Friday, 28 March 2014

Healthy Hair

About two weeks ago I started changing up my hair routine for more shinier, healthier hair and chose these two products. Within the space of a week I noticed results straight away especially on the ends of my hair.

The first product I used was the Beauty Protector hair oil. This stuff is amazing! I was a little cautious of putting oil on my hair as it tends to go greasy quite quickly but this oil took me by surprise and nourished the hair feeling as though it were getting soaked into each and every hair strand not just sitting on top creating an oily residue. Not only does it work wonders but leaves your hair smelling good too. I use this on towel dried hair just before brushing through and blowdrying it. I have a sample size and I'm going through it fast so I think I'll defiantly be buying a full size.

The second product I picked up recently is The Body Shop Coconut Oil. When I spotted this in the body shop I picked it up straight away. Not only being fond of coconut smells but because coconut oil is meant to be really nourishing and good for the hair. I use this after straightening on the ends of my hair and this just ads extra shine and tames any unnecessary frizz. The formula of this is like a balm so you can never add too much which I really like.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Charity Shop Finds

Recently, I've been finding myself quite often wondering into charity shops to have a good nosey around and have been picking up little gems. I thought I'd share with you what I picked up and hopefully encourage more of you to take those steps into a charity shop.

Firstly, I picked up three different sized necklaces. All of which have their own unique and querky design. On the left is a long gold chain with a tiger's eye pendent in the centre. In the middle is a mid- length silver chain with a six pence coin surrounded by silver detailing. On the right is a short gold chain with brown and orange beads holding gold pendents that when worn is really flattering to the neck line. All came to only £5.50!

Next, is this gorgeous small black velvet shoulder bag with black detailing. This is perfect for carrying just what you need and is statement piece that will give any outfit a pick up. I got this for £4!

Last but certainly not least is this slightly oversized Bruce Springsteen t-shirt. Hopefully I'm not the only one who shops in the mens section, but this beauty caught my eye. I'm a massive fan of t-shirts like this one and it was a bargain at only £2.50!

Do you shop at charity shops?

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Make Me Blush

Now I never used to be a fan of blusher, but since my trip to america where I bought two I decided to give what the drugstore had to offer a try. I already had the HD Brows and the Look blushers and didn't really use them because I have a natural rosy complexion to start of with and was a bit afraid of how they looked in the pan. Like I said I am now addicted and can't stop buying up the little prizes in boots.

On the left is the Rimmel London blush in 050 Live Pink. This is a lovely bright pink with a small gold shimmer running through it. Although it may look bright it comes up on the skin as a very pale pink that gives you a healthy rosy flush.

In the middle is Look Beauty's blush in the shade Flush. If your looking for a very shimmery but sheer blush then look no further. The colours coral and a hint of gold make you feel like a glowing goddess. Perfect for medium to darker skin tones.

On the right we have the HD Brows blush the shade Blusher 2. Now I have to admit I am a little scared of this blush as it is on the darker side, however it transfers onto the skin as very sheer (depending how much you put on) with a gold shimmery pink thats not rosy. Perfect for the Autumnal season.

Top left corner is Seventeen's blush. This is a rather new launch from seventeen and an odd looking one at that. But this blush is suitable for any girl on the go. Its an all in one product that has a stamp like applicator (hence the name cheek stamp) that distributes just the right amount of product. For the colour, its a sheer coral that can also be worn as a bronzer too!

Bottom left corner is Mac's blush in Stereo Rose. I was lucky enough to get my hands on this blusher as it is a limited addition favourite. This has to be my favourite out of all the blushers. Even though it looks quite dark it doesn't however on the cheeks, its a subtle light pink that gives you a glowing look with just a dusting.

Lastly, in the top right corner is Hourglass Ambient lighting blush in Luminous Flush. Can we just admire this beauty for just a second... not only is the packaging absolutely stunning but the colour is extra special. A light baby pink goes on a dream and doesn't have any shimmer in it. Perfect for an english rose look.

What are your favourite blushers?

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Lulu Guinness Birchbox March 2014

I was really excited when I heard that Birchbox were teaming up with Lulu Guinness for their March 2014 box. If you don't want any spoilers of whats in the box, look away now!

