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.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday First | Beaver Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray


My favourite thing about subscription boxes is that they really encourage me to try new products. As much as I love trying out new products, when it comes to old favourites I can be very reluctant to try anything, in fear that I'll fall in love with a ridiculously expensive product and also I'm very nervous when it comes to trying anything new on my hair. The Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray by Beaver came in February's Birchbox. It sounded interesting, but it also didn't really stand out from the millions of other sprays for hair out there and I was happy enough with my Aussie spray. The Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray is designed as a "light detangler" which "imparts shine and luster to hair without weighing it down" and like any other conditioning spray you can "leave it in for more conditioning". The Conditioning Spray also "helps reduce frizz and flyaways for improved manageability... penetrate[s] hair to moisturise from within and add shine and body" (www.beaver-cn.com).

I'm currently using this on my hair every time after I wash it, although because I have to use so little of it I'm actually thinking of leaving it at Ryan's so I actually have something to use on my hair when I've washed it at his. I've been using this as a pair with my Wet Brush, and detangling my hair fresh out of the shower is now a dream. I still struggle with some really troublesome knots, but I just spray a little extra of the Conditioning Spray on them and they become a thing of the past. I have noticed increased shine to my hair, which I couldn't place my finger on why until I've just reminded myself of what the Conditioning Spray is meant to do, so it definitely adds shine! The amount of frizz and flyaways I'm dealing with has decreased dramatically which is something I have dreamed of for years! I can't say I'm overly keen on the scent; I can't quite describe the scent but it's not my favourite. Although, after brushing through my hair it disappears and can't be detected at all!

Will I continue to use Beaver's Daily Moisturising Conditioning Spray? Like I've said above I'm currently using this every time I wash my hair. But I do think I'm going to leave it at Ryan's so I have something to use there and don't have to worry about forgetting anything. I'll definitely keep using it, though!
Will I repurchase Beaver's Daily Moisturising Conditioning Spray? I don't think I will. It's good and I like what it does for my hair, but I can't say it stands out from my Aussie Protection Spray enough for me to justify spending £11.50 on something new.
Would I recommend Beaver's Daily Moisturising Conditioning Spray? Just like with The Wet Brush if you're someone who really struggles with tangled hair while it's wet then you really do need to try this. If you're also looking for a way to put a little moisture back into your hair, or deal with those annoying flyaways and frizz then give it a go!
Overall score out of 5? A 3. I do enjoy how easy it is to untangle my hair, and I enjoy the added shine, moisture and manageability. However, the scent is something I really don't like and it doesn't really stand out as anything special from anything that I've used for my hair in the past.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Beauty | Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

So I totally couldn't resist with the backdrop for this one! Okay, so I'm aware I can pick up Urban Decay quite easily from Debenhams in the UK but as soon as I stepped off the metro in Prague the first thing I saw was a Sephora. Now, I had a lot more spending money left at the end of our trip and come on, what kind of makeup lover isn't desperate for a Sephora bag? I picked up a few bits from Sephora, but the first thing that I picked up was the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray; a product that I've only ever heard of as a holy grail product and one I've definitely lusted over for years.

I wear a setting spray on a daily basis; it actually took me years to start using a setting spray, but now if I don't use mine I feel like I've skipped a whole step of my makeup routine. Being an oily girl I need a setting spray that will hold my makeup all day long without letting me down, which also means I've tried many, many setting sprays.

So I'm currently using All Nighter on a daily basis, but... It definitely took me a few times to start loving this and understanding the hype. So Urban Decay tells you that the best way to apply All Nighter is to mist it over your face in an X and a T shape, which just didn't work for me and left me with huge parts of my face untouched. Instead, I just mist this over my face in almost a circle type fashion, which leaves my face leaving totally secure for the day. I'm yet to try and use All Nighter to create a more intense look with my eyeshadows, but I'll be giving that a go soon.

