Friday, 30 June 2017

Friday First | The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops


I really want to promise you that I'll stop raving about The Body Shop one day soon, but when they keep coming out with those products that I've always needed in my life how can I stop? Also, they're such good quality how can I walk away from them?
Now I know I'm not alone with this struggle; I'm a pale girl and I don't tan, or especially like to tan, which leaves even the palest foundation shades still a shade or two too dark for me. I'm also oily, which means I have tried many, many brands which claim to have a diverse shade range... Spoiler, the majority don't. My current go to foundation is the L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte foundation; some days it is perfect for me, other days it is just a smidge too dark for me. So in sweep The Body Shop with what I'm hoping will be my life saviour, their Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops which "help turn an almost there shade into a perfect one". The lightening drops work with the simple equation of "1 drop - 1/2 shade lighter" simple right? Now, "a concentration of white and pink pigments... helps neutralise yellowness while lightening". I won't lie, the fact that the lightening shades have a pink undertone does worry me slightly, but so far I haven't noticed any issues with this (www.thebodyshop.com).


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Hair Care | Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo


Subscription boxes, or stand alone boxes, are definitely one of the best ways to get your hands on products you'd never even pick up and Oribe's Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is definitely one of those.

I feel like lately, I've tried more dry shampoos than anything else, why I'm not entirely sure as I'm quite happy with my two staples. Oribe's Gold Lust claims to make your hair "instantly clean" and "prevent damage" all while promising to "absorb product buildup, oil and impurities with translucent powders", doing all of this "while soothing scalp and restoring strength and softness". Gold Lust contains "watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower" all of which help to "defend[s] hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin all while protecting from the drying, damaging and colour depleting effects of the elements". As well as claiming to protect your hair in that way, Gold Lust also contains "translucent starch blend" which acts to "instantly absorb[s] dirt, oil, impurities and product build-up leaving hair feeling 'just washed'" www.oribe.com.

I can't say this was a bad dry shampoo, but I can say this was a dry shampoo that just did nothing for my hair. It absorbed into my hair so well that when I woke up in the morning there was just no trace of me applying this. I'm just glad I didn't apply this on a day when I really needed this in my hair; it didn't leave a trace behind at all it just seemed to totally disappear. Personally, I love the idea of my dry shampoo being as protective for my hair as it is absorbing and cleansing; but the absorbing and cleansing aspects just need to come first.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Friday First | Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum


You all know I'm an oily girl, I need something that is going to make sure that my makeup sticks around all day long. I'll give any primer a go, I have some that I really enjoy but I'm yet to find my holy grail if I'm being honest.

The Miracle Effect Priming Serum from Studio 10 was something that I picked up back in the M&S Advent Calendar and I knew it would be one of the first things I tried. The clue is kind of in the name I suppose, but the Miracle Effect Priming Serum has a lot of promises; so let's have a look. So each ingredient used in Miracle Effect "works together in harmony to stimulate collagen and skin cell production in the event of damage" and these five "anti-inflammatory extracts... provide a soothing effect and reduce puffiness around the eyes, minimising signs of fatigue". Miracle Effect promises to "come with the perfect blend of anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant ingredients, plus hydrating and rejuvenating".

As well as all of that Miracle Effect contains "argan oil... to increase skin elasticity... caffeine reduces inflammation and increases microcirculation of the blood to the skin to visibly smooth". So as well as all that, are you ready to run down the list of what else it claims to do? Let's go! Miracle Effect promises to "instantly give skin a boost and reduce wrinkles", "reduce age spots and pigmentation", "improve skin firmness", "improve puffiness and dark circles" and "reduces enlarged pores". Whew, that's everything (www.studio10beauty.com)!

So I'm not going to cut corners, this shit is like glue and it's incredible. By glue, I mean a fantastic glue that I can easily blend my makeup over without a problem, but a glue that means that my makeup didn't budge an inch throughout the day. Now let's tackle that huge list of claims above! The one I can definitely say I noticed first of all was the enlarged pores. As I've always said when I'm testing out products that are meant to reduce pores, I don't have the biggest pores in the world, but anything that can reduce them will always be welcomed in my life. Naturally, I used this more in my t-zone than anywhere else so my pores looked incredible. Your skin instantly becomes smoother when using this, but I also found that come the end of the day when removing my makeup my skin still felt smoother. I personally don't look out for wrinkles so I can't say if they've improved, but my eyes were less puffy, my skin felt less swollen at the end of the day and my skin just overall felt better. To make this last longer I was using this only in my t-zone and using my regular primer elsewhere because nothing budges when I use this.

Will I continue to use Studio 10s Miracle Effect Priming Serum? I have used up every single drop of this. At one point I was storing this at just the right angle to make sure that I could get every drop I needed. If I still had this, I would still be using this without a doubt.
Will I repurchase Studio 10s Miracle Effect Priming Serum? This is genuinely the best primer I have ever used but I'm not sure if I can justify £68 for it. I think I might treat myself to this just before me and Ryan go to America to really make sure that nothing moves in that heat! But £68 really?
Would I recommend Studio 10s Miracle Effect Priming Serum? If you're someone who is looking for a holy grail primer that truly means that nothing is going to move and you're not really on a budget then this definitely is the one for you! This works perfectly in my t-zone, and believe me this is like glue.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I keep saying it, but this shit kept everything in place and nothing even attempted to budge. It was lightweight, sunk in easily and didn't irritate my skin or break me out! The price is the only thing that stops this being a 5!