VO5 – Give Me Texture Shampoo & Conditioner Review

1Reviewed by Tams

The last few weeks I’ve been bored with my hair being dead straight, I don’t know if it’s something to do with the sun being out but I’ve been hankering after textured hair that’s full of life. You’ll have noticed that I’ve tried a few different products recently that all aim to add texture to your hair. It started with this one but I like to give shampoo a good try before I cast my verdict.

The VOZ Give me texture shampoo and conditioner were really reasonably priced and I’ve used others of their before. I always like to start a new look from the base up, any products I use later on in my routine will always have a better result if I start with e relevant product. This is why I choose a shampoo and conditioner that add texture to your hair in place of my normal sleek and shine types.

First up, it smells amazing, as all VO5 products do. It has a really fresh and clean scent which I love. It contains a unique blend of collagen and minerals which gently cleanse product from your hair and create a style full of volume and life. The conditioner is also much lighter than most, it doesn’t weigh your hair down.

I found that because I have frizzy hair naturally that if I want to straighten it after this shampoo it’s hard to do so but if I want a bed-head or beach look it’s absolutely perfect. It really works with styling sprays to create a gorgeous textured style. I also don’t need to wash my hair everyday with this shampoo, every other day is plenty to keep it looking clean and healthy!

My husband is also loving this shampoo right now, it’s giving his hair a bit of oomph which he’s delighted with!

 

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Collab with Blushing Beauty – Drug Store vs Department Store

The lovely Olivia at Blushing Beauty approached me a couple of weeks back about doing a collaborative piece together. We decided to put drug store against department store to create an evening look.

I opted for department store and if I’m honest most of my items are Benefit or MAC so there isn’t a huge range but still they are department store. My evening look is usually just a bit heavier but similar to my day look. Seeing as I do have to go out today I decided not to try anything to out there and stick with the smokey eyes and elegant lips.

Here is what I used:

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Benefit: Hello Flawless, Fine-One-One, Bad Girl Eyeliner, Satin Finish Lipstick, They’re Real Mascara, High Beam, PoreFessional, Smokin’ Eyes, Cupid’s Bow
MAC: Powder Blush in Mocha

I mixed the PoreFessional in with the Hello Flawless foundation to create an airbrushed look in a flash. I always create smokey eyes for the evening as they’re not something I often can get away with during the day. I used a lighter grey across the whole of my lid then a darker one in the corner. I used a very pale pink for below the brow line. I also applied some high beam under my eyebrow. I applied Bad Girl liner across the whole of my top lid and 3/4 of the way (outside to inside) on the bottom lid. I applied 2 coats of They’re real and tidied my brows with the brow wax in the Smokin’ eyes kit.

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For my cheeks I used Benefit Fine-One-One as a base and to create a highlight and contour. I then applied  MAC’s powder blush over the top for a deeper result.

I used the Cupid’s bow pencil to define my lips, I also used the darker side as a lip liner then applied Benefit satin Finish lipstick in Satin Snap which is an understated neutral shade.

I curled my hair using my GHD’s, I also blowed dried it using Guy Kremer Serum and set the whole hairstyle with Guy Kremer Hairspray. Blushing Beauty will be recreating this look using drug store brands this afternoon so go and follow her and keep an eye out for that. I’m really looking forward to seeing how well the budget look comes off, I’m sure it’ll be beautiful! Thank you Olivia for working with me on my first collab!

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Fudge Urban Texturising Sea Salt Spray Review

1Recently I reviewed Alterna Haircare – Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist and I mentioned in the post that it was quite expensive and I’d see if I could find a cheaper version. Since then I’ve been on a mission to just that and I’m pleased to say it’s MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Fudge Urban provides salon standard hair products on the high street, they do everything from matte hair max to volumnising powders, and all in fun, brightly coloured packaging.

I normally spend ages in the morning styling my hair but this provides a huge relief in that routine. This morning, I washed my hair, sprayed this in from mid-length to the ends and scrunched up. I left my hair to dry naturally. It battled well with the frizz and left me with beach-cool hair.

It also smells amazing, it has a delicious coconut scent that just reminds me of holidays. Every time the wind blows I get a whiff of my hair and it transports me back to sunny days even though I’m currently sat in the office with storms raging outside my window.

My hair feels light and it hasn’t caused a huge product build up in my hair like some products do. It can also be used to plump up your hair but applying it before blow-drying. I think I’ll stick to using it in wet hair as it’s so quick and I’m really happy with the result. This is definitely one to take to V Festival with me!

I was originally looking for a cheap alternative but instead I’ve found a new favourite! I’m so over dead straight hair and I’m happy to have a product that allows me to embrace my naturally wavy hair.

On the more technical side of things the unusual nozzle makes it really easy to apply accurately. After all you don’t want huge clumps and sections with nothing in. You also do not need a lot to create the look so I think it’ll probably last a while.

Try it: £6.99, www,superdrug.com (Currently on offer for £3.49)

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It’s in the Bag!

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A day later than normal but today we’re delving through graphic designer Becky’s bag. I’m so blessed to work with Becky, not only is she incredibly talented at what she does, she loves makeup nearly as much as I do.

