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

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers

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What are they?

Longer lasting sort of ‘liquid lipsticks’… Gorgeous.

 

The Review:

There are 8 shades in the collection ranging from nude to bright vivid red. There is definitely something for everyone and there are some great wearable every days pinks too. The packaging is lovely and you can see the product in the tube which is fantastic!

Application is a dream with a doe foot like applicator with a twist – the product collects in a little hollow in the applicator (see the above picture). Genius! You can use the colour straight like that for the full on gorgeously pigmented colour or wipe it off a little for a more natural colour. They apply with a gloss like shine and then settle to a subtle sheen.

The pigmentation is beautiful, colour range is fantastic and the the product is long lasting – perfect for night out, especially as the colours don’t bleed at all. An added bonus is that they are so comfortable to wear, they don’t dry my lips out like some other long lasting lippies I’ve tried. Can’t fault them!

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From top to bottom: Apocaliptic, Nova and Celestial.

 

 

Worth the money?

Absolutely! These are fantastic and at £5.99 are very affordable.

You can get them on the Rimmel website, Boots and Superdrug 🙂 GO GET ‘EM GIRLIES!

 

http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-London-Apocalips-Lip-Lacquer_1296026/

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/

Face of The Day

 

Intro:

So today I was feeling some love for my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and as I have several Bright colours I went for a neutral eye and soft peachy pink cheeks. I finally settled on the gorgeous bright pink ‘Lovesick’ shade.

Happy reading! x

 

 

Here is what I used colour wise for this look:

Nars Laguna Bronzer

Revlon Powder Blush in 020 Tawny Peach

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in 280 Pink Impact

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick

 

 

 

 

EYES:

I did a sheer wash of Urban Decay’s ‘Sin’ from the Naked palette, then to add a bit of depth blended ‘Naked’ into my crease.

Finally I lined my upper lash line with ‘Darkhorse’ and applied Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in ‘Extreme Black’.

 

CHEEKS:

I took a big fluffy powder brush and applied a small amount of Nars Laguna Bronzer to my cheekbones, temples and underneath the jaw.

On the apples off my cheeks I then applied Revlon’s Powder Blush in Tawny Peach using an angled fluffy blusher brush.

 

LIPS:

Now, this might sound a little weird but as my lipliner I used Rimmel’s Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in 280 Pink Impact. I know what you’re thinking – omg, an eyeliner on your lips? no! – well actually yes.

It feels like a lipliner, it has great staying power as it’s waterproof, doesn’t dry my lips out and is the perfect base for the lip colour I used.

I used this to shade in my entire lips and then used a couple of layers of Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick.

 

Favourite Natural lip combo

Intro:

So, I have been on the hunt for a relatively cheap nude/natural lipstick for every day that will go with anything. As you all know i’m sure, it can be rather tricky to find one that fits that description that doesn’t make you look a bit dead. Finally, however, I have found it!

Trusty L’Oreal released a range of Color Riche lipsticks for individual hair colours, this lovely nudey/natural/soft pink shade just so happens to be meant for blondes (which i am not) but who cares! It’s the perfect nude, natural every day colour that many of us have been searching for so I thought I would share it with you all 🙂

As a bonus, you’ll be delighted to know I also found a lip liner pencil that is also nearly an exact match colour wise to go with it yay!

Here are some piccies and the colour names/numbers and prices for you :

 

 

 

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in shade: 235 Natural Blondes Nude

£8.19 from Boots, also available at Superdrug and larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.

 

 

 

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in shade: 132 Sweet Pink

£3.99 from Boots, also available at Superdrug and larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.

Clarisonic Mia – FULL REVIEW

 

 

What is it?

A deep cleansing skin brush that cleans deep into pores. I have the lavender one, however, other colours are available.

Initial thoughts?

I use this as instructed by the booklet that comes with it, it does come with the clarisonic cleanser but I prefer to stick to my lovely Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as i know that this works for my skin.

I first remove my make up with a combination of a wipe and eye make up remover, or Bioderma and some cotton pads. This is IMPORTANT – the clarisonic mia (and the other clarisonics) are for CLEANSING the skin and are not designed for removing make up. Other than that, I’m sure no one wants a discoloured brush head if they can help it!

After removing my make up I then apply my cleanser to my face evenly, wet the brush head, turn it on and move the clarison mia over my skin gently in circular motions. It will turn itself off after 1 minute.

You are advised to use the brush for 20 seconds on your nose and chin area, 20 seconds on your forehead and 10 seconds on each cheek.

The Clarisonic  Mia is hassle free and easy to use and I love the fact it’s travel friendly because its small and the charger is small too – no big cradle like its bigger counterparts!

The Results?

I have been using this for about 10 weeks now and I have to say I have seen a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels. I first used the ‘sensitive’ brush head that comes with the Clarisonic Mia when you purchase it and this seemed to work for my skin, however, I did some research and others have found that switching to the ‘normal’ brush head have resulted in even bigger improvements to the skin.