All Nighter definitely took me a while to fall in love with, and I really do enjoy how it sits on my face and how it holds my makeup in place. Will I be picking it back up for £23.50? I'm currently not sure, I really do like this setting spray but I think I need to see how long it lasts me before I have to make the choice between All Nighter and one I can pick up from Boots...

Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday First | w7 Absolute Lashes


Oh look, Beka is reviewing another w7 product. Honestly, it's all Amazon's fault that I try as many w7 products as I do, I promise! Anyway, this week I'm reviewing the Absolute Lashes from them, which is clearly a dupe for the They're Real mascara from Benefit; literally in every way possible from the packaging to the brush. Absolute Lashes is described as "a black mascara with a soft spiked brush" that claims to "boosts volume, length and add extra curl to give you brilliant bold lashes". Now, I've somehow forgotten to take a photo of the brush but it's basically the same design at the brush on the They're Real mascara. With this brush, Absolute Lashes claims that "each spoke separates and therefore emphasises each lash to give a dramatic curl" (www.w7cosmetics.co.uk).

I'm absolutely in love with this mascara, and I'm reaching for it on a daily basis! It really does give you volume and even length, which can be quite difficult to find in a mascara, especially when I don't curl my lashes on a daily basis. When I do curl my lashes when using Absolute Lashes the whole look just becomes even more intense. The brush does allow me to reach as many lashes as possible, meaning that none are missed and therefore my lashes look even. I always apply 2-3 coats of mascara, I always have and I always will. For me, it isn't about adding coats, but more about making sure my lashes look just right which usually means applying another coat or two to do this. Now, my only complaint about Absolute Lashes is that is can be a complete nightmare to apply; and the more coats you're wearing the more of a battle you have on your hands. I remove all of my makeup with a cleansing butter which usually breaks down all of my makeup without a problem, but when it comes to Absolute Lashes I really have to work my cleansing butter into my lashes to remove every trace possible. Sometimes this isn't always enough and I then have to go in with an oil to really oil cleanse my lashes, all while praying that I'm not pulling any out!

Will I continue to use w7's Absolute Lashes? I'm currently using it on a daily basis, and the only time I reach for my trusty Boots mascara instead is those days after I've struggled to get it off and I need to give my lashes and my eyes a rest.
Will I repurchase w7's Absolute Lashes? Definitely. w7 have it on their website for £6.95 but I picked it up on Amazon for as little as £1.98! I love the look that it gives to my lashes and it isn't difficult to use. My lashes don't feel heavy while I'm wearing this, it doesn't smudge and it definitely doesn't crumble away.
Would I recommend w7's Absolute Lashes? Highly! If you're looking for a mascara to give you volumized and lengthened lashes then really do give this one a go. For such a small price you'll be able to very quickly work out if the mascara is for you or not.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I love how it easily gives my lashes volume and length, and even more so when they've been curled. I love how it lasts all day long without smudging or budging. Although, the one thing I don't love is that if I put too much on my eyelashes will clump and I have no way of fixing it!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Beauty | Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer


Okay, let's talk about a product that receives so much hype within the beauty community and I'm pretty sure you've heard of. If you haven't, well where have you been? So Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer seems to be the most talked about concealer by everyone going; I've asked for many recommendations for conceal and everyone seems to come back to this one.

So I caved and picked it up while I was in Boots the other week. Now, with how long it took me to get into the liquid foundation game just imagine how wary I was when playing around with concealer. If you're anything like me you can watch 1,000 tutorials and then still manage to mess it up when it comes to your own go. I grabbed the Lasting Perfection Concealer in the lightest shade, as I know a lot of people use it under their eyes to brighten as well as conceal and it matches my skin tone perfectly... Nonetheless, we carry on. I use this under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, around the edges of my nose and then on any imperfections and blend it out with a mini Real Techniques sponge. It blends in effortlessly and I just set it with my normal powder just to keep it all in place and that does the trick for me.

