Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Perfect Trio for your Tresses

So, I wont get into the same thing I said in my last post. I know, I haven't been very active on my blog lately and I'm so sorry! I've had a bit of a strange month as I spent the first week of it in hospital unexpectedly and to be honest have got out of the habit of blogging and wasn't feeling very inspired. But I really want to get back into the swing of it so if I have a blogging hiatus any time soon give me a *virtual* slap and tell me to get on with it! 

Also I just want to say a quick thank you to all of the lovely ladies who follow my little blog. I know I don't have even a fraction of the amount of followers most other bloggers do but I love each and every one of you as it means a lot that you like my LLW enough to follow! So a big, massive thank you going out to all of you :) 

But now onto the good stuff...beauty! You might remember I recently wrote a post telling you all what my favourite shampoos and conditoners are so I thought I would follow that up with my fail safe trio that never fails to make my locks feel amazing! 

Starting up with a good old clarifying shampoo from Phyto. PhytoNeutre deeply cleanses the hair, removing all of the product build up without drying your hair out. It has fast become a favourite of mine, only needing a small amount and lathering easily. Once you get over the weird menthol smell and green colour it will become a staple and I need to pick up another bottle! My only moan about this is that you don't get a lot of product for your pennies, but seen as this isn't a shampoo I use regularly it doesn't put my off purchasing. 

I follow that with a product from Joico's K-Pak range, their Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. This is a protein treatment that strengthens weak, damaged, and coloured hair. Leave on for just a few minutes and your hair will be on its way to being restored. Next up, from the same range is their Intense Hydrator. I absolutely love this product and it is definitely on the repurchase list! This will replenish the moisture back into dry and damaged hair leaving it soft and in great condition. Again, all you need is a few minutes although I have left this on as a mask for a few hours before and my hair has never felt better! 

I pamper my locks with this team once or twice a month, also following it up with my usual leave in conditioner and it helps keep my hair in tip top condition. 

What products do you use to pamper your tresses? Any tips for me?

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Wishing on...Living Proof!

Hi ladies! I know, you're thinking who the hell is this writing a blog post?! I can't believe how much I've neglected my site over the last couple of weeks and I've missed the world of LLW. Things have been a little busy for me including performing bridesmaid duties at my brother and new sister-in-laws wedding on Saturday. The day went without a hitch, despite the weather being cruel in June, a dress which defied gravity in the wind and a lovely flash of my knickers to many of the guests I'd say it went well...note to self:never let someone put you in a 50's style outfit without checking the forecast beforehand! I'll see if I can rustle up some pictures soon to pop into a post for you (not of the afore mentioned incident) as I was having a good hair and make up day thankfully! 

Anyway, down to business and I thought I would ease myself back into the blogging world with a quick 'Wishing on...' post to let you know a product that I've been lusting over lately. The latest on my wish list comes from the lesser known brand Living Proof. Bought to my attention by the lovely Anna this revolutionary product is a primer for the hair! Yep, you heard right, we've all heard of face and eye primers and even one for the lips but hair? The Prime Style Extender claims to extend any hair style for 2x longer than normal, leaving your curls bouncy for days and the frizz at bay. With the added extra of being able to leave longer between washes and I'm sure we all want that to avoid the dreaded hair wash day! 

This seems to go on and off the Space NK website every so often and I've nearly nabbed it so many times but I think my self control is running out. At £17 it's not the cheapest hair care product but if it lives up to its high claims I wouldn't give it a second thought. My curls have a tendency to drop out before I've even left the house so could this be my miracle product? 

(Image from Sephora via Google)

Let me know if you've given this a day. Were you left disappointed or running to Space NK to repurchase?  

Hopefully I'll be back blogging even more regularly than normal and banging on about even more beauty goodies. 

Friday, 14 June 2013

Trilogy - Rosehip Oil

I hadn't even heard of Rosehip oil until a few bloggers started banding the name around recently, preaching its affects on scarring and claims to leave the skin soft, radiant and all round improved by morning. So, as usual, I trotted of to Boots and hunted down the original formula to see if it made the cut and...it's love. 

