Friday, 23 November 2012

No more Blogging? Only joking!

Hi guys :)

Only a quick one today, i just wanted to explain my absence. Ive so inundated with uni work and real work at the moment im finding it really hard to do everything, and at the end of the day uni is my priority. I will be back :) Probably near mid decemeber as thats when everything cools down. So i hope you stay with me as im planning a little giveaway when i return!

I hope you understand!


Friday, 9 November 2012

Lush Love Lettuce

So I recently finished my Lush Brazened Honey face mask which I can honestly say I loved. It soaked up the oils in my skin, left it soft and clean but more importantly I feel as though it really helped clear my skin up.
Although I loved it, im the type of girl that will keep trying things, so I popped back into Lush and had another look at their face mask selection. I came out with this. Love Lettuce. Once again this needs to be kept in the fridge as it is a fresh mask full of Seaweed, Honey, Natural Oils and Fullers Earth Deep.

They say ‘First we make a seaweed gel using agar, then we add honey and almond oil to soften and moisturise the skin. Kaolin and fullers earth deep clean, absorb grease and debris and tighten the skin. Finally there are ground almonds and ground almond shells, so that when you come to wash this off with water, you can work it over your face for a few minutes to exfoliate away dead skin.  Simply fragranced with 100 percent pure French lavender, to balance the skin’s sebum production. Ground almond shells are a good natural exfoliant. They are rough enough to give a good scrub, but soft enough not to damage the skin. Every skin is different, and you decide how much pressure to use and how long to scrub for’
So this product is full of natural ingredients, although evidently this is a clay based mask as Fullers Earth is, in simple terms, a sort of clay mixture. I think you can see this in the texture which is different to BH as its a lot thicker and stiffer. Clay masks always work for me as I have stupidly oily skin and clay is known to help control oil levels. The Seaweed makes it a deep green colour and adds to the scent of the product.
Firstly the smell of this is amazing. Now I normally hate the smell of lavender and it gives me huge headaches, but this stuff doesn’t. Probably because, as with most of the Lush products I’ve found the scents are never quite how they describe them. I would say that Love Lettuce is a sweet clean smell with just a hint of floral (lavender) fragrance. I think this smells so nice and clean that I really like putting it on, not quite as sickly as Branzed Honey although because of the honey in it still has that sweet scent, so a bit more refreshing and cleansing more me. It really relaxes me too which is nice.
I pop this on in a reasonably thick layer about 3 times a week as it promises to brighten and clean your skin, something that in winter I find especially important as it gets dull. Leave this for 10-15 mins and then wash off, normally in the shower. Once again something I was excited to see in this face mask is the crushed almonds which work as an exfoliator for the skin when you’re washing it off, which I like as after some face masks I feel as though I need to use a cleanser t get off any residue. Instead just leaving my skin soft and clean, as i would expect from Lush. Love Lettuce doesn’t leave any residue though, just squeaky clean skin.
I think if you have dry skin this may dry you out slightly as I find it really help matte my face and suck up any excess oil. But for us oily girls this is perfect and has continues to help clear my face like other great Lush products.
Have you tried Love Lettuce? Whats your favourite face mask from Lush?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Hair Extensions Series. Part 1- Basics

Welcome to the first of my hair extensions 101. I want to be able to share with you by little know hows and experiences on hair extensions. Before I start on the good stuff I just want to clear up any basics for newbies or those who may not be too sure on the who hair extension things.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Bargain Skin Care 3: Superdrug Simply Pure Refreshing Toner

Another section of my bargain skincare regime! So Toner is something fairly new I’ve put into my skincare regime. I’ve never really understood it as I thought it was always just to close the pores, in which case I though why don’t I just use water?? However after doing abit more research I found out they are actually to restore the PH balance of your skin after cleansing, allowing the skin to not regenerate and heal faster as it isn’t spending time trying to make itself right again.

This one was only around £2-£3 in Superdrug (where I went on my little haul) I just picked up the one for sensitive skin as I didn’t really know what to expect. I use this with little cotton pads after ive washed my face, just wipe them around and wait to dry before applying anything else.

