Hallelujah Hair

I’m so excited to write this post for you all as it’s my first little collaboration with the beautiful earth loving botanical brand Forest & Shore. They asked me to review their gorgeous hair oil, and I’m instantly in love. (I’m not just saying that!)

My hair has always been something I’m very particular about and don’t tend to skimp on products to keep it clean, fresh and healthy, even sometimes turning to professional salon products.

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A hair oil is something I’ve always considered a must have for your hair routine, I’ve been using the Loreal Professional Mythic Oil at the moment which keeps my ends conditioned and hydrated.

As if by fate my Hallelujah Hair Oil arrived just after I had washed my hair last Saturday Afternoon, perfect timing to add 2-5 drops to my towel dried hair through the ends and mid-lengths. My first impressions of this hair oil was love, the smell is amazing!
A gorgeous blend of Olive, Sesame, Coconut, Arnica, Rosemary and Lavender essential oils this product smells so loving and nourishing with the top notes of Lavender to calm and relax your senses.

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Having used the Hallelujah Hair Oil a few times now after washing my hair throughout the week, I just can’t get enough of the smell and the results are great too. My hair feels so soft I can’t stop playing with it, I do need to be careful though as the last time I think I used a bit too much as my hair does look a bit oily now. (Think I got a bit product happy)

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Being a packaging and design lover (kinda have to be with my job!) I must say this packaging speaks volumes for the brand, I love the delicate feel and slight natural texture to the box, with the added delicate floral and leaf sketched design to the top half gives the product a natural and ethical vibe, which is also great because they are 100% Organic! An organic hair oil that encourages hair growth as well as hydrating, you can’t go wrong at all.

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Price wise this product is mid range at £14.99 on Amazon, but I’m a firm believer in that you pay for what you get, so paying over £10 for a hair oil you know its going to be good and exceed your expectations. It’s also currently a #1 best seller on Amazon!

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So if you’re looking for a hair oil that does everything and more for your hair health as well as smelling great I believe this is the one. It comes in a 100ml bottle too so it will last you ages!

Have you tried a hair oil recently? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

November Empties

This post is dedicated to all you beautiful bloggers out there who have ever done an empties post, these have to be one of my favourites to read. I love finding out what everyone has been loving (or hating) throughout the month, so I decided to keep hold of my empties to do the same.

First empty of the month is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in Grapefruit & Patchouli, I loved this cleanser have honestly been a bit lost without it! I won’t go into too much detail on this first product as I have written a post previously about it, you can find out more here.

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Next up is my hero beauty product, I adore this cleansing water. It’s a product I use religiously every day to either take my makeup off or freshen up in the morning. It’s gentle formula soothes my skin too always leaving it feeling clean and refreshed. Once again you can find out more in one of my previous posts here.

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A new addition to my daily routine the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I really enjoyed using this product as anything thats a two in one product is always a bonus! Saving a little time on preparing your skin for makeup is aways a good start to the day plus it helps if you’re anything like me and usually forget to use primer until half way through foundation application.

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This moisturiser was soft and creamy, almost a yogurt texture, but I cant help but feel a slight silicone texture too. I’m assuming this was the primer part of the double benefit product, which did put me off a little bit as all can imagine is putting plastic or jelly on my face.

Other than the slight jelly texture to the product overall I did enjoy using it, I felt it provided a great makeup base and kept my skin hydrated throughout the day.

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Next is another daily essential for me, my Urban Decay setting spray that is so old but always needed! This is another product I’ve dedicated a post already to so find out more here.

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last up is my favourite perfume ever, to be fair any perfume from Victoria Secret is amazing! This one was a gift from my boyfriend last Christmas so I’ve kept it just for using for best and nights out.

It’s a sweet fragrance which suits me perfectly as this is always the ones I go for. It has a mix of both floral and fruity scents that give it a young and vibrant feel.

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Also this bottle is so sweet with its little black bow on the side, it looks great on your dressing table too.

Have you tried any of my November empties? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

All night long

A setting spray? Why would you need that?

Oh my god, you need this in your life. Like, right now. Honestly, go now and head to feelunique.com. You won’t look back!

