Monday, 26 January 2015

Mini Escentual Hair & Make Up Haul

Ojon Rare Blend Deep Conditioner Revitalizing Flexible Hairspray

Today I've got a really quick little haul for you that was totally encouraged by one of my very good friends.  She works on a make up and hair counter and gave me a sample of the Rare Blend Deep Conditioner from Ojon while I was in there buying some shampoo.  I tried it out on a mini break and was literally blown away at how amazing it worked on my hair.  Essentially, it is a deep conditioner designed to intensely repair dry and damaged hair, using a blend of 7 rare oils, including Ojon Oil, African Shea, Brazilian Muru Muru and Indian Kokum butters.

I'd used it on my hair and extensions when it was feeling extremely dry after a week of aqua fit in my local pool.  I couldn't seem to get the life and softness back to my hair but when I used this conditioner, my hair was transformed and the feeling lasted for a couple of days until I washed my hair again.  I really want to see how this product performs in the long term after the sample was so effective which was what prompted this little haul.

I headed over to the Escentual website intending to buy just one full size but I ended up getting two as they are currently offering a free 265ml (full size) can of their Revitalizing Flexible Hairspray with the purchase of two Ojon hair products.  I have been using the hairspray for a few weeks now and have a full review of it coming up very soon.  I also bought a smaller size for my friend to try as she had been complaining of having dry hair too and I'd raved about how good my sample of this was.  I just hope she likes it as much as I did!

The Ojon Rare Blend Deep Conditioner is available here for £7 for the 30ml size and £30 for the 150ml size.

Dior Diorblush in Redissimo Escentual Blusher

I must admit that while I was on the Escentual website I was tempted into purchasing a new blusher.  I don't have a single high end blusher in a red shade, only one in a palette that isn't too intensely pigmented and a completely different shade to this one.  So I took a gamble in ordering the Dior Diorblush in Redissimo.

I'll have a full review of this up very soon but so far, I am really impressed with it.  The colour is intensely pigmented, buttery soft and the most beautiful colour I've found in a red blusher.  Look out for this in a make up post very soon!

The Dior Blush in Redissimo is available here for £27.

You can shop the Escentual site here.

What beauty bits have you been buying recently?

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm Review

Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm Review

When it comes to the winter months, I slather lip balm onto my lips left right and centre, even more so than I do during the summertime.  I've got to say that the cold weather has really taken its toll on my skin this year, more so than in previous years as my usually very oily skin has actually become quite dry, my lips included.

The Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm has come to my rescue.  It came in the post just before Christmas and I have leant on it like a crutch ever since.

The Aloe Vera lip balm comes in stick form which I much prefer to a pot as it is so fuss free and easy to use.  I am much more likely to continuously use something if it isn't messy to use which is exactly what I've done with this lip balm.

Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm Review

What I like the most about this lip balm is the way that it feels when applied to my lips.  Too many lip balms feel slippy and almost greasy on the lips whereas this one really does feel balmy.  It has a solid texture in the stick that warms on contact with the lips to leave quite a substantial layer that feels immediately moisturising on the lips.  It doesn't feel greasy or sticky in the slightest which makes it great as a base for applying other lip products on top of (particularly matte lippies like MAC's Ruby Woo).

The soothing properties of the aloe vera in this lip balm really became apparent when applying it on my lips when they were feeling a little chapped and weather beaten after being out in the snow.  I really felt as though my lips were soothed and deeply nourished which stopped them from really drying out further.  I'd forgotten to apply it that morning as I was in a rush to get out of the door and I really think that the lip balm helped to rescue my lips when I got home!  Needless to say, I have been applying it morning, noon and night religiously ever since.

Unlike a lot of lip balms and Vaseline type products, the Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm really does feel as though it is doing my lips some good when I use it as I can see and feel a noticeable difference in the hydration of my lips.  It is pretty long lasting too and I only need to reapply it a couple of times throughout the day depending on how often I've eaten and drank.

Aside from the Organic Aloe Vera, it also contains Shea Butter, Beeswax and Vitamin E which are all known for their hydrating and moisturising properties.  It also has SPF 15 which is helpful to protect the lips from the suns UVA and UVB rays.  As the stick of lip balm is pretty solid, I think this one would be great for taking away to hotter climates as well as I don't think it would melt as easily as some other lip balms I've used in the past!

Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm Review

You can find out more about the Aloe Vera line from Dr Organic here and buy your own lip balm from Holland and Barrett for a purse friendly £3.49.  At the time of writing, Dr Organic products are currently on buy one get one half price so snap up a bargain while you can!

What is your favourite lip balm to use at this time of the year?  Do you have any other favourite products from Dr Organic that you think I should try out?

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review Natural Organic Skincare

Remember the Trilogy event that I went to a couple of months ago?  Well another product that I was given to try out was the Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+.  I have tried the original oil, Trilogy's signature product and an ingredient in many of their skincare products, before but this a new and improved version that provides daily antioxidant protection.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review Natural Skincare Proven Results

The Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ is a facial oil that truly is 100% natural and organic.

Trilogy have created Rosapene, which combines powerful skin restoring and protecting ingredients to enhance and improve the appearance of the skin, making it look younger and healthier.  It is a blend of red berry seed oil which provides antioxidant protection everyday that you use it as well as intensive nourishment to the skin.

Antioxidants such as Lycopene (from tomatoes) and Phytosterol (from Acai) are included within the formula because of their potent ability to help to protect the skin from environmental free radicals that can cause premature skin ageing.  Omegas 3 and 6 from Cranberry and Rosehip were chosen to be included as they're essential fatty acids that can help to nourish and renew the skin while Oat extract rich in vitamins and minerals helps to provide a soothing and luxurious feel as the oil smooths onto the skin.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review Natural Skincare Proven Results

To use the oil, I massage a few drops over my face, then down onto my neck and d├ęcolletage, adding extra drops if needed.  A little bit of this oil goes a long way, even though it isn't a particularly liquidy oil, and the pipette enables you to dispense just the right amount of product that you need which reduces wastage.

I apply it after I have cleansed and before my moisturising cream.  For my skin, I tend to use it at night only or during the day if I do not intend to wear make up that day, or until later on that day.  My skin is super oily so I find that layering too many products onto my skin on a morning can affect the longevity of my make up so instead, I like to layer up with super hydrating products like this oil at night time.

The oil smooths onto the skin with ease and leaves my skin feeling instantly nourished and soft.  It does absorb into the skin quickly but some of it does sit on the skin too on my T zone.  This just gives my skin a healthy glow and when I wake up in the morning, I find that the oil has sank into my skin completely with a natural healthy glow remaining.  This oil is particularly soothing if I have any redness on my skin and I find that it particularly helped to reduce the redness and dry skin around my red nose after blowing it a lot this winter when I had a cold!  I have also noticed that it helps my skin to heal quicker after blemishes that have appeared on my skin (and I have squeezed... naughty I know).

While it may be a little heavy to use daily during the summer months, I think that the Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant+ Oil is an absolute saviour for the colder months.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review

I do have a few friends who I have given samples of this oil to to try out and they have used it morning and night with no problems whatsoever.  They have all raved about it which I was so happy to hear as they're all completely different ages and have drier skin than I do.

One of my besties tried this recently after her skin was very dry, particularly on her forehead between her eyes and she noticed a massive difference in her skin after a good exfoliation and using this oil for only one week!

So I guess you could say that it gets a big thumbs up from all of us!

The Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ is available from Feel Unique (this is currently the cheapest price that I've found online here and if you use the Feel Unique discount code SHOPFORTY you will save £5 when you spend £40 this weekend), Look Fantastic, John LewisBoots and from the Trilogy website.


Have you tried this product and if so, what did you think of it?  What is your favourite facial oil?

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review and Swatches

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow

The NYX Wicked Dreams Palette is one of the most diverse and versatile palettes I own.  Whilst I do have some palettes that include an even more diverse selection of colours, the majority aren't wearable shades (Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box, I'm looking at you).  Where as in this palette, there are 24 eye shadows and they're all pretty wearable, aside from the couple of brighter blues that wouldn't be better placed on my eyelids fifteen years ago.7

The shadows are encased in a sleek black palette that opens to reveal a huge mirror that is perfect for make up application on the go and for travelling and two eyeshadow sponge applications that admittedly, I'll never use.

