Friday 28 February 2014

Batiste Dry Conditioner - Review

Hello everyone. Today I am going to review a product I bought on a wim just to try out - the Batiste Dry Conditioner!

Batiste Dry Conditioner

When I first saw this in Boots I was intrigued. I had read a few mixed reviews on this and I wanted to try it for myself. The concept of dry conditioner seems alien to me. The whole idea of dry conditioner however is very simple - to make the hair softer and shinier looking as though it has just been conditioned. So does it do this? Yes it does! It gives the hair a lovely shine and makes the hair feel so soft. To be honest I use this on days I have washed and conditioned my hair where I just want a little bit of a glossy look on my hair. This is perfect for when you want your hair looking healthy and glowing.

Personally though I hold off on using this when my hair is in-between washes. This is mainly because my hair needs no help with looking shiny in when it needs a wash! I also don't like to weigh down my hair too much with product when I am giving it a day off. The softness and shine the product delivers also aren't long lasting. Batiste dry conditioner is healthy hair in a can if you will... it has a temporary effect until you next wash your hair. This disappointed me a little, with the bottle boasting the presence of argan oil I was hoping this product might help my hair over a long period of time - so far not much look!

Overall if you are looking for a product to give you that healthy hair glow then this is perfect especially for £3.99 in boots.

Have you tried Batiste Dry Conditioner or any other dry conditioner? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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Monday 24 February 2014

L'oreal Super Liner Eyebrow Pencil and Wax - Review

Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well! Recently I have been really in to getting my eyebrows perfect. I never used to even touch my eyebrows other than plucking them and now I really enjoy trying out new products to get my brows looking fuller. My most recent try was the Loreal Super Liner Eyebrow Pencil and Wax. I tried this in the shade dark brunette as to be honest it looks like such a deep brown/black colour that it was perfect to go with my dark black hair.

Loreal Super Liner Eyebrow Pencil and Wax

On one end of the pencil you get your eyebrow pencil and on the other end you get a wax that you can set your eyebrows with which is a nice added bonus. You also get a little eyebrow brush to blend out the product.

Loreal Super Liner Eyebrow Pencil on the eyebrows

To me this pencil is great at creating a lovely natural looking brow but it has the multi purpose of creating a stronger brow. With small strokes you can create natural looking hairs to make your brows look fuller. However if you want a striking/stronger look then it can definitely give you that with just a bit more pressure to the pencil rather than strokes. The key to this product and any other eyebrow product in my opinion is having a little bit of a play around and seeing how you can achieve the look you want. For a more subtle brow I let the pencil lose its sharpened tip and apply little strokes of the pencil to my brow. For a stronger brow I make sure the pencil is sharpened, outline the edges of my brow then blend this in to the centre of my eyebrows. I then touch it up with strokes through my brow and then again blend it out. I always use the blender on any eyebrow pencil as to be honest on a hurried work day who has time to find ANOTHER brush? The brush on this pencil works great for blending!

The wax is great too. It smooths out those eyebrows and also sets the eyebrow pencil - in fact I actually use the was alongside other pencils and eyebrow products occasionally just to set it! 

The only negative of this product is that I always find it difficult to get in store so I always have to keep my eye out for it or order it online. I guess that shows how popular it is! It isn't a problem if you're like me and you're always in Boots having a look around but if you wanted to pick this up during your usual shop as a repurchase it might be a bit annoying! It is also more annoying because you can't then look at the colour of the eyebrow pencil in person which we all know is very important! Speaking of the colour, the selection is limited and I think it is limited to those that are after ashier or darker tones so that is another point to be aware of!

The price however is totally affordable at £5.49 which you can check out at Boots here. The pencil for me is still going after about a month and a half of use and I did really enjoy it . I would repurchase this and recommenced it as I really did love the product however I just love trying out new eyebrow products too!

Have you tried the L'oreal SuperLiner Eyebrow Pencil? How do you do your brows? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday 21 February 2014

Soap & Glory - Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum - Review

Back in December when I got the Yule Monty set from Soap & Glory they were very generous to offer free sample sachets of their Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum. I had every plan to review just the sample set that they provided but as you can see I ended up buying the full sized product! Can you guess what my opinion was of the samples?!

Soap & Glory - Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum

Lets take a look at the container first. The product is not in a squeeze container which I expected - it is actually in a solid metal look-finish container with a pump which I love as one full pump is enough for the whole of my face which makes application easier. The pump also has a plastic cap so you can stand this beautiful container up on your dressing table as well as keep the pump clean and protected. It really does look like a high end product in comparison to other serums out there.

