Thursday, 29 August 2013

Moroccan Oil Review

Moroccan Oil Review
Moroccan Oil 25ml - £12.85 free UK delivery | Lookfantastic | HQHair
Hi everyone, feels like long time no post. Been quite busy over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been doing another NVQ part time whilst working full time plus the gym so my days are quite filled! I’ve barely had time to sit down and read blogs either so hopefully things will quieten down soon once I had my assignment in. It’s 3 weeks today until my holiday yippee! I seriously cannot wait for relaxation and sun!

Last weekend I got my hair done again at Celeste Arnold Hair & Makeup. Alice Barlow happened to be there too from ex-Hollyoaks and The Voice but she was whisked upstairs so I only got a glimpse. I’ve gone quite a bit darker than my natural shade which wasn’t quite what I had in mind but I’m growing to like it. The bonus to this of course is my hair looks pretty shiny most of the time and a lot healthier. I use Moroccan oil at least every other day, mainly whilst drying my hair to tame the fly-aways and smooth the ends. I’ve used this hair oil for at least 2-3 years and it’s well worth the rather expensive price tag. I’d recommend the smaller bottle unless you’re prone to using a huge amount. I use about a 20p worth in the palm of my hands and rub my hands together before applying to the ends of my hair. This is way more than enough for me and I’ve got long, thick hair.

The smell is divine and although normally I hate oils, this soaks in quite quickly and doesn’t leave a horrible residue on my hands after I’ve applied it. This bottle is the smaller version and I’ve actually had this over 18 months so far and have another waiting to be used! If you’re wanting to try a hair oil, I cannot recommend this enough. I should probably do a my favourite hair products post soon as there are some holy grail items that never fail me!

Have you tried the Moroccan Oil? What are your favourite hair products?

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Girls Night In

Personally, I love a good night in, nights out are way too expensive and I hate having nothing to show for it the following day except a hangover. Ladbrokes 
Bingo have provided me with some stats as to whether Girls prefer nights in or nights out. The survey showed that 70% of women prefer a girls night in.

I have been provided with some stats as to whether Girls prefer nights in or nights out. What do you think the result will be?

What do you think are the top 10 biggest annoyances about nights out on the town?

Expensive drinks – 64.15%
Long queues for the bar – 59.15%
Toilets not having any toilet paper – 54.35%
Paying to get into a club or bar – 50.70%
Sore feet – 48.75%
Long queue for the toilet – 48.25%
Toilet not having a lock – 43.65%

I completely agree with these but surprisingly, being leered at by men is a bit further down the list at only 33.70%. This is one of my biggest pet peeves on a night out.

Image C/O Pinterest
I rarely drink but when I do, I love nothing more than a good cocktail. They're easy and cheap to make at home. Since I love a good browse on Pinterest, I’ve added a easy recipe that I found that you can make too on your nights in.You can replace the Moscato with your preferred choice of wine, or even miss it out completely and add more vodka!


Most girls nights usually involve getting dressed up and having a pamper session. 35% of Women agreed with me. I thought I'd also include a little wishlist of some beauty items that I'd include in my girls night in.

These are my top picks for a girls night in. Drinks obviously essential too, maybe even the cocktail above.

Do you prefer girls nights in or out? 

*Post In Collaboration With Ladbrokes Bingo*

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Monday, 12 August 2013

Redken All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner Review

 
Redken All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner Review
Redken All Soft Shampoo - RRP £10.00 Lookfantastic | All Soft Conditioner - RRP £11.00 Lookfantastic 

Since I went away from being fully blonde, I've noticed my hair is in much better condition. My ends are still quite light at the moment after over a decade of bleaching but my hair hasn't been coloured in over 8 weeks so it's in quite good condition at the moment. I usually mix up my favourite shampoo and conditioner's on rotation but once my hair gets used to it, I have to introduce a new set so that I can make my hair feel fresh and light again.

Redken All Soft range has been on my wishlist for quite a while so one day of innocent internet window shopping led to these being added to my basket and here we are now. I got them when they had about 10-20% off so they didn't feel as bad but since they're quite small bottles, the shampoo is 300ml and the conditioner is 250ml, I rattle through them in no time. I wash my hair every other day, sometimes everyday if need be.

"Formulated with Redken’s Silk-Luxe Complex, All Soft Shampoo contains a unique combination of ingredients. Gold camelina adds luminosity and lustre, avocado oil restores moisture and provides replenishment, olive oil intensely conditions your hair and silk amino acids counterbalance any loss of protein. "

Besides the fact that my hair feels silky soft, smells fruity and seems to make my hair less tangled than before, it's an all round winner! My only problem is that on gym days, my hair gets too soft for me to even tie up and gets in the way a bit. Instead, I use another shampoo in between to keep the balance. I don't think the All Soft range will work for everyone but if fresh, clean hair is your thing then why not try the shampoo and conditioner? The duo sets are on offer quite often on various sites, combine with discount codes and they're not as expensive!

Have you tried the Redken All Soft range? Which is your favourite daily shampoo and conditioner?

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Fake Tans Best & Worst

Xen Tan Moroccan Tan, Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan, Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan, Xen Tan Dark Lotion.          *Clickable links below on the tan names*



Fake tans, you either love it, or you hate it. I love it, not all of them are just as good as the 4 mentioned here though but I thought I’d do the lowdown on my favourites, and the not so favourites.

Preparation

The most important step of any fake tanning. Make sure hair removal is done at least 24 hours before you apply the self tan and even more importantly, exfoliate! People think they don't need to but I can assure you, it will look patchy just by skipping this vital step. Apply moisturiser to the key areas such as elbows, knees, hairline and feet.

