Sunday, 29 November 2015

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE | HAIRDRESSER'S INVISIBLE OIL SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Honestly, I do not spend a lot on shampoo and conditioner. I know what I like and I know what my hair needs/likes too. However, when I first saw the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil range in SpaceNK, I must admit, I was intrigued. Whilst my hair is relatively healthy, it is dry and it often can be a little knotty. 

The Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo and conditioner, is infused with six different feather-light oils which helps to transform your hair. With a whipped like consistency, it is said to make your hair softer, smoother, silkier and helps to detangle your hair, whilst also taming frizz along with protecting against breakage (from heat and UV radiation). I have been using this all week, and I can officially say that my hair feels so much more softer and silkier (without it feeling greasy). I can manage my hair a lot easier now too, as it is less tangled. As it does contain six different oils, my hair is also less frizzy but it does not feel weighed down, which is a huge plus!

Another huge plus, is that is smells amazing! It smells fruity/tropical and sweet, but not too sweet that your hair smells like a sweet shop. A downside is the price, for a full size bottle (250ml) it is £23! Although, if you are interested then you can pick up a smaller bottle (60ml) for £7.50.That being said, I use this probably once a week, although I may have to invest in the conditioner but it has worked wonders on the ends of my hair. 

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo // £7.50 (60ml) / £23.00 (250ml)

Sunday, 22 November 2015

WORTH IT: LASH PRIMERS

If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be into using eyelash primers, I would have been really confused. Eyelash primers? What are those?? Eyelash primers are said to help thicken, lengthen and condition your lashes. Whilst there are a few on the market, I thought I would give you a run down on the three, which I currently have.

First up is the Urban Decay Subversion primer, which is a typical eyelash primer in the sense that it is white. However it has a whipped-like texture, which I have found helps to still keep my eyelashes soft before I apply my mascara. It adds volume to my lashes and as it contains pantheon and vitamin E, it moisturises and thickens your lashes. The wand is a little different to any other mascara wands I've seen, as it is flat on one side, which actually helps to grip the lashes.
The Estée Lauder Little Black Primer, is definitely different to any eyelash primer because it is in fact black, which is great because you can then use it on it's own. You can wear it in three different ways, the first is to simply tint you lashes. The curved wand provides colour and lift to your lashes, which is great for an everyday basis. Secondly, it can amplify your eyelashes. As it is a primer it provides volume, lift and length, which is perfect for a night out. Lastly, it sets your eyelashes because as it is water resistant, it helps to reduce smudging and flaking.
Lastly, the new mascara primer which has yet to come on the market (it will be released on 26th December) is the Benefit They're Real tinted primer. It is a mink-brown primer which gives a natural look to your lashes. It has the same wand as the original They're Real mascara, which has the ball tip to help grip those smaller lashes. As it is tinted, it provides some colour to your lashes whilst also defining your eyelashes for a feathery look. Again, you can wear this alone for a softer look or you can wear it under your mascara for an extra boost and separation. It is water resistant, which I expect no less as the original They're Real mascara can sometimes be a pain to remove.

I have used the Urban Decay Subversion primer, which is the cheapest from the bunch, for the last couple of months and I can see a difference in my eyelashes. I have noticed that my eyelashes do not fall out as often and I feel as if they have even grown a little! Also, as it is white, it does not make my eyelashes turn grey after applying mascara - I was really surprised with this! The Estée Lauder Little Black primer is definitely one for adding extra volume to your lashes. It makes them look so thick!

Using lash primers definitely does make a difference to your lashes. Whilst it adds length and volume, it does not make my lashes look clumpy and as if I have applied a ton of mascara. So, are they worth it? Yes, if you have sparse looking lashes (like I do!) and want an extra boost. I have yet to use the Benefit They're Real tinted primer, but I will write a whole dedicated post to this to see if it really 'worth it'.

Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer // £18.50

Thursday, 19 November 2015

CT | THE GIFT OF RED CARPET SKIN TRAVEL KIT

If you follow me on Twitter, then you will know that I have been waiting for the Charlotte Tilbury Christmas gift sets since July! Gift sets are a great way to try different products from the brand without paying an arm and a leg. So when I saw the Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Red Carpet Skin Travel Kit, I knew that I instantly had to have it. 
The set contains all mini sizes (15ml), which like I said is a great way to try a handful of products from the entire brand. Especially as Charlotte Tilbury's skincare range is not exactly affordable. The one product that I was excited to try is the Magic Cream. When I picked up the Magic foundation, I tried the Magic Cream on the back of my hand and I instantly saw results. My skin was plumper and it felt soft for the whole day. As it is £70, I could not justify buying the full size, so this mini will have to do for now. It contains a secret fusion of anti-ageing ingredients to instantly turnaround dull, ageing and lack lustre skin.

Also in the set, contains Wonderglow, which adds radiance and luminosity to help transform sleep-deprived skin in seconds. The Supermodel Body tube, is very similar. It contains incredible 'slimmer-shimmer' which sculpts and highlights your contours. It is described as 'body confidence in a bottle'. Another product that I am excited to try is the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, which is packed with bio-nymph, mediterranean clay and sweet almond oil, helps to lift, smooth, brighten and tighten pores for 'baby skin'. Anything which helps to brighten my skin, I am all for!