I will say this smells really nice. Nice and clean and fresh and slightly sweet which I like, as the ones I’ve tried before have had a slight alcohol smell and because of this stung, which really put me off. This one doesn’t sting, instead feels slightly cooling and tightening on my skin which isn’t uncomfortable and leaves my skin feeling clean. I think it basically does everything a toner is meant to, but for cheap. It says it has added vitamins in it, but with every cheaper product im dubious as to what it actually has. I’ve been using this for around a month now and still have loads left and my skin has cleared up slightly, but this could be because of other things ive been doing and paying more attention to it.

I like the fact it is free from paraben's as its less stuff going onto my skin, but its really not fragrance free which could irritated some skin types, although mine does get fairly irritated and this really calmed things down. 

 I have upgraded slightly since buying this (review coming soon), not because I dislike this product, but just because I don’t feel it has done anything special. It just helped me clean my face, which is nice but it would be nice if it did something else. I think this is a great product to buy if you just want to get into skincare or want a cheap fix as it cleans you face and leaves you refreshed. Its not exactly a luxury feel good item, but for £2 I would buy it again if need be.

What do you think? Whats your fave toner?

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Maybelline Colour Sensational- Rose Pearl

Once again with the Lipsticks! I know, however in my defence I haven’t just bought this, I got it reduced in boots for £1. So how could I resist?

Maybelline is one of my favourite drug store make up brands as everything feels high quality and well worth the money. This lipstick is no different.  Rose Pearl is an iridescent pink colour, with specks of shimmer that comes off almost a peachy/pink. It’s quite sheer so isn’t the boldest of lips, but great for popping on the lips on the go, as you don’t really need a mirror with it. It doesn’t give the greatest colour pay off which for some I can see being annoying, but as I like fairly nude plain lips with dark eyes this is what im after in most everyday lipsticks. The packaging isnt the nicest as it does feel abit cheap and plastic but i did only pay a pound so I cant really moan. This is lipstick I shove in my handbag for everyday!

What's your go to lipstick?

Monday, 5 November 2012

W7 Africa

Helllloo :) 

I got this of BBS, Beauty Box Swaps in a recent swap I did. It’s a W7 Bronzing Powder in Africa. Of course you can tell just by the look of it that it’s a copy of the benefit box blushes, of course so much cheaper!

It says ‘Go wild with this W7 Multi bronzing face powder, lightly brush on for that all year round summer look’

It’s a gorgeous leopard print mix of pink, dark brown and shimmer light brown. It’s such a nice colour, not very pigmented but for me, being pale, it works great! Really easy to use for a simple contour shade. I don’t think this would work very well on darker skin tones though as it takes a lot to build up the colour  and could look cakey. For me though it only takes a few swipes to build up a glossy shimmery bronzed look. Perfect for everyday quick wear. I’ve also used this on my finger to swipe over my eyelids when I’ve been going out and haven’t had any eye shadow. It gives a great shimmer and you can use the darker shade on the crease. A two in one product!

I also love the packaging to this, as although it feels a bit cheap the leopard print insert is just perfect and allows you to practically get all the colours on the brush at once. All in all I really like this product, however W7 is quite hard to find where I live so if im after repurchasing this I would be on a trek, although saying that all the other W7 blush boxes ive had have lasted for ages so I don’t think I have to worry too much!

Have you tired W7? What do you think of cheaper beauty products?

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Bargain Skincare 2: Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance EyeCream

Helllo loves,

Once again im new to skin care and this is another part of my back to basic bargain skincare posts. But and eyecream was something i wanted to include as im starting to get a bit paranoid about wrinkles!
This is the Vitamin E Superdrug Radiance Eye cream. It’s around £2.50 for this tube which is a bargain for an eye cream as they all seem to be so expensive. Its super rich and creamy and leaves my under eyes looking fresh and helps to avoid my make up creasing into my skin or going that weird consistency under the eyes. I hope you know what I mean!

This has really helped my undereye areas seem fresher and more moisturized and it has SPF 25 which is great. I usually use this after toning morning and night to ensure they are protected. I’ve only ever used 2 other eyecream the Clinique all about eyes and an Avon one, honestly to me, they all seem to do the same thing? I do, however, like the added vitamins in this as i feel they are doing some good to my skin and eye area. I apply a tiny bit of this using my ring finger on the dark circle area and eyelid to help brighten and nourish. I also think the 'Radiance' bit is true as my eyes really do look brighter and more awake after this, but that could just be the cooling or moisturizing effect. 

