Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

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LINKS// Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer | Chantilly | £23.00 | o.22oz

So I a couple of months ago I treated myself to a few Nars items. I picked up the Sheer Glow foundation, the Velvet Shadow Stick and the Radiant Creamy Concealer, which I will be reviewing today. I picked this up the lightest shade, Chantilly, which is basically a creamy white colour. I’m very fair skinned so as always I have to go for the lightest shade, which is normally still to dark for me, this being no exception. It really bugs me how the beauty mark is aimed towards tanned skinned, we need more for very pale and dark skinned girls and guys. We like makeup too.

Like the foundation, this concealer has a very light weight texture. It applies very easily, like a moisturizer and feels like you’re wearing nothing on your skin, whilst giving a good amount of coverage. It gives more coverage than the foundations and I find this really well under the eyes, as it gives a nice natural glow. It blends so easily and effortlessly, whether that be with a brush or a sponge. You can apply this over or under foundation, it works both ways, but I prefer putting it on after as it gives a really nice brightening under eye glow, which is also really nice on the tops of my cheekbones and along my nose bridge. As well as brightening I find it helps erase all signs of fatigue and hides skin blemishes and imperfections. The only problem I have with this is that I don’t find it works very well on spots, as it doesn’t cover them or help blend out the redness, even with a colour correct under it. I’ll use this for under my eyes or under my brown bone but for spots instead I go for my Collection Lasting Perfecting Concealer which in my opinion is the best Concealer in the world.

I’d give this Concealer a 7.4/10. Good for under eye and brown bone, not so good for spots and a little pricey for a concealer in my opinion.

The packaging is just the standard modern Nars packaging. A small tube with a black lid and the Nars logo on the side. Simple but Modern and decorative. It comes in a black cardboard box, which is good storage in the case the tube smashes, you’ll be able to save some of your makeup from being covered in concealer. This retails at £22.50 for 0.22 Oz. 6ml on the Nars website and pretty much every website. You can get it from Feelunique, house of Fraser, LookforFantastic and Asos.

If you’ve tried this concealer, let me know what you thought of it below, also let me know if there are any good drugstore dupes of this, because I’d love to try some.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

 

A beginners guide to blush

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PRODUCTS PICTURED  // Revolution Single Sugar Blush| Revolution Cream Blush Palette | Real Techniques Tapered Blush Brush | Sleek Rose Gold Blush | Revolution Ultra Flawless Powder Blush | Max Factor Cream Lovely Pink Blusher | Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block

I’m trying out a new series on my blog where I try and explain makeup to someone who knows nothing about it. I was thinking back to when I first started makeup and how great it would’ve been to have had a proper guide telling me what’s what and decided to give it a shot. I’m probably not the best person to be talking about this as I’ve never studied beauty professionally or anything but this is just what I’ve learned over the years compiled into a series of blog posts.

Today we will be discussing blush. Blush or blusher, is a rogue beauty product that is applied onto the apples of the cheek, to give a youthful glow, the appearance of a rosy complexion and to empathize the cheekbones.

Blush, known as Rogue up until quite recently, was used as early as ancient Egypt, were both men and women wore it on their lips to make them pop. Of course it was far from the soft powders and light liquid’s we use today. Back then blush was a thick taste, made from crushed fruit and vegetables, like strawberries and red beets. I for one am thankful we’ve changed the way we make blush now, because rubbing crushed strawberries on my lips and cheeks just sounds sticky.

Blush was also popular in Greece, were wearing blush was a sign of being wealthy. As a result many women wore the cosmetic, which at the time was made of seeds and berries. In Victoria England however, cosmetics were seen as a sign of low morals, and so women resorted to pinching their cheeks to get that rosy glow. Luckily, rubbing crushed berries onto our cheeks seems to be a thing of the past, but I know some people, myself included at times, still use that pinching cheeks trick.

Today blush is staple in any women’s makeup bag. Blushes are mostly commonly pink, peach or red toned, but you can buy them in pretty much every colour, and I have actually seen quite a few purple and orange blushes. If you’re like me and you’ve got fair complexion, it’s probably best to stick to the more peachy colours. Reds and hot pinks can look quite clown like on the skin and if you want to keep your face looking more natural you want to look out for the peachy and light pink colours. If you’ve got dark skin you are fortunate enough that you can pretty much work any colour, however saying that I think really dark reds, hot pinks and even purples really pop on dark skin.

