Friday, 23 November 2012

No more Blogging? Only joking!

Hi guys :)

Only a quick one today, i just wanted to explain my absence. Ive so inundated with uni work and real work at the moment im finding it really hard to do everything, and at the end of the day uni is my priority. I will be back :) Probably near mid decemeber as thats when everything cools down. So i hope you stay with me as im planning a little giveaway when i return!


I hope you understand!

Rhiannon

Friday, 9 November 2012

Lush Love Lettuce





So I recently finished my Lush Brazened Honey face mask which I can honestly say I loved. It soaked up the oils in my skin, left it soft and clean but more importantly I feel as though it really helped clear my skin up.
Although I loved it, im the type of girl that will keep trying things, so I popped back into Lush and had another look at their face mask selection. I came out with this. Love Lettuce. Once again this needs to be kept in the fridge as it is a fresh mask full of Seaweed, Honey, Natural Oils and Fullers Earth Deep.

They say ‘First we make a seaweed gel using agar, then we add honey and almond oil to soften and moisturise the skin. Kaolin and fullers earth deep clean, absorb grease and debris and tighten the skin. Finally there are ground almonds and ground almond shells, so that when you come to wash this off with water, you can work it over your face for a few minutes to exfoliate away dead skin.  Simply fragranced with 100 percent pure French lavender, to balance the skin’s sebum production. Ground almond shells are a good natural exfoliant. They are rough enough to give a good scrub, but soft enough not to damage the skin. Every skin is different, and you decide how much pressure to use and how long to scrub for’
So this product is full of natural ingredients, although evidently this is a clay based mask as Fullers Earth is, in simple terms, a sort of clay mixture. I think you can see this in the texture which is different to BH as its a lot thicker and stiffer. Clay masks always work for me as I have stupidly oily skin and clay is known to help control oil levels. The Seaweed makes it a deep green colour and adds to the scent of the product.
Firstly the smell of this is amazing. Now I normally hate the smell of lavender and it gives me huge headaches, but this stuff doesn’t. Probably because, as with most of the Lush products I’ve found the scents are never quite how they describe them. I would say that Love Lettuce is a sweet clean smell with just a hint of floral (lavender) fragrance. I think this smells so nice and clean that I really like putting it on, not quite as sickly as Branzed Honey although because of the honey in it still has that sweet scent, so a bit more refreshing and cleansing more me. It really relaxes me too which is nice.
I pop this on in a reasonably thick layer about 3 times a week as it promises to brighten and clean your skin, something that in winter I find especially important as it gets dull. Leave this for 10-15 mins and then wash off, normally in the shower. Once again something I was excited to see in this face mask is the crushed almonds which work as an exfoliator for the skin when you’re washing it off, which I like as after some face masks I feel as though I need to use a cleanser t get off any residue. Instead just leaving my skin soft and clean, as i would expect from Lush. Love Lettuce doesn’t leave any residue though, just squeaky clean skin.
I think if you have dry skin this may dry you out slightly as I find it really help matte my face and suck up any excess oil. But for us oily girls this is perfect and has continues to help clear my face like other great Lush products.
Have you tried Love Lettuce? Whats your favourite face mask from Lush?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Hair Extensions Series. Part 1- Basics

Welcome to the first of my hair extensions 101. I want to be able to share with you by little know hows and experiences on hair extensions. Before I start on the good stuff I just want to clear up any basics for newbies or those who may not be too sure on the who hair extension things.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Bargain Skin Care 3: Superdrug Simply Pure Refreshing Toner





Another section of my bargain skincare regime! So Toner is something fairly new I’ve put into my skincare regime. I’ve never really understood it as I thought it was always just to close the pores, in which case I though why don’t I just use water?? However after doing abit more research I found out they are actually to restore the PH balance of your skin after cleansing, allowing the skin to not regenerate and heal faster as it isn’t spending time trying to make itself right again.

This one was only around £2-£3 in Superdrug (where I went on my little haul) I just picked up the one for sensitive skin as I didn’t really know what to expect. I use this with little cotton pads after ive washed my face, just wipe them around and wait to dry before applying anything else.

