Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Review: Lee Stafford Blow Dry Your Hair Faster Spray


I was lucky enough to get this Lee Stafford product in my #NottsBBMeet goody bag. I guess the name is pretty self-explanatory, the Blow Dry your Hair Faster Spray is meant to help reduce the time it takes to blow dry your hair! A 200ml bottle costs £6.19 and is available from Boots. Sadly this "wonder spray" didn't do what it stated and actually made the condition of my hair a lot worse...


As you can see from the bottle the spray also claims to help detangle hair. After a little research on the internet it says it is also meant to protect your hair from heat, hold your style in place, and contain a great fragrance - brilliant!..right?

Firstly, to see whether the spray would actually reduce the time it takes to dry my hair I dried my hair on two different occasions - one with the product, one without - and timed how long it took.
I sprayed the product all over my wet hair (it comes out like a spritz rather than a mist or aerosol) then combed it through. The packaging also says that you can apply normal hair products over the top of it like serums or heat protection spray. It claims to help detangle hair but as I use a Tangle Teezer on my hair, which works brilliantly, I didn't really notice much of a difference. If you normally brush or comb your hair you may be able to see whether it does detangle it or not. It did smell nice though, I'll give it that much.

The packaging doesn't give any indication as to how much less time it is meant to take to dry your hair when using it, it just says it will reduce the time. Here's how I got on when I used it:


The results speak for themselves. The first day, when I blowdried my hair as normal, it took just over six minutes, and the day after, when I used the Lee Stafford spray it took five minutes. There was just over a minutes difference in the time it took to dry my hair but nothing drastic.

The other thing to mention is the packaging says that the spray will help to protect your hair up to the heat of 220 degrees. But after using it my hair felt very dry and frizzy. The ends looked frazzled and horrible, it felt bone dry and brittle all day. It's almost it went past the point of helping to dry your hair and completely drying it out completely, getting rid of any shine or moisture.

I don't like to complain about products or do negative reviews usually, especially as this was a gift which I am very grateful for! But I think this is more of a gimmic than a wonder spray.

I'd like to know if anyone else has used this and had better results?

Monday, 29 April 2013

The Works With Water Clear Skin Challenge!

Hello! A bit of a personal post today and I was a bit dubious about whether to blog about this or not as I get embarrassed about my skin sometimes but hopefully if I gain results with this it will help other people too!

A while ago I posted about the struggle I had with acne while I was at school and college, and how I gave up on taking medication for it as although it helped to control the acne it never went away for good. Going on the pill cleared my skin up a lot but now that I've taken a break from it I've noticed my skin has been flaring up from it so I've decided to give this a go!

                   

This week I started taking 'help: clear skin' supplements by the company Works With Water. It is a natural supplement that contains lactoferrin, from milk protein, to help clear blemishes. You add one sachet to food or drink and take daily.


One box (a week's supply) costs £10.99 from the Works with Water website and the supplement needs to be taken for at least 4-6 weeks before any results are noticed. So it is very pricey but you can also buy in bulk off their website for a four week supply would cost £31.47 instead of £41.96.


The product is made from all natural ingredients and doesn't have any side effects. For the past two days I've been mixing mine in a glass of water and it is completely taste free so I don't even notice it's there.


It was very difficult for me to post this picture but it shows why I'm doing the challenge and will help me to mark my progress. This post is really just introducing you to my challenge, I will be taking the supplements for the next 8 weeks and will photograph my skin at the end of each week. So here I am at the start of the challenge! Generally my skin isn't bad although I do have a lot of acne scarring on my cheeks (which you can see above) and the supplement claims to help with scarring as well as preventing blemishes. I get the odd spot around my mouth or on my chin from time to time which is mainly hormonal/poor digestion but I also get a lot of blemishes on my cheek from make-up as I wear blusher daily and this often clogs my pores.

So, wish me luck! If anyone else has experience with these supplements I would love to know how you got on, or what other supplements or procedures anyone has taken to improve their skin. Thanks for reading!






