Thursday, 31 October 2013

October empties..

Lee Stafford Heat Protection Professional Straightening Mist, £7.49 - I bought this ages ago on a 3 for 2 offer as I would never pay that much for a protection spray. I don't really like it if I am honest. It doesn't distribute a fine mist over the hair but comes out in horrible clumps, smells ridiculously strong and makes my hair feel greasy if I use a lot. I will not purchase this again.

Avon Advanced Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil, £5.50 (currently on sale for £3.50) - This is an amazing little product that lasts for ages as you only need to use the tiniest amount. I found it protects my ends from becoming dry and brittle and smooths down frizz. I will most likely repurchase this again.

Neils Yard remedies Power Berry Daily Moisture, £23.75 for 100ml - I got this handy little moisturizer in a gift set and while it is hydrating and light and uses natural ingredients I don't think I will purchase this again. I find it extremely runny and too much always comes out of the tube which is messy and wasteful, it also takes ages to sink into skin, which can be a little time consuming. It is a lovely product I'm just pretty certain I could get something as good (and less wasteful) for half the price.

St Ives Apricot Scrub (Gentle), £4.29 - I always repurchase this as I find it is a nice gentle exfoliator which can be used daily to keep my skin fresh and soft in between more intensive treatments.

Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer, £12.99 for 30ml - This is a great little primer which smooths the skin and minimizes the look of pores and can be worn over or under your make-up. I love this personally, although I don't think it is the best primer in the world. I will most likely buy this again.

17 Backlash Mascara, £6.49 - This is an amazing mascara with a decent sized brush that makes my lashes look both thicker and longer. I don't usually experiment with mascaras and buy anything other than Maybelline or Lancome but I saw this on offer and now I am hooked. I need another one now :(

L'oreal Nude Magique BB Cream, £9.99 - I love this little BB cream and will definitely repurchase. It gives me a natural glow and matches my skin tone perfectly, and I use this on days when I want to let my skin breathe as its so light and feels like I am wearing no make up at all. If you have bad skin you will likely need to use a concealer with this, but it still looks so pretty.

What products have you used up this month?

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Dupe alert | Benefit Boi-ing vs Seventeen Phwoarr Paint

Thanks to my dad I have always been rather blessed with a certain physical feature in the form of under eye circles. Those pesky little dark shadows that make me look like I've had little sleep really frustrate me, which is why I am a complete sucker for under eye concealers. Anything that promises to make my under eye area brighter or more awake gets my attention, so for today's post I am going to compare one of my favourite high end under eye concealers with a newly launched budget friendly version.

In both concealers I am best matched to the medium shade, and they both do a great job of covering up my under eye circles, though I would say Phwoarr Paint has slightly less coverage. Despite less coverage it has an amazing brightening effect which is absent in Boiing. They are both marketed as 'heavy duty under eye' concealers and very similar in formula.

In terms of comparison I like them both equally, but I think seventeens version is better value for money. It also has a softer formula than Boiing which can be quite drying on the skin. To top it all off Phwoarr Paint also has better packaging and comes with a handy little mirror for on the go applications.

The lasting power of both concealers is great although I would say Boiing lasts slightly longer.

Overall, SEVENTEEN have nailed under eye concealer with this product and it gets a massive thumbs up from me. if you really want a good under eye concealer but don't want to pay a fortune I think this product is perfect. 


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Boots and Superdrug Haul!

I understand that I haven't posted in a long time (just over a week) and I would therefore like to take the opportunity to apologize as I have had a hell of a lot of work to do for uni. 

Today I have a mini Boots and Superdrug haul for you all, and I do believe I have purchased a couple of amazing things, a few of which I will most likely be doing a review of during the week. 

As you can see from the picture a few of these things were just general essential items (where the hell do all my kirbies go?! lol) but I thought I would throw them in anyways.

The first thing I purchased was the L'oreal Micellar Purifying Solution as I have heard a lot of good things about it in the beauty world and it was on offer in Superdrug for £3.33. So far it is a lovely make up remover and really is an easy way to clean your face after a long day.

I then spotted my favorite Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel, and at 89p, how could I not purchase? I should let you all know that these Superdrug branded shower gels come in lots of different scents and are ph balanced, as well as being a complete bargain!

After this I headed over to the make up section where I picked up a lovely MUA Blusher (for 1 pound!) in the colour 'lolly'. I also grabbed one of the Cream Puff  Lip Creams fom Collection, which I don't want to say too much about as I am no doubt going to be doing a review on it at some point this week. 

I then headed to Boots and decided that I wanted a new night cream with anti aging properties. I picked up the Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Anti-wrinkle Night Cream, which contains burdock fruit extract, argan oil and has 95% natural ingredients. It smells absolutely amazing btw.

Lastly, I got the Phwoar Paint Heavy Duty Under Eye Concealer from Seventeen, which I had been lusting over for absolutely ages! I won't say too much about this as I am going to do a comparison post on this product since I can see it as being a serious dupe for Benefits Boing! 

Have any of you purchased anything lately? What products are you currently lusting after?


Sunday, 6 October 2013

L'oreal Elvive Smooth and Polish Hair Masque | Review

If there is anything in the beauty world that I have not yet found my holy grail products for it is hair. I have been trying to get my hair back into good condition recently and I can say I have finally noticed an improvement. That is not to say that it has been slightly tedious at times. I have made use of pony tails since I now limit my heat usage to once or twice a month and I will try to get the split ends taken off every 6 weeks.