I have found that if I touch up my concealer at any point while doing my makeup then it will become incredibly cakey, so I've found it works best for me if I just apply it, set it and leave it alone... It hasn't caked since I've stopped playing around with it! I can't say I have the worlds worst dark circles, however, it just gives me enough coverage to not look so pale and ill. I find it also tackles any blemishes pretty well; I use a pretty decent coverage foundation so I don't really have to worry about my blemishes being ridiculously obvious. But on those days, or nights, where I want that flawless look this becomes my best friend!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday First | Pantene Foam Conditioner


As soon as I saw the advert for these on TV I knew I had to get my hands on these and give them a go. 'A foam conditioner? Just how on earth does that work? Is it just another gimmick?' I grabbed two while I was shopping on Sunday; I grabbed the Repair & Protect and the Smooth & Sleek foam conditioners to try two things I really want for my hair. Being a girl with long hair I tend not to condition higher up from my ears to avoid greasy roots; I style my hair with heat on nearly a daily basis and I have bleach in my hair that means that my fringe and the top half of my hair run the risk of being damaged and dry. Both the conditioners are designed for fine hair, but I see them both as the perfect chance to fully condition my hair. Pantene's foam conditioners both work as "the air-light foamy texture is absorbed deep into the hair and moisturizes it from the inside out... Without leaving unwanted residue on the outside that could weigh down fine hair". Repair & Protect is also designed for damaged hair and "helps restore hair's strength against styling damage". Pantene also claim that the Repair & Protect foam conditioner should also leave "hair easy to detangle, silky soft and free-flowing" as it gives "hair all the nourishment and conditioning it needs, without weighing it down" (Repair & Protect). Having long hair seems to be a little bit of a curse; it tangles like there is no tomorrow, it seems to get greasy quicker than I remember and new hairs and flyaways seem horrendously noticeable. Smooth & Sleek again gives "hair all the conditioning it needs, without weighing it down" and leaves hair "easy to detangle, visibly healthy and full of volume" (Smooth & Sleek).

I'm always very nervous when it comes to trying new hair products, especially when I have to put something near my roots. I jumped straight in at the deep end; I smothered this good stuff all over my hair, from root to tip and let it sink it. Both have the typical Pantene smell, a smell I'm pretty sure I'll be able to recognise no matter where I am in live. The foam conditioners take no time to sink into my hair, to allow a little bit extra time I was my face while they're sinking in and then I rinse them out. The beauty of them sinking in quickly is that they also rinse out really quickly, which is really nice touch with these products. So did my hair feel any better after using both of these? Definitely, I noticed the difference straight away. Both of these made my hair super easy to brush through, there were no tangles and my hair just felt better.

Will I continue to use the Pantene Foam Conditioners? Definitely! I love how they've cut down the amount of time I have to spend on my hair in the shower and I love how much better my hair instantly feels. Annoyingly I can't comment on how my hair looks as each time I've used these I've had to throw my hair up each day for work.
Will I repurchase the Pantene Foam Conditioners? I think I will. I think that £4 could be judged as being a little bit expensive for conditioners, depending on your budget of course. Although I really enjoy the way my hair feels and how I'm able to manage my hair after using these, so these will definitely be a repurchase.
Would I recommend the Pantene Foam Conditioners? Definitely. I personally thought these would just be a gimmick, but I have definitely been proven wrong. If like me you have long hair you need a way to really condition your hair well then this is a product that you should definitely be considering. If you have fine hair and you find that products stay in your hair too easily then this is definitely something you should try!
Overall score out of 5? A really high 4. My hair was incredibly easy to manage after washing my hair, and felt really smooth. To say I applied conditioner directly to my roots, you'd never know!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Skin Care | Bio-Oil


So I was really hoping I'd be able to include a bare-faced photo in this to really showcase the difference in my skin from when I first started using Bio-Oil* to now, but my skin confidence still isn't quite there; maybe I'll upload one to my facebook! Everyone who is anyone has heard of Bio-Oil, but then if anyone is like me then you'll also admit that you've never really seen the hype surrounding it, and the price tag definitely put you off. Especially when you're questioning if it's really that essential to you life?

