27 April 2013

Hair Removal // Fighting The Fuzz

Picture from Google - edited by myself

Hair removal has to be one of the least enjoyable beauty regimes there is, the silky smooth after effect is worth it but finding the right process for you can be tough. My first experience with hair removal was the trusty razor, I remember feeling excited by being 'grown up' the first time I used one. Looking back I have no idea why! Shaving was fine for a while, mainly through my teenage years but as I got older my skin started to become more sensitive. If I use a razor more than once a week now my legs become a very attractive shade of red and are blotchy. I also suffer with ingrown hairs/razor burn which is annoying, uncomfortable and generally really unattractive! Ingrown hair is one of my pet hates so I try to use other hair removal methods 99% of the time. The other 1% is obviously when I'm being lazy ha ha ha.

Hair Removal Cream was my next big phase, I loved how easy it was but not so much the mess. Hair Removal Cream is great when you want legs like the ladies on the Venus adverts but the smell is disgusting! As this is a pain free method, I put up with the vile smell for a while and carried on using it. My legs were always left silky smooth but within a day, like shaving, the stubble would decided to rear it's ugly head. I eventually decided this was more hassle than shaving and the time the hair took to grow back was the same so decided to try something else. Don't forget, if you do use Hair Removal Cream, always read the label, a red patchy upper lip removes the subtlety of removing your mustache ha ha.

Waxing, although painful, is one of my favourite hair removal methods. Even though it can sometimes be messy, sticky and somewhat embarrassing when you have a sneaky strip attached to you it's very effective. I never really wax my legs but I do often wax more sensitive places like my upper lip. Even though it stings, it's a lot quicker than plucking and removes the hair in seconds. The results of waxing last so much longer than shaving or Hair Removal Cream so for me, a bit of pain is worth it instead of re doing the same job every 2 days.

My main method of hair removal is using an Epilator (I actually use the one in the picture). Epilators remove hair from the root, like waxing but are less messy and rechargeable. Like waxing, they can be a bit painful but investing in a quality epilator can save a lot of money in the long run. As well as saving money, they also irritate the skin less, you don't have to worry about ripping a layer of skin off and if you exfoliate before can remove all hair in one use. I'd be lost without my Epilator now but I'd never advise to use them on sensitive areas unless watering eyes are your thing haha.

Lastly is something I've wanted to try for a while. LittleKiva mentioned she had laser hair removal in one of her YouTube videos and have been keen to try it ever since. It works by focusing a laser beam at the base of the hair follicle, halting hair growth. Laser Hair Removal is available at sk:n and isn't as expensive as I thought it would be. It can be used on any part of the body and is said to be virtually painless and only needs to be repeated every 4-6 weeks for around 8 months. Imagine how much time we would save, ladies! 

What is your favourite method? Do you stick to one or do you use different types for different areas?

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Revitalash Fine Line Primer

Revitalash Fine Line Primer

Revitalash Fine Line Primer

If you have not noticed from my pictures I'm one of the lucky ladies that suffers with fine lines under my eyes, around my mouth and on my forehead. This is annoying as I'm only 24 but becomes even more of a problem when applying make up. Like with large pores, concealers and foundation love to sit in fine lines and make them look worse so a primer to combat this is an additional step I take in my make up routine. I know at some point I will need to invest in an anti wrinkle but until then, I use primer. Although this improves the appearance, it's not amazing and have never tried a primer specifically for fine lines so when QVC gave me the opportunity to road test Revitalash's Fine Line Primer I was exited to say the least! They're known for selling amazing Skincare so had high hopes for this product!

Revitalash Fine Line Primer claims to create a silky, smooth texture to help minimize and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and create a smooth base for make up. It's packaged in a frosted, weighty 15ml glass jar that looks very sleek and high end. The texture of this primer feels soft with a silicone feel, I know a lot of people dislike this but personally I find silicone based products more effective at minimising imperfections.