I will say this smells really nice. Nice and clean and fresh and slightly sweet which I like, as the ones I’ve tried before have had a slight alcohol smell and because of this stung, which really put me off. This one doesn’t sting, instead feels slightly cooling and tightening on my skin which isn’t uncomfortable and leaves my skin feeling clean. I think it basically does everything a toner is meant to, but for cheap. It says it has added vitamins in it, but with every cheaper product im dubious as to what it actually has. I’ve been using this for around a month now and still have loads left and my skin has cleared up slightly, but this could be because of other things ive been doing and paying more attention to it.

I like the fact it is free from paraben's as its less stuff going onto my skin, but its really not fragrance free which could irritated some skin types, although mine does get fairly irritated and this really calmed things down. 

 I have upgraded slightly since buying this (review coming soon), not because I dislike this product, but just because I don’t feel it has done anything special. It just helped me clean my face, which is nice but it would be nice if it did something else. I think this is a great product to buy if you just want to get into skincare or want a cheap fix as it cleans you face and leaves you refreshed. Its not exactly a luxury feel good item, but for £2 I would buy it again if need be.

What do you think? Whats your fave toner?

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Maybelline Colour Sensational- Rose Pearl


Once again with the Lipsticks! I know, however in my defence I haven’t just bought this, I got it reduced in boots for £1. So how could I resist?




Maybelline is one of my favourite drug store make up brands as everything feels high quality and well worth the money. This lipstick is no different.  Rose Pearl is an iridescent pink colour, with specks of shimmer that comes off almost a peachy/pink. It’s quite sheer so isn’t the boldest of lips, but great for popping on the lips on the go, as you don’t really need a mirror with it. It doesn’t give the greatest colour pay off which for some I can see being annoying, but as I like fairly nude plain lips with dark eyes this is what im after in most everyday lipsticks. The packaging isnt the nicest as it does feel abit cheap and plastic but i did only pay a pound so I cant really moan. This is lipstick I shove in my handbag for everyday!

What's your go to lipstick?

Monday, 5 November 2012

W7 Africa





Helllloo :) 

I got this of BBS, Beauty Box Swaps in a recent swap I did. It’s a W7 Bronzing Powder in Africa. Of course you can tell just by the look of it that it’s a copy of the benefit box blushes, of course so much cheaper!

It says ‘Go wild with this W7 Multi bronzing face powder, lightly brush on for that all year round summer look’

It’s a gorgeous leopard print mix of pink, dark brown and shimmer light brown. It’s such a nice colour, not very pigmented but for me, being pale, it works great! Really easy to use for a simple contour shade. I don’t think this would work very well on darker skin tones though as it takes a lot to build up the colour  and could look cakey. For me though it only takes a few swipes to build up a glossy shimmery bronzed look. Perfect for everyday quick wear. I’ve also used this on my finger to swipe over my eyelids when I’ve been going out and haven’t had any eye shadow. It gives a great shimmer and you can use the darker shade on the crease. A two in one product!

I also love the packaging to this, as although it feels a bit cheap the leopard print insert is just perfect and allows you to practically get all the colours on the brush at once. All in all I really like this product, however W7 is quite hard to find where I live so if im after repurchasing this I would be on a trek, although saying that all the other W7 blush boxes ive had have lasted for ages so I don’t think I have to worry too much!

Have you tired W7? What do you think of cheaper beauty products?




Sunday, 4 November 2012

Bargain Skincare 2: Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance EyeCream



Helllo loves,

Once again im new to skin care and this is another part of my back to basic bargain skincare posts. But and eyecream was something i wanted to include as im starting to get a bit paranoid about wrinkles!
This is the Vitamin E Superdrug Radiance Eye cream. It’s around £2.50 for this tube which is a bargain for an eye cream as they all seem to be so expensive. Its super rich and creamy and leaves my under eyes looking fresh and helps to avoid my make up creasing into my skin or going that weird consistency under the eyes. I hope you know what I mean!

This has really helped my undereye areas seem fresher and more moisturized and it has SPF 25 which is great. I usually use this after toning morning and night to ensure they are protected. I’ve only ever used 2 other eyecream the Clinique all about eyes and an Avon one, honestly to me, they all seem to do the same thing? I do, however, like the added vitamins in this as i feel they are doing some good to my skin and eye area. I apply a tiny bit of this using my ring finger on the dark circle area and eyelid to help brighten and nourish. I also think the 'Radiance' bit is true as my eyes really do look brighter and more awake after this, but that could just be the cooling or moisturizing effect. 