Peeping into Becky’s makeup bag, the first thing I notice is a few of my own favourite products, including Benefit’s High Beam highlighter. Becky uses a fantastic range of budget and more pricey items. Today we’re going to look at her top 3 in more detail: Benefit High Beam, L’Oreal Double Extension Mascara and Max Factor Facefinity compact.

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Becky loves the L’Oreal Double extension because in her words it gives her ‘massive eye lashes’, I’ve seen them and she’s not exaggerating! Not only do the results rival many more expensive masaca it also lasts all day with not a single ‘panda eye’ in sight. It also reasonably priced at around £12. It also lasts a long while without getting all crumbly. This is Becky’s must-have mascara and she’s totally in love with it. This is definitely one I am going to have to try, discovering fantastic products from friends is exactly why I do these posts.

Becky know’s her best feature is her gorgeous peepers and so she likes to highlight and draw attention to this area. Becky has found that Benefit’s High Beam is perfect for this. She uses it below her brow and cheekbones to high light those oh so lovely features. Becky has had this pot since December and it still has plenty left, it only needs a little at a time and so has lasted forever, well forever in terms of beauty items. This is the one product that Becky’s makeup bag always contains.

I say: Add a little bit under your shin and jaw line to make you face appear slimmer.

Lastly, we look at the Max Factor Facefinity Compact. This item is great to carry around, it has the brush and mirror all included so it is amazing when you’re out and about. It’s oil and fragrance free as well as containing an SPF of 15 to help protect your skin from the sun. It leaves the skin with a satisfying glow and satin finish. Becky usually applies this with a brush rather than the pad included as you really don’t need very much to achieve a good coverage.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what Becky uses and Becky, thank you for letting me snoop through your bag!

 

Anatomicals – Spray Misty for Me Facial Spritz Review

1Reviewed by Tams

My UK heatwave 2013 life-saver! 

This is the best thing to have landed on my doorstep this month, it arrived on Monday and that couldn’t have been better timing.

This facial spritz carries the normal Anatomicals quirky name which is one of the things I love most about this brand. It contains peppermint, rose, lavender, aloe and witch hazel, all of which combined give your face a welcome refresh, calm and moisture. This current heat is creating havoc with my skin and melting my make up off. I love that this product not only sets my makeup but cools me down at intervals during the day too.

My skin instantly feels refreshed with a couple of spritz of this wonderful product, when my skin is starting to give up on me this brings it back from the brink. It’s also been amazing at holding my makeup in place for longer.

This is my must-have summer item for holidays, flights, festivals and in hot offices. If anything makes this heat more bearable it’s Spray Misty for Me.

Try it: £6, www.anatomicals.net

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Sleek i-Divine i-Candy Palette Review

1Reviewed by Tams

I won this gorgeous eyeshadow palette from the Peach Parfait blog last week and I fell in love with it the second it arrived!

I’m head-over-heels-in-love with anything sweet related, even marginally, we even had sweet named tables at our wedding. So when this arrived with its uber cute candy packaging I was even more excited. Upon opening it, things just got better. The colours really stood out and have super cute candy names.

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The next day I decided to give it a go, I couldn’t get on with the brush included so instead used my new Barry M shadow brush which I am also in love with and I’ll review it at some point.

Despite loving everything candy related I usually keep my makeup quite natural but this gave me the perfect opportunity to get creative. I absolutely love every single colour in this palette and it just goes to show that colour really is for everyone. I also adore that it has the black and white included, these are great for the eye-line and highlighting the brow.

Each colour comes out beautiful and they are very pigmented. Here are how they come out on skin:

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Not only do they loo amazing but they blend really well too, pretty sure that by the weekend I’m going to have created a rainbow look, yes I am that crazy about this palette, it’s a job to choose which colours to use each morning. They also last all day which is a huge bonus. The Bon Bon, Aniseed and apple sour shades are also really shimmery and have looked awesome in the UK’s bright sun light.

This was the first Sleek palette I’ve ever used and I’m definitely going to have to get some more, they’ve blown all my other eyeshadow’s completely out of the water!

Shades I love most: Mint Cream and Blue Fizzle.

Try it: £7.99, www.sleekmakeup.com

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Just Keep Scrubbing, Just Keep Scrubbing – Olay Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub Review

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Already on number 2!

As I bought my second tube of Olay Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub I realised I clearly love it.. a lot! I haven’t yet blogged about this one but at the moment it is a clear favourite of mine! It smells refreshingly clean and has lovely large particles.

The formula foams so well and after each use leaves a clear improvement. The large particles leave you with a satisfying scrubbed face and radiant natural glow! It also removes what’s left of my makeup without a problem.

My skin is less dry, less spotty and clearer after using this for a while. I also use other Olay Essentials items in my skin regime and they’ve never let me down. They are always well-priced and quality items. They also last a while as you do not need much each time!

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What I love most: It is so effective at doing what it does!

What I like least: Nothing, I wouldn’t have gone back to it again if there was!

Try it: £2.49, www.superdrug.com