Powder –
The most common type of blush you will find is powder blush. It comes in a variety of colours and almost all bands have some sort of powder blush. It’s all usually in a pressed compact form although you can find loose powder blushes if you really look for them. Powder blush is the easiest type of blush to blend, especially if you’ve got oily skin, as they help absorb some of the oil. If you’ve got dry skin, you may find powder blushes take a lot longer to blend, or they may even just sit on top of the skin instead of really being stuck onto apples of your cheeks. There are many different powder blushes out there that are matte, shimmery and dewy.

Recommended Products: Nars Orgasm – £23.00, it’s a soft rose pink shade that gives a nice dewy glow to the skin. Sleek’s Shimmer Blush in Rose Gold – £4.99 is a nice cheaper alternative that gives the same look at a quarter of the price. For shimmery blush I would recommend, Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick – £34.00 or Collection Gorgeous Glow Block – £4.19. They are both basically the same product and I prefer the collection blush most of the time. I don’t really wear matte blush that often as I find it washes me out, but when I do I find Revolution Blushes are really nice, especially the Powder Blush in Sugar – £1.

Liquid –
Liquid blush, as you have probably guessed, is blush in liquid form. It’s one of the least popular types of blush, due to the fact it’s difficult to work with. It drys very quickly, so you need to get it from the bottle to your face as quickly as you can, otherwise it may dry, leaving two large red dots on your cheeks which never looks good unless your going for that clown look. They do, however tend to last a lot longer than powder blush. Another bonus of liquid blushes is they tend to come in rather large tubes or bottles with pumps, which means you get more product and therefore more for you money. Also if you happen to drop your liquid blush on the floor it wont smash like a power blush. Liquid blush works well with all skin types, but works best on dry skin. If you’re a first time blush user though, I wouldn’t recommend liquid blush.

Recommended Products: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush – £15.50 & Bourjois Aqua Blush – £8.99

Tint/Stain –
Cheek stain or sometimes called cheek tint is a gel mixture, that when applied to the apples of the cheeks gives the appearance of blush. They are often water-based, oil-free and alcohol free, meaning they work well with all skin types. Because cheek stains temporarily stains the skin, it lasts a lot longer than most other types of blush.  It’s also a lot lighter on the skins surface too, so it works well if you’ve got oily skin. You can blend them with a brush or makeup sponge, although a sponge tends to work best, in my opinion.

Recommended Products: Benefit Posietint – £24.50, The Body Shop lip & stain cheek – £8.00 & Stila Cruch Lip & Cheek Stain £16.00

Cream –
Cream blush is a lot thicker and heavier than other types of blush. It usually comes in pot, compact or stick form. Cream blush is more moisturizing than other types of blushes, so it’s amazing on dry skin. It is a little harder to blend, and like liquid blush it dries quickly so you have to work with this fast, but unlike powder blush it does last a lot longer, as it sticks to the skin properly instead of just resting on top of it. It also gives a nice natural glow, and looks a lot nicer on fair skin than other blushes.

Recommended Products: Barry M Cream Make Me Blush – £4.49, Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush – £7.99 & Rimmel London Royal Blush Blusher – £4.49

Mousse –
Mousse Blush, sometimes called whipped blush, is not as popularly used as cream, tint, liquid or powder blushes. The mixture is whipped to increase the amount of air inside the mixture, hence it’s name. It’s got the same texture as hair mousse and is often packed into a small jar. It’s good for dry skin, but should be avoided if you have oily skin as it may just slide off and not last very long.

Recommended Products: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Blusher – £6.49.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, hints, tips or recommend products feel free to post them below! I’d love to hear your recommendations and ideas.

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick Review

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LINKS // Nars Velvet Shadow Stick | Goddess | £21.00 | 0.05oz

I’ve wanted to try eye shadow sticks for a while now. Mostly because I wanted something small I could take with me in my bag when I go out in case I need touch ups, as carrying around a huge palette is not ideal. I’d heard a lot about these Nars Vvelt Shadow Sticks across various blogs and youtube videos and decided I would try them out. I treated myself to some Nars makeup is a small personal reward for doing well in my first year at Uni. Along with the Sheer Glow Foundation and Creamy Concealer I picked up the Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in the shade Goddess which is a shimmery pink champagne shade.

