Monday, 27 February 2012

Weekend Sample Disaster!

Sunday nights are my major pamper night.  This means not only do I use all my usual products but I like to try something new like a sample mask or exfoliator.  This weekends choices were The Big Skincare Mystery sample I received from their Facebook page and Dead Sea Magik Salt Brushing Exfoliator.

The Big Skincare Mystery was a small sachet containing a light green cream.  The texture and smell were pleasant enough but nothing special.  The smell was slightly disappointing as the packaging showed what looked like raspberries, cranberries and avocado.  None of these scents shone through!  You can use it in 2 ways - mixed with water on the face as a cleanser or neat on the skin for 3 minutes as a mask.  As I am currently loving my Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser I decided to use it as a mask.  Due to its creaminess this was nice to apply.  However, after rinsing with my water my lips began to tingle and burn like mad!!!  I was really shocked as all the reviews I have read of this sing its praises!  I haven't got a clue what I reacted too but this was not a nice experience and I will not be using it when the product is revealed :(



Next I tried the Dead Sea Magik Salt Brushing Exfoliator.  On opening this sachet and taking a whiff I felt rather ill - this does NOT smell like 'zesty citrus' as the packaging suggests!  Instead I felt it smelt like a product that had been left open on the shelf a bit too long with the slightest hint of a lemon opal fruit.  Pretty evil!  The next disaster I had was probably my own fault - I shaved my legs first THEN proceded to scrub this all over me.  My legs felt as if they were on fire!  The grains are very large and seem rough but they are infused with coconut oil and vitamin E which you can feel.  After this horrible experience and rinsing the evil stuff off the annoying thing was my skin felt super smooth and moisturised!

I will not be using either of these products again because although results matter to me enjoying using them matters just as much! 

Has anyone else used these and had the same reactions?

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Paul Falltricks Hair Academy Review

Today I managed to get a last minute hair appointment at Paul Falltricks Hair Academy in Romfordand boy did I need it!  My hair was super long and although I loved the length the ends were very dry and brittle.  My fringe had long grown out too and was hanging like a spare part at the side of my face (not a good look!)

Paul Falltricks Hair Academy is a salon I always go back to having tried others and been left disappointed.  The whole experience there is really relaxing and luxurious.  Whilst having your hair washed you are treated to a head massage along with massaging chair!  You are also offered a selection of refreshments.  I noticed there is a play corner too for the little ones so busy mums can still enjoy a pamper.

I wanted to keep my style similar but wanted more shaping and a fuller side swept fringe cut back in.  They use Keratese products which I've been wanting to try for a while.  My stylist, James, also used a Tangle Teezer on my hair and I am hoping to get one for my birthday!  Here is the finished result (please excuse the bright light and reflections!):


There's nothing ground breaking about this style but I like to keep my hair long and classic so I can do lots with it.  I'm really happy with it as its feeling a lot healthier and fuller now whilst still keeping the length. 

I feel even happier about it as in total it only came to £25! (with a 15% discount)  At this price I can afford to go more regularly.  Paul Falltricks Academy is in Romford and has a newly opened beauty salon using products such as Decleor and Bare Minerals.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

My Final Feel Unique Beauty Box (February) Review



It's taken my a little while to get round to reviewing this final beauty box from Feel Unique, mainly because as soon as I opened it I wanted to start using all of the products!  February's box contained 3 of my favourite brands (Elemis, Decleor and Leighton Denny) and 2 that I have been looking forward to trying (Philip Kingsley and Nuxe)  Here are the exact contents:

Leighton Denny Diamond Rose
I love Leighton Denny nail products and this shade is a lovely translucent shimmering rose.  This would make a lovely french manicure pink or even for cocktailing over darker shades.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil
This smells divine.  I'm not quite sure what I'll use it for yet - apparently you can use it on face, body, hair and nails.  It's non-greasy but leaves your skin with a nice sheen.  I just like sniffing it! hehe

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
I am dying to try this.  I kept seeing it on QVC but couldn't justify buying a whole tub without trying it first.  You apply this to damp hair as a pre shampoo treatment.  It's supposed to give elasticity and bounce which I am in need of with my long hair! I feel a separate review coming along...

Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Hand and Body Wash
I love the Elemis Exotics range and this is a really impressive 100ml size.  However, it is not my favourite scent of theirs.  It's not unpleasant just very masculine.  Also, it does not feel very moisturising.  Maybe this is best as a hand wash!

Decleor Phytopeel Natural Exfoliating Cream
I really like the idea of this.  Rather than exfoliating using harsh grains, you just apply this cream to the face then when it dries your rub it off with your fingers in a circular motion.  Decleor is a brand I am always eyeing up and can't wait to give this a go.

