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Friday, 25 January 2013

Trevor Sorbie Volume Thickening Leave In Conditioner Review

 
Trevor Sorbie Volume Thickening Leave In Conditioner

Trevor Sorbie Volume Thickening Leave In Conditioner

Today we will be looking at the Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Volume Thickening Leave-In conditioner. This product is most suited to fine/flyaway hair, neither of which I really have but I love trying out volumising products as I hate having flat, limp hair!

This leave-in conditioner boasts it has a lightweight formula, which adds all day volume with heat protection and shine enhancing technology. I have mixed views about this claim.  Firstly, I find that the formula is lightweight if used sparingly.  When I've used too much it has made my hair very sticky and flat.... not good! So if you use this product be very careful of how much you are applying.  I tend to do two sprays per section (I use large sections) and I have long hair. I don't ever apply this product to my roots.

As for shine.. I don't feel it is fair for me to comment either way on this point as I use several other shine enhancing products on my hair.  It's too hard for me to tell if this one adds shine or not unless I use it in isolation for a period of time.

Lastly, volume.  I do find this product makes my hair fuller but it has been harder to get a smooth, sleek look.  Saying that, I think it would be unfair to say this product is the sole cause, if at all.  The weather has been/is pretty awful lately and as I've got naturally curly hair it's prone to frizzing and losing that 'just straightened' look anyway.  This product is great to use when curling your hair, though.

The smell of this product is gorgeous.  It has a really perfumed fragrance which I have found lingers on my hair even the following day I have used it. Some people may not like this but I love it when my hair still smells fresh and clean the following day after washing as I don't wash my hair on a daily basis (my hair just doesn't need it!)

Another great aspect of this product is the heat protection.  I use heat on my hair almost every day so the more I can protect it the better.  I use this in addition to a heat protector spray.  Here's a review on the one I'm currently using: Vo5 Heat Protector Spray.

I will finish using up this product but I won't be in a hurry to re-purchase. By that I don't mean that I never will, I just won't in the near future.

What are your recommendations for leave-in conditioner?

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

 



What better way to start the year than with not one but two nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award! :D

I would like to start by thank two lovely bloggers who have been kind enough to nominate me for this award.  They are:

 Amy at Srslylou 

 Catherine at And It's All About Me - Catherine Louise


Please check out both of their blogs, they are amazing :D

Before I begin with the rules etc. of this award I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone with all of their support for my blog.  These nominations really do mean a lot and it makes me so happy to know that people are enjoying reading my blog.


The Rules:

- Thank the blogger which awarded you
- Share 7 random facts about yourself
- Nominate 7 fellow bloggers
- Let the nominated bloggers know that they have been awarded
- Add the Versatile Blogger badge to your blog


7 Random Facts About me:


- I want an iPhone
- My star sign is Scorpio
- I love eating Paella
- I've been lucky enough to fly on Concorde
- I love watching Harry Potter
- I've had an allergic reaction to something and my face is red and stinging like crazy (help!!)
- I own a pink TV

My 7 Nominations:


- Susie at Miss Beauty Bits
- Annabelle at The Curley Girl
- Flo at Hola Flo
- Masie at The Mai Bug
- Chantal at Channi Chic
- Rachel at Stellar Skin
- Hannah at Hannah Marie Beauty

I have been lucky enough to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger award before.  If you want to read the post, please find it here.

A massive thank you to Amy and Catherine again.


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Benefit Erase Paste Review

 

 
Hello Beauty Lovers!

I hope you are all well.  Today's review is on Benefits Erase Paste.  This is a concealer which comes in an adorable, small, pink and purple pot.

Being an expensive concealer (priced at £19.50 at Boots) I was expecting great things.  Personally, I like this product but I don't think it will be for everyone.  The formulation is very thick as you might expect from the 'paste' description.  Therefore, if you prefer a more liquid concealer you won't be a fan of this.  I like it because it gives good coverage, is creamy and very blendable.  Also, it isn't quick drying which is something I look for in a concealer.  I don't like to be forced to work very quickly with a product.
 
 
As for shades, there isn't a huge selection - in fact there are only three.  At the moment I'm the pastiest I've ever been as I haven't been on holiday for a while so I have the lightest colour  - No 1. Fair. However, I don't consider myself to be very, very pale and therefore I think people who are would struggle to find a good colour match.  The same is true if your skin is darker, having only a very limited number of shades means it isn't going to work for everyone.

 
I use this erase paste to both conceal blemishes and hide any darkness under my eyes.  I think it works well for both but for application I would definitely recommend gently tapping/blending it onto your skin using your ring finger.  If you work too heavily with the product it soon disappears which is the case for many concealers.  As it's so thick I also wouldn't apply it with a brush as I find the warmth of your fingers helps to nicely blend the product.

