Friday, 26 September 2014

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

Ever since I discovered the wonders of leave-in conditioner a few years back, I can't get enough of the stuff. Bumble and Bumble's newest release however, is more than just an extra dose of moisture for your locks. Marketed as a primer, the spray also detangles, softens, de-frizzes and protects agains both UV and heat damage - talk about multi-tasking! I've been using this for the past few weeks and i'm pretty impressed. It dishes up just the right amount of oil without weighing down fine hair and also makes brushing and styling a whole lot more manageable. I can also sleep a bit easier knowing that it's helping to protect my hair from any heat damage as a result of the occasional ("cough" frequent *cough*) straightening and blow-drying.

There is also a shampoo and conditioner available in the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil range which I think I might just have to give a whirl. Have you tried any of the range yet?

Monday, 22 September 2014

The MAC Palette

When I first ventured into the world of MAC eyeshadow, I started off buying them in the individual pots. As cute as these are, as my collection has grown i've begun to find them a little less convenient to use compared to palettes and consequently, they've ended up being a little unloved at the back of my draws.

In an attempt to reignited my MAC eyeshadow flame, I purchased one of the 15 pan palettes and begun de-potting (well actually I left this task for Richard but I did supervise!). One casualty later (spot the cracked Satin Taupe in the top right corner), and my new palette had started to take form. I also bought two new additions, All That Glitters (actually a re-purchase as my first pot has been completely used up) and Sable. I honestly couldn't be happier with the result. Not only have I started to use my MAC eyeshadows again on more of a daily basis, but the look and feel of the palette is really quite lovely.

Since we're on the subject, I might as well divulge into a little breakdown of the shades I have so far (listed from left to right, row by row):

Phloof : A shimmery highlight shade that is perfect at brightening your eyes and making you look much more awake than you really are on Monday morning. I like to dab some onto the inner corners of my eyes but it also works well as a brow bone highlight.

All That GlittersThe eyeshadow that pretty much everyone and their dog has/loves/wants. This is my second purchase and is quite possibly the only shadow i've ever used up. It's a beautiful peach/gold toned nude shimmer that looks perfect alone or layered with other shades.

Satin TaupeA cool toned taupe with a hint of shimmer. this is one of my favourite crease shades, but also works well blended over the entire lid.

Naked LunchThis is a little paler, less pink toned All That Glitters. It's the perfect shade for the inner half of your lid.

WoodwinkedA coppery/gold with quite a metallic finish. I particularly love this in summer with bronzed skin and lashings of mascara.

MulchThe second MAC eyeshadow I ever bought (the first was All That Glitters - no surprise there), Mulch is a warm chocolate brown with gold shimmer. I usually wear this in the crease or outer corners, but it also works well as a liner.

Gleam : A shade I bought waaaay back when I thought it was still a good idea to buy makeup depending on how pretty it looked rather than how practical it would be to wear. In the pan this looks really pink but on the lid the colour doesn't really translate and it's more of a golden shimmer. It's not one I reach for on it's own but a little bit patted onto the lid over other shades adds a pretty hint of shimmer.

SableThe newest addition and one of my favourites yet. A warm brown with ever so slight purple undertones, this shade is perfect washed all over the lid.

The only problem with my new palette? That I now have an unyielding itch to fill it! Let the recommendations commence...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

August Favourites

Boy does favourites time roll round quickly. With last months post scheduled so late (not that this one is particularly timely either), it's no wonder that it only seems like yesterday that I was typing out the deats of July's favourites. Not to worry though, as my 'spendy' ways have quickly led to another accumulation of much loved products to rave about in August's instalment of favourites.

It's a wonder this polish hasn't appeared somewhere on the blog sooner as I've had this bottle for almost a year now. Porchester square has the whole nude nails thing perfected - it translates on the nails as a grey/nude hue with a hint of lilac that is one of the most easy to wear shades that I own. It's been one of my favourites for a while but after dusting it off in august after a few months apart, i've fallen head over heels all over again. Formula wise, it's not bad either, easily applied and an average wear time, however, I am very interested to try the gel version some time soon.

