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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Review // Neal &Wolf Ritual Shampoo & Conditioner

Since having my ombre hair i tend to try out more brands of hair care products than i have done in the past, so when i come across the Neal & Wolf samples in my #southwestbloggersmeet goodie bag i was excited to give it a try. This is more a my first thoughts kind of review as i have only tried this for the one wash as they where samples but i wanted to share it all the same. 
 
The sample that i got was from their ritual daily range, which as you can tell is a shampoo and conditioner designed for frequent use. Although i personally don't wash my hair everyday i do like to alternate between hair care that's designed for blonde hair and an every day type and it's this type i change up a lot. 

Neal & Wolf Ritual daily cleansing shampoo £11.50 //  "Ritual is a shampoo designed to cleanse the hair, leaving it fresh, full of shine and ready for styling. An infusion of silk and milk proteins combine to boost vital moisture and reduce flyaway hair. Liquid Shea extract delivers brilliant shine. The result? Luxurious, easy-to-manage, radiant locks."

Now i have to point out as i do have such long thick hair samples usually contain less product than i like to use, especially seem as i always like to shampoo my hair twice. Even though this did contain less than i normally like to use i did manage to clean my hair with it and it did lather up rather well considering. I was a little doubtful on how clean my hair was gonna be due to this but i got to say it did a great job and my hair felt nice and clean.

Neal & Wolf Ritual daily conditioner  £12.50 // "Ritual is a weightless conditioner that instantly detangles, leaving hair wonderfully smooth and ready for styling. Silk protein complex delivers vital moisture while Shea butter extract creates a brilliant shine. Added sunscreens provide protection from environmental damage. The result? Luxurious, easy-to-manage, radiant locks."

Being honest when i saw that this conditioner was meant to instantly detangle my hair i didn't have much hope for it as my hair gets ridiculously tangled as there's just so much of it and when wet it's a complete nightmare. I was wrong! I was in shock how easily i could run my hands through my hair with this in, in my eyes it was a blinking miracle. Again i do usually use more product than i had and i was a little worried that my hair wouldn't be that nice when dry, but again my thoughts where wrong and my hair felt super soft. 

 I really should of had higher hopes for this product as in my eyes it delivered in everything it said in just one use! My hair felt lovely and clean and it did seem to dry a lot quicker as well. I found i had no fly away bits of hair and it genuinely left my hair feeling and looking in a wonderful salon like finish. I also love how luxurious they smelt and it even left my hair smelling of it which made me feel pampered and special. After using these samples i am defiantly eyeing up the full size products so i can have luxurious hair all the time and i'm also very intrigued in the other products they have to offer. 

Have you tried any Neal & Wolf products? 
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Friday, 22 November 2013

Review // Elemis Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash

Elemis Skin glow exfoliating face wash £12 100ml
 If I'm being honest skincare is something I've been a little slack on with moving, and on top of having added stress etc. my skin has been a bit rubbish and unloved, so when i saw this in the #southwestbloggersmeet goodie bag i was really excited to give it a try. Knowing that Elemis is such an established, well known and trusted brand i had quite high hopes for this face wash and was looking forward to seeing the results it claimed to do.
" With a deep pore cleansing action, this exfoliating facial wash contains cherry powder and jojoba beads to gently polish and help refine skin texture. Enriched with mandarin and aniseed to soften and condition, leaving skin brightened and more radiant."

 With it containing fruity ingredients you can imagine the first thing you notice is the wonderful light and fruity scent,which reminds me of summer and i want to eat it haha. It's very creamy in consistency and packed full of tiny jojoba beads, because of this i find a little goes a long way. I've used this a couple of times to help get rid of my dry patches and bring balance to my skin and it's doing an amazing job. The jojoba beads remove all dead skin cells and any make-up/dirt that has been left behind from cleaning, which in turn leaves my skin baby soft and more radiant. I certainly think that my skin will be noticeably brighter with this being incorporated into my weekly skincare regime. This exfoliator is very gentle on my skin, where I've found some can be quite harsh and although we want to remove the dead skin and dirt we don't want to scrub away at the nice fresh skin underneath. 
This product is from their teens to twenties range and personally i think they've got the packaging spot on, bold and bright it's certainly eye catching to this age range. I also really like the fact they have this line, being in my twenties i think most skin care is either aimed at teens or for the over 40's and there isn't really much focused or designed for the in between. I must say on first impressions i am very impressed with this face wash and it has certainly made me want to explore Elemis more as a brand. I would happily pay £12 for this as in my eyes skin care is extremely important to perfect make-up, you can have the best foundation in the world but if you don't take care of this skin underneath it's not going to look that good.
 