Yes, I was sceptical at first. I wasn’t sure why I needed a setting spray – setting spray is for the famous bloggers and MUAs, right? Plus, who knows what it actually is, other than a magical potion to keep your makeup in place all day?

Introducing your new best friend:

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Introducing your new best friend.

Of course, there are loads of other setting sprays out there. But, being a self-confessed Urban Decay fan, I’ve obviously opted for their All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

This is a product you think you can live without until you start using it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a little panic when the spray starts to spit at you at the end of the bottle! With its oil-free formula (win-win for me!) and temperature control technology, it really does leave your skin refreshed when you start the day with a spritz. Don’t ask me how, I don’t know either!

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I want to take a moment to appreciate the packaging of the All Nighter spray. The box and bottle are a soft matte texture that feels gorgeous and makes you want to use it. Rather than a shiny plastic, you’re met with a velvet finish that adds a touch of luxury. You know instantly that the product is going to work, and it’s going to work well.

I’ve only just finished a bottle that I’ve had for about a year. The one featured in my photos is a replacement I got for my birthday back in July, as I was worried my first bottle would run out. How wrong was I?! Now, when you click through to buy the All Nighter Spray, they have a different packaging. Yes – I’ve had mine so long that they’ve changed the packaging!

I totally agree with Urban Decay’s decision to change their packaging from white to a dark grey with pale purple text. (Don’t worry, they’ve kept that beautiful matte finish!) Having read a few articles, it seems that the brand’s founder wanted to revamp the bottle after finding that the white bottle was quickly getting dirty from every day use. Putting my old bottle against a brand new one shows just how dirty it’s gotten!

I think I might have to make a little Instagram post just to prove it!

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Anyway, enough about the box and packaging – that speaks for itself. As for the product, I remember being admittedly doubtful before I’d tried it. Now, having used it for so long, I can safely say that the lightweight formula seals your makeup without feeling like you’ve sprayed your face with glue. It also dries almost instantly, and so doesn’t feel like you’ve sprayed your face with water either!

I’ve used this spray through hot summers and cold winters, and even with watery eyes from the cold it continues to hold your makeup in place. It really is something magical.

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This little spray is also great while applying makeup too. For example, I spray my eyeshadow brushes before applying glitter-based colours as it helps to transfer and hold the glitter, creating a sharper and more sparkly look. This works especially well when teamed with Dust or Buzz from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette. It’s a truly versatile product!

Have you tried a makeup setting spray before? How long did your makeup last? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

Marvellous M.A.C

This week I’ve decided to dedicate my post to my all-time favourite lip look, using two perfectly partnered products. First up is a gorgeous lip liner that I know is everyone’s favourite. If this lip liner was a person, they’d be the most popular in the class!

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Of course, it’s the one and only Soar lip pencil by MAC. It’s incredible – it goes with so many different lipstick shades and even works beautifully on its own!

I have worn the liner only look a few times now, simply because I love the colour. All I needed was a bit of lip balm on top to keep my lips hydrated now that the weather in the UK has gone all cold and miserable!

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MAC always hits the spot with their packaging: simple and sleek, with a little foiling on the logo. (Which, if you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know I love!) It adds a bit of class and a touch of sass to a product, which is never a bad thing!

My go-to perfect partner is the MAC Viva Glam 2, a gorgeous, muted pink-beige that compliments my pale skin tone. Again, I love the packaging of this product. The striking, deep cherry red colour inside contrasts the trademark MAC black. Although it looks slightly matte once applied, the satin coating helps to keep your lips hydrated.

 

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MAC lipsticks are recognised for their long-lasting colour, and this beauty is no exception. Its creamy formula glides on effortlessly and lasts throughout the day, with the occasional top-up to stay hydrated. Using Soar first ensures that no colour bleeding occurs, but I’ve used this lipstick on its own plenty of times without bleeding!

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Have you discovered another perfect lip duo that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

xx

Roll & Refresh

This week has been a bit hectic to say the least so I am so thankful for this little treat to brighten up my dull dark circles, yes I know I need more sleep but who has time for that! Christmas is coming!