Trilogys Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is the purest oil you can get. So pure it's the only ingredient in the list and you can't argue with that! There are lots of high claims for this bottle of goodness such as, that it helps to minimise wrinkles, smooth the skin and improve your moisture levels. Also with Omega 3, 6 and 9 to add a few antioxidants and essential fatty acids it sounds like a miracle product, and might just well be. 

I've used this for around 6 weeks now and I can't sing it's praises loud enough. First up I was a little hesitant to try it as it is a pure oil which I thought was going to be a nightmare for my acne prone complexion. But not only have I never broken out from this it has helped the odd blemish that I've had recently. Seeming to calm them down and add some much craved moisture instead of drying the skin out. 

I have used this most nights and definitely saw a big difference to my skin early on. I do wake up feeling like I'm looking a little bit more brighter and like I've given myself a facial every night. Although this is an oil, using it so regularly doesn't appear to have clogged my pores leaving them congested and battling against it. But one point made online is that this isn't greasy and you can apply this is the morning...who are they kidding?! I use the smallest amount of this leaving my face looking like an oil slick and it doesn't sink in for a good few hours. But I promise by morning you'll be marvelling at your face in the mirror. 

Of course the main affect I wanted from this wonder was to show an improvement in my acne scars, and I was not left disappointed. It definitely helps with the redness and using an oil on recent blemishes greatly diminishes the chance of a bad scar! It will stay a staple in my skincare routine for a long time to come as I strive for the perfect base. 

At £16.50 for 20ml it seems incredibly expensive but as I said, you only need to smallest amount so it last you a lifetime...almost. Without a doubt my best skincare find this year so far and I recommend heading down to your local Boots and and grabbing the stuff before every blogger gets wind of it! 

Friday, 7 June 2013

Shopping in the Sunshine


The last few days something very strange has happened...the sun decided to show its face.  So with everyone in a better mood, a desperate need to fill the fake tan void in my beauty stash and an urge to spend a few pounds I hit the shops! 

So apparently I can't seem to do a haul post without including a new pairs of shoes. The latest are from Primark coming in at a grand total of £8. You can't go wrong with a pair of black, gold studded flats and I almost picked up the nude pair but resisted after telling myself I didn't need another pair of nude shoes...possibly. 

In a couple of weeks my brother is getting married and I'll be performing my bridesmaid duties whilst having to get my casper legs out. So as not to scare the guests, nor cringe at every photo it was time to raid the fake tan aisle in Boots. First up is an old favourite of mine, Garnier Ambre Solaire - No Streaks Bronzer body mist. I used this a few years ago and it gave a really natural, healthy glow to the skin. Spray it on, rub it in and a couple of hours later you'll be looking like you've just come back from your hols. I decided to get it in medium this time though so wish me luck in not having a Ross from Friends moment! 

I've heard good things about the Palmers Cocoa Butter - Natural Bronze gradual tanning moisturiser lately so it went straight in the basket too. Not being a fan of the cocoa butter scent I was a bit reluctant to try it but after a couple of uses it's definitely something I can get used to but too soon to tell yet on it's tanning abilities. Also I managed to snag a bargain in TK Maxx of another of Garniers offerings in the form of Ambre Solaire Wash Off No Streaks Bronzer. Usually over a tenner I picked this up for £2.99 hoping it will add some instant colour that my legs are craving! 

Another old faithful that has returned to my life is Maxfactor - False Lash Effect mascara. This used to be a regular repurchase of mine and I still love it. Not clumpy and volumising, what I look for in a mascara. The next few buys were all influenced by one blog or 20! Don't ever say I'm not easily led. L'oreal - Micellar Solution if the first of it's kind that I've tried so there's not comparing it to the infamous blogger favourite Bioderma, but on first impressions it does the job nicely (and getting it free in a 3 for 2 offer always helps). Then there's Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder which has been mentioned far too many times for me to be able to resist any longer. Plus the latest new release, Bourjois - Cream Blushes has done the rounds by every beauty obsessive and now it's my turn. Number 02 - Healthy Glow was the one that I plumped for and so far it does what it says on the tin, creates a healthy glow, but I can't help wanting a little more pigmentation from it.