Make sure to regularly exfoliate and moisturise for a naturally fading tan, I usually top up my tan when I notice it's fading quite a bit. Think of it a bit like applying lipstick, if they're not well moisturised and exfoliated then it will cling to your dry patches.

First up, let’s discuss my not so favourites. I’ll start with the facts, I prefer a dark tan. Once upon a time before I started using Xen-Tan I was all for the gradual, natural tan. Those days are long gone now I know I can achieve a dark tan without being orange and patchy. As a general rule, I used to think the cheaper the tan the worse it is. That’s not the case these days as some cheaper tans have been formulated better – Cocoa Brown is the best example of this.

Not so favourites


St Moriz – Most people I know love this. If I was to choose, I’d pick the mousse tan out of their range as it’s reasonably quick drying compared to the rest. The smell – urgh. Biscuit galore. If it’s one thing I hate about tanning, it’s the god awful smell. No matter how much you spritz perfume over the top, digestives come out in force.

 Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant – My first ever attempt at fake tanning was thanks to this. My Sister actually introduced me to this when I was in my teens. It did the job, in a fashion. I was blatently orange and patches everywhere. Pointless wearing it but I was young and clueless!

St Tropez - The cult that is St Tropez. I have tried quite a few different ones and none of them wow-ed me like the others. Maybe I need to try some newer formulas

Gradual Tan

Dove Summer Glow Gradual Tan - Available in Light to Normal and Normal to Dark. This is the best natural looking gradual tan I've tried. It's reasonably priced and if you're in the UK, they're available in shops such as Savers, Bodycare/Grahams, Home Bargains etc too for even cheaper. I prefer the one without shimmer as the shimmer one makes me look a bit of a disco ball!
Fake Bake Gradual Tan For Fair Skin - Formulated for fair skintones, this is the most foolproof tan if you're as pale as me and want a gradual year-round healthly looking tan without it being so obvious. This is quite expensive for a gradual tan in my opinion but it's well worth it if you want to dip your toes into the world of self tanning.

Favourites

Xen Tan Moroccan Tan Lotion - This is the newest tan that Xen Tan have launched and it's by far my favourite. The guide colour is quite dark but once washed off the morning after, it leaves such a gorgeous glowy, olive tone. I get 10% off thanks to Feelunique VIP. It's free to enter so if you're a regular Feelunique shopper, check it out!

Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Dark Self Tanning Mousse* - This is the most expensive by far. It claims to last 2-3 weeks, which is true - providing you re-apply quite a few times. This is the case if you re-apply the Xen Tan though, as long as you make sure to prep your skin correctly before hand, as well as during the tanning stage. It's incredibly quick drying and doesn't have a scent in the slightest. The colour is between natural and dark, I'd prefer it a tad darker but you can definitely tell that I've got a tan when I use it. I can happily wear this in the daytime if I was short on time. The bottle itself will probably last about 3-5 full body uses, depending how much you use and frequency applied. If only this was around the same price as Xen-Tan I'd re-purchase often, sadly the price more than puts me off. It's a great tan though and other than that I cannot fault it.

Xen Tan Weekly Dark Lotion - I love this. If you're a newbie at tanning, I probably wouldn't recommend this as the guide colour is so dark it'd scare most people! Xen Tan do the best lotions by far, I prefer mousse as it dries quicker but when I want a long lasting, instant results tan I go for Xen Tan Moroccan or Dark Lotion.

Cocoa Brown One Hour Mousse* - This is the most recent tan that I've been using, but it's that good that I've thrown it in there straight away. Cocoa Brown claims that you can wash this off after 1 hour and be left with a natural glow. Since I always apply my tan at night, I usually sleep with it on and then wash it off the following morning anyway, I find this works best for me. If you're in a rush then I advise using this budget friendly tan. It's just launched in Primark stores which is handy as well as being on Feelunique with free worldwide delivery. It doesn't last as long as the other products but I can cope with a quick 5 minute re-application every few days!

What a difference a year makes when it comes to changing your products around. This is last years fake tan post here.

What are your best and worst self tans? Do you prefer lotion formulas or mousse?

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray Review



Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray - Superdrug - Currently £2.47 (RRP £4.99) 
Whenever Superdrug do their free delivery and plenty of offers I always look for new products I wouldn't normally pick up, Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hair Spray being one of them. I'm just not a hair spray kind of girl. Anything that makes my hair feel crispy, greasy and generally horrible, I just stay well clear from. I know what I like, and that's enough experimenting. That being said, whenever I curl my hair, it never stays in place so I need a bit of extra help to make it last all day. Naturally, my hair is pretty straight - in its' own fashion, but I have tons of flyaways and when I workout it just gets in the way. It smells a-mazing of course and doesn't make me want to instantly wash my hair like all the other hairsprays I've tried.

I must admit, the only reason I decided to add it to my basket was due to the fact it's currently half price and the scent is Raspberry & Vanilla, who wouldn't want that? The hairspray itself is pretty good at keeping my hair at bay and usually lasts around 8-10 hours. It isn't crispy or sticky but you can still feel it's doing its' job.

I can't say much more than declaring my love for it, the offer price is more than acceptable but would I pay £4.99, not unless I ran out and was desperate. No other hairspray compares any more since I've smelled this. If you don't believe me, try it for yourself! For those that want something super strong, this isn't for you but for everyday use, it's a thumbs up from me!

What's your favourite hair spray? 

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