Backcombing Giving You a Headache? I Present the Denman Teasing Comb :)

teasing comb

 

What is it?

A comb specifically for ‘teasing’ the hair (generally at the roots) to add volume.

 

The Review

What is not to like? If you have ever tried to tease your hair with anything but a teasing comb, you will know that it hurts, it’s messy and generally really not a very good idea …

This comb, however, allows you to tease gently whilst achieving lots of volume (depending on how much you tease your hair of course). You can achieve varying levels of volume with ease and it’s gentler on your head and hair than trying to use a normal comb.

The handle is a nice width and the pointed end allow your to section your hair in a straight line simply by wiggling the pointed end in the direction you want to part it. Easy peasy! No pain, no tugging and these combs are under £5.

I don’t tease my hair very often but this is a joy to use if I’m having a flat day or want a a bigger up do.

 

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Worth the Money?

I paid around £3.50 for mine on amazon but you can buy from places like Boots and Superdrug also. Readily available on the highstreet, under a fiver and work a treat – yu bet it’s worth the money!

BUY FROM AMAZON HERE:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Denman-D91-Dressing-Out-Hairbrush/dp/B0030JJXHE/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

 

 

The Body Shop Beautifying Oil

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What is it?

An all purpose moisturising beauty oil that can be used on the face, body and hair.

 

The Review:

This oil comes in lots of different smells varying from fruity ones to floral ones. It’s a really deeply nourishing mixture of nut oils that are all responsibly sourced and can be used on the face, body and hair.

I personally have not used it on my face for two reasons – the first being that anything that is fairly strongly scented I get nervous about putting on my face and the second is that I have combination skin so I don’t want or need to be putting anything that’s oily on it. If I had dry skin then I would definitely give it a go though as this oil sinks in beautifully and doesn’t just sit on the skin and leave you feeling sticky.

This product is amazing on the body, it moisturises the skin without leaving that annoying greasiness that I hate so much! I can apply the oil and put my clothes straight on without it being uncomfortable or staining my clothes and for once they don’t get stuck to me either yay! It sinks in so quickly and smells AMAZING! There is definitely a scent for everyone.

This oil also works on the hair really nicely too, helping to nourish and protect it from frizz. I like to put a really small amount in towel dried hair, focusing on the ends and find that this really helps it look smooth and frizz free. You can also use this on dry hair but be VERY careful with this. The first time I did this, I used too much and the ends just looked greasy 😦 You need a TINY amount on dry hair which you should rub between your hands first and spread evenly through the ends. I have discovered you can use this oil as a hair treatment by putting it into dry hair and sleeping it and washing it out in the morning, or just leave it in for 30/45 mins and wash out the same evening. This achieves super healthy, shiny, smooth looking hair.

 

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Worth the Money?

100ml is £9.00 and this product has so many uses! I feel like it is absolutely worth the money and a little goes a very long way so the bottle will last you a long time. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Cannot fault.

Available online and in The Body Shop stores :

I have the Satsuma one – http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/bath-body-care/body-moisturisers/satsuma-beautifying-oil.aspx

Products Worth the Hype

Products that I feel are really worth the hype they get in the beauty community

Quick Rave – Liz Earle Hair Products – Full Review coming soon!

haircare

Quick intro:

I’ve been using the Botanical Shine Shampoo (for all hair types) and the Botanical Shine Conditioner for oily hair for a little while now. I don’t have oily hair but I made a large order and got a full size of the product free of charge and as it’s so yummy, am working on using it all up before purchasing the one for either normal or damaged hair as I use a lot of heat on mine.

The shampoo is great as instead of using SLS and SLES, which are foaming agents present in most well-known hair cleansing products, they use a cleansing agent that comes from coconut yay! Many scalps are sensitive to SLS and SLES and this coconut and plant-based shampoo is suitable for all scalp and hair types. It’s even safe for coloured hair due to the lack of SLS and SLES as these can be harsh and are known to fade colour.

Initial Thoughts:

I am already a HUGE fan of Liz Earle and as you all know by now, the majority of the skincare products I use are from the brand so I was super excited to try the hair care goodies.

The shampoo is unlike the usual ‘better for you’ kind of shampoos as it lathers beautifully, smells deliciously natural and good for you BUT actually effectively cleans your hair. It. Is. Amazing.

The conditioner, despite not necessarily for my hair type as I got it free with a rather large order is also amazing! It smells yummy, leaves my hair super soft and shiny and doesn’t weigh it down either. Top Marks Liz Earle, as usual!

Full review coming soon!

http://uk.lizearle.com/

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray

 

What is it?

A heat protection spray infused with keratin that claims to protect from heat styling, make hair sleeker, shinier and more manageable without weighing down the hair.

 

The Review

To be completely honest, I’m not going to string this out as there’s not much to say really! This does exactly what it says it does on the bottle.

