Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Hair Styling Wonders

I was thinking of what type of blog post I could write that wasn't another review. Whilst I am waiting for when I can take some pictures for two upcoming posts, I wanted to keep my blog active and upload as often as I can. Yesterday, I realised that I have never uploaded any post regarding hair products that wasn't part of a selection of monthly favourites.


Percy & Reed is a brand I have heard about multiple times but haven't been very fussed about trying until this was the free gift in ELLE magazine. The smell is one that you would either love or hate but the quality of this product is so good that you would be able to look past the smell. I use this after I have washed my hair and before any other products. It almost seems like a primer for your hair whilst making it look shiny (but not overly shiny) and feeling incredibly soft and fresh. I love everything I have tried from TIGI and the Smoothing Lusterizer is no exception. It is one of my favourite hair products and is perfect is your hair is looking particularly dull. It is a cream that tames your hair into place and has really small pieces of glitter/shimmer inside making your hair shiny and also looks incredible in direct sunlight.


Salt spray is the bottle I reach for and my go-to look especially in the Spring/Summer time. It helps to reduce the amount of heat you are using on your hair by avoiding heated styling tools. By spraying it into the lengths of your hair and scrunching it up slightly to get that perfect beach-hair look. If you are going to a festival it is the easiest way to style your hair. I tend to find that if you have really long/thick hair it can be weighed down by the weight of it all and lose volume in your hair. The L'oreal #TXT Volume Spray is amazing at adding some extra volume into your hair or if you are trying to achieve that 'big hair' look. Finally, to hold everything in place the Fudge Urban Hairspray is my favourite and smells absolutely incredible. It holds really well but doesn't have that crunchy feeling and doesn't stop  your hair from moving as it would normally without hairspray. Please let me know some of your favourite spring/summer looks and hair products.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Maybelline Colour Tattoos


When these cream eyeshadows were originally released in the UK, it seemed like every blogger went crazy over them and it did take me a while to actually pick one up. The UK has a lot less shades than the US and some of the shade names are slightly different as well. I have 3 shades from the collection; Pink Gold, On and On Bronze and Metallic Pomegranate. They were being constantly and repeatedly called the drugstore version of higher end cream eyeshadows from brands such as Benefit and MAC.

The packaging is pretty traditional for cream eyeshadows with the glass pot and a screw top lid which seems to prevent the eyeshadows from drying out over time and staying as creamy as they were when you originally purchased them. They stay all day without creasing and you can create whatever type of look you want with these shades. Pink Gold is a light pink with some subtle shimmer and some gold tones running through it; perfect for everyday or if you are doing your makeup on the go. On and On Bronze is a shimmery medium brown which can be used for whatever type of look you are aiming for; natural, everyday, evening! Finally, Metallic Pomegranate is a reddish plum which is fairly similar to the darker shade in my Estée Lauder 'Raisins' palette which I reviewed here. Definitely more of a night time/night out shade or during the day if you like darker eyeshadow looks.

The shadows are all really well pigmented so you don't need much product at all. They are also really creamy and really easy to blend, which takes seconds if you are in a rush to run out the door and don't have much time to do your eyeshadow. I actually prefer to apply the two darker shades with my e.l.f. Concealer Brush because it seems to provide a much better colour pay-off than just applying it quickly with your ring finger. They are £4.99 each and last a very long time so are definitely something to pick up if you are on a budget. Bourjois have also released their own versions of these eyeshadows to join the hype which are slightly more expensive than the Maybelline version and you can find them here. I'm taking some pictures tomorrow for two blog posts that I have never attempted before so stay tuned!


Friday, 11 April 2014

Laura Mercier Body Crème Soufflé


Being 100% honest, Laura Mercier isn't really a brand I have been too interested in trying. I had heard about their Silk Creme Foundation but it wasn't something that reached out to me to try. December/January time 2012, I heard about their Body Crème Soufflé Sampler box that was part of their Christmas collection but was too late to get hold of one and spent a while searching online for reviews from which people were saying they were some of the best body moisturisers they had tried! Last year I remembered about the set and was waiting for them to go in the sale only for them to sell out online instantly. Although, to my luck whilst going with some of my family to take my sister back to uni, Bentalls had maybe at least 300 boxes of these body crèmes!

All four scents smell incredible and as you would expect, are nothing like scents you would find in a body moisturiser on the high street in Boots or Superdrug. The scents are; Almond Coconut Milk, Ambre Vanillé, Crème Brulée and Fresh Fig. When I smelt the scents in store, Ambre Vanillé was my favourite but I was disappointed when I used it and the scent changed completely and smelt nothing like it did in the pot. Fresh fig is without a doubt my favourite scent from the set and is the body lotion that I reach for the most to thankfully smells the same in the pot and when you're using it!

They all sink into the skin in a reasonable amount of time but isn't so quick that you can get dressed about 5 seconds after. They moisturise really well and keep your skin really soft so no need to worry if you once in a while forget to moisturise (let's face it we've all done it!) and for me, it happens quite often! They don't have a really thick consistency that means it is impossible to moisturise it all in but again it isn't so thin that you have to use multiple amounts of product than you would usually need. The consistency and the whipped formula means that you really don't need much product at all so they are going to last you a while!

In a full size pot of the body crème soufflés, you get 300g of product for £44.50 and in this set you get 4 100g pots for approximately £40 full price depending where you buy it from and if you find it in the sale for about £20 you're getting an even better deal! You aldo get to try out different scents and they are much easier to travel with because of both the smaller size pot and the plastic packaging as opposed to the glass pot you get for the full size product :)

Have you tried any of the Laura Mericer Body Crème Soufflés?
What is your favourite body moisturiser?


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Estée Lauder 'Raisins' Palette


I'm not a beauty blogger who is obsessed with high end makeup and skincare brands and never goes to highstreet stores. I just can't justify constantly spending so much money on a single item although I do still have my highend wishlist with products I am constantly researching. This palette is one of the products that I had been looking at online for a while. After hearing that the duo palettes were to be discontinued by Estée Lauder, I knew I had to find it and to my luck grabbed the last one in John Lewis! Although it is a discontinued product, I have found one cheap drugstore dupe online and a dupe by Estée Lauder themselves which I will link at the end of this post.

The true shades don't show up well on camera at all and even after editing the images, the darker shade still appeared much more brown than when on the eyes or looked at in person. The palette consists of a light gold shimmery shade with peach undertones running through it and has been my 'go-to' everyday eyeshadow for a natural makeup look. The darker shade is a dark plum/purple shade which has brown undertones with some subtle shimmer. I have green eyes so this palette has the perfect shades to bring out my eye colour as well as complementing my skin tone.

They are well pigmented shadows and you get what you are paying for; they are not too over-pigmented which makes it impossible to blend or work with at all but they aren't so un-pigmented that you can't see them on your eyes. With the right eyeshadow primer they will stay in place all day so no worrying about them creasing! They are both really easy to work with and are absolutely effortless to blend together to create the look that you want; a little past natural or paired with some eyeliner for a night out! If you're really disappointed that you can't get your hands on this gem of a product anymore then I would recommend that you look into the No7 Eyeshadow Duo in 'Iridescent Purple' and the Estée Lauder Eyeshadow Trio in 'Sterling Plums' :)

Did you manage to get your hands on this before it was discontinued?
What is your 'go-to' eyeshadow duo?

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