Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday First | Batiste 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner


Let me introduce you to one of the worst hair products I have ever used on my hair, and I genuinely mean I regretted using this the minute I woke up. So ask anyone for a dry shampoo recommendation, usually, Batiste is the name you will be given. I can't lie, when I heard that they were coming out with a 2in1 dry shampoo and conditioner I was excited and couldn't wait to see how it worked, but I was also incredibly dubious at the same time. When it was released, I definitely wasn't keen on the price tag for something I wasn't overly convinced on, so I was so relieved when I received a mini in my Birchbox! So, Batiste promise that their 2in1 Dry Shampoo & Conditioner is "perfect for dry, coloured and curly hair" and promises that their "new formula refreshes roots and nourishes ends". For this to happen you just have to "spray... from roots to ends""give your roots a massage to add some volume and get rid of any excess oil" and "work it through with your hands or a brush" (www.batistehair.co.uk). The new 2in1 has the scent of vanilla and passion flower, which is suddenly my new favourite scent. Also, if a brand is going to boast about "18-hour conditioning" then they've got a lot to live up to (www.superdrug.com)!

Seriously, I've never woken up with greasier hair than when I used this. I always put my dry shampoo in just before I go to bed so that it can really soak in and be absorbed overnight. Naturally, I put all of my faith into my dry shampoo to work it's magic overnight; not to make me look like I've not washed my hair in two weeks. No amount of massaging my hair further saved this, and I had no option but to use my trusty dry shampoo that has never let me down before to save the day. I can't say the ends of my hair felt anymore nourished either, in fact, you wouldn't even know that I'd applied this to the ends of my hair.

Will I continue to use Batiste's 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner? That's not even an option, it went straight in the bin after I woke up with 3-week old looking hair. The only thing about this that I enjoyed is the scent, it did absolutely nothing for my hair.
Will I repurchase Batiste's 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner? I'll never even think about it. For nearly £5 I'm expecting miracles, purely because I use a couple of dry shampoos which are just over or just under £1 and they work incredibly well on my hair without even a sign that I've used dry shampoo.
Would I recommend Batiste's 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner? Oh hell no. I've got so many people telling me how it's one of the best things they've ever used on their hair and I'm not quite sure how. I'm not quite sure what I'm missing, but I'd definitely recommend everyone to stay away from this.
Overall score out of 5? A 1. The scent was the only saving grace of this product. I went to sleep with hair that looked fine and woke up looking like I'd not washed my hair for 3 weeks; not a great look trust me. For me, conditioner is something that can only be left in while hair is damp, not added when hair is dry.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday First | Pixi Glow Mist


So while repurchasing the famous Glow Tonic from Pixi, I spied the shelf full of the mists and the biphase Glow Mist definitely caught my eye. Looking at just how the Glow Mist worked it promises to give "a glowing, luminous and smooth complexion" as the whole bottle is packed full of "13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts". The oils included aren't actually mentioned, so instead I looked the ingredients list and oils such as evening primrose oil, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, and lavender oil filled me with total confidence. So the Glow mist promises that it "hydrates, protects and nourishes" as well as boasting the ability that it "refreshes makeup, hydrates and adds glow" and that it can also "set[s] makeup, adds a dewy finish and protects skin". Now I have tried everything to add oil into my daily routine, and I have failed miserably. So for me, Glow Mist with its basic instructions of "use in the AM and PM or when needed, shake to mix, close eyes and mist over face & neck" sounded like the product that was perfect for me (www.pixibeauty.co.uk).

So has it been the easiest way for me to add oil into my daily routine? Most definitely! The best thing about Glow Mist is that it sinks into my skin easily and quick, and it doesn't leave my skin with the layer of oil till it sinks in. I have tried the Glow Mist in every way it states it can be used. I've tried using Glow Mist twice a daily but, as I mentioned in my Bio-Oil review, my skin can't handle using oil twice a day, so I tend to use my Glow Mist after I take my makeup off and let it sink in overnight. I have also tried using Glow Mist as a setting spray, but it just didn't set or hold my makeup in place the way I needed it to. Although, misting my face with Glow Mist after I've applied my makeup does give me a natural looking glow.