Such a shame that Feel Unique have discontinued their beauty box after this month and this one was amazing!  I am now saving my pennies on beauty boxes and am going to try a new full size product every couple of months instead.





Thursday, 23 February 2012

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Haircare Review


I've been using Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner for around 3 months so I thought I could write a full review now of how I am finding them. What I like most about these products is the fact that they are natural and therefore do not leave a build up in your hair. You are left with squeaky clean hair that's not weighed down. Here is the texture of both products:
 
Shampoo
 
Conditioner
 
 
The shampoo looks like any other shampoo though as its natural you might not expect it to lather much. However, you only need a small amount and the more water you add, the more lather you get. This not only makes it very enjoyable to use but economical too.  I can see this being great for people who like to wash their hair everyday.
The conditioner on the other hand is very different to any others that I have tried.  It comes formulated for 3 different hair types.  I chose 'normal' as I had heard that it is richer than you might expect.  However, the texture is like a moisturiser and when you apply to your hair it seems to absorb and disappear into the hair. This took a while for me to get used to as I have long thick hair which tends to need a thick 'slippery' conditioner to help me detangle.
However, after rinsing both products do leave my hair feeling fresh, light and clean.  The fact that it is natural makes me feel like I am really looking after my hair too.  I just wish it was a bit more moisturising and gave my hair a bit more 'oomph'.  This could possibly be because I chose the wrong conditioner for my hair type.  I have heard you can use their new Liz Earle Botanical Shine Treatment in place of the standard conditioner so I might try that instead!
 
Have you tried the Liz Earle haircare range?  What are your thoughts?  Or do you have any recommendations for a haircare range to try?

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Big Skincare Mystery

Big Skincare Mystery

I heard about this mystery sample on the radio today and now I can't wait to receive mine! Just use the link or search for Skincare Revolution on Facebook to get yours!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Diorshow New Look Mascara Sample Review


I was so pleased when I took my voucher for a free Dior sample into Debenhams and that actually had one available!  I was given a teeny 1.5 ml sample of Diorshow New Look Mascara.  Cute eh?  This was bad timing actually as I have just started my freebie Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara and I don't want to have two on the go at once.

However, this looks to me like a very different mascara to the Soap and Glory one, mainly due to the teenie weenie micro brush.  It is a lot smaller in length and thickness and is covered in tiny short teeth that are made from rubber.  The mascara formula itself looks quite thick which worries me that it could clump.  In addition Diorshow New Look Mascara contains a treatment serum which is supposed to care for and condition your lashes. 

If I'm impressed by this I will be reviewing it in depth in the future.  To be continued...

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara Review



With this months Elle Magazine I received a free Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara (the only reason I bought it to be honest!)  I have never found a mascara that I really love.  My last mascara purchase had a really annoying gimmicky square brush (No7 Extravagant Lashes) and nearly every brand I have tried has led to clumpy overloaded lashes.

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast on first impressions has quite a oversized but standard shaped brush.  However, I found this made it really easy to use.  One swipe and my lashes looked much longer and darker but still very natural.  Applying two coats didn't create any clumping and it was easy to increase the volume and length of my lashes without overloading them.

What I love most about this mascara is instead of clumping all my lashes together to create the impression of thicker lashes it separates and defines instead.  Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara is a brilliant everyday mascara that is buildable for a more dramatic look.  Fantastic freebie and I will definitley be repurchasing!

You can find out more about Thick and Fast and the rest of the cosmetics range at www.soapandglory.com.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Soap & Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstick Review

At the weekend my gorgeous partner treated me to some Soap & Glory goodies for Valentines Day.  I've been looking forward to trying the Super-Colour Fabulipstick since the range came out and I picked the shade Perfect Day.  This is a lovely pinky beige colour which suits my colouring particularly well so it makes a great every day lipstick.

The packaging is really fun as Soap & Glory's packaging usually is.  The casing is black with pink text and when opened it has a classy gold twist mechanism.  What I love even more is the way they have carved the S&G logo into the lipstick itself.

Applying this lipstick is very smooth and creamy - one coat and you get a good layer of pigmentation.  After blotting and reapplying the colour actually was a bit heavy for me.  However, this is a good long lasting lipstick and one coat definitley does the trick.  Wearing this with a layer of gloss over the top the colour remained through several cups of tea and lunch!

A nice surprise is the gorgeous smell of this lipstick.  To me it smells chocolately/vanillary and as it is a very moisturising lipstick I felt as if I was wearing a yummy scented lip balm with the added bonus of long lasting colour.

