese haircare brand that was created in 1996 by salon owner Yuko, to meet the needs of not only her clients but thousands of women all around the world. The brand has since grown to boast a large range of products and usage in over 70,000 salons worldwide. Pretty impressive, hey?
So with these statistics in mind, I was expecting good things from YUKO and their Lock In Color Shampoo and Treatment which is specially formulated for coloured hair to help repair hair damaged by colour and to keep it in tip top condition.
Both the Lock In Color Shampoo and Treatment are designed for regular use and contain hydrolysed silk, UV filters and edelweiss (the little daisy-like plant, not the song from that old musical!).
The shampoo is designed to lock in colour and strengthen the hair and is aided by the treatment which is basically just a super intensive conditioner which is said to lock in colour, detangle and deeply moisturise.
The two combined are expected to leave hair soft, smooth and strong and I can honestly say that this claim is true! 
As you will know, I bang on about it enough, I recently went from having super dark hair back to blonde and while my blonde hair makes me feel all summery it is also a constant battle to keep it in good condition after all the trauma it has been through. Lucky for me YUKO seem to have created the perfect solution in the form of their Lock In Color Shampoo and Treatment.
First off, the Shampoo is really lovely. It lathers up really nicely and doesn't weigh my hair down at all. It leaves it feeling clean and strong and silky without feeling coated. The same can be reported for the Treatment; I like to slap a load of this on my hair, wait for a few minutes then rinse it off. It again leaves my hair feeling strong and silky. I think that the hydrolysed silk is to thank for this because my hair really does feel like silk! 
I cannot explain how great this duo are and how much good they appear to be doing for my hair. I really recommend YUKO's Lock In Color duo and would love to know if you are planning on trying out any of their products which can be read about here.

P.s, today is my blog's first Birthday! I just want to say a quick thank you for all of your support along the way and let you know that I will be doing a proper post to acknowledge this within the next few days. Thank you again, and lots of love!  

Saturday, 10 August 2013

CLYNOL REPAIR CARESS SPLIT ENDS REPAIR FLUID.


Clynol Repair Caress Split Ends Repair Fluid £7.28.*

I've been saving posting about this baby for a special occasion so I hope you're all ready for this little wonder product from Clynol.
Clynol Repair Caress Split Ends Repair Fluid is, much like the Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Cream (which I spoke about here), a cream that you apply to the ends of damp or dry hair which then seals them preventing further split ends and hiding the appearance of already existing ones. Now, as you can tell from my review, I absolutely love the Herbal Essences one, but this one from Clynol is in a league of it's own!
The Split Ends Repair Fluid makes my ends feel like silk, not just soft, like actual silk.
It contains macadamia oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, marula oil, sesame oil and argan oil! So to sum up, a whole load of oils but a whole load of very beneficial oils. They 'heal' split ends making them appear smoother and less brittle/frazzled, to the point you can't see them at all, and protect from further split ends too! And that's exactly what this little tube from Clynol does- protecting hair fibres and cuticles on it's journey.
Now we've established that it's amazing(!!) I would also like to tell you how good it smells. It reminds me of something I've smelled before but can't quite put my finger on. It could be a sun cream, I'm probably wrong but if I figure it out, I'll be sure to let you know. Either way, it's delicious.
Another great thing is that you only need to use a tiny amount each time to this 75ml tube could well last you months.
I personally like to use the Repair Caress Split Ends Repair Fluid on damp hair and then leave it to dry naturally but have tried it on dry hair too and it works just as well that way.
I love this little tube and for it's really cheap price on Hairtrade.com, I will definitely be repurchasing. Will you be giving Clynol's Repair Caress Split Ends Repair Fluid a try?

Friday, 9 August 2013

FASHIONISTA CUSTOM BLUSH PALETTE.



 Blushes £4.00 each.

I saw a few of these custom palettes from FashionistA floating around the blogging world a few months back now, when they were first introduced and was always intrigued but never took the plunge of buying one for myself, so when I was browsing the Superdrug website recently and spotted they were on offer, I decided to take full advantage and fill up my very own little blush palette.
Each blush comes in it's own little pot which you can either keep singularly or depot and slot into the custom palette. The blushes just click out of their single pots and straight in to the four piece palette really easily with no mess or fuss. I was really chuffed with this because there's nothing worse than having to fight to depot something! The palette itself is £5.00 and the blushes, £4.00 each which is pretty pleasing too, especially for the quality of these blushes which I'll get on to in a minute.
I chose my four shades, which I must say aren't all that true to Superdrug's online swatches, but I like them even more than aforementioned swatches anyway so I was a super happy bunny when opening them. The shades I went for are Amber Glow (bottom right).
Juicy Apricot (first swatch) is a gorgeous true peach colour with a tiny hint of shimmer and is my favourite of the bunch. 
Blushing Coral (second swatch) is the arguably the brightest shade out of my picks and is a matte, coral shade. 
Rose Glow (third swatch) is much paler than Blushing Coral and is much more of a matte Barbie pink than a coral. This is probably the most subtle of the four once applied and the pigmentation is slightly weaker than the rest but is able to meet the same intensity if built up.
Finally, Amber Glow (last swatch) is a gorgeous shimmery peachy/coral shade. It has much more coral to it than Juicy Apricot and is a deeper shade. The shimmer in this one is much more obvious than in Juicy Apricot too, and this one is more of a 'night time' blush for me.
All four shades are absolutely beautiful and the handy palette means that I am able to easily carry about four shades that will have me set for any potential occasions I may need a blush for. The pigmentation of the powders is incredible and they each stay put for the full day without any colour fade. They feel lovely and silky and are just absolutely lovely to use. 
I don't think you can go wrong with the FashionistA Custom Blush Palette and I will definitely be choosing four more shades to go in my next custom palette- they also do some bronzers which fit so I may add a couple of those to my collection too.
Will you be giving FashionistA a look in?

