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

Miracle Masks

Can I just start by saying how much I love facemasks, they remind me of girly sleepovers talking about rubbish, eating pizza and painting each others nails in crazy colours… and dots 😉

So in order to put out a massive hint to my best friend that we need to do this again, and to show my love for some of the face masks out there I’ve decided to dedicate my instagram posts and my blog this week to trying them out. #facemaskweek

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First up is a mask that I’ve been wanting to try for ages! I love the idea of a sheet mask with the hope of it being less messy but still with great results. After following the Garnier UK instagram account after posting about the Micellar Water, I noticed them posting a lot about this tissue mask with everyone commenting it had left them with great results.

I applied the mask after cleansing my face from makeup first and whilst relaxing in the bath to try and get the full benefits of a chilled face mask application. With this mask you simply unfold it and lay over your face, I’d recommend a mirror handy to make sure you get the eye holes in the right place. You then peel off the protective blue layer and smooth out the edges to the curves of your face. The tissue mask is covered in a serum with Chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid that intensely hydrates and comforts your skin while you relax.

I loved the texture of this mask, it really felt as though it was ‘doing something’ and made me sit still which was an added bonus. If you do use it while in the bath as I did just be careful not to get too hot as I found having something covering my face and in a hot bath started to overheat a bit and I think I cut the 15 minute time a bit short.

Overall though I loved this sheet mask and will hopefully try some of the others out after payday 😉

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Next I decided to try the clayMask® from Medik8®, this mask has a thick almost clay like consistency which I’m guessing is where its name comes from. I wanted to give this mask a try as it will hopefully help absorb excess oil on my skin and prevent my pores from clogging.

This mask did leave my skin feeling really clean and fresh afterwards, however it was difficult and messy to apply, but that’s half the fun of a facemask right! I also liked the sound of this mask as it’s ingredients include plant extracts like Passionflower and Willow Bark together with Cranberry Fruit, which to me sounds like would be a good cocktail too!

 

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The 7th Heaven masks are the masks of teenage sleepovers all over the UK I can imagine, I know they were a firm favourite of mine, and still are to be honest! I decided to go back to them and try some new ones as well as one of my favourites, the Passion Peel off. I love these masks as not only are they all peel off ones which are so satisfying to peel off once they’ve dried, It’s like that feeling when you used to peel dried glue off your fingers!

I’ve not had a chance to try these all out yet but the one I’m most looking forward to testing out is the Black Seaweed Peel Off, I’ve always been a lover of seaweed as a skincare ingredient mainly due to it reminding me of being by the sea, which always calms me but I know it’s also good for oily prone skin, having used the Body Shop seaweed range previously.

 

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The Passion Peel Off is one of my favourites though, partly due to its fruity smell of Pineapple and Papaya as well as how soft and refreshed it leaves your skin. Once applied you’ll look a bit red and very shiny, but once its all dried up and you peel away the pale pink mask along with all your dead skin cells, you’re left with a completely refreshed complexion, don’t forget to moisturise on top though as this one can dry your skin out a little.

 

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After the success with the Garnier tissue mask I decided to have a little delve into a few more sheet mask’s, having finally scouted out the Soap & Glory sheet masks in boots, (Found them in the third boots I tried!) I decided to try out the Pore-Refining Mask and the Radiance-Boosting Mask. Firstly can I just say how much I love their packaging, I’m not usually a fan of ‘gimic’ packaging or a lot going on design wise, but somehow Soap & Glory manage to make theirs look great I almost don’t want to use them to ruin it!

Again I haven’t had a chance to try these ones out yet, but planning on a little pamper this weekend so keep an eye on my instagram story to find out how I get on!

 

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Still yet to find a face mask that I’m absolutely in love with, so if anyone has any suggestions of their favourites please let me know!!

Come join the #facemaskweek on instagram or twitter 😀

The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Liquid Peel Gel

So you say face peel and instantly everyone is terrified that such a chemical mixture will burn your face off! I must admit I did think this at first but I promise it’s nothing like that at all.