Review: W7 Lashtastic False Liquid Lashes Mascara


Today's review is of the Lashtastic False Liquid Lashes (wow try saying that out loud quickly) Mascara by W7 that I got in my Nottingham Bloggers Meet Up goody bag! To be honest I wasn't expecting great things from it as I don't use W7 often and as it only cost £2.99 it was probably going to be one of those you get what you pay for products but I was pleasantly surprised by it!


The mascara comes in a simple, plain bright yellow tube and just has the mascara's name on it. No information about the product or it's ingredients which wasn't great, I couldn't find out much about it online either.

The wand is very similar to the Benefit They're Real! mascara, not too thin and not thick and clumpy. I really liked the wand as it separated my lashes out and lengthened them.


It wasn't as defining as They're Real and had more of a natural look than a false lash look but when I applied liquid eyeliner after my eyes looked a lot more voluminous and dramatic. I think I would still wear this as a daytime mascara and use my Benefit one for evenings and nights out.


I love how much this lengthened my lashes! For £2.99 this is a great mascara and helps your eyes to look more open and awake in the daytime. 

Have you tried any W7 products before? What are your favourite mascaras at the moment?


I jumped on the Micellar Lotion bandwagon...and did not like it.


Micellar lotions, or Micellar Water as they're more commonly known as, were initially introduced in France but a lot of UK brands have brought out on their own versions of them. They are renown for their gentle but thorough cleansing actions to remove makeup, dirt and grime in one gentle sweep of a cotton pad. They are formulated with gentle ingredients so they are suitable for sensitive skin and don't affect the skin's PH balance.


I recently tried the Avene Micellar Lotion (£12.50 from Boots). It is labelled as a cleanser and make-up remover with a no rinse formula, suitable for sensitive skin. Unfortunately I really don't get the hype surrounding this product and will be sticking to face wipes in future...

For starters, the Micellar Lotion is meant to have thorough cleansing but it wasn't effective at taking my makeup off, after soaking around six or seven cotton balls in the lotion and they kept coming away still dirty I had to give up. As for gentle cleansing it stung my eyes when I tried to remove my mascara, and it left my face feeling sticky and oily. Whatever is in this lotion it didn't sit well with my face and I had to wash it off straight after, despite it claiming to be a no-rinse formula.

I know a lot of people rave about Micellar waters but sadly they are just not for me!



Sunday, 28 April 2013

April Empties!

 

It's been a long time since I've done an empties post but now that April is coming to an end I thought I could show you some of the products I've used up this month.

Clockwise from bottom: Clinique liquid facial soap, Avene Micallor Lotion, Elemental herbology moisturiser, Origins serum, Benefit High Beam, Xen-Tan, ASDA body lotion & scrub, St Tropez Gradual Tan, Bio Oil, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser, Jergens body moisturiser

Two of the key products I have to mention from my empties are these gorgeous smelling lovelies from ASDA's nspa range. They are around £2 each but there is always some sort of promotion on like 2 for £3. If you like fruity smelling products you will love these. I bought the passion fruit body lotion as I always used to get it from the Body Shop before it was discontinued, and everyone comments on how nice I smell when I'm wearing it. The smell even lingers in my room too! The raspberry body scrub is great too and really invigorating. The nspa range is an absolute bargain!

 I was given this little fake tan sample in my goody bag from the Birming Bloggers Meet Up back in January. This particular fake tan was the Xen-Tan Dark Lotion. I thought it was alright but I much prefer their Moroccan Tan and Deep Bronze lotions as they have a more luxurious feel and last a lot longer.

 I product I've been loving this month is this Anti-aging serum from Origins. I received this little sample bottle when I went for a free complimentary facial and it has lasted me ages as I've only been using a couple of drops each morning. It totally smooths out the skins surface and makes a great primer before I put my makeup on.

Another anti-aging product I've been using is this Cell Plumping moisturiser by Elemental Herbology. This was also a free sample as I got a voucher for it in the newspaper. Anti-aging has been one of my skin priorities recently as despite only being 20, (21 very soon!!) I'm trying to keep my skin fresh and youthful. I didn't notice much of a difference to my skin when I used this moisturiser but I imagine it is designed for more mature women who already have the first signs of ageing.