I'm a bit of a germ-a-thobe, so it's no surprise that hand sanitiser is a daily must. The only problem is that my hands have a tendency to dry out ridiculously easily (thanks Dad for the dry skin gene), so the alcohol in most antibacterial gels can be a bit harsh on my skin with frequent use. The Lanolips cream is my newly discovered solution as not only does it kill 99.9% of germs, it also moisturises your hands pretty darn well. A skin and time saver in one. 

I raved about this here so of course it was going to end up in my favourites too. This is without a doubt my favourite cleanser and one I can see myself using for a long time to come. It's improved everything from the texture to the appearance of my skin and made daily cleansing just a little bit more luxurious.

On days when things are looking a little bit dark under the eyes (something that could probably be avoided by not staying up to the early hours binging on episode of One Tree Hill), this is what i've been using to made myself look more awake. Patted on under concealer it neutralises dark circles and discolouration for that extra bit of coverage. I've also found that on days where things a looking a little less 'zombie like', this works well alone for brightening up the eye area.

A shower oil that smells A-mazing and leaves skin feeling A-mazing, what's not to love? (perhaps the price but let's just ignore that for now!). Every time I treat myself to a blob of this, my skin always feels silky smooth and smells pretty good too. I've found that it also doubles up pretty well as a bath oil. I can't deny that it's pricey, but it's definitely a lovely treat that adds a bit of luxury to everyday bathing. 


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

I've been using (and loving) this cleanser for around the past three months so I have no idea how it hasn't made an appearance on the blog until now. From the very first wash, I knew this stuff was a winner. The (rather visually pleasing) peachy-pink coloured gel when massaged into skin and either rinsed or muslined off, leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. It's a lot lighter on the skin than a cleansing balm but it doesn't leave you face feeling tight and dried out either. I've been using this both morning and evening and my skin has never felt smoother. I've also noticed a huge difference to how my make-up applies - it's really helped to minimise any dry patches and leaves my skin with a healthy glow.

The ingredients list is pretty impressive - with vitamins A, C and E and Omega 6 to help replenish dry or ageing skin and Pumpkin Enzymes to deep clean pores and dissolve dead skin cells, it's no wonder this cleanser works so well. Oh, and I really can't forget to mention the chamomile and rose scent - subtle, yet extremely pleasant, it just adds to the whole experience. As much as I love make-up, I still prefer the feeling of freshly washed skin, there's something just so therapeutic about it!

At £28, the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel isn't the cheapest out there, but it's definitely not the priciest either. I've been using mine AM and PM for almost three months and there's still quite a bit left in there. For me, the skin benefits defiantly out-way the loss of pennies and as soon as I've squeezed out the last blob of pretty coloured gel, i'll be undoubtably picking another one up.

Monday, 25 August 2014

A Few Additions

After spending an awfully long time swooning over the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow's , I finally decided it was time to become and owner of one myself. I chose the shade Misty Rock, a shimmery pink toned taupe that looks gorgeous blended over the entire lid. The creamy texture and pigmentation is spot on and it doesn't fall short on longevity either - this stuffy pretty much lasts all day without fading or creasing. I've already started eyeing up the other shades...

I was in desperate need of a new shower gel (I was still squeezing out the dregs of my Lush Snow Fairy from Christmas), and though I didn't intend to buy something quite so luxurious, after giving the L'Occitane Hule de Douche Almond shower oil a sniff, the (worryingly) small amount of self restraint that I usually hold disappeared completely. This stuff smells delicious, like almost good enough to eat delicious. I have to admit though, it is a painfully large amount of money for a shower gel, but as a treat, it's perfect. I've been using it quite sparingly and have found it best to keep it hidden as I'm sure Richard has been stealing an occasional blob...

Obviously I don't need more nail polish but who can say no?! For just £3.99 each, the Barry M Gelly Nail Paints are amazing value for money, especially since there's usually some sort of offer floating around too. I picked up the shades Huckleberry (pastel blue) and Coconut (off-white/cream).

So that rounds off a few new additions, though watch this space because unfortunately for my bank balance, but fortunately for my ramblings, I'm sure there will be more shiny new things making an appearance soon.