 For me the thing with skincare is its personal and everyone has different tastes and preference. Once again I will probably step up this product to a more expensive once if I get the money to spare but for now its perfect. Soft, creamy and nourishing, everything and eye cream should be. As I am getting slightly more into skincare I feel this will be something I upgrade as Eye Care is important to me, but for now its perfect!

Have you tired this? Whats your favourite eyecream?


Friday, 2 November 2012

Enrapture Encode Totem System








(natural hair and extensions)

(using the totem system on 1-1-1)

Hi loves :)

So im probably a bit late on the bandwagon for this one but nevertheless Im going to do a quick review of it. If you follow my blog you’ll know im the type of girl that loves curly hair. I don’t tend to wear straight hair that often as it feels flat and limp against my face. Plus I like big hair otherwise my make up tends to look awkward as I do the big eyelashes and dark eyes.

This is the Enrapture Encode Totem System. Which unless you have been living under a rock you would of heard of. I was reluctant to get this as I have so many tongs but as an early Christmas present  and half price I couldn’t resist! It’s basically a curling wand but with a difference. As you can see on the wand it has 3 different sections that you can put to each of their own heat. It comes with 3 heat settings for each section, so 1-1-1 would be the lowest heat and 3-3-3 would be the highest. But the great thing about this section is that each setting allows you to create your own curls. 1 being the loosest curl and 3 being ringlets. This means that by playing around with the heat settings you can basically do every type of curl you will ever want! All my curling tongs in one!

How gorgeous is the packaging! Its so sleek and stylish and looks very expensive. The wand itself has some weight but not loads, I actually think the weight of the wand makes it easier to use than others as you can actually feel what you are using. It also has a flipper (the tongy bit) which you don’t always have to use, however I find this useful as I tend to get slightly fumbled by tongs, this helps me keep bit in place whilst curling.  It also has a swivel cord which means you can basically free style which is useful.

It speeds up super quickly and is very easy to use. The pictures above are the first time I’ve used it and although its messy I feel like it’s still wearable and I kind of prefer the bed head messy curl look so this works for me. Although if you wanted it neat if you spent more time you could easily get ringlets with this tool. What I like about this tool is I feel like the curls will stay, meaning I will only have to use this every time I’ve washed my hair and get 2-3 days wear rather than every morning, each day will just be looser. Making mornings easier and more time in bed!

Despite the gaps in between the sections I don’t find that my hair snags which I was worried about. However I did find that after using this with heat protection it left dirty, almost soot marks, which I assume was the product burning. As I have dark hair this doesn’t bother me but I do wonder if you had lighter hair could this mark your hair? Also on my extensions I feel like the 1-1-1 section heat is enough as it could dry it out and really gave the effect I was after, if I was to up it to 3 I think it would dry out my hair. I would deffo recommend using heat protection with this as it does seem a tad drying.

All in all I really like this. Its super easy to use and great for creating both messy and neat curls. Its currently half price in a number of shops so around £30-£35 instead of the RRP of £75. Really worth the money as this will be the only curling wand I use now I think as I can do everything in one!

Have you tried this? Do you think its worth the hype?









Thursday, 1 November 2012

Dove Hair Therapy Damage Solutions Leave in Conditioning and care spray




Firstly I love Dove products. I think they smell clean and fresh but still like a spa treatment which is luxurious and rich. Ill be honest though, I only bought this product as it was half price in boots which worked out around £1.70 which is good value for a conditioning leave in treatment.

This is the Dove Hair Therapy Damage Solutions Leave in Conditioning and care spray. What a mouth full. As you can see I’ve used a bit of it as I wanted to give it a proper go before reviewing. It comes in a spray bottle which has two separate sections a white and a clear one, which needs to be shook before using. They mix easily though so this isn’t a big deal. You then can spray this on wet or dry hair to calm it down, sooth frizz and of course condition.

Ive been using this for around 2 weeks now and have only used about ¼ of it, despite using quite a lot every time I wash my hair, I also sometimes spray some on my brush if it’s a bit frizzy. It leave my hair soft and silky and really seems to help treat my ends which are damaged. For 1.70 I will deffo be picking up another, they have a few in the range though, some are made for more damaged hair but they didn’t have those when I picked this one up, so may see what they are like.