Review: Ginvera Green Tea BB Cream

Today, two weeks after the Nottingham bloggers meet up, I've finally sorted through my goodbie bag, emptied everything out and got round to reviewing some things! One of the products I was lucky to get in it was a sample of Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream.


About the product...

Ginvera's BB Cream comes from Singapore, one of the first nations to adopt the BB phenomenon. It is enriched with Green Tea and Ginseng (both great natural anti-ageing ingredients) and also contains SPF 30. It also helps to reduce the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.



First Impressions...
I've never been completely blown over or wowed by BB creams. The only one I've bought is the Garnier BB Cream and I've tried some sample sachets of others but I prefer to wear foundation with a fuller coverage as I have a lot of blemishes on my cheeks and BB Cream never covers them. I also dislike how a lot of BB Creams have this 'one shade suits all' idea as most BB Creams are either too pale or way too orange for me. The Ginvera BB Cream also only comes in one shade and says it is suitable for all skin types so I was a bit worried about that. However I love that it is made with natural ingredients and I've heard a lot about the benefits of Green Tea so I knew this product would be good for my skin!


Despite my sceptical first impressions I was very impressed with the colour and texture of the BB Cream, it matched my skin tone and felt so smooth and luxurious on. It didn't feel thick like some BB Creams that have fuller coverage, it was a very fine fluid that came out of the tube easily and felt just like a moisturiser when I was putting it on. It provides medium coverage without feeling greasy or cakey - it actually felt like I didn't have any makeup on when I was wearing it!

Wearing just the BB Cream
This photo is after I first applied it to my face. It evened out my skin tone nicely and covered up some of my smaller blemishes but the spots on my cheeks were still quite noticeable

After finishing the rest of my makeup
The finished result! After applying a little blusher, mascara, eyeliner, and powder. I am very impressed with this BB Cream and will definitely be using it more often. My skin feels really soft and healthy, and looks illuminated too. It'll be great to wear on it's own for when I can't face a no make up day, or in the summer when the weather warms up and I don't like to wear foundation.

The Ginvera Nude Cover BB Cream costs £18 for a 25ml tube or £26 for 40ml. It is available online here.

Have you tried this product before? What BB Creams have you been loving recently?






Saturday, 27 April 2013

Primark Angelica Nail Polish

I am in love with this nail polish I picked up from Primark the other day for £2.50 (bargain!). The Angelica nail polishes come in a wide range of on-trend bright and pastel colours and considering it was from Primark I'm not disappointed with the quality at all!

Image Source here



I've been looking for a very pale nude colour for a while now but couldn't bring myself to spend £4 on the Barry M Gelly nail colour (I borrowed the shade 'Lychee off a friend and loved it) and think this colour is an exact match.


This nail polish is described as having a 'Soft Satin Matte Effect'. It does have a very matte finish but you can always add a top-coat if you want more of a glossier finish. I was also thoroughly impressed at how quickly this nail polish dried and it didn't smudge at all!




I've saved myself a lot of time and money buying this and will definitely be picking up a few more of these nail polishes next time I'm in Primark!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Birthday Wishlist

Hello! With my birthday coming up next month (the 8th if you wondered) I decided to post a little wishlist of things. I'm mainly asking for money so I can afford to go on holiday and buy myself some little things. There are a few things I've had my eye on recently though...

Birthday Wishlist

I'd love a couple of nice bikinis to go on holiday with.

I spotted the Marc Jacobs watch online for just over £100, my friends and I usually club together and put £10 each for a friend's birthday so I'm hoping if I contribute a little we might have enough to get this. I love the neon pink colour.

I fell in love with the Kiehl's Perfect Strength Serum when I went in for a consultation recently, but at £37 a bottle I'd definitely need to save for it first! I have so many beauty products at the moment I've not put any on my wishlist but I will make an exception for a good daytime serum.


I've seen so many blog posts about ZARA bags and I never usually go into their store when I'm shopping but from all the posts I've seen their bags look great quality and would see me all the way through the end of uni and make great work bags (fingers crossed I get a job!). I love this cute UO zip up chain bag too which can be used as a clutch bag. It's a gorgeous colour perfect the summer!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Nottingham Street Style #4

This is the fourth Street Style I've done for the blog now. These were taken at uni as the sun started to come out but it was still pretty windy!

