Thursday, 24 April 2014

Empties #6


Skincare

St Ives scrub
I love this scrub, it's definitely my favourite out there. Not only does it make my face super soft and dry skin free, I use it on my body too and my skin just feels amazing afterwards. I used to use this at school and then stopped, I have no idea why, I don't think I will ever stop using it again.
Repurchase: Already have!

Lush Breath of Fresh Air
I cheated slightly for this one, I have the smaller size and since I only had a tiny bit left, I poured the contents of this larger bottle into the smaller one. I do really like this product, it definitely helps my skin from being so red and dry. The large size does take forever to use and for the money, lasted me ages.
Repurchase: Yes but only in the smaller size.

Olay Total Effects cream wash
I got this ages ago and gave it to my mum however I decided to try it myself recently. Didn't like it at all, it has exfoliating beads in it but they don't really do anything and the wash just leaves my skin feeling dry and tight.
Repurchase: No.

Soap &Glory Greatest Scrub of All.
Another one I bought ages ago and the same as above, made my skin feel tight and dry and the exfoliating beads just did nothing for my skin. This tube isn't even half empty but it's so old and useless that there isn't any point keeping it.
Repurchase: No.

B.Pure Micellar Water
I've used about 2-3 bottles of this now, can't remember exactly but it is nice, it does the job well but not as well as Bioderma in my opinion. I have so much micellar water now that I prefer but this was good at removing make-up and leaving your skin fresh and soft.
Repurchase: No.

L'oreal Absolute Make-up Remover Eye & Lip
Since taking the photographs for this post I finished my second bottle of this. It's great at removing make-up including mascara, only annoying problem is the shape of the bottle, it goes everywhere if you're not careful.
Repurchase: Yes.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense
I don't know how many times I have praised this product, it's amazing for dry to very dry skin types and really helps to battle my dry skin. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated all day long without feeling greasy or clogging my pores.
Repurchase: Yes.

Vitamin E wipes
I bought these on a deal in Superdrug and they smell amazing however they aren't very strong and the wipes tend to tear quite easily. They also don't remove make-up very well but the good thing is they don't leave my skin feeling dry which is nice.
Repurchase: No.


Bath & Body

Boots Smooth Car Hair Removal Cream
I used this on my under arms and bikini line and it didn't really do anything so I decided to use it on my upper lip. Us darker haired gals sometimes have issues with darker hair and I felt self-conscious so did something about it. This was great there and removed it really well. I recently bought the one specifically for upper lip and it's not as good.
Repurchase: Yes. 

Mitchum Advance Control Deodorant
Boring to include I know but it was rubbish, I really didn't feel as though I was protected when I used this. It smelt nice but really didn't do much else.
Repurchase: No.

Original Source Lime shower gel
Another boring one but this just smelt so amazing! Left my skin feeling really clean and fresh and just filled the shower with the gorgeous citrus scent, I loved it.
Repurchase: Yes.

Gariner Ultra Dry roll on
Another deodorant but since the Mitchum one I decided to try a roll-on instead and this one is amazing. It smells incredible and I don't worry at all about whether it's working or not because it does the job brilliantly. I have since bought about four, one for my bag, bathroom, bedroom and extra stock! 
Repurchase: Yes. 

Korres Body Butter Apple Blossom
This smelt so good, probably one of the best smelling products I've ever used! It soaked into my skin really quickly and the yummy scent lingered for quite a while. Super soft skin is an understatement!
Repurchase: Yes.

Lush sample pots
Dirty Springwash, Grass, The Olive Branch and Flying Fox are all shower gels and to me all smelt horrible. I didn't like any of them really and I wouldn't buy any of them in full size.
 I did however like the Rub Rub Rub one as it's a shower scrub and did make my skin really soft, scent wasn't too great but it did feel nice.
Repurchase: Yes to the scrub, no to all the shower gels.


Haircare

Lable M Treatment Shampoo*
This left my hair feeling clean and soft but it smells like chlorine, really unpleasant and a horrid scent for a shampoo.
Repurchase: No.

Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Protection Cream
I've had this for so long and still have loads left. Unfortunately it just doesn't do anything to my hair. My hair still feels dry and sometimes it feels worse after using it.
Repurchase: No.