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I’ve been looking for an eye roll on for a while as my eyes get dry end up watering which then leaves the creases of my eyes dry and irritable I’ve tried using some eye creams overnight but they never seemed to help too much. So off I went in search of one with a rollerball with the theory that this would help. (Not sure where I got that from but there we go!)

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After a bit of a search I found a few, one included the Garnier 5-in-1 BB eye roll on, in theory this fitted the bill but I wasnt keen on something tinted around my eye area as I thought this would just add to the irritation and not soothe it. Also if it was to dry out, I would end up with nice cracks around my eyes looking like major crows feet! Not attractive lets say. Have any of you tried it?

So neither the less I was once again attracted by marketing, this time from The Body Shop. I’ve always been a fan of The Body Shop and their values, I’ve even previously worked in my local Lakeside store, so was quite pleased to discover their Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On. I know Pomegranate smells amazing and provides health benefits from eating or drinking it so why would it not be good for your skin?

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Firstly, I do like the simplicity of the packaging, it didn’t come in a box, just a simple clear screw cap, I guess an eye roll on doesn’t really need any explanation, but I do like a nice box.

Anyway, It’s a lovely bright red in colour to reflect the red of the Pomegranate, with the shiny ball roller at the end. The actual product is almost like a serum you simply roll under and around your eye for instant refreshment and with continued use I am starting to feel the skin around my eyes skin firming up.

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I’m definitely going to continue using this roll-on as it has almost certainly helped with my dry eyes especially in the mornings.

Is there anything else you’ve tried to help with dry eyes? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

xx

Boo-tiful Baths

Lush just keeps giving me reasons to love them, they’re cruelty free, Vegetarian friendly and they stay on season without fail!

Lush bath bombs and bubble bars are my all time favourite beauty product, there are so many variations there is undoubtedly something for everyone. Wether you like a more citrus soak or something more floral they honestly have it all.

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My recent visit to Lush did not disappoint with them having their Halloween themed bath bombs on offer, so many cute ones and spooky ones to choose from. I decided to limit myself to just two, (Christmas is coming guys!) and my first purchase was this little beauty, the Pink Pumpkin. I was drawn to this bubble bar due to its pink sparklyness, I mean any girl would be! Being pink in colour, the fragrance also reflects a feminine feel with geranium and bergamot oils as well as a hint of jasmine which is one of my favourite fragrances.

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My second purchase was the cutest little cat bubble bar, Bewitched. Having two of my own furr babies, I’m always drawn to something with a cat on it! Perfect for halloween a little black cat, I’m not sure I’m looking forward to a black bath but I am looking forward to the blackberry fragrance. Again this is a bubble bar so will last for more than one use!

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So looking forward to the Christmas bath bombs to appear now, are there any you’re looking forward to?

 

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Gorgeous sweep

This post is so overdue, these brushes are gorgeous! They’re so soft so your makeup glides on and I mean they look stunning so what’s not to love!

My collection isn’t complete (yet) but these beauties from the Bold Metals collection really are my staple brushes.

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First is the Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 which to be honest I need two of! I keep using this brush for applying concealer around the redness on my nose and around my eyebrows but I’ve recently started using  it with eyeshadow in the eye creases. With its dense cluster of bristles and tapered end it works so well to apply darker colours nice and precise.


Next up is the 301 stippling brush perfect for applying liquid foundation. I’ve recently cleaned this one as got a bit too mucky! I use this brush to apply the first layer of foundation and usually then go over the top with my beauty blender. Again with this brush you get loads of bristles packed in and with them so soft leaves you with a perfectly even coverage.


Possibly my favourite brush of the collection, the 300. I use this brush for applying blusher or highlighter, I’m currently using the MAC Soft & Gentle mineralise skinfinish in B16 which has a slight bronze colour to it hence the brown tinge on the brush. This brush is lovely for applying highlight and blush with its tapered end and long bristles.