The spray bottle is lovely and this stuff comes out in a beautiful fine mist. It smells lovely, doesn’t weigh my hair down, doesn’t leave it sticky in any way and makes my hair feel super soft.

A beautiful smooth and shiny finish even if only used when blow drying – perfect!

 

Worth the Money?

This can be purchased from Boots or Superdrug or even larger chain supermarkets (as usual) for the very reasonable price of £5.99. I love this and will be repurchasing it full price, HOWEVER, Superdrug has it for only £2.95 at the moment so I suggest you all go and grab some while it lasts! Even at full price though, this product is fantastic.

This product is part of a range so if you fancy giving the treatment mask or shampoo or conditioner a go then leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts! I have been using the shampoo as well and I really like it 🙂

 

http://www.superdrug.com/haircare/tresemme-keratin-spray-200ml/invt/512461/

L’oreal Triple Resist Range – Hair saviours!

 

 

What is it?

A range of hair products containing Arganine – an essential amino acid vital to the hair fibre.

L’oreal says: ” You put your hair through daily torture and sometimes it can lack essential nourishment. Weakened, your hair has a tendency to break and fall out. Introducing new Elvive Triple Resist range enriched in ARGININE + PROTEIN. The formula provides a triple action: reinforced, nourished from root to tip and stronger. ”

The range has a shampoo, conditioner, 60 second treatment masque and a ‘reinforcing treatment’ in the form of a root spray.

 

 

The Review:

I ran out of the shampoo and conditioner I was using and decided I would just buy the whole set of products from this range … I figure this was justifiable as to get the maximum benefits, like most brands say, you should probably use the whole set of products in conjunctions with each other… also J-Lo looking super hot in the ads was perhaps also a contributing factor …

Just as a side note, I am not particularly into super expensive shampoo and conditioners, I would prefer to spend more money on hair treatments and oils and tend to buy shampoo and conditioners that are readily available in Boots or Superdrug.

 

I’ve been using these lovelies for about 3 weeks now and I’m loving them!

The whole range smells yummy but it’s not overpowering. The shampoo lathers up nicely and feels like it gives my hair a really good clean without making it dry or weighing it down.

The conditioner left my hair ridiculously smooth, shiny and manageable, again, without weighing down my hair.

The 60 second treatment leaves my hair even shinier and lovely and smooth. It also made my ends look dramatically better and i love the fact that it’s such a quick treatment. For an extra treat I have wrapped my hair in clingfilm and left it on for half an hour a couple of times, also with great results.

The reinforcing treatment was a weird concept to me at first, you can use it on wet or dry hair and spritz it into your roots. You then massage it into your scalp and can use it up to 2 times a day. I have been using it on towel – dried hair and noticed that my hair has been feeling healthier, although I can’t say I’ve noticed anything  else.

I did read a few reviews on this range prior to purchase and a couple of people said that there was an issue of these products leaving residue, making their hair look dirty and one person who had used the root spray said it had made their scalp sore.

I have had none of these issues but would suggest making sure you wash out the conditioner and masque properly and go easy on the treatment spray!

 

 

Worth the Money?

I really like this range and will be repurchasing it. If you have fragile hair then this will be great for you and when the prices are so reasonable and the products readily available on the highstreet or supermarkets I don’t think you can really go wrong. They come if quite big sizes too so they are definitely gonna last fairly long time.

The shampoo and conditioner are £3.99 each, the masque is £4.99 and the reinforcing treament (root spray) is also around the £5 mark – I couldn’t find a definitive price for you! It is generally much cheaper to shop around a bit as different shops have different prices on these items.

These products can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets and the L’oreal Paris website:

 

http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/haircare/women/elvive-triple-resist/reinforcing-shampoo.aspx

 

 

Brow Basics

 

The Basics; Do’s and Don’ts

 

DO invest in a good set of tweezers.

There are some great tweezers on the market and many different shapes to choose from. I personally favour the standard slanted shape and the ones from Tweezerman are my absolute favourite, there’s even a free sharpening service when they start to get blunt which is a big bonus. They come in several different colours and patterns and even come in mini size in a handy little tube!

DON’T pluck more hairs than necessary.

Very thin eyebrows look unnatural and affect the whole look of your face. They are also difficult to grow back so be very careful when shaping them for the first time.

DO go with the natural shape of your brows.

This is the shape that your brows appear overall. The natural shape your brows will most likely suit your face the best. The idea of grooming your brows is to enhance the shape in order to flatter and frame your face. A great example of this is to look at Anne Hathaway, she has a fairly rounded shape as opposed to a high arch.

DON’T use a magnifying mirror.

This is a bit of weird one and probably partly down to personal preference but I would suggest that unless you really struggle to see, that you don’t use a magnifying mirror, especially the ones that you can get now that show up EVERYTHING. A standard mirror in a well lit room should be enough. The risk with using a magnifying mirror is that you can overpluck your brows easily. Chances are, if you need a magnifying mirror to see the hairs, you won’t see them with the naked eye.