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow

The shades range from pale through to deep and dark and thanks to the mixture of finishes (matte, shimmer and satin), the amount of looks that you can create with this palette is endless.

I found that when swatching the shades, they don't all appear to be equally as pigmented as each other, particularly some of the lighter shades which appear to be really pale.  There is also a difference in how evenly they swatch as well.  However when applied to the eyes, they appear to be really nicely pigmented and even, especially when I apply an eye primer underneath like the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Here I have swatched each shadow in order of the rows that they appear in in the palette.

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

As you can see there is a good mix of wearable shades and finishes and the pigmentation of some of the shadows, such as the matte black on the second row really rival the pigmentation of some of the shades from my higher end palettes.

The great thing about the colour choices in this palette is that there are some brighter shades mixed with a wide range of neutrals.  This makes it much easier to incorporate those brighter colours into an eye make up look than if the palette were to have only bright shades in it.  While I'm not necessarily a fan of blue shades, for example, having them mixed alongside neutrals will increase the chance of me using them for a pop of colour on my eyes as I can blend a little bit of it into an eye make up look that has used the other neutral shades in the palette.

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

My favourite eye look to create with this palette is using the cream colour on my brow bone followed by the gold/bronze and brown shades on my eyelid.  I also like making smokier looks using the darker brown and green shadows as they look really nice with hazel eyes.

I think that these eyeshadows are pretty long lasting, especially if I use my Nars primer, and I haven't found them to crease on my eyelids at all.  They're very easy to blend, even the darker shades, and I have found that the shadows are buildable, especially the lighter shades that don't appear to be very pigmented in the swatches above.

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

While I am a lover of my higher end palettes, I think that this NYX one really gives them a run for their money and I would certainly recommend it for those who are wanting to experiment with eyeshadow and try out different looks.

NYX as a brand are ideal for those who are starting out with make up as their products are very affordable and theres so much to choose from.  I've tried a few different products from NYX and I am yet to be disappointed.

The NYX Wicked Dreams Palette is available here in the UK, where they're also offering free delivery on orders over £35 and here in the USA.

What is your favourite eye shadow palette?

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Accentuate your Fashion Statement with Winter Warmers

Forever Unique New Look Misselfridge Winter Fashion Trends
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We’ve seen in the New Year; popped the corks, sang Auld Lang Syne, and made a dozen New Year’s Resolutions. So to shake off the January blues- what is next to look forward to?

Winter fashion may sometimes seem unexciting, but it’s actually one of the best times of the year to become more experimental with fashion and try a number of new looks. Winter brings in a new dimension of playing with layers, re-working dark palettes, and stylishly trying to cover up any pasty skin in some form of ‘trendy’ way. Learn to wrap up, and you’ll see how much of a fun season it can really be.

The first Winter essential is the Jumpsuit. Yes, forget ‘the dress’ for now; that can arrive at any time of the year. The jumpsuit hides a multitude of sins – they can feature wide legs, batwing sleeves, high necks or strappy, more evening styles. Jumpsuits can hide what you want to hide, whilst having the ease of throwing on the one outfit and being good to go.

Keep arms and legs covered up on your evenings out with a black jersey jumpsuit, like this Harlow style from Forever Unique.

If you’re looking for something a bit more glamorous, this LEXI style features a halter neck and metal detailing, providing an effortless outfit for any January parties.

Another stylish way of wrapping up is by incorporating a touch of faux fur in the form of a gilet. A more practical way of dressing up an outfit without having the hassle of a full-on coat, gilets can layer up a sheer blouse or shift dress to try and keep in a bit of heat whilst still looking smart. New Look retail this black waterfall style, which is great for evening meals or those casual Friday night drinks.

Another smart way of incorporating layering and ‘warming up’ your Winter evening attire is to embrace the new trend of the brushed checked Duster jacket. Not as formal as a blazer, but much more smarter than a biker jacket,  the petites mono duster jacket loosely sits over any types of outfits, but especially looks great over tunic style dresses, skinny jeans or fitted playsuits.

What is your favourite item to wear this season?

*in collaboration with Forever Unique

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