To be honest my hair is a lot thicker, however, the ends are still very dry not to mention my hair is not yet the waist length I want it to be. I know that in the long run I will get back my healthy, shiny, long hair, but it is a very long and monotonous process.

I have now incorporated hair masks into my routine in order to nourish and strengthen my hair, and that is where L'oreal's Smooth and Polish comes in.

 This mask contains keratin polish and camellia extract, which smooth the hair down making it extra shiny and silky soft. It is as straight forward as hair masks come as directions tell us to leave the mask on for only 2-3 minutes after shampooing. 

I noticed an improvement in the texture of my hair as being more smooth and silky, and this product definitely protected my split ends. It is by no means a wonder product and it will not transform your hair, but if you are looking to give your hair an extra shine boost, and protect your lengths and ends then this is a very purse friendly option, which delivers good results.

You can purchase this product for £3.47 from boots by clicking here.

What are your favorite hair products and why? Do you use hair masks as part of your routine?

Much Love, L :)


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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Lasting Perfection Concealer

Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce to those of you who don't know about it, to the Lasting Perfection Concealer from Collection. I do not doubt that this is one of the most talked about products in the beauty world or that the majority of you will have read umpteen reviews about this product, but I just love it so much I could not resist a post dedicated to my most favorite concealer.

There are a number of reasons why I always repurchase this concealer. Firstly, it does what it is supposed to do and actually hides a blemish rather than drawing attention to it. It comes with a standard doe applicator and is so thick yet beautifully creamy in consistency that when using a brush I find that this concealer will blend seamlessly with any foundation.

Secondly, I find that this concealer is a multi purpose product in that unlike many other concealers this can be used on both blemishes and dark circlcles, and does a magnificent job of covering up both.

It also has amazing staying power and I find that this will last me the best part of 10 hours, which is important to me as I tend to be busy during the week. And after all that it only costs £4.19!

The 2nd and 3rd pictures show a swatch, which is then blended in.

I must add that I actually purchased this concealer after years of using the Estee Lauder double wear and found that this does the same job if not exceeds it at a quarter of the price.

I should also probably mention that if you have very dry skin under your eyes then a little bit of moisturizer or good primer will stop this concealer from creasing as it can crease under the eyes when they are very dry.

Overall though, this product is an absolute dream!

Have you ever tried the lasting perfection concealer? If so what are your thoughts? I'm keen to know if anything you have ever used matches up to this?

Much Love, L :)


Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Body Shop free gift | Update

Hey everyone! 
This is a post I have meaning to get round to for a couple of days now, and now I am finally familiar enough with the products to do a full review of a product with purchase.

It probably goes without saying that here in Britain everyone loves a freebie. No matter who you are it is still a very exciting part of the experience when going shopping. Especially when shopping for beauty items. Now if you read my last post, which is linked here, you will know that I recently received a gift from the Body Shop, which I have been ridiculously excited to try out.

Lets start with my favorites.

Peppermint reviving foot soak (50g), £7 instore for 200g.

I have recently went back to university and as a result my feet have been tired and sore everynight so for me this product really is a godsend! It is simple to use, and makes your feet feel really soft. It has a lovely cooling effect due to the peppermint and I will definitely think about purchasing this in full size!

Mango Shower Gel (60ml), £2 for 250ml instore.

I don't have much to say about this as I simply love it because of the smell. Mango is so refreshing and really wakes you up in the morning. Also £2 for 250ml is a bargain!
Rainforest Shine Shampoo (60ml), £4.50 for 250ml instore.

Having used this range before I really knew what to expect so I haven't touched this small sample size preferring to stow it away for when I next go on my travels. This shampoo contains no sillicones or sulphates which is good for hair that is coarse and thick like mine as it doesn't strip your hair of its natural oils. It is rather hard to lather but that is due to absence of sulphates and it really makes your hair silky smooth.

The rest of the products I wasn't quite as excited about, but I have enjoyed them none the less.

'Soft Hands Kind Heart' Hand cream (50ml)

First things first I have to point out that I could not find this hand cream anywhere on the website nor in store, so whether this is actually sold or has been sold in the Body Shop stores I have no idea. Hand Cream is one of the products I actually own far too much of and never use so I wasn't too excited about this, but I suppose it is at least a handy size for travelling.

Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder, (full size, 10ml), £14.

I have to say I am very puzzled by this product. Tbh I don't really know what it is for. I haven't noticed that my skin has become any more radiant while using this product and the packaging states that you have to discard it after 10 days which seems like a bit of a waste of £14. I did like the smell of this but that is really the only thing I liked about this product.

Love Gloss, (full size product), £10.

I must say I would not pay £10 for a clear lipgloss, which is essentially what this is. It is pretty and long lasting and has an unusual applicator, but that is really all I can say. However, it does make a lovely free gift so I'm not complaining about the product, I just don't think I would buy it at its RRP.  

I really enjoyed trying out all these products and think free gifts are a great way for you to try new things without breaking the bank.

Have you recently done a gift with purchase review? Who do you think give the best free gifts?

Much Love, L :)
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