Thursday, 8 August 2013

HERBAL ESSENCES BEAUTIFUL ENDS CREAM.

 
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As you will all know (if you've been reading my blog for over a month or have at least looked back through some older posts) I recently went back blonde after having almost black hair- part three of that post will be coming soon, I promise. Now, in this process, naturally my ends became a little drier than normal, multiple rounds of bleach are no one's friend.
I hate, hate, hate dry ends on blonde hair. I think it just makes hair look like plastic dolls hair that's got all tangled and matted over the years, I hope you're following me here, so after a good trim, I set out to deal with the remainder of my dry ends and this little red bottle has been a godsend.
Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split End Protection Cream, to give it it's full name, is applied to damp or dry hair at the ends and helps to keep ends soft and split ends at bay and I have to admit, it really does! My ends feel soft and hair-like, not remotely like straw and they smell delicious. Red Raspberry and Silk is my favourite Herbal Essences product in terms of smell which is a good job because the gorgeous smell hands around for a while, I love it!
I will continue to repurchase this until the discontinue it, (please never discontinue it Herbal Essences) because five pounds for keeping your hair beautiful is such a teeny price to pay! Have you tried the Beautiful Ends Cream yet?

PANASONIC LUMIX G6.

As a blogger, I am always trying to better my blog whether that be by means of altering the layout, improving content and in relation to today's post, taking better pictures.
I'll be the first to hold me hands up and say I am pretty much clueless when it comes to cameras. I love the look of the big, fancy DSLR set ups but have yet to invest for fear it would be wasted on me and my lack of knowledge, however, after doing some research into the Panasonic  LUMIX G6, I am feeling much more confident that I could get to grips with a piece of such fancy kit, and am now seriously considering investing in one of these said  LUMIX G6 cameras.
Now, I thought that seen as though, prior to reading up on a few cameras I had no clue where to even start when considering buying one, that there must be other people in the same boat and me being super nice and all, decided to share my new found knowledge on the  LUMIX G6 with you all.
So, Panasonic have recently launched three campaign videos to help potential customers to get to grips a little bit with their new camera and have titled the videos, FASTER, CLOSER and SMARTER. Before I start waffling on even more, I'll add those little clips so you can see for yourself what this camera is capable of and why it is now at the top of my wishlist!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

HEALGEL FACE.


HealGel is a brand that I was previously unfamiliar with but after being filled in on all the gossip surrounding the brand (mystery famous actor who helped pioneer HealGel products, I'm talking about you!) I knew it was something that I had to try for myself.
HealGel was developed between said actor, cosmetic surgeons and dermatological biochemists so with that combined with super cute packaging, I was expecting fantastic things and quiet rightly so.
The benefits and application methods can be seen on the bottle but I'll waffle on about them in my usual fashion anyway.
 HealGel Face was created to be an anti-ageing formula boasting firmer, smoother and rejuvenated skin, and if that wasn't impressive enough, HealGel Face also boasts the inclusion of Omega Oils which help to rehydrate skin and restore it's elasticity. And if you still weren't sold, HealGel Face also contains a three part hyaluronic acid complex which basically plumps and tightens skin resulting in a mild non-cosmetic face lift (yes, really!).
The gel itself is lovely to apply. I love gel based products anyway so this element was always going to be a winner with me. It just sinks in to the skin immediately leaving no sticky or greasy trace and you're good to go on the makeup application front straight away.
I also love the smell of this, it smells herbally on application so you feel like you're having your own little home facial, and you could also pass as having one on an appearance basis too. After using this gel every morning after cleansing and toning, I do see a difference in my skin- it looks brighter and really fresh and I'd actually say 'plumped'.
I really cannot fault this product, which by the way, will last for such a long time as a little of this gel goes a really, really long way and I'm now eager to try HealGel Eye which sounds just as amazing!
Do have a look at HealGel, website here, and have a little read up on their products. If you do try them, be sure to let me know if you love them as much as I love the HealGel Face!