Have you tried anything from Elemis? 
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Life // The #Southwestbloggersmeet

 As you may of already seen from other excited bloggers last Saturday was the #Southwestbloggersmeet up! I was so excited when i got the invite earlier this year and although i suffer with rather bad anxiety and travel sickness i thought screw it and jumped at the chance seem as it wasn't that far from me. I originally planned for the Mr to take me up but four hours is a long time for a man who doesn't like shopping to waste so i decided to go up by train, which I'm glad of as the views of the country and sea side was beautiful. 

Once there my shyness kicked in big time and annoyingly because of it i didn't mingle as much as i wanted to or should have, although with that said all the ladies i spoke to where so nice and i even met three bloggers from where i live which really shocked me. I'm sorry to those who i didn't speak to or get much time to speak to i wasn't being rude haha i just get stupidly shy and anxious. 

At the event there was Exeter's LUSH gals who where really lovely and where even doing arm massages with the snow fairy massage bars, so of course i had one and it was lovely haha. My favourite product they had their though was the winter garden Christmas gift set as it had a rose jam shower gel, ro's argan body conditioner, helping hands cream and a bar of sultana of soap. There was also teeth whitening there by Pearlys which again i tried and my teeth felt amazing, can not wait to try out their other products and finally get a gleaming white smile. After a few cocktails and a lot of chatting about beauty, blogs and everything in between the raffle was held and a lot of lovely gals won some amazing prizes. We then got our goodie bags and i can not express how amazing they where,bright pink and full of wonderful product's that i can't wait to try and share. 

Even though i regret not mingling more I'm very proud of myself for going, as silly as that may sound, those who suffer from anxiety will understand how travelling and entering a room full of people you don't know can be rather scary. Now that I've broke the ice i can't wait for the next one and i shall certainly make an effort to talk to a lot more people. I also want to say a massive thank you to Liza who blogs over at Glambeautys and Kerry from Livedwithlove who organised this wonderful meet up and made it well worth going, you both did a fantastic job. 

Have you been to a blog meet up before? 
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Monday, 18 November 2013

LUSH Christmas Giveaway!

I haven't done a giveaway in a little while now and with the festive season upon us I'm using it as a good excuse to do one haha. I've been thinking for a while about what i want to giveaway as i didn't want to do anything similar to what I've done before or what's about at the moment so i finally decided on a LUSH voucher. There's nothing i like more than a nice Lush bath in the winter to get me all warm and relaxed, i also love to have one when I'm getting ready to go out for a special occasion. My father always gets me a Lush voucher for Christmas and i love going in and being able to spoil myself with lots of Lush goodies, it always makes me feel special and i wanted to pass that feeling on to someone else. 

I know some of you may think i don't have a bath so there's no point in me entering but do not fear as Lush have lots of lovely products for everyone (well i think so anyway) from the obvious well known bath bombs to face masks, make-up, skin care, shower gels and soaps to perfume!

 So with that said one of you lucky followers will win a £15 (fifteen pound) Lush gift voucher to spend on whatever makes you happy. This giveaway is open to the UK, I'm sorry to all you over seas readers i shall do an international giveaway soon. Also this is to treat one of my followers and i am getting this out of my own money so no cheating as i do check anyway! As always I'm going to do this giveaway through rafflecopter so it's fair and i don't have to personally choose, if your under 16 please get your parents permission first. The giveaway ends on the 15th and i will give the winner 48hrs to respond to my email otherwise i shall choose someone else, good luck to all who enter! X
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Review // MUA Luxe Power Brow


Having groomed brows is always something i strive towards seem as my own don't have the best shape and have areas where the hair is a little sparse, due to this i have made it my mission to try different products and techniques to get them perfect. However because of this it normally means i spend a while just on my brows and yes i am one of these ladies who won't go out the house without them done no matter how simple the rest of my make-up is or if it's just to walk the dog, so it can be very frustrating. 