It's very well known that Bio-Oil is meant to be the wonder product if you have scars or stretch marks that you'd like to improve the look of. I do have stretch marks, however, I've had them for so long I really don't care about them anymore and currently, I'm quite comfortable with them so I didn't use my Bio-Oil to help improve the look of these. What I do have however is very acne scarred skin; I can genuinely remember going to the doctor when I was around 12/13 for one issue and the doctor commenting on my acne scars. Now, I have tried everything I can think of to help with my acne scars and my skin tone. Bio-Oil recommend using it on scars or uneven skin tones twice daily, however for my face this is just too much and I've found the best way for me to make Bio-Oil work for me is to use just around 4 drops after I've cleansed my face before I go to bed to allow it to really sink in overnight.

Oil cleansing is the latest thing lately, and if like me you're constantly stalking the skincare pages over on Reddit you'll know how oil cleansing is meant to be absolutely incredible and the best thing ever. I can't say oil cleansing works wonders for me, although I do use my Bio-Oil just after I've used my cleansing butter to remove all my makeup to add some moisture back into my skin and replace anything that might have been stripped away. I did try to use this after every time I washed my face or showered, however, the one day that I used my Bio-Oil in the morning before I applied my makeup I hated how my makeup felt and looked that day. So oil just doesn't suit my face in the morning.

I've also started using my Bio-Oil to clean my Real Techniques makeup sponge; I've always cleaned my sponge with a form of oil and a cleanser, so one day I just tried Bio-Oil. Amazingly, my sponge actually didn't feel like it dried out as much as it has done in the past while using another kind of oil and the makeup really was pulled from my sponge.

So although I might not be using my Bio-Oil in the traditional ways, I've found ways to make it work for me in my everyday skin routine and daily life!

*I was sent this product for free in return for a review. I have not been paid for this post, all opinions remain my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday First Revisited | No7 Shimmer Dust Gift Box

We're rewinding it back to 2015 once again, and this time we're looking back on the No7 Shimmer Dust Gift Box! As you can see; my mum and I don't religiously use exactly the same products but we use similar bits.

The first thing I spoke about way back when was the famous No7 Lash Impact Mascara. Now I personally don't currently use a No7 mascara, but my Mum is slightly religious about her No7 mascaras and really does go out of her way to make sure she has at least one in her makeup bag. Now, she's not currently using Lash Impact, instead, she's currently using Extreme Length. Now back in 2015 I was a struggling student, which completely justifies my "not sure if I'm a fan of the normal price tag of £13.50" issue. I do remember really loving the brush that the Lash Impact uses compared to the stiff, plastic brush used in Extreme Length. No7's Extreme Length promises that it "extends each lash for maximum length and eye-opening definition" and my Mum says that it does do just that, hence the repurchasing. So I was then talking about the Youthful Eye Serum, something that I wasn't able to review properly due to you being "meant to see results in 4 weeks". Now, back then I didn't see "any instant results but my eye area does seem softer and smoother". Now, skincare is something that I have definitely started putting a lot more effort into. Although, things like eye creams I totally skip and with all the will in the world I struggle to fit them into my routine. Again, my Mum uses this on a daily basis and repurchases the Youthful Eye Serum quite a few times a year absolutely swearing by it.