If you don’t know what eyeshadow sticks are, they are just a cream eye shadow in stick form. This one is a nice size, about the length of a pencil. It’s in a plain black tube with a kind of nude peachy tone on the end. It’s not the shade of the shadow but I guess it’s a sort of similar version. I think these very easy to use. I generally just swipe them across my eyelid and blend them out, sometimes adding another colour into the crease or sometimes just leaving it. I will say if you’re in a rush, this is your best friend, because you just draw it on, blend and your done.

The shadow lasts pretty much the whole day, without a problem. There are two downsides to the product, first of it tends to crease when put over eye shadow primer. I’m not sure why, I’ve tested this theory both with high end primers, like the Urban Decay Primer Potion and drugstore primers and I’ve just found whenever I’ve used a primer with it, it has creased like crazy. I skip primer whenever using this now, because it just works so much better without it. The second downside is that I find it can be a bit chalky if you layer it to much and because of this I tend to only do one quick sweep over a clean base to avoid chalkiness and creasing.

This eye shadow has amazing staying power. I swatched some on my hand, rubbed it with my finger and a wet cloth and it didn’t budge at all. In fact it looked no different. And that’s really the sort of staying power you want if you’re too lazy to touch your makeup up during the day like me. Although it does mean when removing your makeup you can’t just use a makeup wipe, you have to get all in with your cleanser and toner to get this baby off your eyelids.

This retails at £21.00 for 0.05 Oz on the Nars website, although other websites do sell it cheaper. John Lewis and Look Fantastic sell it for £20 and Feel Unique, which is where I got it from, sells it for £16.80, at a 20% discount. I would say that is worth the price. A lot of high end shadow sticks range in the £30-40 range so £20 I think is pretty good, especially for something of this quality. I’m definitely repurchase this, and actually looking at the others colours Nars offers, I really want to try Hollywoodland, Oaxaca and Aigle Noir, which are all shimmery colours. They also have a matte version of the stick, which I really want to try in Dark Angel, which is a beautiful dark chocolate brown.

If you’ve tried this product, let me know. I’d love to know if you liked it or hated it and if it did the annoying creasing over primer thing with you too. Maybe my issue is I’m not using the Nars Primer. I don’t know, if I ever buy it I’ll use them together and post an update. But apart from the annoying creasing and the chalkiness issue this is a solid 7/10 for me.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Review

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LINKS // Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Everyone and their pet goldfish and their postman raves about this foundation. It’s The Sheer Glow foundation by Nars. It’s been featured on millions of blogs and youtube videos and almost everyone loves it. Including me.

A few months ago I treated myself to some Nars stuff as a reward for doing well in my first year of uni. I picked up this, a Creamy Concealer and a Velvet Shadow Stick (reviews going up soon). I try and research the hell out of high end products before I purchase them. I don’t have £40 to just throw away on anything, so if I’m buying something high end I’ve got to make sure I really really want it and intend to use it.

Drugstore foundations, at least out of the one’s I have tried, just don’t work very well on my skin. I have combination skin and find some of my skin can be dry some days and oily others. I find foundations go flaky on my skin not long after applying. I’d tried many different ways to prevent this, from changing brushes, trying makeup sponges and beauty blenders, to exfoliating daily, to changing my skincare routine. But nothing worked. So I had to step up my game and try out a high end foundation.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this foundation online. Some say it’s great for dry skin, other say it clings to dry patches and is only good for oily skin. As someone with both, I decided to give it a shot. This a silicone based natural finish foundation. It’s Dermatological tested, fragrance free and feels very light weight. Unlike a lot of foundations I’ve tried, this feels more like a moisturizer than a foundation. It goes on so smoothly and effortlessly, blending nicely, whether that be with a sponge or a brush, with or without primer. I got this is in the shade Siberia, which, as you can imagine by the name, is the lightest shade, because I’m a white ass Caspar the ghost bitch. I have to say it’s one of the only foundations that’s been anywhere close to my skin tone. 80% of the time with foundations the lightest shade is still way to dark, but I find with this it matches my skin perfectly. It gives good coverage, whilst giving me a nice natural glow, but without giving the appearance of accidental blackface. It’s definitely a foundation you have to build up, and gives I’d say a nice medium amount of coverage, so if you’re someone who doesn’t have terrible skin, but needs a little help giving herself a glowy complexion (and not that of a corpse), I’d recommend this, because it works great hiding that never-goes-outside skin.