I'm a sucker for nice packaging so the simple yet elegant box pleases me a lot, i also like how they have put instructions including pictures on how best to use it along the side of the box. To be completely honest i wasn't expecting to like/love this product as much as i do! I chose to get shade mid-brown as i don't like my brows to be to dark and the colour is in my eyes an amazing match and the highlighter shade compliments it wonderfully. The shade end is easy to use and has the right balance of softness so it applies great with a light hand and doesn't leave too much product on the brow, this may seem a little confusing but if you've used a pencil that is too hard or soft before you'll know the frustration. Both ends twist to get the product out like most of these kind of wands do which is fine but don't forget to wind it back down again! I had to re purchase this after having it for only a few days as i forgot to wind the shader side down put the lid back on and then when i took the lid back off all the product was smushed and stuck to the inside of the lid and i couldn't fix it.

Using this i can now do my brows in 5 minutes instead of the god knows how long it used to take, which especially makes my partner a million times happier as it cuts down the time it takes to do my make-up haha. I simply brush my brows in place use the shader end to shape my brows and lightly fill in sparse areas and then use the highlight end on my brow bone. The staying power is also impressive as my brows look freshly done all day which i love. I truly can't get over how easy, quick and long wearing this product is, it pretty much ticks all my groomed brow boxes and it's all in one easy to travel with wand! 

Have you tried anything from MUA's new luxe range yet?
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Review & Tutorial // Bleach London DIY Dip Dye

Bleach London DIY Dip Dye £7 

There's no hiding the fact that i love the ombre trend and i have had my hair ombre now for a year but have never had it professionally thanks to the wonders of at home kits. The previous times i have done my hair i have used the L' OReal wild ombre kit (here you can see my tutorial & review) and it did the trick ok for me, however when in Boots last week i stumbled across a new brand to me called Bleach London (who by the way have the most amazing shades of hair dye i have seen and certainly need to try out haha!). Being a sucker for ombre and seeing this new kit i instantly snapped one up and decided i had to re-ombre my hair that night!

As you can see this kit comes with a lot of stuff, and straight off i have to comment on how amazing value i think this product is. Along with the actual bleach itself you get the little tub and dye brush to mix all the components of the dye in and apply to your hair in a more professional manor, you also get a blending lotion to help achieve a more blended colour instead of harsh block tide line. The other little bonus of this kit is the reincarnation mask, near enough all dye kits give you a moisturiser to use after the dye where as this is an intense moisturiser that will help replace the goodness you just lost from bleaching your hair. 

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To use you simply pour the con tense of the two bleach powder sachets into the tub and then add the developing lotion, as the lotion is quite thick it does take a little bit of time to mix it all up and get to the powder at the very bottom but once mixed up it turns into a very creamy like mouse consistency that's very easy to apply and spreads well. The down side to this kit to me is the blending lotion, although it worked great i hate the fact they have put this in a sachet, because of this it's very hard to work with and makes the whole dying process a lot more awkward. Personally i would rather use it in something like a squeeze dye bottle so it's a lot more easy to apply when your doing this yourself and separating sections. The guide itself is very good and informative, i did find some instructions a little confusing but now that i have applied it i can understand what it meant and the only thing i done differently was sectioning my hair into pig tails instead of three sections. Simply take an inch section of hair and apply some blending lotion to where you want the colour to start to fade (i done this around my earlobe and jawline) then apply the bleach mix underneath where you have just applied the blending lotion down to the tip, then massage the bleach up into the blending lotion. I left the dye on for the full 45 minutes as i wanted to get the lightest results possible and then washed it out using the Bleach London silver shampoo and applied half of the reincarnation mask which i left on for half hour to really try and replace some of the goodness i lost from the bleach. 