The Multi-Miracle Glow, is a 3-in-1 cleanser, mask and balm. It contains both Sea Buckthorn seed oil and Cranberry seed oil, which are anti-oxidants that help to moisturise the skin. Along with rose hip and camellia oil to help delay the signs of ageing, and vitamins A, C and E to brighten your complexion. I am actually really interested to see how this works as both a cleanser and a balm. The last product in the gift set is the Take It All Off dual phase make up remover. I really like dual phase make up removers as I find that they are the most effective when removing waterproof make up. After hearing a lot about this two-toned cleanser, I am interested to see what the hype is about.

Overall, I am glad I picked this gift set up and it is a great present to give someone for Christmas too! I think I might pick up a few other CT gift sets, as this year they are really just amazing! Have you picked up any Christmas gift sets yet?


Monday, 16 November 2015

AUTUMN/WINTER PERFUME PICKS | 2015

It's officially starting to feel like Autumn/Winter, and what better way to get in the mood for the colder season than changing your perfume. I am one who changes her perfume according to what I'm wearing, where I am going and what time of year it is. I know it may seem like a lot to consider/time consuming, but it honestly it isn't. I can remember what each of my perfumes smell like and I would class that as a skill, considering I have a lot!
My first pick is the new Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP, this is such a unique smelling perfume which is perfume for the evening. I have dedicated a whole separate post to this aesthetically pleasing perfume, if you wish to read it more in detail. Another perfume, which is perfect for the evening but is a lot cheaper in price is Zara Oriental perfume. Zara is definitely not a place where I go to buy a perfume but when I was standing in the queue, I came across a huge display of them and this is one which stood out to me. Again, I have dedicated a whole separate post for this perfume.
Another new perfume I brought this year was the new Stella by Stella McCartney EDT. This is a twist to the original Stella EDP, but it is a little bit more fresher. Perfect to wear during the day as it is a lot lighter than the original, plus the bottle just looks so pretty. I do have a separate post for this perfume if you want to read about it in a little more detail. A perfume which I was given for Christmas last year, is the Jimmy Choo FLASH perfume. With hints of tangerine, strawberry and even pink pepper, it is definitely a unique scent. I would say that this is very floral considering the heart notes are white flowers and tuberose, however as the base note is powdery woody, it is great for the colder months. I normally wear this when I am going out because it lasts on the skin for ages. 

In fact, all of these perfumes last on the skin for ages which is great because if I am going to buy a perfume, I want it to last as long as possible. What is your go to perfume for the colder months?

Zara Oriental // £7.99

Friday, 13 November 2015

THE BATTLE OF THE CLEANSING OILS..

If you caught my Monthly Buys #2 post, then you would know that I have been obsessed with cleansing oils. I have a handful in my collection and I thought it would be interesting to give a little review on each one.
First up is the Nude Perfect Cleanse nourishing cleansing oil. This is probably the most expensive from the bunch. It is an omega rich oil cleanser for both the face and the eyes. As it is packed with both Omega 3 and 6, it leaves the skin feeling cleaner, softer and supple. I tend to use this when I first wake up in the morning, as I find it is much more efficient that way, since I am not wasting product by getting rid of make up. The Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing oil, is probably the best at removing make up. By applying this on dry skin, it really works at getting rid of both face and eye make up. It has a cooling sensation, which is subtle, and it does not leave a greasy residue on the skin either! Unfortunately, Boscia is not available in the UK but if I was to ever go back to the US, then I will definitely pick this up again.
The Superfacialist Vitamin C+ cleansing oil, is a new product for me. I picked this up a few weeks ago and I really like it. It makes my skin feel a lot softer and it gets rid of both face and eye make up like no other. It is very gentle on the skin and it does not make my eyes sting either. As it contains Vitamin C, it does help to brighten the skin. Another newer cleansing oil is the BareMinerals Mineralixirs facial cleansing oil. I picked this up at the beginning of October and it works wonders at removing waterproof mascara. I have been wearing Benefit They're Real mascara and this helps to break it down without tugging on my eyes. It is infused with a blend of plant-derived oils and a skin-enhancing mineral complex, which helps to dissolve makeup, dirt and grime, whilst conditioning and nourishing the skin for a healthy-looking complexion.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