Lastly is the largest of the Bold Metals collection, the 100. This brush is great for fixing powder and overall blending your face together, it’s also a great touch up brush and again so soft, so yep one of those brushes you just sweep across your face for the hell of it! We all do it…


There’s a few others in the Bold Metals collection that I hope to add after Christmas. Do any of you have them already and would recommend?

What’s in my bag?

If your anything like me, your always carrying round a load of rubbish in your bag, so I decided to have a little clear out of all the receipts and odd bits of paper or packets. Whilst doing this I remembered all the ‘what’s in my bag’ YouTube videos I’d watched previously and figured why not do a blog post on it? Everyone is a bit nosey right?!  I like to call it curious.

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So here goes, all photographed on my scarf blanket, which I adore! (think will need its own post!)

I carry all my bits and bobs and essentials in my gorgeous Kurt Geiger Saffiano Tote bag which my boyfriend kindly bought for me last Christmas. I love it with its little zip compartment in the middle for all the important stuff, I keep my purse in there all safe and sound. Plus two large main sections either side and then another two thin sections next to that, which are very handy for quick access to say lipstick and mirror. Mine is in one of my favourite colours, grey with little gold detailing, I love the structure of the bag too it holds its shape and sits perfectly on your arm without looking oversized. It comes with a longer strap tucked inside too which is handy to whip out when you need both hands after buying too much shopping!!

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Onto product wise now and first up is my Medik8 Hydr8 B5 hand cream, it has an SPF 25 along with anti-pollution technology which helps protect your hands from the world! Another plus it smells great too, a lovely light lemon scent, a little squidge on your hands and it instantly gets to work, it doesn’t feel greasy or take ages to rub in like some hand creams so no sitting there with fingers spread waiting for it to dry!

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Next is the Perfect Match La Touche Magique from Loreal in the shade Rose Beige, I use this more as a concealer to hide bags under my eyes and any blemishes which decide to appear (loads right now for some reason) it’s lighter than my skin colour so brightens up my colour, teamed with my foundation on top and I’m left with a clear base to start my daily contour. The highlighting concealer comes with a brush attached for easy application and you simply twist the bottom to release the product up into the brush, simple! The brush is nice and soft too which makes application even and quick. This product is also good of outlining your brows, I do use a smaller brush to do this neatly though.

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Next, if your following me on Instagram you may have already seen me mention this little beauty, the compact powder in invisible matte from Clinique. I love using this to touch up my makeup throughout the day, and as its translucent you aren’t left with the caked on look, which nobody loves to be honest. The compact comes with a handy touch up sponge and a large mirror on top, perfect handbag essential!

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An all time favourite of mine, due to both packaging and product! I love the twist up compact design of the CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle eau de toilette. It just attracts you with its pearly white case and gold top, you twist the top half and up pops the gold top to spritz. And the perfume, oh my its gorgeous! I feel like everyone loves this perfume and its no wonder! It is expensive I’ll be honest, but 100% worth it, with the compact kit you get 3x refills along with the on the go casing. Love love love.

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This little one is a relatively new addition to my bag with thanks to my sister, she bought me this MAC lipstick for my birthday back in July. I love the red design and slightly sparkly black packaging, makes it feel that bit more special compared to the regular ones. This one is the Viva Glam 2 a muted pink-beige with shimmer, I love the colour was the perfect choice for my first MAC lipstick!

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Lastly is my handbag essential I can’t be without, I think I have one at work on my desk, one by my bed and one in my bag! Maybe slightly obsessed you could say! It’s the one and only Baby lips from Maybelline in Dr Rescue – Menthol. It’s so caring and hydrating for your lips and has a slight minty fragrance which leaves you feeling fresh and clean. One you definitely need in your handbag!

Other than the obvious keys, phone purse, umbrella and even a notebook are there any beauty essentials you must have in your bag?

 

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Primark Beauty

When it comes to everyday makeup of course it’s lovely to be able to use high-end brands for a bit of everyday luxury but sometimes all you need is a £4 palette from Primark, or Pri-marni as we like to call it!