Overall I'm over the moon with the results and certainly like the kit for the price. The bleach itself isn't too strong smell wise so it was far more pleasant applying this then when i used the LO' Real kit so if that was a problem for you before I'd suggest trying this kit just on that factor alone. My hair is understandably damaged from the bleach but it doesn't feel as straw like as it has with past kits, whether that's down to the reincarnation mask or the bleach being different i can't comment but my hair certainly feels less damaged and not so straw like. As for the colour itself the ends are really nice and light (i would go to say starting to get more on the blond side) and the rest blends lighter really nicely, i really think the blending lotion did a great job. Even though i have very long thick hair i managed to get away with just using the one box but i think i will do another box soon to get the ends even lighter and even it out slightly where i didn't apply it quite so much on certain sections. 

Have you tried any of the Bleach London products?
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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Review // Rimmel Glam Plum Fulham

Rimmel Moisture renew shade Glam Plum Fulham £6.49

When it comes to this time of year i can not get enough of winter lipsticks, deep reds and wonderful berry tones scream it's nearly Christmas. I also adore the sexy vampire look winter lippies give and can make the most simple make-up look flawless. Last year i bought the now very popular Rimmel 107 shade lipstick (review here ) which is again living in my handbag, however this winter i really wanted to throw myself into dark lipsticks and on my travels i found Glam Plum Fulham.

This is from the new Rimmel moisture renew line so the clue being in the name is that it's very moisturising, unlike a matte lipstick which can tend to cause problems if you suffer with dry cracked lips. I have an awful habit of biting my lips so as you can imagine at times matte lipsticks don't look the most flattering on me, so this rules out my most loved 107 shade. I have found with this lipstick it really does give my lips the moisture that they need when applied and don't dry up in the slightest when wearing it. The only down side i find with it being from the moisture renew line though is it's lasting power, it does fade in the centre of the lips so i do find myself re applying this several times a day. It also rubs off rather easy so you will be getting lippy marks on your glass/mug, food and anyone your smooching unfortunately.  

The colour itself is a wonderful deep plum tone that isn't too dark like 107 can be, it can also be applied lightly so it's not quite so intense in colour for those of you who may need to gain a bit of confidence in wearing such dark toned lipsticks. With it being a moisture lipstick it does have a sheen to it which i normally tend to steer away from but i think this looks rather flattering. The smell is also very noticeable when you open it, i neither love or hate it and it's quite hard to describe but once on i hardly notice it anyway. Over all even with it's minor set backs i really like this shade and have been reaching for this over my other winter lippies since i purchased it, it's lovely and rich in colour and gives that daytime vampy glam i love this time of year.

Have you tried any shades from the new moisture renew line, what's your current Winter lipstick?
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Monday, 4 November 2013

Home // Winter Wishlist

Hello lovelies, hope your all well. As many of you may already know, i have very recently moved and because of this i now want to fill my lovely new home with lovely new things. The majority of my money is now being put into homely nick knacks haha so i thought i would share with you a few bits I'm lusting over to make my home all cosy for winter.
1. Church candle £2.50
2. Patterned cushion £14
3. Chunky knitted throw £50 
4. Antique muti frame £25
5. Cable knit cushion £12
1. Crackle bird £3.99
2. Burnt wooden heart £5.99
3. Rabbit cushion £25
4. Woodland stag £19.99
5. Baroque wall hooks £19.99
6. NEOM Christmas wish candle £42

I could go on and on with these kind of collages but i think you kind of get the jist of it and my kind of style haha. I just had to add a NEOM candle to my wish list as i don't actually own one, i just can't stomach the thought of paying that much for a candle willy nilly yet i still really want one.  I think my favourite pick out of this whole list though is the woodland stag, i love woodland kind of creatures so this is right up my street. 

What's your favourite pick? Or do you not dig this kind of style, after all how you style your home is very personal i think X
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