As for smell... I really don't like the smell of this product.  It's hard to describe but it isn't pleasant at all and it doesn't have any added fragrance.  It isn't a major disappointment, though.  The smell isn't strong at all so you only notice it if you sniff the product in the pot.. on application you don't notice it at all.

A nice touch is that this concealer comes with a step-by-step concealing and brightening lesson and a spatula.  Personally, I've never used the spatula, I don't really see the purpose of it but it may appeal to some people.


The Benefit Erase Paste is available from Benefit Cosmetics for £19.50.

Have you tried this concealer?


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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Lee Stafford Argan Oil Review

 



Hello beauty lovers!

No doubt you have heard about the amazing effects of using oil on your hair.  There are endless amounts of products on the market which have these oils in them and the one I will be looking at today is Argan Oil from Morocco by Lee Stafford.

This product comes in a small transparent red and pink bottle which has a pump dispenser. It claims to be a Nourishing Miracle oil with Pro Argan complex and is a light weight oil treatment for all hair types.  This miracle oil nurtures hair and helps enrich its natural shine, delivering a smooth, shiny, silky finish without any product build up.


You can use this product on both wet and/or dry hair but I tend to only use it when my hair is dry.  I've got long hair and one pump is plenty to give even coverage.  I always focus on the tips of my hair first and then work it up.  I never apply this product towards the top of my hair as I don't want to encourage a greasy look.

I've been using this product for around two months now and you instantly notice a difference in the texture of your hair.  After use, my hair is left super soft and also does have a little extra shine.  The perfumed scent of this oil is also really nice.

As for the consistency, it's pretty much what you what expect from an oil so not much to say there other than the claim that the product doesn't build up on your hair is true.  After application you can't tell you have applied any oil onto your hair at all.  This is great as I hate products that make your hair look really flat and limp after use.


Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this product and it is much more affordable than some Argan Oils out there.  That being said, I would like to try out some others on the market but there is no reason why I wouldn't buy this one again.


This product is priced at £11.99 at Boots.




Sunday, 20 January 2013

Shoe and Handbag Chocolates

This is going to be a short and sweet post but I just had to share these cute little shoe and handbag chocolates my boyfriends mum bought me.. look how adorable they are?!



I've heard she picked them up at Sainsbury's but I have no idea how much they were.



I'm poorly :(

Hello Everyone,

You may have noticed things have been very quiet on the blogging front.  I few weeks ago I mentioned I didn't feel too well and I've been a lot worse over the past week or so... turns out I've got really, really bad tonsillitis. 

I've been in bed since last Friday and am I'm now halfway through my antibiotics (which taste revolting!) and am feeling much better than I was.  I'm still definitely not 100% yet.. my ears, head and throat are still throbbing but I felt well enough to do a quick post for you guys so you know why I haven't been blogging lately!

I'll see how I feel later and I might do a review post, if not then sometime this week when I'm feeling better.

Thank you to all my new followers and comments.  Apologies again for the lack of posts! As soon as I'm better things will go back to normal.

 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Urban Decay Priming Potion Review

Urban Decay Priming Potion


Most of you would have already heard of, if not tried this product but for those of you who haven't taken the plunge yet here is a review of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Priming Potion.

There are different variations of this product but the only one I have tried is the one in the picture above, the 'original' which is priced at £14.50 at Debenhams.  The difference between the products are the finishes:

 Original - Nude in the tube but dries invisibly
 Eden - Tawny matte finish
 Eden Sin - Champagne shimmer finish
 Greed - Shimmering yellow
 

Just a note about Debenhams before we move on...Although, Debenhams do not always stock all make-up brands/products in their stores I find the online site brilliant as often products are a little cheaper (MAC products for example are cheaper here than House of Fraser and Selfridges) and delivery is usually free too so it is worth taking a look at their site.

Anyway.. back to the primer.  This magic potion comes in a compact squeezable lilac tube with a needle nose tip which allows you to control how much product you apply. You get 11ml of product in the tube which I think would last you a good few months depending on how much you choose to apply.  It's pretty thick so a little goes a long way.



I find the best way to apply this product is to squeeze a little onto my finger and gently rub it together to warm it a little.  I then gently spread the primer over my eyelid and right up over my brow bone.  Only one layer of this product is necessary and you really don't need to apply a lot to see the affects.  I don't wait a certain amount of time to let the product dry either, I just get straight on and start picking out what shadows I'm going to wear and apply them.

And the verdict.. I love this product! My eyeshadow stays on ALL day and evening without creasing, spreading or coming off at all.  When I return home my eye make-up looks exactly the same as it did when I left the house.

Amazing product, I will definitely re-purchase  this time and time again! I'm not even tempted to try another.










Sunday, 6 January 2013

Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Shine Tonic Review

Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Shine Tonic
 
Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Shine Tonic

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all well.  Today's review is on a product which claims to not only repair your hair but also add shine.