Let's stick with the eyes and talk about the Stay Perfect Eyeshadow is actually something I continue to use myself and I still use the exact product from way back! I still use this in exactly the same way as I did; "I can make work in my crease to add some depth when I wear my winged liner" which is exactly what I do most days when wearing my liner. The claims that it "blends effortlessly and lasts for hours" does exactly that, the fact that I barely have to blend out this shadow makes my mornings easier and it really does last all day long. A product you'll never catch me reviewing, or rereviewing in the future, are lipglosses. I don't wear lipgloss, they're far too sticky and I personally find that you can't gain enough colour payoff from them. Two years ago I was thinking that I would "pass this one onto my Mum", which is exactly what I did cause when my Mum goes for colour on the lips she'll always reach for a lipgloss and even apply lipgloss on top of her lipsticks. "It didn't apply easily, it wasn't sticky but it didn't slide on"... Kind of the understatement of the century right there. I didn't give it a big enough chance, but my Mum stated that it was one of the stickiest lipglosses that she's ever used and she didn't even mention any of the "vitamins that protect and care for the lips".

Two years later, would my Mum or I reuse any of the No7 Products? The only product that I personally still use is the Stay Perfect Eyeshadow and I reach for it pretty much everytime I wear winged liner. My Mum still religiously uses the Youthful Eye Serum, and occasionally still uses the No7 mascaras. 
Two years later, would my Mum or I repurchase any of the No7 Products? As much as I enjoy the colour from the Stay Perfect Eyeshadow, I don't think that justifies repurchasing a whole eyeshadow trio for one shade; I'm pretty sure I'll find a colour very similar in an individual shade. Mum repurchases the Youthful Eye Serum throughout the year and often picks it up when there is a No7 offer on. Mum also occasionally picks up the mascaras; she goes back and forth between brands but with her having incredibly sensitive eyes she always ends up going back to No7.
Two years later, would my Mum or I recommend any of the No7 Products? I'd highly recommend the No7 Eyeshadows, they blend incredibly easily and they do last all day long. They're also incredibly pigmented, especially for how easily they blend. Mum would recommend the Youthful Eye Serum if you're religious about skincare, she states it really helps her eyes! We'd also both recommend the Lash Impact Mascara, I'd say especially if like me you like mascaras with big, fluffy brushes. 
Overall score out of 5? I'd give No7 a 3. It isn't a brand I go out of my way to purchase bits from, I don't really keep up to date with new releases from No7 either. However, like I've said numerous times, my Mum really does swear by their skincare pieces... As well as the Youthful Eye Serum she also picks up loads of other pieces that she loves.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Holiday Diaries | Prague Edition

Prague, hello it's me again. I know I've literally just left you but we really need to talk. First of all, I think this may possibly be the photo heaviest Holiday Diaries since I began these!

So Prague, where do I even begin. You've given me enough memories to last me a lifetime, which even though we were only together for four days, I'm very grateful for these. You have some of the most beautiful views I have ever witnessed in my life, but you also have some of the strangest architecture that I just don't understand; I'm sorry. You have some of the best street food as well, and I know you're going to hate me for this, but trdelníks are really tasty!

You are insanely hilly, seriously no one warns you about that. We did all the walking on Monday and walked all the way up the Petrín Hill and the lookup tower! Seriously, come Tuesday I felt like I'd done a thousand leg days, and as I write this to you on Saturday I still don't quite think my legs have recovered fully. You're a lot busier and bigger than I ever expected, and you gave me and Ryan some of the strangest experiences of our lives; some I think we'll be laughing about for years to come.

You're a stunning place Prague and thank you for letting me experience you in your beauty, even if the weather wasn't all that great some days. I'm currently telling everyone who hasn't been to Prague that they need to visit!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday First | Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream


You all know my love of a good hand cream, and Neal's Yard is a brand I've been wanting to try for such a long time. So imagine my excitement when I received a very generous sized Bee Lovely Hand Cream back in the Mark and Spencer's advent calendar. Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream is not only aptly named, with an adorable name I might add, it also "nourishes the skin and lifts the spirits", and being infused "with energising Orange Essential Oil" what isn't to love? Naturally, with such a name all about bees, the hand cream is also "blended with moisturising organic honey". We all know how good both honey and essential oils are for your skin, so it's no surprise that the Bee Lovely Hand Cream "nourishes, softens and protects hands". Also as a little bonus, everytime someone buys a tube of this hand cream it "helps raise money for projects that help to save our precious bees" (www.nealsyardremedies.com).