Do you like Dove Haircare? What do you think of their products?

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Revlon Skyline Pink


Hi Lovelies :)

A dedicated Post today! For my Beauty Box Swap sister on Facebook who are my unlimited source of goodies and advice. I love these ladies as they are always up for giving advice, not just on beauty but on life. As well as swapping your unloved items for once that you want that others don’t. Love this system!

Anyways…

Ive been after Revlon Skyline Pink for a while now, but I didn’t really fancy paying the £6-7 in the shops for a colour that I thought might look way too nude/frosted on me in person. I hate buying things I don’t ever use! So when someone of BBS was selling this along with a few other pieces a few months ago I snapped it up for a fraction of the price.



Revlon Skyline pink is a pale pink frosted colour which comes out almost like a nude/pink. It is very pale and so I find it shows up any cracks/dry lips so I can only really use this when my lips are in a good stage.  It needs building up as it is very frosted and pale and so can look overly thick and put on, however once you get it right it does last a good while, especially with a gloss on the top.

The texture is creamy but somewhat gritty if you know what I mean? Almost like you can feel the frost, not unpleasant but you can feel it. I like this but It isn’t really the right shade for me, as I it tends to make me look a bit dead, so a tad too frosted/nude  for me, a nice colour itself though!

Have you tried this? How  do you get away with nude lipsticks?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural







Last Mac post in a while guys...I bought all this recent mac stuff in on haul so nothing for a while... hopefully. 
So this has to be my favorite Mac product ever. Which admittedly isn’t that hard as I don’t really love much else they do. Im always on the hunt for a good powder that has:

Staying power

Matifying Qualities
Buildable
None cakey

Ive tried a good few powders and always come back to this one.
Its is the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light.

Mac say:
A luxurious domed face powder with minerals, slowly baked to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish. Provides perfect low coverage. Use to set and fix foundation or as a touch-up throughout the day.

I honestly love this powder! Its super rich but not heavy, pretty buildable without being too cakey and it says low coverage but its plenty coverage for me, which says something.

Ive had this before though, in medium and I will say that if you go a shade too dark it becomes noticeable if you reset your make up throughout the day? As I do find these tend to get darker the more you put on. Also I find that if I put too much on, I can look a bit cakey but it tends to sort itself out within a hour or so as my skins oil absorbs this pretty quickly. Damm you oily skin.

I also love how luxurious this does feel on skin as it leaves mine silky and soft and doesn’t break me out.

2 downsides really with this.

 Firstly of course the price, as this is £21, but that’s my main quibble with all Mac. Secondly Mac has a tendancy to crack in the pan, as they are baked I think and therefore any drops can course it too shatter. Which is annoying when you’ve just paid all that money for something you can still use, but cant carry around.

This is always my favourite product from  Mac and I will repurchase :)

9/10

I think i've learnt my lesson now and wont be purchasing any mac in the near future as its products just dont work for me. You can see this here and here

What do you think? Do you like Mac?? Whats your favourite Powder?

Monday, 22 October 2012

Pure- Blush




Hellooo :)

I am a deffo blusher girl. I love blushers more than any other make up item as I feel they bring the most depth, warmth and glow to my face. Highlighters and bronzers are good too but I feel they take a lot more effort than simply swirling on a rosy glow when you’re in a rush. Mascara, blusher and lip balm is my go to rush make up.
When I buy  blushers I tend to buy a few different types. I normally buy 1 or 2 darker plum/berry colours for when im feeling a very rich cheek. Say if I was going out to a bar or something as I feel these make me look the most glowy and made up. I have a few of these, nothing major as I wear them infrequently.
I then buy cream blushers in a variety of colours which I pop on over foundation and top with clear powder giving a quick easy finish.

And then finally I buy loads of pink, rosy, shimmery blushes which I tend to dab my brush in blow, then swirl over my cheeks.

So when I saw this beauty a few months ago in a discount make up shop in Wales I snapped it up. I think it was around £5, I’ve had it ages (as you can tell by the packaging) but this shows it’s well loved! I do tend to only like to review products I’ve had for a bit on this as they look the neatest to photo but I like to include things I love. Like this blush from Pure.
I haven’t heard much of the brand Pure and I cant find much online about them, so I can’t be too sure if this Is a high end discounted product or perhaps one from abroad? Judging by the packaging and the product itself i dont think its a cheap brand as its a silky formula with a high pigmentation. I've also had this ages and the tiniest bit goes a long way so im no where near hitting pan. 