To be honest the beauty section in my local Primark Lakeside has grown enormously in the past year or so, providing numerous brushes, palettes, lipstick’s, nail varnish and even faux eyelashes (that my sister swears by). Now they’ve even expanded their facemask range, which is definitely next on my list to try out.

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Along with the huge beauty product choice, they also have various accessories to compliment and enhance the range. Who doesn’t love a cute new makeup bag, one that hasn’t lost it’s original colour to a nice tan brown from a mixture of foundation and bronzer that’s leaked all over the place.

This gorgeous nude pink and copper bag was today’s choice, I’m a lover of a dusky pink or nude, teamed with the on trend copper (or rose gold if you want to poshen it up) this little beauty is literally perfect. What’s even better about this bag? It’s huge! Plenty of room to fit your moisturiser through to complete makeup kit and who knows even your fixing spray. With two separated compartments you could even organise your makeup inside, think I’m going for prep and face products in one section and eyes and brows in the other but to be honest even considering the size I’m not sure it would all fit!

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The two sections are beautifully separated by two chunky rose gold zips (because we want to poshen it up) with little faux leather handles for ease of opening finally a simple handle on top to carry. So when your bestie says “come get ready at mine” chuck it all in and your away! 

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My second purchase was this little eye shadow palette, I was drawn in by the current trend in the reds and oranges for eye makeup as well as the complimenting light colours, perfect for the inner creases. I was quite impressed with the packaging of his palette too a simple flip top design with a slight magnetic to keep it closed. The name MASTER EYE PALETTE teamed with the gold text on the clear top casing this adds a touch of trust that the shadows inside are going to be good. 

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After having a little play with swatches I was quite impressed with how pigmented the colours are, I’m loving the cherry shades too. All so bright and vibrant, will be a perfect compliment to the autumn weather now on its way in full force, of course teamed with a little highlight on the brow bone. I’ve not had a chance to have a play with layering these up yet however can already see how nicely they are going to work together, so many possibilities! 

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To be completely honest this is the first time at giving something a go from the Primark beauty range, I mean it’s not going to replace my beloved Urban Decay Naked palettes, but I’m very impressed, just goes to show you don’t always need to break the bank.

 

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Nail Recovery

After taking the plunge to remove my gel nail extensions after having them just over a year, I was starting to worry my natural nails needed some more strength. Surprisingly my natural nails were pretty good under the gel extensions, you hear horror stories of people not having much left after taking their fakes off. I’d like to think its all thanks to my fab nail technician! (hey Vik!)

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I always find my nails grow quite quickly, with tapping away on the keyboard at work and general day to day tasks, I was pretty careless with my nails as I knew how strong they were, other than opening can’s of Diet Coke, anyone with fake nails knows how much of a risk that is! (I use a ruler!) So not having any form of protection on my nails, I wanted to find some conditioning nail polish that would restore the strength and generally give them a treat.

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My first purchase was the Super Mani 7 in 1 treatment, I mean 7 treatments sounds perfect.

It claims to:

  • Encourage growth with Keratin
  • Nourishes with Argan Oil
  • Promotes shine
  • Hydrates with Vitamin E
  • Smoothes the nail surface
  • Protects from breakage

Phew.

After using this as base coat under nail polish (I’m not keen on bare nails) for a few weeks,  I have found that my nails seem stronger and less prone to breaking, I’ve also found the colouring on my nail beds has got brighter too. I must warn you though it does have a stronger nail polish smell than normal nail varnishes.

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My second purchase was the Mini Mask, Camouflage, Colour and Condition. I loved the idea of this polish as it promotes strengthening and conditioning as well has having a lovely pinky colour to it. Usually conditioning polishes are all clear, and as I mentioned I’m not a lover of he clear shiny nail look. This polish left a beautiful soft pink colour with a slight matt texture to it. Perfect.

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Another upside to this polish was the brush itself, you can sort of see from my photo it was slightly tapered which made it easy to apply reaching all edges and creating a nice even coat of colour.

In order to give my nails a proper treat, I’ve been using these both together, it’s been keeping my nails neat and building them up to be tough, guess what I can open cans now 😉

Have any of you had a break from fake nails, what did you do to give your natural nails a treat?