Personally, I need a hand cream that sinks in quickly, even on those days where I'm at home and not really doing much I can't stand hand creams that sit on the skin for ages and leave your hands feeling greasy meaning you can't then do anything else. The Bee Lovely Hand Cream sinks in pretty quickly, although my hands were left feeling a little greasy meaning that I couldn't do a lot after putting this on. You also might need to be a fan of orange scent when using this, because believe me that orange scent packed a punch. I felt like I'd literally been punched in the face the scent was that overpowering. Now, this doesn't stop me using it, it just means that it isn't a hand cream that I throw into my bag to use while I'm out and about. My hands do feel lovely after I've used this, they definitely feel like they've had some love and nourishment put back in.

Will I continue to use the Bee Lovely Hand Cream? I don't find myself reaching for this on a daily basis due to the overpowering scent and the greasy feeling I'm left with, however what I plan to start doing is using it at night when I'm in bed and layer this on nice and thick under my cotton gloves to let it really sink in and work overnight.
Will I repurchase the Bee Lovely Hand Cream? I don't think I will, despite it being such a nicely named hand cream that helps out the bees, I have a lot more hand creams that I reach for on a daily basis and for a lot cheaper.
Would I recommend the Bee Lovely Hand Cream? If orange is a scent that you love and can deal with on a daily basis, or can simply overlook then this will be a hand cream for you. Again, if you don't mind a hand cream that leaves your hands feeling slightly greasy before leaving them feeling super soft then this is for you.
Overall score out of 5? A 3. I love how my hands ultimately feel after using this, the honey and essential orange oil really do get to work at making a miracle happen. Although I'm not that keen on my hands feeling greasy initially or the overpowering orange scent, which for me is a totally personal preference.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Skin Care | Soap & Glory Speed Plump All-Day Super Moisture Marvel


So let me introduce you to my new daily moisturiser! I'd love to say that I picked up the Speed Plump All-Day Super Moisture because I really wanted to try it, but truthfully it was included in The Whole Glam lot from Soap & Glory last year so I thought I'd give it a go.

The smell of this moisturiser is one of my favourite smelling moisturisers ever, especially with that watermelon extract and those raspberry stem cells; it's actually a dream on your face. It's a moisturiser aimed at dry skin so it's packed full of everything you could imagine to make sure your skin stays super hydrated throughout the day. It sinks in incredibly quickly, meaning I can easily apply this and get on with my makeup without having to worry. Speed Plump is also meant to contain agents to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and give your skin a healthy glow. Now I can't comment on the fine lines and wrinkles, purely because I really don't pay that much attention to them; I'm 23 and I'm trying to keep myself in this habit of really not caring too much about wrinkles! Although, it definitely does give me that healthy glow throughout the day, which can be something I try to avoid as my skin is super oily but Speed Plump gives me a glow that's incredibly natural looking.

It might not be classed as the cheapest moisturiser around, at £13 a go I suppose it really does depend upon your budget and how often you'd be using this. I use a tiny amount on a daily basis, and you really don't need a lot so I can justify the £13 price tag as it really does last me a while! Also, for how it makes my skin look and feel for me £13 is a price I really cannot argue with.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday First | COLAB Dry Shampoo Extreme Volume Paris


So while I was in town shopping a few weeks ago I saw that Superdrug had a deal on the COLAB dry shampoos. With COLAB dry shampoo being a brand I've only ever heard good things about I picked one up without hesitation. I picked up one of the Extreme Volume Collections in the Paris Floral Fragrance scent. Now, a scent isn't the be all and end all for me when I'm using a dry shampoo, in fact, if I find them to be too overscented then I can't stand them. COLAB's Extreme Volume Collection "adds the additional elements of body, height and ultimate volume without the extensive time or effort usually required" as it "features an extreme plumping powder" while also promising "refreshing roots". Now, I don't always need volume in my hair but sometimes it is nice; especially on those days where my hair is a little bit more greasy and limp. The Paris fragrance is made up of top notes; bergamot and mandarin, heart notes of; jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang, and base notes of; amber, patchouli, tonka and musk (www.colab-hair.com).