After discovering this, as my skin isn’t super sensitive I bought the ‘normal’ brush head about 3 weeks in and boy did it make a difference!

Having said this, I thoroughly recommend that if you do purchase this item as I did, you use the ‘sensitive’ brush head for a couple of weeks first as your skin may well respond very well to it. Other than this, the ‘sensitive’ brush head is gentler and is ideal for getting your skin adapted to being cleansed in this way.

My skin is clearer, brighter and softer and just generally looks far more healthy. I think this product is perfect for anyone  who loves a deep cleanse and wants to look after their skin or for those of us with more problematic skin as this product really does cleanse beautifully without irritation or redness.

 

Worth the Money?

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not cheap – it costs £120 … BUT … If your skin is something that makes you feel insecure because you have problems with it then I firmly believe it’s worth every penny.

Even if your skin is ok but you constantly wear a lot of make up and need a thorough clean or you like to really take care of your skin this is ideal.

If you can’t afford it why not chuck it on your birthday/christmas list? That’s what I did 😉

When in PARIS – Bioderma H2O

QUICK INTRO

As you may have guessed if you look at my recent tweets I am in Paris for work. I do apologise for not blogging sooner, I am no good at french and have only just managed to get the wifi to work! Anyway ….

Many of you will already know that Bioderma is a french brand known for its kindness to skin, however it still maintains its effectiveness when removing make up. As its widely available here, I have picked some up and thought I would give you an overview of this product.

 

 

What does it do?

Bioderma H20 is formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin, the clear solution cleanses the face and eyes, gently but effectively removing make up, it even removes water-resistant make-up. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance as it is pH neutral and contains no soap. It also contains soothing and decongesting active ingredients that prevent that raw, irritable feeling that can sometimes be associated with removing make up and cleansing the skin thoroughly.

Worth the Money?

This has to be one of the best all in one cleansers I have tried.

Now, you all know I am besotted with Liz Earle products and continue to use them religiously along with my Clarisonic (on which there will be a full review shortly) however, this is my first choice to initially take my make up off at the end of the day.

I soak a couple of cotton pads with the solution and press the pads into my skin and then swipe away the make up.

Some people have said it takes them ages to get their eye make up off or they use a load of cotton pads etc etc. This should not really be the case, I use on average, three cotton pads for my entire face including eye make up.

As you all know, I wear a reasonably natural look but it is still a full face of make up and generally two coats of mascara. The trick is to do the eye make up bit properly – wiping away at your eye with this stuff will do it but it will cost you a pile off cotton pads as some have said.

The easiest, fastest way to do it in a couple of wipes is to hold the pad over your eye for a few seconds FIRST, this enables the solution to start to dissolve the make up, thus removing it when you wipe away – simples!

I have never had any issues with this product, its effective, it doesn’t dry out my skin, my skin doesn’t feel irritated afterwards, it doesn’t smell weird and best off all – it saves me buying seperate eye make up remover yay!

Without a doubt it is a must have, especially if you have sensitive skin and I can tell you from experience that most make up artists will have it in their kit – it’s that good!

The prices vary and are generally in euros as it is a french brand but a 500ml bottle lasts me nearly 3 months.

 

The only downside to this product is that outside of France, it can be less simple to get hold of, however, the internet is great, just avoid Ebay where possible as often you will pay more than normal. I have listed some alteratives below.

 

Where to buy in the UK:

As I mentioned above, here are some handy websites that those of you in the UK can access this wonderful product from, I promise it’s worth every penny! For those of you outside the UK, the internet is a wonderful thing and many sites stock this product, just search it and you will find something 🙂

http://www.cocooncenter.co.uk/Bioderma-Crealine-H2O-Micelle-Solution-500ml!7564579.html

http://www.leguidesante.co.uk/279/purchase/crealine-cleansing-solution-perfume-free/

 

 

 

GOSH Soft n’ Shine Lip Balms

Antique Gold, Mocha, Soft Touch, Perfect Plum, Passion Pink, Kiss 

 

What are they?

Pigmented lip balms in an array of gorgeous colours.

 

The Review

These feel smooth and moisturising on the lips and were so pigmented! There is a good selection of colours ranging from neutral to bright red and they are all so pretty.

I decided to pick up 7 of the colours, however I only have 6 to show you as I gave the coral one ‘Irony’ to my mumma 🙂

Normally I wouldn’t splash out the full amount of money on these so I was lucky that I got them for £3 each from Superdrug in the clearance section – bargain!

The colours I have are Antique Gold, Mocha, Soft Touch, Perfect Plum, Passion Pink and Kiss.

Here they are swatched below in the above order:

Worth the Money?

I believe these retail for £7.34 so are quite pricey for something that claims to be a lip balm – however – these are definitely similar to the Revlon Lip Butters that everyone seems to be raving about (and with good reason!).

If you want a treat for your lips but can’t go without a bit of colour then these are worth the investment. As I mentioned earlier, I got mine for £3 each but would still purchase other colours full price.

These lovely lippies are available from Superdrug and online