Friday, May 30, 2014
Recently I've been grabbing the Bumble & Bumble Deeep as my hair treatment of choice. On my over processed thirsty hair, this has been working really nicely. I tend to leave it overnight once a week to get a real "deeep" condition. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it feel greasy, Just nourished and smoothed.It hydrates, soften, smooth, revitalize my dead looking hair and makes it much easier to run a brush through. Although I don't typically like my hair products to be scented I really like the scent of this. I cant quite put my finger on what it does smell like, but I sure like it - It's similar to that "hairdresser smell," if you get what I mean!
While I wont be giving up my hair mask of choice - Philip Kingsley Elastizer - anytime soon. While I feel like it softens my hair when I use it I don't feel like it's changed my hair over time. Just giving an instant blast of moisture. Where as I feel the Phillip Kingsley one works best over time. Saying all this, I have really enjoyed using this B&B Deeep treatment conditioner. Like most B&B products, this is pretty pricey at £22.50 but cheaper than my usual mask of choice so I don't know!
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|Bumble & Bumble Deeep|
Sometimes I feel like mascara wands are getting odder and odder. I seem to recall that it all started with the Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes. It was a weird ball shaped thing-a-ma-gjig which reminded me a bit of a mini loo brush. Then there are the bevvy of rotating mascara wands which were a huge trend a few years ago to the uber flexi brushes that trended recently. Bizarre and Off Beat mascara wands have that quirky gadget-y feel to them which is why they come across as gimmicky most of the time. Most of them come out with claims like they get right into the lash line, coat every lash or help hold a curl. Sometimes I think the beauty world can't get any weirder… But it does. Heres my take on the more unusual wands from the beauty world.
Buy:The Bourjois Beauty'ful Volume Dark Kohl mascara has a unique stubby hourglass shape, which isn’t that weird but it does remind me of a Ye Old mace. Dark Kohl has a excellent formula which is super black and non flakey. The brush helps coat upper lashes with ease but when it comes to lower lashes I seem to struggle a bit. The ball like end makes it quite awkward to add products without it ending up under your eyes.
Miss:NYX Fly with me Mascara has a bulb on the end of a standard rubber brush. I found the brush itself to be way too flexible that I struggled to actually use it properly. It would bend in half if I used too much pressure. The formula of this one is pretty horrible, it feels like I’m applying black glue to my eyes. Definitely skip this one
Try:I’ve not tried it but the Avon Mega Effects Mascara which has a brush that looks like a paint roller for your eyes. You’re supposed to rock the brush backwards and forwards and bend depending on the best angle for you. Maybe I should give it a go in the name of blog reviews - but frankly this is the oddest looking mascara I’ve come across. I’ve seen mixed reviews on this one so the jury is still out there for me!
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|Bourjois Beauty'Full Volume Dark Khol Mascara £7.99||NYX FLY WITH ME MASCARA |
|Avon MEga Effects Mascara|
Revlon Brow Fantasy is probably one of the best eyebrow products I’ve tried from the drugstore. I find on the whole drugstore brow products are really awful. It’s so rare that something comes along that impresses me in that price bracket.
As you can see from the photos its a dual ended brow filler-in one side a pencil the other a brow gel. Starting with the waxy pencil side, I start filling in my brows to cover up any sparseness. I then take the brow gel side and run it through my brows to set the brow. The finish is very soft and natural and doesn’t make the brows look crispy or dry. It comes in three shades - Dark Blonde, Brown and Dark Brown and retail for £6.99
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|Revlon Brow Fantasy £6.99|
It seems the lash aisle in your local Boots is having a bit of a facelift! I mentioned a few weeks ago that Ardell has rebranded and it seem Eylure have followed suit and done the same. I actually much prefer the Eylure rebranded packaging, it’s sleek, modern and simple but still has a personality. It looks more English heritage style with the modern, sleek fonts and lines. Did you know Eylure is a British brand?
What I like best about this eyelash packaging are that on the back of the packaging they give you an idea of what lashes look like on. I think eyelashes are the hardest thing to visualise on when they are just in the packaging. By having an example of what the lashes look like on a model you have a decent idea of what they might look like on you. Therefore,you can pick a style which suits the look you’re going for. It's actually so helpful and Im suprised no ones done it before!