The blush itself is like a rose petal colour, not as dark as the photo sorry, and comes out on the skin like  a natural glow but better. Shimmer is there but I find if I place this high on the cheekbones it’s almost like a 2-in-1 highlight and blush. Like I said I’ve had this for ages and it’s always in my travel make up bag (I tend to house hop 2-3 times a week) so it’s my blush a few days a week on most occasions. 

This is because it’s a wearable quick colour that suits everything I wear from dark eyes to light. It applies silky and lasts as long as im at uni, so around 4-5 hours before starting to look slightly sparse, but this could be down to my oily skin.

  Either way I love it and the packaging is super stylish and looks chic. I also like the fact it comes with a mirror! As this is so useful and saves me from using reflections on the bus! haha!
Even if the rest of the packaging is filthy due from being in my bag!


Have you heard of Pure?

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Eyeko Strawberry Fat Balm









Hi lovelies :)

Yet another review today thanks to BBS (Beauty Box Swaps) I recently traded (again)some of my unloved make up goodies for another ladies seconds! Now when I say seconds most of the products you find on there are swatched or tried once, as most of you know you only need to tell straight off a lot of the time if you’re going to like something or not.

So, the Eyeko Fatbalm in Strawberry.

Ive heard a lot about Eyeko on the blogging world and have seen it in a few times in my local Superdrug. However when it was cheap I found myself ignoring it as the packaging made it somewhat childish and not nearly as nice to have in you make up bag as something high end. I also, maybe wrongly, thought it was meant for children or those just getting into make up. Anyway its now been re-branded as a more high end drugstore product and prices range between £10-£20 pounds, which I think is still expensive for Eyeko Drugstore. So when this was up for swaps I jumped at the opportunity to try something for basically nothing.
Although saying that I have just checked their website and it seems they no longer sell all the range they used to so it may be a problem finding this balm…

I got this hoping I could use it as a cheek stain and a quick lip balm with colour when im on the go. Firstly though, the smell! I personally adore this smell as it’s almost jam like. Anyone who knows me, knows Im a lover of sweet things and this is the essence of them. I think smelling like strawberry jam could be off putting for some, but for me. I LOVE IT!

The texture is balm like, but almost greasy. When I used this this morning as a cheek stain I thought it was a bit greasy to smear over my face and was worried about shine. However I popped some on the back of my hand and applied it that way. This post is about 6 hours later and it’s still there. A bit fainter but still hanging on, not bad for a cheaper product, nothing a bit of powder wont sort out.

The colour is like a deep jam (obsessive about jam on this post), but when applied its almost half its original pigment and comes out like a pinky plum, great for winter rosy cheeks. I think this would work great on fair skin girls such as myself as a quick go to product for a rosy glow that is seemingly hard to mess up, however darker skin ladies might find it doesn’t show up enough on their skin to really see any point.
I also tried this on my lips this morning and although it wore of pretty quickly, like most balms do though. It left a nice colour behind and also left them feeling silky and moisturized… As well as faint smell of jam on my lips….

I actually really like this product. The packaging is abit naff and feels cheap but nothing major. Im going to be keeping this in my makeup bag for a quick pick me up on the go.


Have you tried Eyeko? What do you think of their revamp?


Friday, 19 October 2012

Lush Brazened Honey



Hi Guys.
Urgh, the bad part of going back to uni.  Freshers flu.   Im sat in bed right now with a lemsip in my pj’s. I shouldn’t get this! Im not a fresher!
When imill my skin goes from looking glowy and full to dull, flaky and acne prone so it’s important that I look after it. Especially with the cold weather we are having recently. So I recently picked up a new facemask.