 For me the thing with skincare is its personal and everyone has different tastes and preference. Once again I will probably step up this product to a more expensive once if I get the money to spare but for now its perfect. Soft, creamy and nourishing, everything and eye cream should be. As I am getting slightly more into skincare I feel this will be something I upgrade as Eye Care is important to me, but for now its perfect!

Have you tired this? Whats your favourite eyecream?

Friday, 2 November 2012

Enrapture Encode Totem System

(natural hair and extensions)

(using the totem system on 1-1-1)

Hi loves :)

So im probably a bit late on the bandwagon for this one but nevertheless Im going to do a quick review of it. If you follow my blog you’ll know im the type of girl that loves curly hair. I don’t tend to wear straight hair that often as it feels flat and limp against my face. Plus I like big hair otherwise my make up tends to look awkward as I do the big eyelashes and dark eyes.

This is the Enrapture Encode Totem System. Which unless you have been living under a rock you would of heard of. I was reluctant to get this as I have so many tongs but as an early Christmas present  and half price I couldn’t resist! It’s basically a curling wand but with a difference. As you can see on the wand it has 3 different sections that you can put to each of their own heat. It comes with 3 heat settings for each section, so 1-1-1 would be the lowest heat and 3-3-3 would be the highest. But the great thing about this section is that each setting allows you to create your own curls. 1 being the loosest curl and 3 being ringlets. This means that by playing around with the heat settings you can basically do every type of curl you will ever want! All my curling tongs in one!

How gorgeous is the packaging! Its so sleek and stylish and looks very expensive. The wand itself has some weight but not loads, I actually think the weight of the wand makes it easier to use than others as you can actually feel what you are using. It also has a flipper (the tongy bit) which you don’t always have to use, however I find this useful as I tend to get slightly fumbled by tongs, this helps me keep bit in place whilst curling.  It also has a swivel cord which means you can basically free style which is useful.

It speeds up super quickly and is very easy to use. The pictures above are the first time I’ve used it and although its messy I feel like it’s still wearable and I kind of prefer the bed head messy curl look so this works for me. Although if you wanted it neat if you spent more time you could easily get ringlets with this tool. What I like about this tool is I feel like the curls will stay, meaning I will only have to use this every time I’ve washed my hair and get 2-3 days wear rather than every morning, each day will just be looser. Making mornings easier and more time in bed!

Despite the gaps in between the sections I don’t find that my hair snags which I was worried about. However I did find that after using this with heat protection it left dirty, almost soot marks, which I assume was the product burning. As I have dark hair this doesn’t bother me but I do wonder if you had lighter hair could this mark your hair? Also on my extensions I feel like the 1-1-1 section heat is enough as it could dry it out and really gave the effect I was after, if I was to up it to 3 I think it would dry out my hair. I would deffo recommend using heat protection with this as it does seem a tad drying.

All in all I really like this. Its super easy to use and great for creating both messy and neat curls. Its currently half price in a number of shops so around £30-£35 instead of the RRP of £75. Really worth the money as this will be the only curling wand I use now I think as I can do everything in one!

Have you tried this? Do you think its worth the hype?

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Dove Hair Therapy Damage Solutions Leave in Conditioning and care spray

Firstly I love Dove products. I think they smell clean and fresh but still like a spa treatment which is luxurious and rich. Ill be honest though, I only bought this product as it was half price in boots which worked out around £1.70 which is good value for a conditioning leave in treatment.

This is the Dove Hair Therapy Damage Solutions Leave in Conditioning and care spray. What a mouth full. As you can see I’ve used a bit of it as I wanted to give it a proper go before reviewing. It comes in a spray bottle which has two separate sections a white and a clear one, which needs to be shook before using. They mix easily though so this isn’t a big deal. You then can spray this on wet or dry hair to calm it down, sooth frizz and of course condition.

Ive been using this for around 2 weeks now and have only used about ¼ of it, despite using quite a lot every time I wash my hair, I also sometimes spray some on my brush if it’s a bit frizzy. It leave my hair soft and silky and really seems to help treat my ends which are damaged. For 1.70 I will deffo be picking up another, they have a few in the range though, some are made for more damaged hair but they didn’t have those when I picked this one up, so may see what they are like.

Do you like Dove Haircare? What do you think of their products?