I personally really like Eylure 101’s (I’ve blogged about them here) and I really like the Eylure 154 that I’m wearing in the example image. Very pretty, flirty and doll like.
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|eylure 101 eyelashes |
|eylure 154 eyelashes|
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|topshop lip bullet in tamed|
Friday, May 23, 2014
I think the fact that I got Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess perfume recently it made me completely forget about Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucrée. I thought that I’d hate it when I read the press release as I'm SUCH a woody or citrus kinda gal, but this has blown my mind. It's so different and unique.
Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucrée is sweet, like seriously sweet. I still haven’t actually had a whiff or Thierry Mugler Angel despite it being such an iconic fragrance in the beauty world. This perfume has notes of raspberries, meringue, vanilla and patchouli. It’s fresh and fruity with a slight chocolaty undertone. Girly and pretty, fizzy and youthful.The packaging reminds me of sweets and confectionary with it's pretty blue and white candy stripes. The star shaped bottle is dotted with glitter which looks like sugar sprinkles. Very good-looking. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn't stand up and only lays flat. I know that's a little pernickety, but it’s such lovely packaging I’d prefer to have it on display. Oh, and lasting power is a bit iffy but not disappointing compared to some perfumes. I feel like it opens up really strong (fruity/sorbet) then mellows down to the meringue notes, falling slowly towards the base notes of vanilla.
So yeah, I was pleasantly surprised by this, in fact I REALLY like it. I'd not ordinarily give something this sweet a chance but I'm so glad I did. It's seriously yummy and definitely worth a spritz next time you are in a perfume department!
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|Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucrée £41.50|
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I’ve blogged about DIY Nails\ before and a few weeks ago I got a huge package of all their nail decals and thought it was about time to give them another whirl. The best way to describe them is like temporary tattoo’s but for the nails. Nail Decals stop all the faffing about with nail pens paired with no worries about smudging it all once it's done. Quick and simple details to upgrade a manicure.
The DIY Nails decals are so easy to use, all you do is cut out the shape you want (you don't need to be too accurate) and then wet the decal, slide it off the paper and apply to the nail. You have to move quickly to get the decal onto the nail, but it’s fairly simple. To finish pop a clear topcoat on and voila. Instant awesome manicure.
The designs vary from cats, lettering, fast food fruits and even Marilyn Manson and Miley. Whatever floats your boat. The decals are seriously cool and always prompt comments whenever I use them. I'm forever getting comments on how I did that intricate design! At £6, a pack these are very reasonably priced. You can either go all out for a full manicure of just accent a few nails with designs. I personally love going all out with these and do a full crazy OTT manicure! DIY Nail Decals can be purchased via their online store.
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|DIY NAILS DECALS|
Lipstick on CollarsApparently the best way to remove lipstick from fabric is to use washing up liquid or dish soap. These contain de-greasers which are helpful at removing the oily base of lipsticks. Apply enough to cover the stain and let it sink in for a few minutes before washing and repeating until the colour has lifted.
Powder in PurseTry wiping excess powder out of a leather bag is easy as you can just use a damp cloth or wipe. This will remove the majority of powder quickly and effectively. You could even you use a toothbrush and a spot cleaning product to get rid of smaller crumbs. I’ve even hoovered the inside of a bag before to make sure any excess is gone!
The Foundation LineOh, that telltale round the neckline smudge. Most of the time foundation will wash right out, but a clean toothbrush or a damp cloth with a bit of stains remover dabbed until the stain comes to the surface will help clear it up quickly. Unfortunately, the only way to really get foundation out of wool or silk is to get it dry cleaned, pricey but with items like this it’s not worth taking a risk.
Nail Polish SpillsRegrettably, I haven’t come across any fixes for nail polish spills. I’ve had to throw away clothes and bedding before after attempting to give myself a manicure. I’ve read using acetone and an old towel will help pick up colour - saturating the stain with remover then dabbing with an old towel, being careful to not dab twice with the same area of towel. I'm currently on a roll with not spilling my nail polish so I won’t be trying this one out!