The bottle is a small acrylic bottle with the Nars logo up the side and a black lid. It’s Nar, all it’s packaging is standard, plane but modern and stylish. It also came in the standard black cardboard box that all Nars products come in. I usually keep it inside the box, so in the case the bottle accidentally breaks I may be able to save my other makeup from being covered in foundation. My only problem with this damn bottle is that it doesn’t have a pump. The amount of times I’ve accidentally poured to much on my hand is stupid really. This retails at £31.00 for 1  Fl. Oz. 30ml on the Nars website, but on Feel Unique, which is where I got it from I brought it retails for £29.50. So only £1.50 less than every other website, but hey I got a free gift, free delivery and that £1.50 can go towards a dib dab and a bottle of pink lemonade lucozade (my favs).

Overall I really like this foundation. I know people say to avoid this if you’ve got any sort of dry skin, but I really like it. It’s goes on so easily, gives a nice finish and feels really nice on the skin. My only quarrel is the fact the bottle doesn’t have a pump, which means having to pour it out. But really that’s something I can live with, and hey if it bothers me that much I can always buy the £3.00 pump they sell on the website.

But apart from that this product is great, it’s a solid 9/10 for me and it’s just amazing. If you’ve tried this product, let me know what you thought of it below, especially if you’ve got combination skin, as I’d love to know how it worked on you.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day

Eden’s Semilla Vitamin E Oil Review

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LINKS // Eden’s Semilla Vitamin E Oil | 120ml | £12.95 | Amazon

So as of late I’ve been really interested in using more natural products on my skin. After finding out the facial scrub I use is unfortunately tested on animals I decided to branch out and to try and find to find a more natural and of course cruelty free scrub. Whilst searching I was thrown into the world of oils. It turns out there’s a lot of different oils in the world, Lavender, Coconut, Argan, Sunflower, Rose, Raspberry, Almond. Even Cucumber. It all seemed very confusing so I picked a few different ones and tried them out and I intend to review each one in upcoming posts. Whilst I was in my search Eden’s Semilla were generous enough to send me a bottle of their Eden’s Semilla Vitamin E Oil in return for a review. Of course I said yes, how could I not? I’m going through a big oil craze and a lovely company offers to send me a bottle? Couldn’t have come at a better time.

First I want to say I don’t have amazon prime but I received this the morning after I placed my order. Which is just amazing because there’s nothing worse than having to wait around for an amazon order. My first thing I noticed about this product before I had even tried it, was how little packaging it came with. I received a small box, containing the oil and a plastic bag with the dropper inside and this was the only packaging. I love it when companies have very minimal packaging, as lots of complicated ties, boxes and bags are bad for the environment, unnecessarily and just not good in general. The box the oil comes in is yellow with white and gold font and has a small picture on the front showing all the different ingredients involved in the product.

My first impression of the oil itself is that I really hate the smell. But you never judge a product but it’s smell, as someone amazing products smell terrible and some awful products smell fantastic. Saying that the product itself doesn’t feel like oil, it’s so light weight and silky it basically feels like water. I applied this on my face morning and night for two weeks and compared to other oils I’ve used in the past, it doesn’t feel thick or suffocating. It takes a while to set but when it finally does your skin feels very soft and smooth. After two weeks of daily use I will say my skin does feel a lot more hydrated and moisturised. Because I have very dry skin it’s rare my face feels hydrated, so if you’ve got dry skin and find it hard to get moisture on your face like me, you’re really going to want to check this out.