Will I continue to use Pixi's Glow Mist? I use my Glow Mist on a daily basis and I've barely made a dent in my bottle, so I'll be using this up till every last drop is gone. I love how my skin has improved since I introduced Glow Mist into my routine.
Will I repurchase Pixi's Glow Mist? Definitely. I love how it's made adding oil into my routine a breeze and how my skin has improved. For £16 I've barely used any product and I've been using this daily so it's definitely worth the price. I'm also already eyeing up some of the other mists from Pixi that I'd like to try.
Would I recommend Pixi's Glow Mist? Without a doubt. If you're looking for a way to easily introduce oil into your skincare routine then definitely give it a go; you don't even have to think about what you're doing. So many different oils are packed into one little bottle you really can't go wrong.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I can't use Glow Mist in every way that it states you can do, and it definitely cannot be used as a setting spray. However, the benefits that I've seen to my skin since introducing this into my routine daily outweighs absolutely everything.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Skin Care | Tony Moly Sheet Masks


Okay so, not long after moving my cousin and his wife came to visit us and they bought some bits and pieces with them. Just imagine my excitement when I discovered that they'd left me some TONYMOLY sheet masks! Korean beauty is something that I have been interested in for years and I have done so much reading into it, and of course, TONYMOLY will always be a brand you come across when reading into Korean beauty and skincare.

Alicia kindly gave me two I'm REAL sheet masks; one for clear skin and one for skin purifying. The first one I tried was the Clear Skin sheet mask. Clear Skin is a sheet mask that is infused with rice extracts and natural oils, designed to provide elasticity and brightening effects for the skin. Then one night in bed while feeling a bit shit, I threw on the Skin Purifying sheet mask which is infused with mineral oils and fermented rice wine extracts, that is designed to refine skin for a smoother complexion. So both sheet masks work in the same way; make sure your skin is clean and dry, apply the mask for 20-30 minutes and pat the excess into your skin.

So the TONYMOLY sheet masks are made up of 3 layers that are soaked in three different types of essence; they come in water-type, microemulsion type, and milky lotion type, all of which are designed to maximise the hydration for your skin. I genuinely have no idea which essence I had in either. Both of these masks were freezing cold, which is insanely soothing on the skin and it's something I really do enjoy. TONYMOLY give you the tip to stick them in the fridge for an extra cooling and soothing effect... Unless you like feeling like you've stepped into a freezer I really think you can skip this step. These masks are absolutely saturated so you have so much excess left over when you remove this, now I leave mine to just sink in naturally.

Quick Update: I was worried about the availability of TONYMOLY products in the UK, however instantly I've found that they are available on Cult Beauty, Selfridges or a website dedicated to Korean beauty products!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday First | Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm


Let's talk all about this tiny Emma Hardie cleansing balm! I honestly thought I'd be getting through this insanely quickly with it being so small, but you need so little it's going to last me a lifetime! The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm "is a balanced daily cleanser that thoroughly cleanses[s] deep in the pores, moisturises and calms all skin types" that also "removes all traces of face and eye make-up and is so pure pure it doubles as a soothing and hydrating mask". The Moringa Cleansing Balm contains so many different ingredients that are good for your skin, let's just list them all;
  • "Grape seed oil and sweet almond oil rich in essential fatty acids help to plump and soften"
  • "Moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores"
  • "Essential oils of orange, neroli and mandarin rejuvenate and revitalise the skin whilst calming the sense"
  • "Jasmine and rose help to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins" (www.emmahardie.com).
With this being such a small pot it's the perfect size for travelling with those weekends when I'm at Ryan's in Leeds and it's also really nice to have some of my actual skincare with me, as opposed to just my micellar water and moisturiser. You only need to use the same amount of product as a 5p coin, which at first really didn't look like it would be enough to remove the makeup from my entire face. This definitely sinks into the skin straight away and really does break down all my makeup; however, does it really wash it off? Whether I'm wearing a huge eye look, my winged eyeliner or even just mascara I end up with major panda eye which I struggle to get rid of, even with a muslin cloth. I often have to go back in with an exfoliating kind of wash to make sure that every trace of makeup has been removed. My skin definitely does feel more hydrated after using this cleansing balm, and even more so if I follow it with my muslin cloth. What's also really nice is that despite being infused with many essential oils the scent isn't overwhelming and doesn't affect my skin in the slightest. I haven't yet attempted to use this as an overnight face mask, but I'll update you all on when I do and how my skin feels!

