Saturday, 25 August 2012

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil

I couldn't quite wait for pay day so I picked up a bottle of L'Oreal's Extraordinary Oil (for coloured hair) from my local Boots store. At £9.99 this seemed quite steep for a L'Oreal hair product but I know how transforming oil can be on the hair so I thought I would give this a try.

They recommend that you can use this oil in three different ways. 1. Before shampooing to protect the colour. 2. Before styling to protect your hair or 3. As a finishing touch for shine.

I chose to use the product on my wet hair before blow-drying it. You only need to use two squirts of the oil and rub it between your palms before distributing it through your roots and the ends of your hair. The oil was surprisingly light weight and didn't make my hair feel greasy when I applied it. After blow-drying my hair felt a lot softer than it usually does, although it didn't improve any of the dryness that I usually get at the ends of my hair. It also gave my hair a nice shine which a few people commented on.

All in all, I think that this product will over time improve the condition of my hair and at a fraction of the price that I could have paid for other brands of hair oil. I have been using the oil for a few days now and from the looks of it, the 100ml bottle is going to last me a good few months. If your hair is looking a bit dull and lifeless then this is definitely a must-have!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

September Wishlist

I haven't indulged in any decent new beauty products in a while now and my make up/products shelf is starting to look like pretty slim pickings! I've had a browse on some other blogs and magazines and thought about what I personally need/want and I've come up with a mini wish list for September....

I've been reading about L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil in magazines like Grazia and Cosmopolitan this month and it sounds like a cheaper alternative to Keratese products. I suffer from split ends from time to time and often my hair gets 'dull' after frequent dying sessions! This oil spray boasts that it can add shine in seconds and can be used as a treatment or as a quick finish. At £9.99 a bottle it seems like this could potentially be a bargain when you put it next to the £30.00+ Keratese sprays.

I hate to say it but I am a virgin when it comes to using Clinique products. I have had friends and relatives rave about the quality and results that the skincare range gives and when I saw this under eye cream I thought that this was probably the best product to begin with as I suffer from dark circles in the mornings. It is a little more expensive in the price range at £28.00 so I will do some more research before committing to buy. I don't think I will be disappointed.

Moving on to the Studio Fix MAC foundation. Although this isn't a 'new' product I felt it needed to be mentioned as I have used MAC products in the past and so far I haven't found the perfect foundation. I wrote a post earlier in the year about the Studio Sculpt range and although this gave a full coverage I find that after a while my foundation appeared to look cakey and 'slapped on'. I have also used a compact foundation of MAC's before but this was the opposite and gave me hardly any coverage at all. I am hoping if I purchase the Studio Fix foundation this will be the perfect balance of coverage as it is a liquid and it wont feel too 'heavy'. If anybody has used different types of MAC foundation please do not hesitate to comment and let me know which you think is best!

Lastly is Daisy by Marc Jacobs. My Mum has this perfume and is probably wondering why the bottle goes down everyday when she only uses it for special occasions. This scent is gorgeous, girly, fun and summery and it isn't too overpowering. I haven't heard a single person say that they don't like this perfume so I definitely need to stop stealing Mums and get a bottle for myself!

I've also signed up to receive a Glossybox each month...for those who dont know what this is its a box of five new beauty treats that get sent to your doorstep every month. Prices start at £10 a month for a box which is a steal when you receive five high-branded miniature products to test and review. Watch this space for Glossybox posts!

I'm back!

Long time no blog it seems! 

Life without a laptop charger is difficult at the best of time but throw in finishing university, graduating, moving house and starting a new job...blogging got caught up in all of that somewhere!

Anyway I'm back and ready to go again!

Since I'm back on-line I will be having a browse around the internet this evening to make a 'wishlist' of products that I think will be worth buying this month.

More posts to come.....


Monday, 2 April 2012

Thank you Body Shop!


Today The Body Shop provided me with 100 samples of 20 different products!
I am so excited to get trying these out and reviewing them for my readers! 

A massive thank you to The Body Shop for providing me with these goodies for my blog.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Total Moisture Facial Cream

The lovely lady from Benefit gave me some mini samples of their skin care range for me to test for my blog!
I have been using Total Moisture Facial Cream before I go to bed as the cream is quite thick. The cream smells amazing and a little goes a long, long way. You only need the tiniest blob on your fingers to cover your whole face.

This is a great moisturiser to apply after removing make-up as it soothes the skin and makes it feel soft and refreshed. Although I haven't used it in the morning yet, I can imagine this would be a good base to apply make-up onto as it isn't too oily.

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream comes in an attractive glass pot and is £26.50 for 48.2g.

Oatifix Face Mask

I went into my local Lush store at the weekend for a treat and picked up a sample of their Oatifix face mask. I have quite sensitive skin so I like to try out products for my face before I buy, just in case.

This face mask has a lovely banana and oat scent and smells good enough to eat! It has to be kept refrigerated which is a little inconvenient however when the mask is on it feels cool and refreshing. The mask looks slightly unappealing on the face which is a bit off putting although it does sit nicely and didn't irritate my skin at all.

Lush recommends to keep Oatifix on for between five and ten minutes before washing off with warm water. The mask sets over that time but not so much that you can't move your face in fear of cracking it. It also wasn't hard to scrub off after the required time. My skin felt refreshed and looked clear with no blemishes.
Oatifix is £5.75 for a full sized pot. The sample they gave me was in a very small tub and I will get at least two more applications from this, making it a long lasting product for the price range.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Hello Flawless!

I was so excited to get my hands on a sample of Benefit's new 'Hello Flawless' foundation!

This is Benefit's first liquid foundation which is quite surprising for a brand so big. It doesn't matter though because this foundation more than makes up for the wait!
'Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow' is packed with vitamin C and D to prevent signs of ageing and you only need the tiniest amount of this oil-free foundation to cover your whole face. I applied with a foundation brush and the liquid glided on smoothly and although the shade was a little darker than I would usually wear, it almost colour matched to my skin. The foundation feels lightweight and smooth, as if you aren't wearing any at all and gives you a medium to full coverage. It also doesn't give that sticky feeling that some foundations do and my skin feels soft to touch.

With a little bronzer, this gave me a sun-kissed look, one that will be perfect for my cousins wedding tomorrow!
Here is a picture of me with the foundation on (not edited at all). I will leave it up to you to decide what you think!!!

I will definitely be buying this brand when it hit stores on the 31st March.The price will be £24.00 and believe me this foundation will last you for a very long time! Perfect for the Summer months.
Five out of five stars from me :)