Avon Advance Techniques Leave in Treatment
This was my sisters and I found it in her room after she moved out. It does leave my hair feeling soft and smooth but I've got products that do the job a lot better.
Repurchase: No.


Perfume & Body Spray

Hilary Duff With Love
I've had this for a couple of years and although it's not empty it's gone off now. I did have two bottles and used the other one up fully but this just got left and forgotten. From what I remember it is a nice scent, a nice one for evenings but I wouldn't buy it again.
Repurchase: No.

Gucci by Gucci
I used all this up and I still love the scent. Again it's definitely an evening scent with it smelling a little musky, a good musky haha, but I wouldn't buy it again as I like to try new ones. I really dislike the bottle of this though, just looks cheap and very chunky.
Repurchase: No.

So...? Kiss Me
I always had a body spray with my at school and do really like this scent but I'm just not a body spray gal any more, I like my perfumes or Victoria Secret mists. This is a nice scent though.
Repurchase: No.

Dior J'adore Voile de Parfum
This is only a tiny sample that I was given and the lady said it was a new scent. It's very nice and sophisticated smelling and definitely an evening scent but sometimes it is a bit strong and overpowering.
Repurchase: Maybe a 30ml.


Nails & Make-up

ELF Corrective Concealer
I tried to make this work but it's really not a great product. The skin colour shades are far too dark so I can't use them. Thr green I used on my cheeks which did help with redness and the pink shade I used under my eyes to correct the dark circles which helped however make-up didn't sit too well on top of them. It's also past it's use date now, I've had it for about a year and cream product you have to be careful with.
Repurchase: No.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder
I love this powder, it's the best one I have ever used and I won't be changing to another one any time soon. This is probably my third or fourth one that I have used now. They are pricey however mine easily last me a year which makes them worth the splurge. They set make-up perfectly without making your base appear cakey and because it's finely milled, it doesn't sit in dry patches.
Repurchase: Yes I already have.

MAC brush cleaner
This is one expensive brush cleaner but it really is one of the best I have ever used for spot cleaning. Gets the job done, brushes are super soft and clean and it dries quite quickly too.
Repurchase: Yes.

OPI Nail Envy Original
Anyone who read my recent nail post will know how much this has helped my nails grow quickly and stay strong. It really does work and when I stopped using it, I really noticed the difference quite quickly so I will never stray again.
Repurchase: Yes I have a new one now, phew!

Rimmel Scandleyes mascara
I didn't even get to use this, I bought it, opened it to check the wand and a little while later it's all dried up and smells of playdough, not good at all.
Repurchase: No.

Benefit They're Real! mascara
I think this is my third tube of this mascara, I do really like it, I like the length it creates and how separate my lashes are but I'm a bit bored of it now and feel it's time to try something else.
Repurchase: No.

Avon Super Enchant mascara
I did really like this one for a more subtle but defined lash and it was easy to build up too without any clumpiness.
Repurchase: Unfortunately it's no longer available. 

Deborah Milano Volume Lash & Care mascara*
I finally finished this mascara to the best I could. I really liked it, it made my lashes long and defined. It's supposed to help your lashes grow longer and help take care of them. When I used it every day for a month they did look ever so slightly longer but the thing I noticed the most was the fact they did look healthier, they started to do as they were told again.
Repurchase: I would buy this myself yes.

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer
I still have another tube of this but the hype really has worn off for me, I just don't find it that amazing any more and since using my Rimmel Match Perfection concealer, I have now realised that this one really does appear a bit cakey and drying under my eyes.
Repurchase: No.

Smashbox Hyperlash mascara
I really liked the comb brush on this as it was quite different, lots of little combs and then one longer bigger sized comb for more volume. It really separated my lashes and made them more defined but the formula didn't hold the curl for very long.
Repurchase: No.

CK One mascara*
I won this off the Debenhams Facebook page over a year ago and loved how you twist the end for volume and twist it back for length as the brush changes to suit the look you want, it's really clever. However this one did go quite gloopy pretty quickly and for some time I had to stop using it and leave it standing up to sort itself out. I then started using it again and although I liked the look, it's nothing special for me.
Repurchase: No.