Top - New Look, Skirt - Ebay, Bag - ASOS , Shoes - Schuh

Top - ARK, Disco Pants - ARK, Jacket - Topshop, Shoes - River Island, Bag - River Island, Sunglasses - Rayban

 Top - ASOS, Jacket - ASOS, Jeans - ASOS, Shoes - Schuh, Bag - ASOS

Jumper - WILD, Jeans - Topshop, Shoes - Primark

Jacket - ASDA, Shirt - Mum's, Leggings - Matalan, Scarf - ZARA

Cardigan - Topshop, Dress & Belt - Topshop, Shoes - Topshop, Bag - ZARA

Jeans - All Saints, Jumper, UNIQLO, Shirt - Box Fresh, Sunglasses - Topman

Dress & Shoes - ZARA

Jacket - Topman, Jeans - Topman, Jumper - River Island, Boots - River Island

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Top 5: Neon

Top 5: Neon
Green bag: Missguided | Sunglasses: ASOS | Pink Jumper: Glamorous | Lip Pencil: Barry M | Dress: Topshop
These are my top five picks of the neon trend. I don't think I'm brave enough to ever go for full head-to-toe neon or wear some of the fluorescent disco pants in the shops at the moment but I think injecting a tiny bit of neon is a great way to jazz up an outfit. I'm currently loving this green MissGuided bag and brightly coloured lipsticks like this Barry M one. I love the aztec print of this Topshop dress and it isn't too OTT at all!



Instagram Diaries #2

1. Bella Italia in London
2. Tallest man in the world!
3. Working on my InterRailing scrapbook
4. Baby chicks at a garden centre we stopped at on the journey back to Nottingham
5. Name tag at the Nottingham blogger's meet up
6. Juicy red Nails Inc polish
7. Nail art brushes, can't wait to use them
8. Enjoying the sunshine & a day off doing work
9. Pink bath from my LUSH bath bomb

Monday, 22 April 2013

New H&M Purchases!

Today I went for a little wander into town to get a break from dissertation work and spend some time out in the sunshine! After not being too impressed by the Topshop Sale I picked up a few bits from H&M..


Neon Coral Jumper - £7.99
The colour doesn't show up too great in the photo but this top is actually neon. I love the basic style and it's really lightweight which is perfect as now the weather's warming up I don't want to wear anything too chunky. These tops are great value and also come in neon pink and green, and a beige and white colour.

Black crochet crop top £14.99

I don't own many crop tops and I thought this would be a good staple for day and night. The crochet style gives it a bit more detail.

Crochet crop top £14.99
After seeing the black crop top I decided to get it in white too! The Nottingham store actually only had two left of this top and the one in my size had make up all over the front so I managed to get 20% off the price and sprayed it with some Vanish when I got in (it came out pretty well don't you think?) So for £12 this is a great basic top that will take me all through summer.


Blue skinny trousers £14.99
Lastly I got these bright blue skinny trousers! I'm a huge fan of cobalt blue at the moment it suits my fair skin and blonde hair well so I thought I'd mix things up and get some blue trousers rather than loads of blue tops! They make a nice change from jeans or black leggings.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

LUSH Think Pink Bath Ballistic Review

You'll have seen from a previous post that I picked up some bath bombs from LUSH recently. The first one I tried out was the 'Think Pink' ballistic.


This bath bomb is a little smaller than some of the others LUSH sell but for £2.50 I think it's good value. It has a soft vanilla and floral scent and the flower details are a sweet touch.


When I dropped it into my bath it immediately started fizzing, turning the water pink, and little confetti hearts came swirling out of it round the bath as the bath bomb disappeared! Admittedly I was a little worried at first as there were loads of them and I thought I'd have to spend hours rinsing them out the bath (I share a uni house with 5 boys - they would not appreciate pink hearts at the bottom of the bath) but after a while they disintegrated - phew!

My bath water smelt lovely - without being too overpowering - and made my skin smell nice and feel really soft too. After my bath I felt fresh and relaxed. Plus it didn't leave any pink residue and I didn't have to clean the bath out after.

What are your favourite LUSH products?
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