I love facemasks, I use them about 3 times a week and have a huge list of favourites but am always on the lookout for more. This is when I saw this mask:
Lush Brazened Honey.
It says:
“Sage, Juniper and rosemary infusions, ground cardamon and clove bud oil for their antiseptic qualities. Eggs, honey and almond oil to soothe, soften and moisturise the skin. Fresh fennel, fresh ginger root, fresh parsley and fresh coriander to detox, and stimulate and their enzymes will help break down dead skin cells. Fresh lime juice cleans and degreases.  Ground almond shells act as a stimulating scrub to lift away dead grey skin. Finally kaolin and talc absorb grease and give a lovely texture to hold all those ingredients onto the skin. Together they make a mask that will wake up tired, neglected skin”
When I look for a mask I normally go for ones that help acne, are calming, nourishing, help make skin glowing and  most importantly smell good. So this one seemed to fit the bill. The woman who helped me out at Lush said that this mask doesn’t promise anything with acne but should help to sort out tired over made up skin which needs some TLC. So I thought I would give it ago.
Firstly though, I will say, if you hate honey stay away from this. It stinks like sticky honey. I personally love it as I adore anything honey scented, especially the lush smell, but I can see why it would turn a lot of people off.
Out of the pot I just apply a rich layer all over my skin and down my neck, I leave this on for 15-20 mins then wash off. Although its slightly hard to walk about doing things with this mask because of the granules in it it flakes when dry and goes everywhere. But nothing a simple sit down or lie down won’t fix. Great for just relaxing and pampering.



(attractive photo time)
Another things about this mask is the fact it has almonds in it. Which are rough and lumpy and work as an exfoliator in the shower when im washing this off. I simple get a bit of water on it and scrub gently giving a great scrub effect. Although if you have sensitive skin or skin that you need to be gentle on this could be way too harsh as its deffo a good treatment.
Out of the tub, using a smallish amount each time I would say I’ve had about 10 uses which is more than average but that’s me being slightly conservative with it. For nearly £6 a mask its on the pricey side as well, so saving it is good. It’s also a fresh mask and so needs to be put in the fridge and goes for within 3 weeks of purchase, but if you use it 2-3 times a week it will be gone before that.   
Results?
Personally I love this mask and I will be repurchasing. Its made my skin soft and clear and really helped to deep cleanse the dull build up I was getting from the weather and wearing loads of makeup. Almost like a detox for my skin. My skin has cleared up loads too, but that could be due to other factors but this hasn’t given me a breakout which I was weary of.
Overall I think you should try this product! If you like honey and are after a rich deep cleansing mask for soft clear skin then try this out!!
Have you tired this? What do you think? What are the other Mask face masks like?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

FOTD 17/10


Bad lighting and messy bed hair. 

This is the first photo since I have taken of myself since I dyed my eyebrows. I'm actually really happy with them, as they dont look to dark and feel like they make the shape of my brow alot neater as its all one color now instead of being ash blonde, white blonde ginger. I also think they match my hair better!

I'll do a post of how and what I used to do them later :)

So FOTD. I went for a simple look today, as I was just going to the cinema and getting some tea with the boyfriend.

Face- Lorel Studio Secrets Primer for Dull Skin, Mac Studio Fix Foundation, Pixi Foundation on top to lighten (running out of this boooo!)  Mac Studio Fix Concealer, Max Factor Cream Blush, Mac Minerlized Skin Finish.
Cheeks- Bronzer and blush- Too faced in your dream set
Eyes- Too Faced in your dreams set, first row. Maybelline Falsies Mascara.
Eyebrows- HD Brows kit. Elf Brow Tamer

Lips- Yankee Candle lip Balm. 


Friday, 12 October 2012

Review- Mac studio finish concealer


Hi!

Another Mac post review.




This time on the concealer. Those of you who read my blog know I like high coverage look, and so reading about this online and trying it in the shop it seemed right up my alley as Mac say:

A lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-blemishgenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin's imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains Silica to help adsorb the skin's oils. Concealer has an SPF of 35 and is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a medium to firm fibre brush (try the 242 Brush), a latex sponge, or the fingertips.

I am of course talking about the Studio Finish SPF 35 concealer. I was recommended in the shade NW15. Which is different to the foundation colour of NC15.

This concealer to me, is just average. Nothing special and not worth the £14.50 price tag.

The colour isn’t what I would normally choose either as it seem way to orange and warm toned for my pale skin. I do worry that when I use this I look so fake and it creases all over eye circles. Which is annoying as I asked the woman in the shop If I could use it for eye circles and blemishes and she said I could. I really don’t think I can, as it’s so thick and creamy that its almost like stage make up on my skin, defiantly not lightweight.