To apply this primer you need a tiny, pea sized amount, if that. Applying more makes it harder to settle which causes it to slide and makes make up application harder. Once applied to the areas that have fine lines it leaves an airbrushed look which as claimed, minimizes the appearance. I think this product works a lot like a pore minimizer as it blurs imperfections, it has the same effect but this has been specifically formulated for fine lines and has tiny pearl type flecks that brighten the eye area. 

In conclusion I've been very impressed with this primer, fine lines are something I've become self conscious of for some time and although normal primer helps, it doesn't achieve anything anywhere near the results I have archived with this. Fine Line Primer may have a larger price tag than most, but as you need such a small amount I'm confident it will last longer than a normal facial primer.

Do you have fine lines? Do you use anything to minimize them?
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18 April 2013

NARS Blush - Orgasm

Nars Blush - Orgasm

Nars Blush - Orgasm
NARS Blush - Orgasm - £21.50

Can we all just take a second to appreciate how pretty this blush is? NARS Orgasm needs no introduction as it's one of the best cult products in the beauty community. This had been on my wishlist for months but I really couldn't justify spending £21.50 on a blush so when it popped up on Buyapowa about 6 months ago I couldn't resist the urge.

Orgasm is described as a Peachy Pink with a Gold shimmer which is an extremely accurate description. In the pan it looks a little intimidating but when applied with a light hand it gives a natural subtle glow that's easy to build up if you like more dramatic blush. The lasting power of this is amazing as it lasts for hours and excels other shimmer blushes as it doesn't transfer glitter/shimmer to other parts of your face. Another huge plus is Orgasm has a sufficient amount of shimmer so that you can skip using a highlighter, obviously this is personal preference but I love the look of this alone with subtle contouring for a fresh and dewy look, especially on warmer days. The only downfall of this product for me, as I've said before about other products, is the price. £21.50 is expensive but as it's a high end brand and a quality product I think it's worth spending the extra money on rather than buying cheaper blushes that get worn once and discarded to the back of your make up drawer. If £21 is completely out of your price range Sleek Makeup have a really impressive blush range and a really great dupe of Orgasm called Rose Gold that is just as pretty. If anyone would like to see a comparison post between the two let me know in the comments. 
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14 April 2013

Illamasqua Lipstick - Sangers

Illamasqua Lipstick Sangers

I've made no secret of my love for red lipstick and will declare my love to anyone who will listen so today I thought I would share one of my favourites. This was my first Illamasqua lipstick and I've been a fan ever since lusting after more shades to add to my collection.

Sangers is bright yet sophisticated blood red that is perfect for that 50's glamour classic red lip. The formula is slightly creamier than a normal matte lipstick, it has a slight sheen but dries matte so I would always advise to apply a small amount of lip balm before. The most impressive feature of this lipstick is the lasting power, matte lipsticks tend to have the best staying power but this is one of the best I have used. It doesn't fade and can last for hours before it needs to be re applied. Sangers Lipstick also looks amazing teamed up with Illamasqua's Succubus lip gloss which is the 'matching' gloss for a more dramatic look. Overall, I think this is one of the more impressive lipsticks in my collection and will re purchase this over any of the other red lipsticks I own.

Quick note - Sangers is one of the lipsticks that normally always features when Illamasqua have a sale so check their website if this is something you are interested in trying :)

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11 April 2013

John Freida Frizz Ease // Straight Ahead Shampoo // Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner // 3 Day Straight

John Freida Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Straight Ahead Shampoo Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner

John Freida Frizz Ease Straight Ahead Shampoo*
Straight Ahead shampoo works wonders on hair that's prone to that annoying frizz before or after drying. Using this has certainly helped straighten out kinks as well as being full of moisture. It's thick and creamy which leaves your hair feeling straighter, sleeker and smoother. A big hair hate of mine is when after drying it it can become frizzy and "puffy" again because of heat but this shampoo has helped to maintain straighter, less frizzy hair. I wouldn't say you could skip using hair straighteners if straight is what you are after, but it helps to smooth your hair straight so you have straighter hair after blow drying which can help you use less heat on your hair. 

