17 April 2015

Budget Buy For Blonde Hair

Fellow blondes will know just how much of a struggle it is to maintain. Although us blondes do have more fun, we are constantly combating dryness and dulling. I've been testing out a product which claims to solve all your blonde hair woes for just £1.

The Sunshine Blonde range from Creightons is designed to help with dulling, dryness, colour change and elasticity. I always use products created for coloured hair to prolong getting my locks re-done. This range is specially made for natural and coloured blondes. The shampoo is extra moisturising and as my hair needs all the extra moisture it can get I use a generous dollop. The silky formula softens and smooths damaged hair without leaving it feeling weighed down. The conditioner also helps to smooth dry hair and brighten dull, brassy tones. Both products used together leave my hair feeling super soft and really does help to brighten my blonde strands. For £1 a bottle I am pleasantly surprised!

Sunshine Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner £1 each from Poundland

Do you struggle to keep your blonde hair blonde? 

15 April 2015

Royally Good April Birchbox

birchbox april royally good

So I'm sure you're aware of Kate Middleton, no? Google her she's quite famous. Kate is due to give birth to baby number 2 this month and Birchbox are celebrating with a royal baby themed box! There are two boxes to choose from - one pink and one blue. Here's what I got in my little blue box.

Laura Mercier Eye Pencil
This is my first ever Laura Mercier product - I feel fancy! I love seeing higher end items in beauty boxes and couldn't wait to give this a go. This long-wearing violet liner does not budge once applied and is a struggle to get off. A great addition to my makeup bag!
Lola Barcelona Nail Polish
This product is exclusive to Birchbox. The bright pink shade is almost fluorescent and would look good against a tan.
Percy & Reed No Oil Oil
I have tried and loved this before so I was happy to have a travel-sized version. I love using this oil as it has a serum-like texture which doesn't leave hair feeling greasy.
Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
A double-duty cleanser and exfoliator suitable for all skin types. I haven't tried anything from bliss before so I'm excited to give this a go!
Korres Bergamot Pear Showegel
Korres is one of those cult beauty brands that everyone loves. This sweet scented shower gel smells AMAZING and will be perfect for taking on holiday.
Inner Me Energise Me (bonus item)
An energy-boosting blend of vitamins and minerals to help support busy bodies. I'm not very good at remembering to take vitamins so i'll be passing on to someone else.

I love the cute theme behind April's box and there are some nice luxe samples included which I think the duchess herself would approve of.

Birchbox is £10 (+£2.95 p&p) per box*. Get your Royally Good box here.

13 April 2015

Contour and Highlight Products For Pale Skin

contouring for pale skin
Contouring and highlighting has been a really popular trend as of late (thanks mainly to a group of sisters with matching first-letter names). Boots has been taken over by contour palettes, sticks and creams. The look can be a little scary and seem quite difficult to perfect but the wide range of products available has made the whole process a lot easier - especially for fellow pale gals!

Go for a bronze colour which is 2-3 shades darker. A little bit goes a long way and I find it better to build colour up gradually. If you do go a bit heavy handed you can always apply a translucent powder on top to dull down the colour. I like the Maybelline Sun Dream bronzer in Blonde which adds a subtle hint of warmth and depth to the parts you want to contour. It doesn't have an orange tint like so many others too! If you're struggling to find a shade right for you, take a look at the powder you normally use and get one a couple of shades darker. Sometimes I'll skip contour and just opt for highlighter for a softer look.

I love using highlighter and the highstreet has a host of gorgeous products to choose from. My current favourite is the Seventeen Skin Wow Primer which I use all over before applying foundation. It gives skin a lovely dewy glow and brightens a dull complexion. If you're after something to just highlight certain areas such as your brow bone the No7 Highlight Stick is a foolproof option. For a more budget-friendly product the Essence Cream To Powder Highlight is another great one.

For highlighting the inner corners of my eyes I reach for the COLLECTION Shadow Pencil in the lightest shade. The creamy texture is quite opaque and covers blue tones really well. On days when I know I'm going to be photographed the Revlon SkinLights in Pink Light gives skin a subtle glow without giving you that washed-out look.

31 March 2015

Soft & Gentle Skin Science

soft and gentle skin science review
Deodorant isn't the most exciting beauty product out there to talk about but it is an essential item. I've been testing out the new Skin Science range from Soft & Gentle which is created with advanced, clinically proven technology. Each deodorant offers you something a little extra to take your underarm care to the next level. I'm all having a greater choice when it concerns my armpits! Here's a little more information about the three new products available.

Want smoother underarms?
'Visibly Smooth' helps to reduce hair growth and thickness after 8 weeks. The star ingredient for smoother armpits is Kelisoft, which targets the protein responsible for hair growth. The deodorant also includes soybean to stop your underarms from drying out and becoming irritated. I normally use a razor to remove unwanted hair but I don't like how regularly I have to do it. This spray will hopefully allow me to shave less often!
Want some serious, long lasting protection? 
If you sweat more strongly than others, this will appeal to you. 'Ultra Protect' has an impressive 72 hour claim! Whilst I haven't been able to test this out over a three day period; I think this would be great for festivals or if you're off camping. It would also be good for those of you who exercise a lot and want a little extra protection. Like the entire Skin Science range each can is compressed and fits nicely into a handbag or gym bag. 
Want something natural?
'Really Pure' is made without Aluminium which a lot of people try to avoid. This is replaced with Potassium Alum, a naturally occurring mineral. The different between these two ingredients is that Potassium Alum is a much larger molecule than Aluminium and not thought to be absorbable through human skin. It also contains no alcohol or allergens.

Soft & Gentle Skin Science Anti-perspirant* 75ml rrp £2.09 and currently half price at Boots!

29 March 2015

Roger & Gallet Hand and Nail Balms | Review

 roger & gallet nail and hand balms review

If you don't enjoy using hand cream because the slippery, sticky texture puts you off then perhaps you'll be interested in the new Roger & Gallet Hand and Nail Balms.There are two different scents for you to choose from and I've been enjoying both Fleur De Figuier, an uplifting fig scent and Bienfaits - a lighter, fruity version.
The balms contain four active ingredients which include: Glycerin to moisturise and mattify the skin, Shea Butter to add nourishment, Aloe Vera to help hydrate and soothe dry skin and lastly Apricot Kernel Oil which softens hands and nails. Both products are a cocktail of skin-loving goodness and also contain SPF 15 to prevent sun damage.I love the waxy texture of these balms which leaves a matt finish but still manages to nourish and hydrate hands. These are great if you use your hands a lot for work and want something that will absorb quickly and leave no greasy film.

Roger & Gallet Nail and Hand Balms* 30ml rrp £6 each and available from Feel Unique
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