Sunday, 20 April 2014

Empties - April 2014

Trevor Sorbie Colour Protect Conditioner*
All of the Trevor Sorbie hair products I have tried have been of the highest collection, and this conditioner from the Salon X-Clusive range is no exception. It left my hair super smooth, aided with detangling my hair, and also helped to prolong my hair colour. Definitely a winner.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo
Another product which is an essential for those with highlighted or bleached hair, the purple tones of this tone corrector shampoo help to counteract the brassy tones that you can sometimes get with bleaching your hair. It's been a number of years now since I had a full head of bleached blonde hair, but this product worked wonders for it. Since having my hair highlighted recently, this shampoo has really helped to keep my colour looking fresh.

Phil Smith Big It Up Volume Boosting Conditioner*
Another hair product which I have been extremely impressed by, the Big It Up range does what it says on the tin so to speak, and adds plenty of volume. The effect I get from this is similar to adding volume powder to my hair when dry, and there is no chance of getting a brush or a comb through my hair once I have applied this conditioner, so I tended to use it before a night out for plenty of volume.
Kerastase Resistance Fibre Arichitecte*
Another brilliant product, this Fibre Architect has worked wonders at adding some moisture back into my split ends and dry hair. A very small amount goes a long way, which is fortunate given the high RRP of this product (circa £35). I would love to invest in this, but I can't justify the higher price tag. 

Batiste Dry Shampoo Medium & Brunette*
I have tried various dry shampoos over the last few years, but none beat the quality of Batiste. Over the last few months I have been trying to re-train my hair from daily washing to washing every two to three days. For the first month or so my hair looked horrendously greasy on the in between days, but Batiste has been my life-saver!
HK Je t'Adore Shampoo & Conditioner
This duo came in a recent Glossybox, and I have to say I didn't notice anything special about this shampoo and conditioner at all. I do enjoy receiving shampoo and conditioner samples, as they will always get used, but this was a brand I have never used before and trying these out has not made me want to scope out anymore products from the brand.
Benefit So Hooked On Carmella Eau DeToilette
This has to be my absolute favourite fragrance of all time, and one of very few that I have actually re-purchased. I get so many compliments when wearing this, and the sickly sweet smell of vanilla, caramel and chocolate are right up my street. 
Greenland Raspberry Shower Gel*
This shower gel came from a very handy little set from Greenland, and it smells absolutely divine! I never buy shower gel, so I rely on using up samples from beauty boxes and the like, so was pleased to give this shower gel a go. I got a good number of uses from it and I would definitely repurchase, given how delicious it smells!
Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash
In contrast to the Greenland shower gel, I really did not like this body wash from Balance Me. It did not smell at all nice, the texture of the wash was all lumpy, and I did not actually seem overly effective.
Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor
I was a little bit disgruntled to see this razor in a fairly recent Glossybox, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. The first use was an absolute delight - the built-in conditioning bar (much like a bar of soap attached to the head of the razor) gave me the closest shave and softest legs to date. However, after that one use the conditioning bar crumbled away, and the more it is used the more it gets worn down, and therefore it doesn't lie flat to your legs and give you the conditioning effect it is meant to. So, great for one or two uses but completely redundant after that. What a waste of money!
Neal & Wolf Shampoo & Conditioner*
A really great shampoo and conditioner duo, the Neal & Wolf products always leave my hair silky soft and tangle-free.
 
Macadamia Deep Repair Masque*
This is my first experience with the Macadamia products. Despite having plenty of products lying around, I tend to go for bottles before sachets. However, this deep repair masque is fantastic! I got two full uses from this one sachet, and I only need to use it once a week. Fortunately I have quite a few more of these sachets to use up.
 
Superdrug Facial Cleansing Wipes
My wipes of choice, simply due to how cheap and easy to get hold of they are. I buy these in bulk and always have a plentiful stash nearby.

Givenchy Very Irresistible Eau De Toilette 
Another Glossybox sample, I wasn't overly fussed either way about this Givenchy perfume. It didn't leave a lasting impression on me and the scent wasn't anything to write home about.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Time for a giveaway!

First things first, I am aware that there are a lot of opinions around hosting giveaways, with the majority saying that it is just a way to gain followers and bloggers that host giveaways being looked upon unfavourably. I am not hosting a giveaway for that reason, but it is of course a bonus if hosting a giveaway brings me some new readers who will go on to enjoy what I share on my blog. The reason for this giveaway is that I am moving house in two weeks, and I have a hell of a lot of beauty products that I simply cannot take with me. My collection is out of control! I have plenty of items that are unused, duplicates, or are simply the wrong shade for me, which there is no point me hanging onto. I have given some items away to friends, and had hoped to donate the rest to charity. Unfortunately due to the Post Office getting a bit more strict with their rules, this makes it more difficult. So for this reason, I have decided to fill a couple of empty Glossyboxes with some items, which will include cosmetics, nail polish, skin care, hair products, samples - basically anything that needs to go! This means there could be more than one winner, depending on how much stuff I have to get rid of and how many Glossyboxes I can fill. 

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday Favourites - April 2014

Now that the days are getting lighter and longer, and ever so slightly warmer, I've decided to give fake tanning a go. My fake tanning amounts to one spray tan last year and a dollop of tinted moisturiser every now and again. However, after seeing this Rimmel Instant Tan & Gradual Glow in the clearance bin for £2 in Superdrug, I decided to see what all the fuss is about fake tan. I have used this three times now, and gained myself a lovely golden glow after just one use. Once this has run out, I will definitely be experimenting with similar products.
I am really enjoying experimenting with eye shadow at the moment, and an absolute necessity for me is eye shadow primer. The one primer which has served me well is MUA's Professional Eye Primer. It is very purse-friendly as well as incredibly long-wearing. I have tried more expensive versions (Benefit, Urban Decay), and find that this does the job just as well. A product which I have only recently disvovered the benefits of, is Benefit's Posietint. I am absolutely loving all of Benefit's tints, having not really enjoyed them when I first tried them out, as you can read more about here. Now though, I love how I can apply Posietint first thing in the morning, and still have the subtle remnants of colour on my cheeks at the end of the working day.
I don't want to speak to soon, but - I think I've finally got the hang of contouring! I have found the key to getting it just right is using the right brush, and in this case I have mostly been using the ELF Angled Blush Brush, followed by my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to blur the edges. Paired with this, I have been getting a hell of a lot of use out of the ELF Blush & Bronzer Duo, which seems to be the perfect colour for a natural contour, as well as reportedly a great dupe for Nars' Laguna.
Lately I have noticed that the fine lines around my eyes are slightly more prominent, and the skin is looking dull and dehydrated. The perfect antidote to this of late has been the Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youth Infusing Eye Concentrate, which I apply before my make-up and it really helps to plump up my under-eyes. You can read my full review of this product here.
My absolute favourite beauty product of all time is my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, so recently I decided to pick up the Urban Decay 1 and 2 palettes. I have used the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette constantly since I got it, and couldn't be more impressed with the quality of the eyes shadows. My go-to look is Sin all over the lid, with Darkhorse blended into the crease.
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