Soap & Glory - Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum Samples

The actual serum is amazing. I must admit I have not been the biggest serum user in my lifetime so I don't have the biggest frame of reference but this one I absolutely adore. I apply this every morning before I put on my make-up and it not only glides on and makes my skin feel super soft it also acts as a great base for my make-up. The serum itself is white and the scent is lovely and sweet with a fruity twist. If you aren't a fan of scented face products don't worry - the smell doesn't linger for too long! Now how about those claims it makes you look younger? Another anti ageing claim? Well I can honestly say that even though I am only 21 the lines I seem to have collected around my eyes over the years do look a lot better! They look less deep and my face overall looks a lot fuller with a better complexion. I have been using this for around 2/3 months and the results so far look positive. I think if anything this is great for younger people who do want a product that has some small part in helping their premature fight against ageing! 

The price is a bit steep at £20 at boots which you can take a look at here and to be honest I bagged this for £12 just after Christmas with a discount code as well as the sales offer! So if it is a tad too steep for you I suggest waiting for any Boots sales when it can go to £16 sometimes!

Have you tried the Soap & Glory Make Yourself Super Serum? What is your favourite serum? Let me know in the comments!

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Monday 17 February 2014

Valentines Day 2014

Hello everyone - I hope you are all doing well! Today I thought I would do a lifestyle post since I made a promise to myself that this year I am going to take more pictures, keep a better record of days out throughout the year and write more lifestyle posts!

Albert Dock - Liverpool

So this particular post is about valentines day 2014. Me and the OH decided to have a meal out on the 15th since we were both in work on the 14th. In reality our valentines night was spent ordering a take out, Chinese to be exact - yum, whilst watching Coronation Street and me trying to coax the OH in to giving me a back rub because 'it's valentines day'. 

You will have to forgive me for having my hair scrapped back and being hidden in a snood but it was so cold and windy that I had to tie my hair back till we got there and keep warm in my snood! We decided we would go to a place called Gusto in Liverpool which you can take a look at here. We had our first year anniversary meal here so we decided we would stick to what we know and go again!

Anyone who has a busy lifestyle knows how nice it is to have a sit down meal and a catch up. Our Valentines meal was no exception. I had a few glasses of wine and the OH had a few pints - we really enjoyed having a night to treat ourselves! 

Now on to the food! For a starter I had meatballs. They were really lovely and filling and the sauce was so nice! 

Yes I had pizza - I'm a girl who is not scared to eat when she's hungry even at restaurants! This was an american style pizza and it was really lovely. The pepperoni is a tad spicy which gives it a nice little kick!

As for gifts the OH did amazing. He got a personalized card with pictures of us all over it. He also got flowers sent to my house - red roses which are my favourite as well as a new watch and hand bag since I always ask for practical presents and he remembered that I wanted these!

How did you spend valentines day? Even if it was with Ben & Jerry I want to know!

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Friday 14 February 2014

Diesel - Loverdose Tattoo Perfume, Shower Gel and Body Lotion - Review

If you have seen my review of the original Loverdose perfume you know I was a big fan! I was so intrigued at the end of last year when I saw the Loverdose Tattoo advert, so much so that I ran down to boots to try a sample to test it out. Needless to say I saw myself wanting the Loverdose Tatoo perfume so my lovely boyfriend got me the gift set for Christmas! So I thought I would review it for you guys today!

Loverdose Tattoo Perfume, Shower Gel and Body Lotion

In the gift set came these three products. The Loverdose Tattoo perfume itself, of course, as well as Loverdose Tattoo Shower Gel and Loverdose Tattoo Body Lotion. Below I will list the prices and links for you guys to go check these products out!

Loverdose Tattoo Perfume

So first lets take a look at the perfume itself. The perfume is describes as having Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Rose Accord as its heart notes, Blackcurrant Accord as its top notes along with base notes of Tonka Beans, Vanilla Beans, Rice Steam Accord. The scent itself is described as oriental floral. To me this scent is definitely an evening scent. The blackcurrant scent to it is apparent and it has a musky, deep scent to it. The scent to Loverdose Tattoo is definitely more striking/strong to its original Loverdose counterpart. I myself wear this as an evening scent. I feel that the original Loverdose is a lovely floral daytime scent whereas Loverdose Tattoo is a great scent to transcend in to night time with!

he great thing I have found with Loverdose Tattoo is that after wearing my original Loverdose as a daytime scent I can spray this on top for the evening and the scent won't be affected at all! The perfume itself lasts for around 6/8 hours as you would expect but that just applied intensity of smell lasts for me at least 2 hours which I find amazing!

If you are a fan of the original Loverdose but you are after a stronger and deeper scent I highly suggest picking this up!

Loverdose Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Next I thought I would take a quick look at the Loverdose Tattoo Shower Gel and Body Lotion. I won't go on too much about the scent... as you can expect it has the exact same scent at the perfume. I like using these before a night out so I have that perfume smell lingering before I even apply the perfume! The shower gel comes out completely clear which looks really cool! It lathers up lovely as well which from a shower gel that comes from a gift set you can't complain about! The Loverdose Body Lotion is also a great little added gift. It is a white lotion that you can rub in to the skin. It leaves the skin feeling lovely and smooth and scented. If you enjoy having toiletries that match your perfumes or you would just prefer to get more products for your money I would definitely suggest picking up the gift set!