All of the products are sample sized, here is whats inside the box:

Benefits Stay Don't Stray primer. This is meant to make your concealer and eyeshadows stay in place all day and night. The shade is in light/ medium.

Dr Brandt Pores No More. This is a mattifying pore refiner that is a light shade. The consistency isn't silicone based but isn't a heavy duty cream either, it's light and disappears into the skin in seconds.

English Laundry No.7 For Her. This perfume is a sweet (but not sickly sweet), floral sent that just reminds you of spring and summer. This beautiful fragrance is defiantly one to buy.

Korres Citrus Body Milk. I adore this product because if your like me and hate moisturising than this is the one for you. The formula is light that soaks right into to your skin, so don't worry about having to wait for it to dry. Scent wise is a fresh citrus smell, not to overpowering but on me it doesn't last, which is unfortunate.

Molten Brown rhubarb and rose replenishing hand cream. When I first tried this product I was in love. Not only does it protect and nourish my hands, it smells so heavenly and lasts for a really long time.

Lastly a sweet treat that is wrapped in a Lulu Guinness spring/ summer' 14 collection wrapper!

You can purchase the Lulu Guinness March box -here

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Save or Splurge? Bronzer

Now lets be honest here, we all love to save a little bit of money here and there whenever we can but is buying the cheapest always best? Here I have two products one from the drugstore and the other a higher end product. I have compared these two bronzers to see if I can help save those few from splurging out on just one product.

First up is the drugstore bronzer. NYC's Smooth Skin bronzer is a bargain if you want a light, sheer tint on the cheeks. All for just £1.99! Now because it is so inexpensive it means that the packaging is cheap and flimsy. (Especially the lid attachment!) Ive noticed from testing this bronzer that the lasting power isn't all that great either. Throughout the day it begins to go patchy and not look so attractive.

On the higher end of the scale is the cult product NARS Laguna. Before I bought this, I was convinced that it wasn't all that special because of it's hefty price tag of £26. But since I was in america I decided to brave the price and buy this beauty. I have never been more wrong! Laguna is a beautiful bronzer that lasts all day and even through the night without going patchy. The packaging is sleek and attractive and will not break in the first two weeks of using it.

So is it a save or a splurge? In my opinion I would splurge and buy the NARS Laguna because it is a long lasting product that will satisfy your every need, whether its a golden glow or a heavy contour, this bronzer can do it all.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Makeup Bag Essentials

Makeup is a must have to have in your purse if your a girl who likes to touch up now and then during the day. Being me I find it hard to regularly keep whats in it updated on a daily basis but I find myself always chucking in these basics to get me through any day.

To start off with I make sure I take a light/ medium coverage foundation out with me. The Bourjois Happy Light foundation is a lightweight yet build-able coverage making it the perfect one for those girls who go from day to night. For those night girls this is a good choice as it doesn't have SPF in so you'll look the same colour in any kind of photos. Having a brush is also handy I really like the Real Techniques buffing brush as it makes your skin look flawless.

Next is a rather new purchase of mine, Soap & Glory kick ass concealer. I am head over heals for this concealer as it comes with two different coloured concealers, one pink toned to cancel out any blue/ purple under eye circles, and the other green toned to cancel out any red blemishes. This handy little compact not only comes with two concealers but a small version of Soap & Glory's one heck of a blot foundation which is a translucent powder that sets your makeup without making you look cakey. Seriously this stuff makes your makeup last!

Lastly, lips. To start I must have a lip balm. My lips suffer so much but Blistex MedPlus keeps everything in check. Every girl must have options especially me, my picks are Mac's glaze lipstick in hue. A very pretty pinky/ nude to suit every skin tone. I love the finish of this lipstick because it doesn't show every crack and flake off and its moisturising on the lips too! Last but certainly not least is another new purchase. Ive wanted a lipgloss that isn't sticky and one that stays on the lips. Maybelline's Colour sensational shine gloss in Glorious Grapefruit is a gorgeous natural pink that gives you a fresh natural look.

What are your makeup bag essentials?