John Freida Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner*
Smooth Start conditioner it's not called Smooth Start for nothing! When using this my hair naturally dried sleek, soft and looked well looked after. As my hair has now grown out to my natural colour this is a bit to hydrating for every wash use as it's not as frizzy and can become greasy quickly. This conditioner isn't heavy nor does it leave any residue but I personally can't use deep/hydrating conditioners every time I wash my hair, only on the ends.  I have been using this once a week with the shampoo to give my hair a moisture boost or on a certain day if I want my hair to look good for a certain occasion as it makes drying and styling a lot easier.

John Freida Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight*
3 Day Straight has well and truly proved my expectations wrong. As a woman who has hair that flicks up at the ends at any sign of moisture I have tried and tested a fair share of straightening products so I didn't expect much. I was wrong .3 day straight is a spray you apply on to wet hair which when dried and locked in with straighteners keeps your hair straight for 3 days or until it's washed again. The product contains keratin which is amazing for hair repair so it leaves hair looking shiny and nourished. Normally when I straighten my hair the ends can look a bit frazzled but this completely put a stop to that. When applied it can feel as if there's a residue in your hair but ones dried and straightened this disappears and its left smooth with no sticky build up.

I put this product to the test by leaving my hair for 3 days with out straightening it again. I noticed that when sleeping or heading out in cold weather (mild snow) this product stuck to its word apart from a few kinks.  The small kinks or flicks can be easily be removed when you brush your hair again leaving it just the same as when you styled it. The only downfall of this product is the bottle size, Id personally like it to be bigger but apart from that I really cannot find a negative to this product. I think I may have found a new holy grail product ladies and gents!

John Freida have a whole array of products for different hair types which you can view if you click here. I'm very impressed with all three products, 3 day straight especially, this is certainly going to be re purchased  as it's the only product I've used that has lived up to the claims. Have you tried any of these products? I'd especially like to hear if you have tried 3 Day Straight.
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10 April 2013

Philosophy Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Body Scrub

Philosophy Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Body Scrub

Philosophy Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Body Scrub

We all love a good body scrub. There is something quite satisfying about exfoliating as it leaves your skin feeling fresh and silky smooth. There are thousands of scrubs available that smell gorgeous but I find them to be a bit lacking in the actual scrub department. Personally, I like an exfoliator to be gritty and thick, not a shower gel/cream with a few added beads packaged as a luxury body scrub. Damn being a sucker for packaging.

Philosophy bath and shower products are some of the best smelling I've ever used, I've been a huge fan for many years and absolutely loved their Sugar Cookie, Strawberry Ice Cream and Sweet Talk bath and shower gels (unfortunately they only bring certain products out for a limited time) so have enjoyed moving on to try their scrubs, skincare and makeup - they just always seem to get it right!

Gingerbread man is a Christmas themed product that normally makes an appearance just after Halloween. I know you're probably thinking I'm a few months late but as you can sometimes pick this up on eBay and it's back every year so I wanted to write a review anyway. The scent of this scrub is love/hate with some people, from reviews I've read from other bloggers they have expected it to smell exactly like Gingerbread Men. In my opinion, I always thought of this as a ginger based scent with a cute quirky name in reference to the ginger but that is just my take on the Gingerbread Man range. The scrub does smell strongly of ginger but it's mixed with a fresh citrus scent which is gorgeous but hard to describe.

The scrub itself performs brilliantly, its thick and gritty which allows you to really slay away any dead skin cells without drying out or irritating your skin. When washed off your skin feels moisturized but not enough that you feel that theres residue left behind, its a lot like an oil texture that washes off. The instructions direct you to apply to dry skin but I find this a little coarse and hard to use, I think its much better when used on damp skin. Using it this was also avoids a lot of unnecessary mess. The box also claims that this is a hot salt scrub, this is something i don't agree with as i haven't noticed any warming effects while using this. I think this the only downfall of the product which is a shame as I imagine a warming effect would be an impressive bonus.

I'm sure you have guessed that I love this scrub from my very drawn out review aha. I would even go as far as to say this is the best I have ever used. Philosophy have other scrubs in different scents with the same formula that I also love and would recommend going to try if you are lucky enough to have a store that stocks them in your town.

 What is your favourite body scrub? Are there any I should try? 