I’m pleased to say this product contains 100% natural ingredients and has the leaping bunny certificate, so we know no bunnies died to make this. The ingredients are: 100% naturally sourced Vitamin E (Safflower / Wheatgerm / Sunflower / Sweet Almond / Apricot / Avocado) Organic Jojoba and Rosehip Oil. Let’s take a look at these ingredients in detail:

  • Rosehip oil – Is full of vitamins and antioxidants, is good for getting rid of dark spots, reducing redness, scars and being hydrating for dry and/or itchy skin.
  • Organic Jojoba – Is the only oil that resembles our natural oils, works as a natural moisturizer and combats facial scarring and facial lines.
  • Safflower oil – Acts as a natural lubricant that prevents water from leaving your skin and locks in moisture for glowing fresh, soft skin.
  • Wheatgerm oil – Improves circulation to the skin and the hair, helps hydrate dry or itchy skin.
  • Sunflower oil –  Improves skin health, regenerates cells, reduces scars and gives the skin a healthy glow.
  • Sweet Almond oil – Protects against UV radiation damage, cleans pores, softens skin and battles dark circles.
  • Apricot oil – Is anti-aging, soothes irritated skin and works as a natural moisturizer.
  • Avocado oil – Prevents inflammations, redness and itchiness, is an affect treatment for acne and blackheads.  Is beneficial in diminishing age spots and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

All great natural ingredients that have amazing benefits for the skin.

If you’re new to oils, I’d say start with coconut oil or argan oil for you hair and Vitamin E oil for your skin. I’ve use all three and all three are amazing. I’m going to keep using this Vitamin E oil as it’s making my skin feel so nice and will probably continue to purchase more natural oils in the future.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

 

Vitamin E Moisture Cream

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LINKS// VITAMIN E MOISTURE CREAM | 50ML | £12.00 | THE BODY SHOP

I’ve been using the moisture cream for a while now. I really love the Vitamin E products by The Body Shop in general and after talking to the lovely lady in the shop about my skin type and what I need a product she recommended this.

Now this has now changed packaging, but the picture shown above is the one I currently have. It’s a small 50ml pink tub with a black lid. With everything in The Body Shop it’s simple packaging, not that interesting but again simple and convenient. It’s so tiny so it doesn’t take a lot of room up in your back and also it’s also under the 100ml limit for flying which means if you’re traveling you can take it with you in your carry on. The product itself is a very light pink cream that smells quite sweet. It has a very watery texture and sometimes I do find it a little bit runny, but it’s not so bad as this does mean a little goes a long way.  Now this is for combination skin, which I have. My skin is very oily under my eyes and on the very very top of my forehead right by my waterline, but the skin on and around my nose and on my lower forehead is very dry. Because of this I have to moisturizer a lot. I find this cream helps a lot because it really helps to keep the dry skin from staying too dry. It has a very light weight formula that absorbs easily to give you a healthy looking complexion.

This is amazing, it’s so creamy and soft, it keeps your skin from going dry but it keep it staying soft. The only downsides are I think £12.00 is a little bit too much money for a tiny 50ml tub, the fact the mixture is very runny so if you accidentally knock over the tub, you will loose a lot of product and also the fact this takes a long time to dry, so if you’re putting this on before primer and makeup you have to do it at least 10 minutes before. Apart from those things, which really don’t even matter as it’s just me being a picky ass bitch, I’d really recommend this cream, especially if you’ve got dry skin.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Hair Care Routine

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LINKS // SHAMPOO | SPRAY | TREATMENT | MASK | OIL

So I have long ombre brown to blonde hair that ends just below my chest. I straighten it probably 2-3 times a week, during September-June and maybe once a week in the June-August. I have a long hair care routine, which I do every Sunday. I don’t do this routine everyday, because sometimes I just need to sit and let the natural oils do their work, but this is a general outline of what I do when I do go through my everyday hair routine.

Shampoo & Conditioner – I drift between 3 different brands for shampoo and conditioner. The 3 brands I used are Soap & Glory, Tresemme and Lee Stafford. I switch between the 3 brands as I find all 3 brands good at different types. I use either Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner or The Tresemme Salon Silk Shampoo & Conditioner. I find Soap & Glory makes my hair feel very soft and clean and makes it smell amazing but the Tresemme makes my hair really shiny and silky. I’ll switch been between them both, depending on how I want my hair to be that day.
On Sundays I use the Lee Stafford hair growth shampoo and conditioner. It feels really nice and soft but I do find it’s a little bit heavier on the hair and so for that reason I use it only once or sometimes twice a week. Since I use pretty much nothing but Lee Stafford products in my full hair routine I also find it helps to use the matching Shampoo & Conditioner too, just to get the full Lee Stafford experience.