Maybelline Colorsensational lip stain & Revlon Just Bitten Lip stain
I've decided to put these both together because I would only be repeating myself. Both of these products are lip stains with the Revlon one including a balm. I have to say I don't get these products, they just didn't provide a lot of lip colour at all. Both of them seemed to dry up quite quickly after only one use and just aren't pigmented at all. The balm on the Revlon one isn't very nice either, made my lips feel slimy and not smooth and hydrated.
Repurchase: No to both.

As you can see, I tried to use up all my opened mascaras, I tend to hoard them a bit and decided enough was enough and that I needed to be ruthless with them. Time to use them up or throw them away. I still have a lot left so expect more mascaras next time too!

What have you been using up recently?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick - Turn On


I've had four of the Urban Decay Revolutions lipsticks since Christmas and it's taken me a while to trial them, test them and write a review for you. I've already reviewed Obsessed over on Safiyah's amazing beauty blog FrootiBeauty which you can read here. Her blog is amazing and her make-up skills are to die for, truly stunning skills.

The packaging of these lipsticks are just beautiful. Encased in a shiny gunmetal grey tube and "Urban Decay" engraved down the side and "UD" on the lid, they really look the part. I love how they are a bit weighty but not too much. It's frustrating when something looks amazing and weighty and then it's just shiny plastic but these are a beauty.

How does the formula actually feel I hear you ask? Well, to me hands down one of the best formulas I've tried so far. They glide across the lips effortlessly, even if my lips are a little dry, these lipsticks do not drag or pull the lips and the formula doesn't stick to any dry patches either. They have a slight glossy finish to them which just makes them sit better on the lips and keeps them moisturised and hydrated throughout the day. Wear time is about 4 hours for me without any food or drink however if I do eat or drink, the colour wears off to more of a stain which I personally love as it's less noticeable. The colour does transfer a little bit however it's not a lot and it doesn't ruin the lips either, if that makes sense. It doesn't cause the lipstick to feather at all or smudge, it does stay put pretty well. Although darker colours like these are harder to re-apply as you have to be more careful at getting it perfect, I don't mind whipping out the cute packaging and re-applying.

I really don't have anything bad to say about these, I have four out of the 20 shades available at Debenhams and I know that I will be trying more in the future. I think I prefer these to MAC lipsticks....say what!? I know right, bold statement! They retail at £15.00 each which is pricey for a lipstick, similar to MAC however with the amazing formula it has, I am happy to pay for it. Don't forget you can read my review on Obsessed and leave a comment below telling me which shade I need to try next!

Have you tried any of the Urban Decay lipsticks? Which shade is your favourite?


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Current Make-up Routine


I've recently started using some new products and switched up my make-up quite a bit and thought I would show you the products that I've started to use. I always opt for the fresh "no make-up" look as I just think it suits me better but I switch up my lip products to what takes my fancy that day. The main item that I've been using is the Clinique Redness Solutions Primer which banishes my redness and evens out my skin. It also makes my foundation look a little bit better and I feel it's really made a difference. I will be writing full reviews on the primer, foundation and blusher so for now I will just list the products for you.

Clinique Redness Solutions Primer
YSL Touché Eclat foundation
Rimmel Match Perfection concealer - Highlight under my eyes and down the centre of my nose review
MAC Studio Finish concealer - On any blemishes
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting blusher - Diffused Heat
Urban Decay Naked Basics palette - Naked 2 - Filling in my brows review
Urban Decay Naked Basics palette - W.O.S - All over my eye lid
Collection gel eyeliner - Brown
Rituals mascara
Korres lip butter - Quince review


Which products have you been using recently?

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Bleach London Dip Dye Kit | Review


If you follow me on Instagram you will already know that a couple of days ago I added dip dye to my hair, or ombré if you will. I've wanted to do it for quite a while now and talked about it at the beginning of the year but was told to wait until Spring/Summer time so that's exactly what I did. I did my research and decided that since my hair has been dyed a lot in the past, the Bleach London Dip Dye kit would work best for me. Going into it, I was fully aware I wouldn't get blonde hair and didn't want that as I was after a more subtle ombré, I just wanted my hair a little lighter for the sunnier months. I always experiment with my hair and I'm never too fussed if it goes wrong as another hair dye will just sort it out but I'm happy with the results.

The Bleach London Dip Dye kit contains: a bleaching tray, bleaching brush, set of gloves, developing lotion, reincarnation mask, blending lotion and two sachets of bleaching powder.