This Gliss hair repair product by Schwarzkoph has been around for years and is something I used a lot when I was younger but then for some reason got forgotten about until a couple of years ago when I spotted it in Boots and remembered how much I love it.

Firstly, the smell is absolutely gorgeous and many occasions people have commented on it as it lingers on your hair for a while.  It's pretty hard to describe but it's just really perfumed and doesn't smell like chemicals at all.

The packaging is pretty basic but I like it.  The can is a combination of shimmery white and gold and isn't too big so it's easy to pack when you go away.  The spray is even and I've never found a fault with the mechanism.

The product itself isn't wet at all so it doesn't cause your hair to frizz or ruin your style and even when using very generously after every wash (and other times) one can lasts me at least three months.

Gliss claims to repair dry and damaged hair as well as brilliant shine.  I have found that my hair definitely does have a lovely shine after use as well as a lovely smell.  People have often been surprised that my hair looks healthy even though it is long and I regularly use heat on it.  Whether it is down to this product or not I don't know.  If I was to hazard I guess I would say that I do think this product has had a contributing factor as I don't use many products on my hair and in the past have used even less.

One things for sure, though... I really do love this product and it is a must have in my hair care routine!



You can pick up Gliss at Superdrug for £2.49.  There is also a version for coloured hair.

Tip: If you wash your hair with cold water it helps to add extra shine.

Has anyone else tried this product?


Saturday, 5 January 2013

Barry M Glitter polish

 

 

For Christmas I wanted to use a festive colour on my nails and the obvious choice was red.  I'm a big fan of Barry M polishes so one that I just had to buy is no 150 Red Glitter.  This gorgeous varnish has a clear base with lots and lots of red glitter. They definitely didn't hold back with this one which is one of things I love about it.  I hate it when you buy a glitter polish which on application has hardly any glitter at all and you end up having to do layer after layer in order to get a good coverage.

 
 
This varnish looks great on it's own or teamed with any red base.  It would also look pretty nice with a gold base too although I haven't tried that yet.  The base I chose is the Nina Ultra Pro varnish in Celebration.  I picked this up at Sally's years ago but there are also loads of great alternatives on the market.  Instead of going for an all over glitter look I decided to just add a splash of glitter at the ends on my nails.


 
 


I've already mentioned this formulation has loads of glitter which means you really only need to use one coat.  This is obviously really good because it means your varnish will last even longer! The staying power is also pretty good.  These two varnishes teamed with a base and top coat stayed on my nails chip free for 4 days and even then the chips I had were very minor.

 


 As this is a glitter polish I found it is pretty easy to fill in the gaps without it being noticable too.. always a good thing! Just make sure you apply the base colour first otherwise you don't get a good result.

 


Apologies for these photo's, the lighting wasn't that great on the day I took them so they'll do look a little duller than I would have liked. 

The Barry M Red Glitter Polish is available for £2.99 at Boots.

Are you going to give this varnish a try?





Thursday, 3 January 2013

:: Best Products of 2012 ::

:: Top 5 Products of 2012 ::


Happy New Year everyone! Sorry I haven't done any posts for a few days, i'm poorly at the moment and couldn't face staring at the PC.

My post today will show you my top 5 products for 2012.  I've been umming and ahhing on whether to include products which I have used but not had a chance to review yet as my blog has only been up and running since the end of November.  In the end I have decided to only choose products where I have written and review.

So let's get started.

1. Okay, I know this product has been around for years but it gets the number one spot for me because not only is it a great product but is also soo convenient.  The number 1 spot goes to Batiste Dry Shampoo.  Read the review here.



2.Second up is the Lush lip scrub in mint.  This product is amazing and since using it I have really noticed a difference in my lips.  They are very soft and smooth... the dry, chapped lips I was suffering with this winter is a thing of the past! Hurrah! Read the review here.



3. Next up is Soap and Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks.  This product is a cross between a lip balm and a lip gloss which also smells gorgeous (of vanilla, just like Max lipsticks).  This is a great product, I really hope they bring out more colours this year.  Read the review here.
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4.  In fourth place is Nivea's express hydrating  moisuriser and primer.  This is a great time saver and prepares your skin for you makeup application.At a bargain price, it really is impressive.  Read the review here.



5. Last but not least is Barry M Nail Varnishes.  Barry M is a brilliant brand for nail varnishes and definitely deserves a mention.  Sparkles and glitter have been a big trend recently so my top nail varnish for 2012 has got to be the no. 349 Rose Quartz Glitter. This gorgeous varnish is great to use with any colour underneath and makes your nails super, super sparkly! It's been perfect for the party season!


What was your favourite product of 2012?

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their comments on my posts.  I've got a bit behind responding as I haven't been on here but I will catch up over the next couple of days, hopefully I will be feeling better by then.


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