Will I continue to use the Moringa Cleansing Balm? It's currently living in my makeup bag to make sure that it comes with me every other weekend when I travel up to Ryan's as it's such a convenient size to throw in. I enjoy how it makes my skin feel after using it, although my eyeliner is an area where it struggles to not leave me with that much sought after panda eye look.
Will I repurchase the Moringa Cleansing Balm? I highly doubt it, for £38 it doesn't really convince me to turn my back on my trusty cleansing balm from The Body Shop. I feel it does exactly the same job and I can't say my face feels any better or any worse with either.
Would I recommend the Moringa Cleansing Balm? If you're someone who is struggling to find a cleansing balm that works for you then I'd highly recommend you giving this one a go. If you're someone who has highly sensitive skin then I'd definitely give this a go, with all the essential oils it could definitely give your skin what it's missing.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. It definitely cleans my skin deeply, although it does have the tendency to leave me with a panda eye look when I've been wearing heavy eye makeup, nothing that can't be solved with extra cleansing, however. Despite being packed full of every ingredient under the sun which is good for your skin it isn't overpowering and it doesn't irritate your skin. It's definitely one worth trying!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Skin Care | Garnier Pure Active Range


So I swear by the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control, so much so that I wear it on a daily basis even when I'm not wearing makeup. So while in Boots replacing my Micellar Water I spied that there was now a Pure Active Micellar Water so I had a look around for what else Garnier were doing in the Pure Active Range. As well as grabbing the Micellar Water, I also picked up the 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub and Mask and the Deep Clean Foam Wash.

The 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub and Mask has now become my daily face wash. I personally prefer a daily face wash that has some exfoliant in to help keep my skin under control; I have major combination skin, as well as having an oily t-zone, I also suffer with dry skin around my nose and my cheeks. Super attractive as you can imagine, so I need something to help me combat both of these. The exfoliant isn't horrendously harsh, in fact unless I work the scrub into my face I can barely notice it's there. I've heard of face washes that can also be used as face masks but I've never tried any of them out. I don't go out of my way to use this as a mask if I'm honest, how I tend to use this is that I'll apply it to my face like a normal scrub and I'll just leave it on while I rinse out my conditioner.

As much as I try to wash my face at night every single day, I get lazy and tired and it doesn't always happen. Although, when I actually do I'm currently reaching for the Deep Clean Foam Wash. Quick warning; if this even manages to get into your eye this will burn. Deep Clean always leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and I definitely feel as though everything from the day has been removed from my face. So when I'm not reaching for Deep Clean to take off my makeup I'm reaching for my Micellar Water instead. I've used a micellar water to remove my makeup for a good few years now, and as much as I love them I have noticed that I can be left feeling like I have layer left on my skin or that somehow not everything has been removed. The Pure Active Micellar Water doesn't do this to me; I'm not left feeling like I have a layer on my skin and I do feel like everything has been taken off my face. The Pure Active Micellar Water doesn't irritate my skin or my eyes, which is a hugely important factor for me.

So both the 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub and Mask and the Deep Clean Foam wash both contain Zinc, and Deep Clean is also enriched with salicylic acid; both of which are great for my skin type. I don't want to say that Pure Active has worked miracles for my skin, but it definitely has changed my skin totally. I'm not breaking out as much, my oil levels are easier to maintain and my skin just feels fresher. I'd love to say my spots have completely disappeared but I'd be lying; I don't get as many spots coming to the surface, which is perfect but I still do have those deep, painful spots. All in all, Pure Active has definitely worked for my skin for the better.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday First | Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


Here we go with another super conflicting product; although seeing as Better Than Sex is meant to be one of the best mascaras around I was expecting bigger things.

Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara is a mascara that I have heard every single beauty blogger, vlogger, and just anyone who is everyone talking about ever since I started watching and reading anything to do with makeup. Just like the Urban Decay setting spray, Better Than Sex is something that I can easily pick up at Debenham's with no issue but I just never have. So while I was in Sephora over in Prague, and in that 'treat yoself' mood who could blame me for grabbing this mini while in the queue to pay? Can Better Than Sex fulfil all my "desire for lush, incredibly intense lashes"? Better Than Sex claims to be able to make "lashes... full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths" all in one application. Better Than Sex contains "film-firming Polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear", "acacia Senegal tree extract to nourish, thicken and lock curl in place" and uses "unique peptides for the deepest, intense black possible" (www.toofaced.com).

So Better Than Sex is definitely one of the best mascara's I've reached for in terms of it being a really intense black on my lashes, which is something I really look for in a mascara. Better Than Sex also gives me lashes that are super full with an incredible curl, so it definitely lives up to expectations and claims in that respect. Spoiler: that's where it ends. "Smudge-proof" is the biggest lie that this mascara will ever tell you; within an hour or two of wearing this mascara, I have the biggest shadows under my eyes. It will look like I've gone mental at rubbing my eyes when in reality I won't have even touched them. As well as smudging like there is no tomorrow it also flakes off throughout the day, again without me even touching my eyes, and I have flakes all across the top of my cheeks! Oh, and these will also end up in my eyes, which is not comfortable. Now before anyone says anything, I use mascaras that aren't waterproof and none of them do this to me and I've also tested Better Than Sex with a few different setting sprays and nothing makes a difference.

Will I continue to use Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara? This is still the mascara I'm reaching for on a daily basis. I'm so conflicted around this mascara, purely because I love how it makes my lashes look but I hate how easily it smudges and flakes on its own!
Will I repurchase Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara? Definitely not. £19 for a mascara that smudges and flakes on its own without me even touching it is not worth my money. This breaks my heart because it's a mascara that makes my lashes look so incredible!
Would I recommend Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara? Again, I'm in two halves about this. I'd highly recommend Better Than Sex for the way that it makes my lashes look, but then I'd also tell people to stay as far away from this mascara as possible if they don't enjoy a smudgy mascara or one that just flakes into your eyes.
Overall score out of 5? A 3. I love how my lashes look when I apply this mascara, and despite how easily it flakes and smudges this look really does last throughout the day. The curl doesn't drop my lashes and they still look as intensely black as they do when I first apply this mascara. But again, it just smudges all over my face and flakes off into my eyes. Ugh, no thanks.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Skin Care | Pixi Glow Tonic

Talking about a cult product is always a post that basically fills me with dread; what if I say something that people don't like and everyone goes against me? This is basically one of the main reasons as to why it takes me so long to even think about touching such a highly acclaimed cult product. When I received the Pixi Glow Tonic in my TILI Beauty Box I was incredibly excited as I've wanting to try it for years, but I instantly panicked just in case I didn't love it just like everyone else seems to.

Let's cut to the chase, I am totally in love with the Pixi Glow Tonic. I don't know how this little bottle of amazement works, but it does some incredible things for my skin. Glow Tonic contains "aloe vera, ginseng and botanical extracts" and all of these are meant to work together and "exfoliates, brightens and smoothes skin", and of course the clue is in the name, it's also an "instant glow enhancer". When I read that the Pixi Glow Tonic was meant to be able to exfoliate my skin, I couldn't quite work out how that was possible and just how it would work. I still can't work out how it exfoliates my skin, but somehow it does and it does it perfectly well.

I use my Glow Tonic daily so it's probably no surprise that I got through that tiny bottle super quick; within two weeks of receiving this sample bottle I'd already repurchased one of the 100ml bottles and now I genuinely can't live without it! My skin has definitely improved since I introduced the Pixi Glow Tonic into my life, and I don't think I could turn back now.