Sunday, 4 August 2013

CLAYSPRAY GLOW RED CLAY MASQUE.



I love a good clay mask but this offering from Clayspray is in a whole other league so I thought I'd be super nice and share my thoughts and experiences of the GLOW Red Clay Masque with you.
Clayspray has a range of three white clays, three red and two H2O sprays, each boasting different skin benefits.
The masque that I have claims to add a boost of radiance to dull skin with the help of iron, thought to activate circulation, silica to boost collagen and cocao which is packed full of anti-oxidants to rejuvenate cells. Cocao is also thought to neutralise the damaging effect of those nasty free radicals that are floating around everywhere these days.
It also claims to exfoliate an restore the skin's surface to leave your complexion looking nice and healthy, and of course, the word 'glowing' would have to be in there somewhere.
So, first things to note is that this clay is not actually a spray. Strange, hey? I don't know what I was expecting. Quite clearly, clay is too thick to be a spray but being naïve, I was still sort of expecting it to come out in a mist. That said, I'm glad it doesn't because runny clay has the potential to get super messy! So, misunderstandings aside, the Clayspray is actually a thick clay that is pumped out. It is brown, or red, and it smells like chocolate. The first time I tried it, I'd been baking and had been covered in chocolate fondant so I thought the smell was just some of that left over in the back of my hair or something but I was very pleasantly surprised the next time when I used it and got a lovely chocolaty whiff again, so good!
To use this, you splash your face with water, apply the clay, let it dry (I usually get in the bath and have a serious relaxing session, hair mask and all), then rinse it off.
And the result? Lovely, clear, glowing skin. Although the Glow Red Clay Masque doesn't actually contain exfoliating beads, it does give your skin a good exfoliate, leaving it blackhead free!
I absolutely love Clayspray's Glow Red Clay Masque and although it's a little pricey a little goes a long way because of the clay being so thick and it feels so luxurious and gives such great results that I will one hundred per cent say that this is, for me, worth the money!
Will you be giving any of Clayspray's products a try? You can see the whole range, feelunique.


Saturday, 3 August 2013

YARDLEY LONDON APRIL VIOLETS EDT: AKA LIQUID PARMA VIOLETS.


Yardley London April Violets £9.99.

LIFE LESSON #1- How to smell like a sweet shop.
My search for the perfect scent may be over. As I'm sure you all know, and if you don't where have you been?!, the smell of parma violets is one of my absolute favourites. I have been trying to hunt down a parma violet perfume for what seems like an age now and I had been using parma violet oil. It was sticky and made my hair tangley when it touched my neck but it was a small price to pay to smell like those little purple disks, however, I now no longer have to sacrifice ratty hair because after Googling 'perfumes that smell like parma violets' and buying a couple of them only to find that they didn't smell remotely like them, I finally decided to try one that cropped up only once, Yardley's April Violets.
It has top notes of geranium and citrus fruits, base notes of warm vanilla and heart notes of iris, jasmine, ylang, tuberose and last but certainly not least- parma violets!
I'll be honest, I don't get any citrus, at all but then, that's not what I wanted from this perfume. I do get almost pure parma violets, maybe a little geranium but nothing too overpowering of the parma violets. 
I am a very happy girl and well many probably find the sickly sweet smell too much, I can't get enough so if you too would like to smell like a human sized parma violet, definitely check out Yardley's. They also have this on special offer at the moment for £6.99 here. Will you be giving this scent a go over the summer months- if so, a warning, butterflies do seem to be attracted to me now...


Friday, 2 August 2013

A SUMMER BEAUTY WISHLIST AND AN INTRODUCTION TO SHOPCADE.


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Today I'm going to talk to you about a new favourite of mine, an App- Shopcade.
Now, I know I said it was different to my outfit posts and it is, but old habits die hard in the clothes department because this is a shopping app.
Basically, the app (which you can also use online, as in regular online- laptop and computer online) is one site with all the brands you could ever imagine at your fingertips. I don't know about you but for me, there is nothing more tedious than having a thousand different windows/tabs open at once trying to find your perfect outfit for whatever occasion from a whole bunch of different sites, so this is a real winner for me being both easily confused and a little bit lazy but then again, why complicate things when you don't have to hey?
So, you join up to Shopcade and can shop all the brands you like directly from their site; urg, I am seriously starting to sound like a cheesy advert now- disclaimer time- this is not a sponsored post, I am not affiliated with Shopcade... back on track; as well as being able to create wishlists, and get social by following not only brands for updates on latest items, discounts and deals, but also other members so that you can see what they're after too if you need a bit of inspiration.
Andddd, the best bit?! You earn points for all of this following/wishlist business which you can then spend!
I don't know about you but I am super excited about the whole thing and I'm already completely addicted. Will you be having a nosey at Shopcade (website here)?

The Shopcade website can be found here.