Then you hear that The Body Shop have one?! I was a little sceptical at first as they are known for their organic ingredients and fair trade sourcing, I was confused, how could they create an exfoliating face peel?

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Apparently they can using Edelweiss, Sea Holly and Criste Marine, yes I’ve no idea either. The liquid peel is part of The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ collection, a revolutionary gel-to-peel formula that apparently 88% of 109 women agree, peels off impurities and pollutants. The Drops of Youth™ range is aimed at targeting skin at the first signs of ageing, and includes 7 other products, such as the Drops of Youth™ Wonderblur™ which I wont lie has an amazing name!

Packaging wise for the Youth Liquid Peel, It’s exactly as I would’ve expected it, The Body Shop has always been an organic and animal friendly brand which has always attracted me to it in the past. The green bottle and simple black pump making product dispensing easy whilst in the shower or bath. The simple label with black text keeps things easily readable however what catches your eye first will be the shiny silver label, an unusual square with almost indented corners, different from a simple rectangle I suppose? Either way,  the metallic silver of the label definitely catches the light with the simple Body Shop logo and Drops of Youth™ shows instantly which range the product is in, this along with the green bottle makes for easy spotting in-store.

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After using this for a week now with the recommended dosage, that’s so not the right word for skincare! I mean I’ve used it 3 times this week as recommended on the back. At first it feels like a nice cooling gel that you can feel literally soothing the day off your skin. Though the more you rub it in it begins to crumble forming little bits on your face that I can only describe as the little bits left on a page when you use a rubber! Not exactly what I was expecting.

I can’t say is a nice experience to be honest and these little bits were quite hard to actually get off my face following the peel, especially around the corners of my chin. I had to use a further cleanser to attempt at removing them, not to mention a little off putting as they say that the bits that form are the dead skin cells from your face, which is a bit grim!

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However after a bit more of a vigorous scrub to get the dead skin off, my face did feel softer, smoother and refreshed, all be it in need of some moisture. All in all I’m not sure I would recommend this liquid peel though it is quite fun to test out the gel-to-peel formula it does come with a price tag of £18, so a bit much for just testing out.

Have you tried the Youth Liquid Peel? What did you think of the little bobbles?

 

Urban Decay Naked Heat

Now this is something that caught my eye a few months back in its build up to release, being a big Urban Decay fan and knowing how good their other Naked eyeshadow palettes are I knew this was going to be something not to be missed. I always fall for a well marketed new product!
My god does it not disappoint! 12 new hot shades perfect for creating a gorgeous burnt orange and copper toned look, which is definitely a favourite on Instagram right now, team with a simple eyeliner flick and you’re set to go.
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Yet again Urban Decay do not let me down on the packaging, hats off to their packaging design team! However they did surprise me with a little slide out design as apposed to the other Naked Palettes simple open top box design, not that I’m complaining at all, having it this way adds to the excitement of opening it for the first time!
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With the crackled eyeshadow colours on a beautiful copper, gold holographic card box with raised Naked Heat in gold foiling (and we all love a bit of foiling) this will 100% catch your eye both in store and on your vanity table. No detail has been spared with this palette, as inside the box features a match in 12 stages of being burnt out, each one to represent the 12 shadow colours within the actual palette.
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Opening the palette certainly doesn’t disappoint either, a mixture of matt and glitter shadows you just know they are going to look hot. The palette comes with the usual Naked palette layout having a mirror in the lid and a unique brush so you can always perfect your look on the go. Personally I’m not a lover of the brushes that come with the Naked palettes as I find them a bit too big for my eyes, I usually end up using them just to brush away excess shadow from my cheeks.
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After having a quick test today using ‘sauced’ as a base colour, a warm orangey-brown shade. I then added my two favourites ‘he devil’ a deeper red tone topped with ‘scorcher’ a gorgeous burgundy glitter shade onto the outer creases. Lastly I finished the shadow with mixing ‘ounce’ and ‘chaser’ to the inner corners and blended it all together.
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I loved this mix of colours and cannot wait to experiment with the shade combinations a bit more, are there any mixes that you’ve tried and recommend?