Mask- I’ve used a few treatments on my hair over the years, but I find I really like this one the most. It’s the Lee Stafford hair growth Mask, for hair that never grows past a certain length. It comes in a 200ml pink tub and smells amazing. The treatment is a thick pink mixture that smells like the matching shampoo & conditioner. I use an egg size amount of my hair once a week and then leave it on for around 6 minutes and then wash it off. I’m on my third tub of this and whilst I haven’t actually seen any difference in the length, it does look a lot fully and softer and my head always feel so amazing after using this. Whilst it doesn’t make hair grow it does make it soft and it does repair damaged hair, so if you’re looking for a new treatment/hair mask, I’d recommend you try this.

Heat Protection Spray – So surprise surprise, I used another Lee Stafford product. I’m not sponsored by then or told to talk about them I just really enjoy their products. I use this protection spray every time I apply heat onto my hair, whether it be with straighteners, a curling iron or a hair dryer. It works very well and I love the smell. It’s a sweet fruity smell and it really lingers on my hair and makes it smell nice. I used this most days and it really works at keeping your hair safe from heat damage, whilst making it smell really nice and stay really shiny. I’ve tried many heat protection sprays, but always go back to this one because I love it and find it just works too well to want to even try anything else.

Purple Shampoo – Another shampoo now, this is the Purple Shampoo for bleach blondes from Lee Stafford. As I said previously I have brown to blonde ombre hair and blonde hair goes yellow after a while if you don’t take care of it. I remember watching a video by Zoella, who of course was famous for her long beautiful ombre hair (before she cut it all off) and she recommended this. Of course I had to check it out because who doesn’t want Zoella 2013/14 hair. This works beautifully, it’s soft light and silky and doesn’t really feel like a shampoo. I use this once a week, usually on a Sunday. I’ll apply a normal shampoo first, lather and rinse and then I’ll apply this before I apply any conditioner or a mask. I always shampoo my hair twice anyway, so I just skip the second round of normal shampoo and replace it with this instead. It is of course, a dark purple colour, which does look a bit freaky when putting it on, but don’t worry – it doesn’t make your hair go purple. I find this lathers really well and the silky soft texture of the formula applies to my hair, making it feel so soft and nice whilst stopping the blonde in my hair from going purple, which is the whole point of the product in the first place.

Treatment – I don’t always use this product on my hair, it’s probably once every two weeks I use this. It’s the Lee Stafford hair growth leave in treatment. The only reason is because whilst it does smell nice and it doesn’t psychically seem to change my hair very much and because of this I often forget it or I can’t be bothered to apply it. When I do apply this I will squirt 5-6 pumps onto the ends of my hair (after washing but before drying) and then I dry my hair. It has the nice floral smell of all Lee Stafford products and whilst it does seem to make my hair softer I haven’t seem very much difference in terms of hair growth. Which is why I sometimes skip this step.

Golden Girls Oil – This will usually be the last step of my hair routine. I really love oils in general because I love the silky feel of them. This is the Golden Girls Oil, again by Lee Stafford. It works like the purple shampoo in that it keeps away the yellow hair and keeps the blonde looking natural and brassy. You can apply this to wet or dry hair, I prefer to apply it to dry hair, after straightening. I pump a small amount in my hand, rub it into my fingers and then slowly drag it through my hair. I find not only does it make my hair look really silky and shiny (but not greasy) but it also gets rid of fizz and stray hairs, meaning if you’ve naturally got Hermione Granger hair like, then this stuff is a life saver!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

 

 

The Body Shop Seaweed Night Treatment Review

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LINKS // SEAWEED NIGHT TREATMENT | 30ML | £13.00 | THE BODY SHOP

I picked up this Night Treatment a few months ago as I’d decided to throw away my old night serum because I didn’t like it. It was too tight on my skin and made it feel dry and just rough and gross. This was the first night serum I’d ever used however so I was kinda worried serums were supposed to make your skin dry and tight, in which case I knew they definitely weren’t for me.