Again thought, it does last a long time, if creased and for blemishes its fine. Just not as good as I would expect.

In case you cant tell im really not impressed by this and I wont be re purchasing.

Giving this 5/10

What do you think? Am i using this wrong, are there any tips? Or do you love Mac Products?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil


Hi Guys,
So firstly I apologise for the state of the bottle above. Haha I like to well use something before I talk about it as it makes sure I actually show my true thoughts, unless it’s something I instantly hate which doesn’t happen that often!!
So this is such a well talked product on the blogsphere I had to try it. Admittedly I haven’t tried the more renowned Moroccan Oil Treatment as I honestly cannot afford the expense so I can’t compare it to that however I can say that I honestly really like this product!!

It’s around £6 in boots and from what I gather it is pretty much the same thing as the more expensive alternative.  I use it after the shower and pour a tiny amount into my hands, spread it round then apply to the ends and midshafts of my hair. I hate the pouring system of this bottle though as it just goes everywhere and you end up using way too much which then makes your hair horrid and greasy :/
Ive had this since going dark in December as I really wanted to help fix my hair and im still on the same bottle, so it lasts for ever! I think this has really helped my hair as it feels so soft and nourished after using this so I will be repurchasing it as soon as it runs out!

Have you tried this? How does it compare to Moroccan Oil?


Herbal Conk Masks Pore Cleansing Strips


Hi guys!!




Another skin care review for you today! For a while I’ve been suffering from really bad blackheads around my nose and skin area. Not matter what I do, scrubbing, nose strips, exfoliating they will not disappear! So when someone I know recommended these "Herbal Conk masks" I was all for it. Admittedly I didn’t think they would work as they only cost £0.99p for 6 sachets so I was dubious.


It says:
The nose-shaped membrane is thick, and a bag (6G) can be used 2 or 3 times, very cost-effective oh!Efficient removal blackhair, so that the pores become small and not significant.This product is pure traditional Chinese medicine formula; combined with modern beauty research: Poria, Atractylodes, Pak Mong, Motherwort, Angelica, Huang, safflower and other dozens of precious Chinese medicine.No squeezing, no scar, nose-specific.Usage:
After cleaning, take appropriate this product evenly around the nose, wait 15-20 minutes to dry.
Gently peeled off from the bottom up, you can see the black, wine meters, sewage grease, dead skin being sucked out of the whole.
The nose, greasy, dirty things, were all clear!
(Recommended 1-2 times per week).

It’s basically a herb infusion that comes out like a black liquid. Much the texture of face wash. You apply it as you would a normal mask to the areas wanted, in this case nose. You then leave it until dry or when it turns to an almost rubber like texture which you then peel off. Not painful and seemingly easy.

Firstly I will say that you don’t need the whole package for one nose strip application. You probably get around 2-3 uses out of one sachet so money wise its good. But do they work??

(no make up tired face ftw)

I applied mine to a clean, exfoliated face and left until I felt it tightening. The was around 30 mins so much longer than your conventional nose strip but it took a while for the product to dry. I would say it could be me putting it on to thick but since have used these numerous times and have found 30 mins is average drying time. So not exactly a quick fix.

The smell like herbal formulas, nothing too overpowering and it soon disappears as they dry. Try not to get it on anything though as it’s a pain to get off! Even your fingers take effort!

However. Guess what? THEY DO WORK!

At least they got rid of such a lot of my blackheads and whiteheads and just left the area looking cleaner and softer. Make up applied easier and seemed to last longer as there was no greasy pores blocked or anything. I absolutely love this product and have used it the recommended 2-3 times a week.
I also used this as an all over peeling face mask on one night and found that although it left my skin looking clean and fresh it was slightly too tight around my chin/mouth area which was slightly uncomfortable  If you were going to try that I wouldn’t recommended applying close around sensitive areas such as eyes/lips e.g.
All in all I would say these are great for the price and are worth the shipping wait from China as well as the 30 min wait each time. Much cheaper than other nose strips and easy to use! I wish I would of taken a photo of a before and after but I didn’t think about it and have now been using it for a week or so, so its a lot different.
 I would also show you the picture of what the stuff looked like that came out my nose to show you they work.. But its gross…lol

You can purchase them for 99p from here

Will you be purchasing them? What are your favorite nose strips?