Saturday, 26 April 2014

A few changes.

Just a quick update to go with yet another new blog.
Much as I love blogger's dynamic views I was realising that my buttons etc. on the right hand side weren't showing up. and I NEEED them!

Firstly, I'm SO excited (and a bit nervous) to announce that I'm taking part in blog every day in May! I really enjoyed the challenge in November and I also have the loan of a lovely, new laptop which should make blogging a lot easier! If you're interested in finding out more, click the bottom to the right! or click below: 
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and also, if you don't already I'd LOVE you to follow me on twitter- for more ramblings ;-)

Anyways, just a quick update... as you were!

Until next time. 

Friday, 25 April 2014

Product review - John Frieda Sheer Blonde Conditioning Treatment

Hello Lovelies

Three blog posts in a week? I must be avoiding essays ;-) 

As promised another free beauty bargain today! This time a present. My wonderful mum did custom crackers for Christmas last year and I got a sachet of John Frieda's sheer blonde conditioning treatment. On account of leaving it at home and because it wasn't designed for student house living I've only just got round to using it. 

The instructions say to use John Frieda shampoo beforehand, unfortunately I did have some of this but couldn't afford to buy more so I used tresemme shampoo and between me and you, I'm not sure it made a huge difference! 

I then put it on all over my hair for 15 minutes. This was less relaxing then it should have been because the dominos pizza man arrived early and I had to run around in fizz finding clothes to answer the door in and then greeted him with obviously wet hair, still with product in. 

Anyway, when I washed it out I could tell instantly that it had made a difference compared to normal conditioning. My hair after 6 years if bleaching and generally not looking after it very well can sometimes be a little unhappy. Recently, I've had consistent knots at the back of my hair even with ample conditioning. But they were gone straight off. 

When I dried it it felt as if I'd recently had it cut (which is an advantage because I'm not sure when I'll next be able to afford a cut!!) and all signs of knots were gone. I tried to take a picture to show you but it's very difficult to take a picture of the back of ones head so I apologise for the slightly odd angle! I also think my hair looks blonder but that might be wishful thinking because again, I'm not sure when it's next going to see bleach! 

And the next day it brushed better than it has in a long time, really like a freshly cut feeling!

The negatives I would say is that my roots still feel a bit heavy with product so I do think it leaves a bit of residue behind but that might have been my rush to go eat pizza. Also unlike with their conditioners it doesn't have a very strong smell and I personally like my hair to smell freshly washed as well as look it, but I might just be being picky! 

Finally the sachet is really generous there's definitely enough for at least one more go with it and that's with me using a lot this time round.

At about £5.89 for 150 ml it's definitely something I'd consider buying (perhaps with my remaining Superdrug voucher) and using on a weekly basis to keep my hair in good condition. 

Until next time 

P.S. What's your favourite hair product? 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Reverse Hair Washing

Sorry, beauties no pretty pictures in this blog post. I think that will become evident as you read on- what could I have photographed? 

The other week I read Emma at From Aldi to Harrods review of reverse hair washing. Apparently it's an actual craze, the daily mail reports it so it must be true (also so does Glamour magazine who are a more reputable source in my opinion).

The idea is... you use conditioner first THEN shampoo (minds blown, I know!) 

I was curious and I thought it made sense.. surely if you condition after shampoo you're just piling product onto clean hair! So I decided to give it a go today. 

Like Emma, I was sceptical but for different reasons. My hair is really fine, as soon as it touches water or steam it goes a bit haywire and as as a result I have to wash it every time I shower (or I should buy a shower cap, either way!) Also, a few times in my bleary eyed showering state (tiredness and lack of glasses) I've used conditioner first, tried shampoo afterwards and not loved the result so I've wound up conditioning twice! 

But, I'll try anything once (don't quote me on that!!).

So I did... firstly, my shower was really, really quick- and that's from someone who normally does the job lot in 5 minutes flat. I think where I normally leave my conditioner in for a minute or so I got a bit flustered and just washed it straight out - so I'm not sure it's a very fair test.

secondly, I didn't get the lather I normally get from either product they both felt a bit waxy when they went on. But just using conditioner made my hair really soft, so if it's a day where my hair doesn't need a wash but does need smoothing out I'll remember that.

Again, the shampoo didn't really lather but it did the job. My hair was squeaky clean (is it just me that does the squeak test?) it felt a bit odd, like it hadn't washed everything out properly. But generally it didn't feel toooo bad. 

When I dried it, it dried well and looks freshly washed and nice. It still feels a bit odd, like I have a layer of product on it that didn't wash out but it's soft, smooth, clean smelling and knot free so I can't ask too much more really can I?