MONTHLY BUYS #2

If you didn't catch my first Monthly Buys, then I have decided to start a new little series here on my blog where I show you all the items I have brought in the past month. It's a great way to give a little review of the product without dedicating a whole separate post. Plus, it is a great way (for me atleast) to keep an eye on what I am buying - AKA do I really need it?
I have recently have been obsessed with cleansing oils. As I have dry skin, cleansing oils are the best way to cleanse my skin without stripping/irritating it. I first picked up the BareMinerals Mineralixirs facial cleansing oil earlier this month, and I have been using it everyday since. I have barely made a dent in it as a little goes a long way. It removes waterproof mascara like a dream. The second cleansing oil I picked up is by the Super Facialist by Una Brennan cleansing oil. I have yet to try this but I have heard great things about it.
For make up this year, I finally brought the Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach. My dark circles are pretty prominent and sometimes when I apply concealer, it can look a little grey. So when I was near a Bobbi Brown counter, I asked if I could get tested. Instantly I could see a difference and after a few hours, it still looked the same so I brought it. I have used it and I can really see a difference with my under eye area. It looks a lot brighter and it makes you look more awake. It does not crease on me, which I know many have had a problem with.
Going back to skincare, I finally picked up Hydraluron this month. Again, I have yet to try this but after hearing a lot of great things from other people, I am excited to use it. It supposedly helps with the level of moisturise in your skin and as I have dry skin, I am interested to see how much of a difference it will make. Another moisturising product I picked up, is The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting moisturiser. As it has gone colder, my skin has taken a huge toll. It can look a little dull and when I saw that The Body Shop released a moisturiser especially for dull looking skin, I picked it up. I have used it and whilst I can see a difference, I think it broke me out - which sucks!

It does not feel heavy on the skin at all, in fact it is pretty light on the skin and it does have a strong citrus scent, but this dies down after a while. I haven't tried this since but I will definitely check back to see if it was this that broke me out. What have you picked up this month?

Saturday, 7 November 2015

THE ROUND UP | OCTOBER 2015

This month was a month of rediscoveries for me. I am making it a point of going through my entire stash and start to use up products. One which I have been using for the last couple of weeks is the Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream for dry hair. I did mention this earlier on in the year, in my Haircare 101 post. It is one of my favourite hair products. The only way I can describe this, is that it is like a leave in conditioner but without the sticky residue. It leaves the hair looking and feeling softer, plus I have noticed that my hair is a lot less brittle and frizzy. A definite must for the colder months. 
 Another must for the colder months is the Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask. This is seriously my favourite hydrating mask. It makes such a difference on the skin which you can visibly see. Any dry or flakey patches are practically gone overnight and my skin feels and looks a lot more hydrated. If you suffer from dry skin, then you need this!
I have been using the Tarte Amazonian clay blush in the shade Exposed all month. It is a perfect everyday blush which can go with any make up look, in fact I mentioned my favourite nude blushes here. It is incredibly pigmented and lasts for ages on the skin. There have been two lip products that I have been using this month, in conjunction with another. The first being the NARS lip pencil in the shade Rikugien, which is a soft muted rosey pink. The other being the Bite Beauty Lush Fruit lipgloss in the shade Currant, which is a sheer plum. Separately these both look great on the lips, but when applied together they are amazing. It feels very comfortable on the lips and it lasts for a pretty long time too. As they are both neutral, I find that I can reapply throughout the day without needing a mirror.

For nails, I have been wearing Essie Shearling Darling all month. It is the perfect true dark red shade, which is perfect for this time of year. I mentioned this and others in my A/W Nail Picks. A rediscovering for me this month is the Formula X top coat. This has now become my all time favourite top coat ever. It even beats Seche Vite! It makes my manicure last for days without chipping and it remains glossy for days too! The only disadvantage is that Formula X is not available in the UK, so I have no idea what I am going to do when I have finished the bottle!

What have you been loving this month? 

NARS lip pencil // £19
Essie nail polish // £7.99
Formula X top coat // $10.50

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

THE BATTLE OF THE SPOT TREATMENTS....

The one thing I have tried a lot of, are spot treatments. I have tried a few from the cheapest on the market, to the more expensive and even prescribed/over the counter like PanOxyl
I have started to get a few pesky breakouts over the last couple of weeks so I thought it would be interesting to show you all my current stash. First up is LUSH Grease Lightning, which is more natural compared to others. It is infused with rosemary, thyme and tree tree, which are antibacterial and antiseptic. It also contains witch hazel, which helps to soothe redness and reduces the inflammation. This is a clear gel and it does not dry my skin out at all, I normally use this when I first can feel the break out as I find it is much more effective then. 
One which I do not know how I feel about is the Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel. This is the most expensive from the bunch and it actually pretty small. It contains Salicylic Acid, which helps to fight against breakouts. I have not really given this a go because I normally reach for other treatments so I cannot give a decent review on it, but I do like it. On the other hand, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is one of my favourites. It also contains Salicylic Acid and unlike any other spot treatment I have tried, this is has two separate layers. There is a pink sediment which is actually calamine, and you simply dip a cotton bud into the product and then dab it on your break out. I apply this at night, or if I know I am going to be at home all day, because it does look like you have a case of chicken pox - haha! 
On the cheaper side of the spectrum, I have two. The first being the Freederm Fast Track Spot Gel, which is specially formulated by skin experts. It claims it reduces the size and redness within 3 hours, and whilst I do like this. I prefer my OG Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Control Treatment Gel. I have been using this for over 10 years, and it is my go to. It also contains Salicylic Acid, which helps to quickly fight bacteria, rebalances the level of oil and purifies the skin without drying it out.

I have repurchased this a number of times and if I had to choose just one spot treatment, this would be it. What are your favourite spot treatments?