 

 

Shaping your Brows

Absolute basics

The overall natural shape of your eyebrows is most likely to suit your face so use the natural shape as a guide.

As a general rule the diagram at the start of this post is also a good guide to finding a nice shape.

Take a pencil in line with outside of your nose straight up, this shows roughly where your brows should start (line A). Line B is again lined up with the outside of your nose but this time runs in line with the outer edge of your pupil, this is where most people should have the highest point of the brow – the arch. Finally line C takes the line from the outside of your nose to the outer corner of your eye where it is a good place for your eyebrows to finish.

 

Your individual shape

Generally your brows should start in line with the outside of your nose, if your eyebrows start too far apart it makes your nose look wider, on the other hand, too close together and you can look very odd and a bit cross!

Now, as I said at the start, the diagram shown is a rough GUIDE. If you have a natural rounded brow shape then go with it, if you have fairly straight brows then go for a slightly straighter shape.

The same one brow shape that we see most often is the standard fairly high arch, however, this shape won’t necessarily suite everyone.

 

Anne Hathaway as seen here is a great example of going with her natural curve. She has a slight arch that curves upwards and outwards as this is what her natural brow wants to do. Her brows are not the typical highly defined arch we see a lot but all the same, enhance her features and suit her face.

Jennifer Conolly is another celebrity that has gone with her natural brow shape. Her brows are thicker and more straight but do still have a slight arch and finish in line with the outer corner of her eye so as not to have a brow that’s too short.

Both of these celebrities are brilliant examples of how to define and enhance your individual shape. The start and end points of their brows are pretty much the same but the curve and thickness of their brows are taylored to their own natural overall shape. This is the key to perfectly groomed brows, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got!

 

How to

If you’re shaping your brows for the first time then I suggest plucking a couple of hairs at a time and viewing the overall efffect on your face after each little session. Plucking just a couple each time and reviewing the progress from a little further back in the mirror will ensure you don’t overpluck.

Remember! You want your eyebrows to be even on both sides so I would pluck a couple of hairs from one side and then do the same on the other, making them the same as you go along until you find your perfect shape.

 

If you’re nervous then you could always go to a salon to get your initial shape.

If you do decide to do this, make sure you go to a reputable one or get recommendations, it’s also handy to have a look at the brows of the technician who will be doing the shape for you as this may show their personal preference for thickness and shape. Chances are, if they have thicker brows or a very high arch, this is what they think looks good on most people.

Just to be safe, I would steer clear if they have very thin, short brows!

Always be very clear with the shape and thickness you are looking for, explaining that you want something that goes with your natural shape and suits your face. I would also ask for a mirror so you can keep an eye on their progress. This may sound a bit OTT but once you’ve overplucked it is unlikely your brows will grow back as they naturally are so it’s best to be cautious!

 

I hope this was helpful for you, if you’d like to see a brow tutorial via video, products and tools for shaping and filling in then please like this post and comment below with anything else you’d like to see or questions you may have. Happy shaping!!

Favourite Nail Products!

Favourite Nail Products:

Hi guys, so I thought I would just do a quick post on what nail products I use on a regular basis regardless of what colour I’m painting them. Here is a round up of the base, quick dry, top coats and any other sort of nail care products that I always have to hand. I don’t pretend to be hugely qualified in nail knowledge but for photoshoots I do like to keep mine in good condition and a nice length.

 

 

Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat:

 

 

This is just a really nice, inexpensive, quick drying base coat. Works really well, doesn’t let any of the colour i’m wearing stain my nails and dries really quickly. This is available on the highstreet in Superdrug/Boots and larger supermarkets with a make up section. It’s also under £10 yay!

 

 

Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat:

I absolutely love this stuff, leaves my nails nice and shiny and the colour lasts so much longer without chipping. Typically this lets my polish last a good 4/5 day without a single chip and that’s pretty good going for me! This is more expensive than my other recommendations but to me, if it works well then it’s worth the money. I believe this one is around £14 and available from Essie’s website or Boots.

 

 

Revlon Liquid Quick Dry:

 

 

I’ve done a full review on this product and it’s definitely a staple for me now. If you’re impatient like me and often find you smudge your nail polish having not waited long enough for it to dry this is AMAZING. This dries your nails in about 90 seconds and is only £6.49. It’s available on the highstreet from Superdrug, Boots or larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.

 

The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil:

 

 

I don’t have particularly dry or problematic cuticles but I regularly use this oil as it’s hassle free thanks to the pen/brush applicator. Keeps your nail area looking healthy and moisturised, plus there’s a gentle rubber cuticle pusher on the lid. Two in one yay! This is available from The Body Shop for £7.