You start of buy mixing the bleaching powder and developing lotion together in the mixing tray provided. I put it all in at once and then found it hard to mix so advise you add it in bit by bit to make it easier. You then section your hair into three parts, one on each side and one at the back. This is when it gets tricky and a lot of faffing is involved. You have to take smaller sections, roughly an inch, apply the blending lotion at ear level and work it down 2-3cm and then apply the bleach roughly 1cm from below ear level. This is so you get a gradual ombré and not a blunt edge. You have to work quickly at this stage too as you want all your hair to have the same amount of developing time.

Once all your hair is done, you have to leave it for 30 minutes. Check the first section and the very last section to see the colour, if it's a reddish/orange colour, leave it on for another 15 minutes. I left mine on for the full amount of time, 45 minutes. I then washed it all out, washed my hair twice like suggested and used the reincarnation mask to make the ends soft again, I left this in for 10 minutes and rinsed it out. 


I'm really happy with the results. The double picture above does have a filter in but the brightness is how it looks like in sunlight, it's really bright and noticeable. Inside, it's how it looks in the rest of the pictures, still noticeable but a bit more muted. It's a light golden brown colour and I really love it. There's a couple of sections here and there that aren't as blended as the rest but when it's styled you really don't  notice it at all. One bad thing I noticed was the reincarnation mask, it isn't that great. After being left on for 10 minutes, my hair didn't feel any better but last night I used the L'oreal Ever Riche Nourishing Intense Mask for 5 minutes and my hair feels incredibly soft and healthy again.

Overall, I am happy with the final results however it really is such a faff with the blending lotion and because you have to work quickly, I found myself getting a bit stressed. For £7.00 I think it is a great price and once I got used to it, I was okay and calmed down a bit. I really think the Bleach London Dip Dye Kit is worth it if you are looking for a quick change in your hair style, just make sure you have your patience at the ready.

Have you used anything from the Bleach London line? What's your favourite hair style this season?

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Charles Worthington Volume & Bouce Texturizing Spray | Review

Taken before I added ombre to my hair

Flat lifeless hair has been a regular thing for me for a very long time. A few months ago when I had really long hair, it just felt really weighed down and styles would drop out really quickly so I decided to have the chop, it needed it anyway. Since then it has been a bit better but it still lacked a little something...

In swoops the popular Charles Worthington Texturizing Spray. I'd heard alot about this product, most of the chatter being that it's supposedly the Oribe Dry Texturzing Spray "dupe." I think we have all heard about Oribe and how amazing it is, and the ridiculous price tag that comes with it. I actually put off buying this for a while as I had just bought the L'oreal Volume Texturizing Spray which I wasn't blown away with. I finally gave in and picked this up from Boots during one of their 3 for 2 events recently.

The first time I used this I'm pretty sure a naughty word escaped my lips but it was from pure delight. After a couple of sprays my hair had doubled in size. I use this after I've finished styling my hair and as you can see, it does indeed create volume. Oh yes, Va va voom! It's great! I typically use it in my curls more but it's still amazing in straight hair too however with the curls, it tends to hold them and make them last longer and give volume at the same time. I spray certain layers at the roots and give it some scrunching and fluffing and then I also spray it on my ends as well. It creates great texture and makes curls/waves appear a bit more defined all whilst giving volume to your over all look. It lasts in my hair all night and I don't have to re-apply it. Once it's in, I can just keep fluffing my hair up if it goes a little flatter and it's straight back to it's va va voom stage again. It also does a fab job on second day hair that's up in a top-knot or ponytail as it lifts the roots and gives a more tousled natural look which I have been trying to achieve for so long now. Lastly, the scent, oh my! This smells so nice, fresh and fruity and to me this is the perfect scent for a hair product.

I really don't know why I held out for so long as I now use this every time I style my hair, I just can't get over how much volume and hold it gives to your hair. From Boots, this product is only £6.99 whereas the Oribe is a whopping £38.00! I know, it makes my eye water too! I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a miniature version for my handbag just in case I have a hair emergency and I have another bottle ready to go for when this one runs out. This product is worth every penny and definitely deservers the hype that surrounds it. I never thought I would have voluminous hair but now I can!

Have you used this texturizing spray? What are your thoughts on it?

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