If you would like to check out my other reviews of the Loverdose range check out the links below:

Have you tried the original Loverdose or Loverdose Tattoo? What were your thoughts? What is your favourite perfume at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

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Monday 10 February 2014

Soap & Glory - Mist You Madly - Review

 Today I thought I would let you guys know my thoughts and opinions on Soap & Glory Mist You Madly. I have been after a body mist for a while now as I think they are a great alternative to perfume on those days I just want a light scent. 

Soap & Glory - Mist you madly

Mist you Madly comes in a lovely pink spray bottle which does indeed as the name suggests mist the product evenly over the body. I really love the scent of mist you madly. The only way I can describe it is a musky floral scent. Its not overly sweet but has that sweet touch. The scent is described as a 'flirty, floral, fragrant body spray featuring notes of bergamont, and blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk. In my opinion you can definitely smell the vanilla and mush notes. Body mists don't last too long but this body mist has a lovely linger for 2/3 hours. The packaging is a sturdy pink plastic which looks lovely and feminine on any vanity.

You can get Mist you Madly in a smaller and larger size which is great as you can have a small one to carry around a larger one to stay at home on your vanity! You can pick up the smaller 100ml bottle for £3.50 or you can pick up the 250ml bottle for £6.50 both of which I think are very affordable. I currently use the 100ml smaller bottle as I wanted to try the scent out and as you can just about tell from the photo I am only at the neck of the bottle. I have been using this daily for about 2 months and I spray 3/4 times so this spray definitely lasts a long time!

So have you tried the Soap & Glory Mist You Madly? Or have you tried any of the other Soap & Glory scents? What is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday 7 February 2014

Olay Refreshing Toner - Review

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing great as always! Recently I have been getting in to skincare a lot more. I have been so well behaved with putting on day and night cream and I already religiously take off my make-up every night with make-up remover and cleanser. However I noticed the popularity of skin toners were once again on the increase so I thought I would pick myself up a new brand of toner to try. I used to use the Simple toner religiously every night when I was around 18/19 but I ended up getting bored with it. I just saw it as another step in my skincare routine when I didn't really wear that much make-up - and honestly I don't think young skin needs that much maintaining! This time round I thought I would try the Olay Refreshing Toner since Olay as a skincare brand has such a good reputation.

The Olay toner for me did not let the brand down. My skin is sensitive so my first worry with a toner is that it might be too strong for my skin but Olay managed to deliver a toner that left my skin feeling refreshed and clean. One unusual thing about this toner is that it is blue - from reviews I have read some people don't like this but I kind of do! It lets me know when I have wiped down my skin well because it turns from a bright blue to a green. The smell is the typical Olay smell but it also smells very clean. Head on over to the boots website here to check out the Olay toner which at the moment is being sold for a very affordable £1.99.

I use this toner by putting 3 or 4 drops on a cotton pad and wiping it over my face. I do this every morning before I apply my make-up and every night after I have removed my make-up and just before my night cream. This toner has left my skin feeling so clean since I first started using it. I plan on including a toner in my routine all the time now. I am back on the toner bandwagon! 

Have you tried out the Olay Refreshing Toner? What toner do you use or have you yet to try a toner? Let me know your thoughts on skincare in the comments!

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Monday 3 February 2014

Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion review

Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing amazing as you enter the second month of February! Today I bring you my thoughts on yet another Soap & Glory product that I received in the Yule Monty gift set. Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture lotion!

Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion

If you have been a follower of my blog for a while or have a look at my various skin care reviews you will know that I have eczema so I like to really keep on top of moisturising and skin care. Butter Yourself moisture lotion has become an important step for me in my skincare routine. The idea behind Butter Yourself is that its a moisture lotion that you can put on after a bath or a shower to help absorb moisture into your skin. I love using this after showers and baths to really lock in that moisture. Your skin will be left noticeably softer less than an hour after application! Using this every week keeps your skin soft and subtle for the long term. The smell is a mix of a more fruity scent and the typical Soap & Glory scent which I absolutely love. I have found that just using this lotion and no moisturiser is fantastic for keeping my skin soft and moisturised - which is pretty impressive since I have eczema and it is Winter!

I can't recommend this product enough. If you suffer from dry skin or you really like to moisturise straight after a bath or shower then this Soap & Glory lotion is especially for you. If you like to try different skin care products I would totally recommend you head on over to boots to take a look at this! Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion is £10 for 500ml which believe me will last you forever!

Have you tried Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion? What were your thoughts? What is your favourite skincare item at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

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