I adore The Body Shop, all their products are amazing and I always head straight to them when it comes to skin care. So when I tossed my old serum into the trash I replaced it with the Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment. It comes in a small 30ml bottle with bright blue labels whereas the serum itself is a murky white colour but comes out clear. Now the bottle obviously isn’t the prettiest thing, but you should never buy a product just because of the pretty packaging. (Although I’ll admit I have, hello candles). I’ve tried the toner in the TBS Seaweed range before I love it and use it almost daily so I thought its sister product had to be good.

The serum itself is very light weight and silky. It almost feels like an oil, but thicker but not quite as thick as a moisturizer. I apply this most nights after applying cleanser and toner. I apply it with my fingers and generally do 4-5 pumps at a time, one for each cheek, one for my nose/eyes area, one for my forehead and one for around my chin/neck area. Now that may seem like a lot to you but the pumps give out very little serum each time, so I do quite a lot of pumps in an attempt to completely cover my face.

This serum feels so nice and smooth on my face. It isn’t dry or tight and makes my feel soft and loved. It does, a while after use make my skin feel a little sticky, but of course that goes away once moisturizer is applied. I’ve always had quite clear skin so I can’t say I’ve witnessed a psychical difference in whether it helps with acne or not. It has made my skin feel softer and smoother however and I always notice a difference when I don’t use this vs when I used it in the morning.

I always want to just note I’ve been using this for over a year now and the bottle isn’t even half empty. And I use 5 pumps of this at a time, at least 4 nights a week. And for £13.00 that’s not a bad price in my opinion.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day <3

Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator

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LINK // Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator | Superdrug | £2.99

So I recently learned I needed to Exfoliate weekly. I’d never really been sure what exfoliating was until someone told me scrubbing your face with a gentle scrub should work. Exfoliators remove dead skin and leave your face feeling fresh and clean. I picked up this one from Superdrug for £2.99. The bottle says it’s an oatmeal exfoliator (porridge exfoliator if you’re British like me) and it really does have the texture, smell and feel of oatmeal. At first I was a little bit, freaked out about rubbing an oatmeal like mixture on my face, as I thought it would kinda feel like you’d just missed your mouth a hundred times whilst eating breakfast. And whilst yes it does feel like you’re rubbing cold porridge on your face it really helps to polish away old skin and make my face feel really sort and clean. It also smells really good and according to the bottle it’s Vegan and has the special bunny icon that tells us there’s no animal testing involved.

My only problem is the texture which really does feel like cold porridge but really that’s me being picky than an actual fault with the product. Apart from that this product is a solid 9/10!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cube Review

Eye Cube

LINK // Vitamin E Eye Cube | The Body Shop | £9.00

I’ve been using this eye cube since I think January now. It’s basically a solid eye cream but not as heavy as a normal eye cream. It comes in a handy tube that you twist you push up and it reminds me a lot of a lip balm, except obviously not as sticky. Twice a day, everyday before moisturizing I apply the eye cube around my eye area by gently smearing it under my eye, on my eye lid and around the corner of my eyes, I do this twice, sometimes 3 times if my skin is feeling particularity bad that day and then a rub it in with my fingers to make sure I get every area covered.

The cube itself does a great job making my skin feel soft but I also find it really brightens that area as well and it also tends to make me feel more awake. At first the cube idea kind of worried me as a solid version of anything I’m usually not a fan off (soaps, moisturizers, shampoos etc.) because I was worried they may get dirty from constant use. However since using this eye cube I’ve had no trouble with it getting dirty and apart from the odd eyelash stuck on the end it stays pretty clean.

This is also not scented so it’s great if you’ve got sensitive skin around you eye area as there’s no fear that you may just damage it more. I also want to note I’ve had this January and have yet to get through half of it and I’ve been applying it almost every single day so it does last a long time, longer than most eye creams I would say. The fact it’s solid also means you can take it on a plane with you, but it’s also really small so it wouldn’t take up too much room. I think taking this on a long haul flight could be handy as applying throughout would not only stop your eyes going dry but it’d really freshen up your face and make you feel relaxed, which lets me honest is an emotion you need to feel on a plane.

Overall I’d give this a solid 10/10. It’s an amazing product that makes my skin and eyes feel great, it’s small and a convenient size for travel and overall does the job it’s supposed to without any faults, which is exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.