So I think I covered all bases. Got my summer tan sorted, a few new make up picks to give that summery look, a cleanser to wash it all off and beautiful shoes to pair with some skirts that need to be dusted off from the wardrobe! 

Have you tried and tested any of these lovely products? Any recent purchase you've made with the sunshine in mind? 

Friday, 31 May 2013

Alpha H - Liquid Gold

This review will certainly not come as a surprise to many of you. I have never seen a bad review about this and I will rave about it to anyone who will listen. So I thought it was about time I harped onto to my lovely followers about my long term love for this beauty! 

Alpha H - Liquid Gold has become a cult product and deserves every accolade it receives. It's essentially a resurfacing, exfoliating treatment which claims to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, pigmentation and aid the improvement of acne. Whilst also quoting to brighten the skin and tighten pores it boasts big claims and more than lives up to them. 

Liquid Gold is an intensive overnight treatment that should be applied after thoroughly cleansing the skin and should not be followed by a moisturiser, letting the treatment work to it's fullest. It is quite a harsh product for the skin and so should only be used once or twice a week and defer from manually exfoliating the day after use. 

I have been using this product for around a year now and have to say it is the one skincare product that I really couldn't be without. It has done incredible things for my skin and although it's pricey to me it is worth every penny. This is a treatment that shows an improvement to your complexion even after one use and after the first few weeks the noticeable difference was how smooth it made my skin. I'm sure we all suffer from time to time with bumps plus a little roughness and until I used this I didn't realise how not smooth my skin was. When cleansing and applying moisturiser my skin was completely 'bumpless' thanks to this chemical exfoliant. You know I like to make up my own words on my blog...

I can also vouch for the claim this good stuff makes to improve to breakouts. When I have suffered a pesky outbreak of spots I have found it's best to switch between my serum or oil of choice and Liquid Gold. It seems to clear it up quicker than without and lead the scarring to be lighter. 

But the biggest difference this product has made for me and why I show it so much love is the improvement it has made to my acne scarring. I have made no secret to the fact that scarring is my main skincare issue, as every single spot I have scars after it goes making it very difficult to improve my overall skin tone. Over the past year of using this my scars have been dramatically reduced, leaving them much easier to conceal with make up and making me feel a lot more confident. I still have a lot of improvement to make with my complexion but the majority of the good work well and truly goes to this wonder product! 

Although this states that people with very sensitive skin should avoid using this I have personally never had an issue but of course everyone's skin is different so be aware that it may not be suitable for everyone. Occasionally after application you can a little bit of tingling but nothing extreme of uncomfortable at all and you know it's doing its job to make you wake up looking amazing! (Or at least with smoother, clearer skin). 

My second bottle of this is already coming to an end although I have been forced to share this one with my mum! Tip, never mention a product to her with all the best intentions if you don't want your beloved skincare to run out in half the time and another £30 down! 
She has fallen in love with it this year and considering there's a good few years difference with us (sorry mum) the improvement has been just as noticeable for her. She also has quite a bad scar that she's lived with since she was little and I can't believe the difference. It was raised, deep and now is smooth and has definitely diminished a fair amount. 

All in all I can't stop singing it's praises so I'll shut up now so you can all click the link and make the purchase, and I will take all the responsibility (and credit) for your new holy grail! You can thank Alpha H a little to I guess. 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Superfacialist - Tea Flower Clay Mask

Well hello lovely ladies! It's been a few days since I blogged as I've been down with the flu thanks to an innocent looking two year old who likes to spread germs. So I'm afraid Auntie Daisy wasn't up to jotting down my beauty thoughts, and trust me, there was nothing to do with beauty going down in the LLW household this week. But after 4 days without make up, au naturale hair and permanently in my trusty Primark trackies, (am I painting a nice picture for you there), it was about time I dusted down the laptop and put my blogger head on again! 