Now, I've used plenty of products in the past for volume but christ nothing compares to this. If you've ever lusted after volume or needed insane volume for a night out then you've probably come across Powder Punch, or at least something incredibly similar. A powder that delivers on the volume front, but holy crap the way it makes your hair is awful. This dry shampoo did exactly that to my hair, in fact as soon as I put it in my hair I felt my roots just clump together and I wanted to do nothing more than wash my hair. Nonetheless, I stuck with it and used my usual trick with sleeping with dry shampoo in to help it absorb even more but this didn't work. My hair genuinely felt like a birds nest, and when straightening it the next morning I was just having to grab clumps of my hair to straighten, I couldn't physically separate my hair to straighten it. My roots were refreshed, though, my hair didn't feel or look greasy, but if I'm honest I avoided touching my hair all day long. I can't say the fragrance really came through if I'm honest. Like I said, I don't purposely look for a fragrance in my dry shampoo but I was really interested to see how the different notes would come through.

Will I continue to use COLAB's Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo? I currently don't have any other dry shampoo so I'm going to have to use this one until I pick some more up. I'm wondering if spraying it from a distance, maybe from across the other side of my bedroom, will make a difference to how my hair felt.
Will I repurchase COLAB's Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo? Definitely not. I've not given up on the COLAB brand because I desperately want to try some of the other varieties, but I'll definitely be avoiding the Extreme Volume collection.
Would I recommend COLAB's Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo? If you're all about the ridiculous amount of volume in life then this is definitely for you. I highly doubt you'll ever need to backcomb your hair with this. However, if you're just looking for an everyday dry shampoo which allows you to still do things with your hair, then avoid this.
Overall score out of 5? A 2. My roots were definitely refreshed and my hair didn't look greasy; so as a typical dry shampoo it worked perfectly. However with how my hair just clumped together meaning that I couldn't physically brush it, straighten it, and I even struggled to get it into a ponytail....

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Beauty | NYX Baked Blush 'Journey'





NYX is quite easily becoming a brand that I'm always turning to, and always visiting the stand when I'm in my local Boots. Granted there are some NYX products that just look absolutely terrifying to me and make me wish that I was brave enough to wear really bright colours on my face! But that is also exactly what NYX do best; colour.

I'm a pale girl, and believe me when I apply my foundation I look ghostly pale, quite ill and I desperately need some colour back in my face. Being so pale though some blushes can just make me look like a clown, or the latest trend seems to be throwing an entire pot of glitter into a blush which is such an attractive look. I was torn between Journey, the shade that I ended up grabbing, and Foreplay (Oh did I mention that NYX does names really well too?) I didn't opt for Foreplay because it looked a little too bold for an everyday blush, although there is a hint of gold throughout it. In the end, I opted for Journey, a perfect everyday soft pink. So the pigmentation of this blush is insane, and I apply it dry and blend it out like there is no tomorrow, but the colour stays all day and looks super natural.

For £6.50 (from Boots) my blush hardly looks like it's been touched and I reach for this every single day when I'm wearing making, also that packaging is definitely one of my favourites, that little bow is such a cute touch!