Also, I used less of both which in the long run will save me money I guess?

I'm not sure if I'd do reverse washing every time but I'd definitely give it a couple more go's to see if it makes a difference and if I fall in love with it.

Have you tried reverse washing?

Until next time....

p.s. next time I'm reviewing a hair product I do love! 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Product review- Models own shades nail varnish

Hello beauties

I hope you had a lovely Easter bank holiday weekend. 

Today is more than just a beauty bargain! 
Those who know me know I'm pretty obsessed with entering twitter and Facebook competitions and I had a streak in about October-December time of winning something nearly every week! I was beginning to think meeting Andy had dried up allll my luck until the other week when I won not one but FIVE models own nail varnishes from their nails for tan range. FREE beauty products, yey! 
I'm not a huge person for painting my nails mainly because I get bored and I never do a great job but the colours in this range are so beautiful and bright I couldn't wait to try them! 

Below is a picture of them:
From L-R : sun hat, bikini, beach bag, shades, flip flop. 

Don't get me wrong. I have loved the nice weather we've had recently but any further reminder that summer is on it's way is alright with me! And this summer I'm going to be on a beach in North Carolina so I will definitely need my sun hat, bikini, beach bag, shades and flip flops! But I digress! 

On account of needing a pamper evening tonight I decided to gives 'shades' a go. 
It's a lovely coral pink unfortunately no photo flash or no flash could quite capture the colour but imagine it slightly less orange and a bit more pink got it? Or check out models own IG who will give you a better idea of the shade! 

I love models own nail varnish because for someone like me who gets bored painting their nails they're perfect, they go on hastily, only require one coat (two max) and dry at super speed! I will say this goes on quite thick, which for me works out nicely but might not be to everyone's taste! 

And it doesn't have a really strong nail varnish smell. Win! 

Oh! and an added note from nearly 12 hours later.. it's still all in tact, just one chip which my intentional doing! For me, someone who constantly chips and smudges nail varnish to the point where I just don't use it that's good going! 

Other all, a really lovely product! Now, what one shall I use next? 

Until next time, I'm dreaming of summer! 
L xx

P.S. Have you ever won anything in a competition? 

P.P.S. Please check out my friend Mia's fashion and beauty blog: Estilo E Fashion

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Product Review- Beyonce Heat Rush

Hello Lovelies,

Another beauty bargain today! I signed up to Sun + in February in order to get TWO £10 off at Superdrug vouchers. 

My Marc Jacobs perfume is coming to an end (a competition prize..) and so I'm well overdue some new perfume. Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE Beyonce fan! 
Having already tried her Heat perfume a few years ago (and I probably have it knocking around somewhere) I thought I'd give Heat Rush a try.. even better.. Superdrug had it for £20!! 

Unfortunately I couldn't use both vouchers at the same time but still £10 for 100 ml isn't too shabby (That's a quarter of the RRP)!

It smells wonderful! I said in the shop it smells like.. summer! (and it was a dreary day in Liverpool so sometimes you need to smell like summer!) 

The Perfume Shop describe it as:
"shines, sparkles and excites the moment it touches the skin. Surrounded by a luminous fragrant aura, the woman who wears it feels instantly effervescent and alive. Sensual and bright, the scent lights up a room just as Beyonce captivates with her presence"

With Heart notes of: yellow tiger orchid, mango blossom and orange hibiscus
top notes : passion fruit, blood orange and brazillian cherry
and base notes:  teakwood, honey amber and musk accord!

Now, I've not got much of a nose for this kind of thing so all I will say is it smells citrussy and summery and yummy! Also, it LASTS! I find perfume wears off quite easily... that might be my skin. But it clings to your clothes and... I've been wearing it for 5 hours so far and I can still smell it! 

As for captivating a room like Beyonce, welllll... no perfume is THAT good, but Andy likes the smell! Does that count?? 

The only thing I would say is whilst it's a beautiful bottle, like Heat before, it's SUCH an awkward shape! It looks great on my dressing table but you definitely need two hands to apply it and it takes a certain level of dexterity! 
Also, it sprays quite liberally so despite not using it every day for the last week and a half I already feel like I've used quite a lot (but that might be me being picky and wanting my moneys worth!)

But it's definitely worth the fiddliness for the yummy smell! It's currently £20 in Superdrug (other proprietors are available!) so maybe give it a go?

Until next time
*Wafts off in a cloud of orchid and orange!*

What's your favourite perfume?
What shall I get with my other voucher?
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