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9 April 2013

The Thrifty Fashion Challenge

Thrifty Fashion Challenge

Thrifty Fashion Challenge

If you've ever been guilty of spending too much money on clothes and accessories please raise your hand now.... We've all been there! I've been guilty of this as well as buying things I really don't need and can completely get caught up in the shopping buzz. This is something, as I've got older, I've tried to curb so when contacted about taking part in the Thrifty Fashion Challenge I couldn't wait to get involved and see what I could come up with for £50.

I decided I was going to keep the outfit theme casual to stay true to what I wear daily so firstly, I headed over to Urban Outfitters. This was a little optimistic as they can be a bit expensive but they have a 70% off sale on. I found this Truly Madly Deeply Pyramid top for £14.00 on sale from £28.00 which is A) right up my street and B) a complete bargain! Next up was New Look, after trawling through their massive sale I settled for a pair of very predictable Red Denim Look Jeggings that are on sale for £7.00 from £12.99. As the challenge is to spend £50 or under I could have easily picked something more a little more exciting but I'm a creature of habit and rarely stray away from skinny jeans and jeggings, boring, I know! The next website I headed over to was Very.com. I'm not frequent visitor of the site but as they were having a 75% off clearance so decided to have a look. After being distracted by them selling everything from home ware to lingerie I spotted their South Tall Supersoft Boyfriend Cardigan for £9.00 from £18.00 and although I love to wear black, I may just have to buy one of these in the colour Spearmint. To finish off the outfit I needed shoes and a bag so had a quick look around Matalan and found a lovely pair of Black Tassel Loafers for £7.00 on sale from £14.00 then headed to Boohoo to find a bag. I love Boohoo accessories so it of course I had to look through the entire sale before making up my mind. I finally picked the Molly Pin Lock Handbag for £12.00 from £18.00, it's small, sweet and the gold adds a small amount of detail to a casual outfit.

In total my outfit total comes to £49.00, I think that's pretty impressive for a whole outfit including a bag even  if I do say so myself haa. To put this outfit together I used the website netvouchercodes.co.uk to search for sales, offers and voucher codes and have chosen some complete bargains! This Thrifty Challenge has certainly showed me that shopping around and keeping an eye on up and coming sales can save a lot of money when buying staple pieces and general clothes online. 

Are you a savvy when shopping online? Do you keep up to date with the seasonal sales?

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3 April 2013

March Favourites

Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water 150ml - £6.50 
I bought this on a whim in the sales after seeing glowing reviews then never really used it. For some reason my cheeks have become sensitive (I love combination skin) so have been spraying a small amount on my face after cleansing. This spray, as claims, soothes and calms skin and is also great for freshening up make up. I'm going to start making more effort to use this from now on.

Some times I get so caught up in the array of bright lipsticks available I tend to forget about natural shades then complain about not having any so decided to buy a nice sensible "nude" type colour. I picked the colour Please Me which is a matte soft dusky pink that is very subtle as long as it isn't layered. This is a perfect everyday colour and beats all of the washy out nudes everyone seems to love. The only downside to such a pretty lipstick is it's very drying like most mattes but as matte is my favourite texture, I can deal with using a little more lip balm.

Philosophy The Microdelivery Purifying Peel - $42.00 
This one minute enzyme peel is a wonder product for me and has been for some time. This gives skin a good shake up when it's looking a bit dull and dreary and as it contains Salycic Acid gives acne the boot. As much as I love it, it stings/burns so can be a little over powering depending on how sensitive your skin is.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - £4.50 
I had this little bottle in a Glossybox and initially dismissed the idea of using it as a cleanser. As I have Oily/Combo skin I didn't think it would be right so used as a gel eyeliner remover. When I decided to give it a go I was surprised at how soft my skin felt with out any greasy residue left behind. This would be perfect as a night cleanser during harsh weather when your skin needs that extra TLC.

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream - £14.00/£20.00 -
Another Glossybox sample I've started using through March. This is the only the second eye cream I've tried and liked. It's light, sinks in straight away and leaves the eye area feeling nourished without that thick and heavy consistency.
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