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday First | NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner

So my trusty Seventeen eyeliner, which was perfectly fine a few days before may I add, completely betrayed me and dried up on me with no warning. So this meant running to Boots while in town to grab some new eyeliner. Being betrayed even further because my Seventeen eyeliner was out of stock meant that I had to try something new. I've been trying a few bits from NYX lately so I had no concerns trying their gel eyeliner. Now the NYX eyeliner is actually described as a mousse liner, so naturally, my interest was grabbed. NYX are really pushing the boat out and claiming that their "fluffy light-weight formula with... boldest black pigments" liner is "EPIC" (www.nyxcosmetics.co.uk).

So let's be honest, this is genuinely one of the most pigmented eyeliners I have ever used. There is no element of greying with this liner, it stays as black as when you first put it on. It's definitely light-weight as well, it didn't dry out or have that weird sensation of becoming heavy as the day went on. There was no smudging and no transfer to my eyebrow bone, which is definitely a bonus! Now, I'm not sure if I just suddenly lost the ability to do winged liner overnight for a few days or if it was because this liner is so creamy that there seems to be no control while attempting to create a wing. So as much as it's beautifully soft and creamy it's also a slight nightmare if I'm in a rush and just need to create a wing. Although if I'm honest, it's so creamy and soft I was struggling to control it even when I've got all the time in the world, but I now seem to have cracked it!


Will I continue to use NYX's Epic Black Mousse Liner? Oh, I'm not giving up with this and I will be using this until I have mastered this liner, and I think I'm almost there! It's genuinely one of the most pigmented eyeliners I have ever used and there is really no pulling at my eyelid while applying it.
Will I repurchase NYX's Epic Black Mousse Liner? I'm currently not so sure, the fact it's taking me so long to adjust to it because I'm struggling to adjust to it and control it, I don't think I will be.
Would I recommend NYX's Epic Black Mousse Liner? If unlike me and you're a total pro with gel eyeliner and can do a wing like there is no tomorrow then definitely. You'll love this!
Overall score out of 5? Annoyingly a 3. I had higher expectations and despite it being super creamy, smooth and pigmented; the fact it is so creamy and smooth is its downfall and means I just genuinely cannot use it.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Fashion | Oscar Red Carpet

Chrissy Teigen wearing Zuhair Murad; Image Source, Naomie Harris wearing Calvin Klein; Image Source, Karlie Kloss wearing Stella McCartney; Image Source, Darby Stanchfield wearing Georges Chakra Couture; Image Source
Olivia Culpo wearing Marchesa; Image Source, Hailee Steinfeld wearing Ralph & Russo; Image Source, Emma Roberts wearing Armani Privé; Image Source, Justin Timberlake wearing Tom Ford and wife Jessica Biel wearing Kaufmanfranco; Image Source
Ginnifer Goodwin wearing Zuhair Murad; Image Source, Ruth Negga wearing Valentino; Image Source, Halle Berry wearing Atelier Versace; Image Source, Meryl Streep wearing Elie Saab; Image Source
Janelle Monáe wearing Elie Saab; Image Source, Kristen Dunst wearing Dior Haute Couture; Image Source, Taraji P. Henson wearing Alberta Ferretti; Image Source, Pharrell Williams wearing Chanel; Image Source
Now if I'm honest I very rarely agree with the choices made at the Oscars, but when it comes to the fashion on the red carpet I definitely agree with that!

This year there seemed to be a very monotone theme, with so many people choosing totally white or very plain outfits, or classically black outfits. I managed to find a small pop of colour though! Chrissy Teigan is one of my absolute favourites from this year, I usually love most of Chrissy's outfits but this one is absolutely stunning. The dress worn by Karlie Kloss has to be the outfit I love second most out of everything I've picked out. The classic floor length, simple gown with a cape is something I'm totally for. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are easily one of my favourite couples; and can we please talk about how classic Justin looks while Jessica is totally stealing the show. Kristen Dunst easily had my favourite look out of everything I picked out. The classic, not so little, black dress with that tiny waistline is definitely something I'd definitely wear! What would you have worn from this years Oscar's?