Super-Colour Fabulipstick has filled a real gap in my make-up bag.  I have long been on the hunt for a long lasting lipstick that isn't drying and has good pigmentation.  This lipstick definitely ticks all of those boxes and I think I may invest in the other two colours! 

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skincare Review

On Wednesday I received this gorgeous Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skincare collection from their lovely PR department.


Skincare is probably my main beauty interest at the moment and I have been eyeing up this brand for a while on QVC.  They promise to combine natural and botanical ingredients with proven science.  This appealed to me as I love the luxury and scents of botanicals but at the same time I want to see visible results.

Included in this little package was Intense Hydration Booster, Overnight Exfoliation Booster, Eye Recovery and Overnight Facial .  All are paraben free which means they get extra brownie points from me!  The packaging is very classy and subtle - it definitely looks like an expensive and serious skincare range and it is with prices starting at £9.50 for 5mls!!!  However, I believe if it works its worth every penny.

The first product I tried was the Intense Hydration Booster.  This is a very light clear fluid which they suggest you can either apply alone or mixed with your usual skincare.  As I was following this with the other products I applied on its own to avoid product overload!  This absorbed very quickly and the scent was very light and natural.  I like the idea of having the option of mixing this with my usual moisturiser for an added 'boost' at this time of year.

Following this I applied the Overnight Exfoliation Booster.  I was really looking forward to trying this as it promises to decrease blemishes and uneven skintone which is my current skin complaint.  Another light clear fluid, you apply this to the face, neck and hands and it gently exfoliates overnight avoiding the need for abrasive scrubbing which I find can make any redness in my skin worse.  They suggest only using this 3 nights a week and because of this I was worried that it would be too powerful for my skin.  However, this was definitely not the case.  In the morning my skin looked even, calm and smoothed.

The Eye Recovery is a really nice light textured eye cream that is simple to apply.  It smooths on beautifully and doesn't leave any greasy residue.  Its ingredients include aloe vera and iris to reduce dark circles, puffiness and lines.  Although I do not have any lines around my eyes as of yet it did leave my eye area lovely and soft without any oiliness.

Finally, as recommended I finished this regime with a layer of Overnight Facial.  This feels much more like a skin oil/serum and I was worried it would leave my skin greasy.  After massaging in one drop (you really only need a very small amount) it absorbed well yet your skin feels as if it has a silky veil over it.  The smell of this product is slightly stronger than the others and may put sensitive noses off but I really loved the botanical smells of jasmine and rose oil.  This product is a CEW winner and the results prove why.  I woke up the next morning with gorgeous baby soft skin with no residue.


My first impressions of Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skincare is that the products are an amazing way to give your exisiting skincare routine a luxurious boost.  All 4 products have left my skin feeling smooth, well moisturised and plumped.  You really only need a small amount of each as they are quite potent - I recommend as a treat for skin particularly at this time of the year when it needs that extra boost.

Have you tried any of Sarah Chapman's products?  What are your thoughts?

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Feel Unique Beauty Box is no more!!!! :(

I have just received an email from Feel Unique announcing the closure of their Beauty Box service. :(  This was only my third box and the latest one definitely looked like their most impressive - maybe they wanted to go out with a bang? 

They have said they are looking into developing a more personal sampling service so maybe there will be a good replacement in the near future.  Sad times :(  I don't think I will be swapping to another service such as Glossy Box as of yet.  Instead I will be saving my money for more full sized products!

How is everyone else feeling about the news?

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation Review



I found a small sachet of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in March's Elle Magazine and thought I'd give it a try.  Liquid Foundations really aren't my thing as in the past I found them difficult to apply, orangey and would make my dry skin look even worse.  However, as it was a freebie I was willing to give it a go.

The shade was Soft Beige and on first impressions it was a bit dark for me.  However, it blended really well and no streaking!!! The coverage is fantastic - I've been really struggling with this with my Bare Minerals at the moment.  I think where my skin is lighter from the lack of sun every blemish is showing and I need that extra bit of coverage.

The finish definitely wakes your skin up. It gives a glow without making you look greasy or shiny.  I haven't tried this on a work day yet but so far the coverage seems to be longlasting.

If I had to find a downside I would say this could possibly be ageing on more mature skin.  The heavy coverage seems to emphasise fine lines but not being a regular user of liquid foundations this could be the case with others.

At the moment its on offer in Boots for £5.99 so I am very tempted to purchase a bottle for those days when I want a bit more coverage.

Has anyone else tried this yet?  What are your thoughts?