I mentioned this mask in my haul post recently and my keen interest to see if it would match up to the big shot that is its high end equivalent! Now I've been able to test this out a few times I thought I'd let you know how it stood up. 

Una Brennan's range for Boots hit the shops recently and has already accumulated a lot of fans thanks to its trustworthy, affordable skincare. I am yet to try another product from the skincare specialist but am looking forward to trying out a couple other offerings. 

I am a firm lover of Origins Clear Improvement mask and am trying to save the very last drops of my travel size tube. I mention how I incorporate this favourite into my routine in a heavy duty skincare post here and am almost certain to make a repurchase. But of course as a beauty obsessive, when introduced to a new product that comes at less than half the price you can't help but see if it matches up. 

Superfacialist Tea Flower Clay mask is definitely the lighter version of Clear Improvement. You feel this as soon as you apply it to the skin, much easier to smooth on and  it feels like you are using far less product. On first impressions I can't stand the smell of Brennans mask. Smelling a little herbal and also a scent that I can't pinpoint but I know I hate it! I can still smell this after I wash it off which isn't very pleasant but bearable none the less. Origins isn't the most fragrant but in my humble opinion would be my preference on this front. 

Both don't take long to dry at all although I like to leave them on the skin for a around 10 minutes to make sure my pores are being thoroughly deep cleaned. When dry, Origins offering will feel like the classic clay mask, leaving you unable to utter a word, whereas with Superfacialist it's a little more comfortable. Adding to the fact it dries to be almost clear, not leaving you looking like the wicked witch..not as fun scaring unsuspecting family members though I'm afraid. 

When rinsed off my skin will feel smooth and clean but not quite as much so as after it's had an Origins at home facial. When it comes down to it the Tea Flower mask just doesn't clean right down in there although I may be so used to it's counterpart that it just doesn't even compare. Whilst my new product in my skincare stash is a good product I wouldn't say it tops my old faithful. For my acne prone skin I like to use the hardcore stuff to make sure any breakouts stay away and feel I need to use the lighter alternative a couple times a week to ensure I have the same effects. That being said if you don't have the bug bare of dealing with pesky pores then a lighter version could be perfect to cleanse your skin without being overly harsh. 

Overall I do like this product and think there's a definite place for it in my stash, but when the tube runs out and I have the pennies to spare they are going straight to Origins! 

Have you tried either of these clarifying masks? Where would your cash be going to? 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Rimmel Apocalips - Luna

When Rimmels Apocalips came on the scene they were mentioned on every blog you could think of. It was one of the first gloss/lipstick hybrids to be released into drugstores/high street and had everyone talking. I was just as intrigued as everyone else which led to a spur of the moment, killing time in Boots situation seeing me walking up to the sales assistant and saying 'just that please'. You know, because I'm English and that's what we do.. But I have to say I wasn't left too happy about my purchase. 

I trawled through images of every shade available, eyed up all the contenders and made my choice. 'Luna' appeared to be a lovely coral shade (you may end up seeing a theme with my lip colours), and on others it showed as soft peachy coral that seemed a no brainer for me. But on my lips it isn't soft at all, appearing almost neon. I did try to the best of my ability to get photos of the product on my lips but failed miserably to show the correct colour so those below will have to do I'm afraid. When dabbed onto my lips and blended it will give a hint of colour and create a nice stain to apply other colours on top of so this is how I am getting my use out of it but as for directly from the tube, no such luck. 

Unfortunately it's not just the colour I was disappointed with, the formula leaves a lot to be desired too. Not the stickiest of glosses I've tried but certainly not the least, as soon as I apply I am itching to take it off. Along with the fact I suffer from dry lips the majority of the time, even when I have whacked on a whole tube of balm 'Luna' will cling to every dry patch and make them incredibly visible. Not the Georgia Jagger pout I was hoping for!

At £5.99 it won't break the bank if you are left as disappointed as I was and I have seen a tonne of amazing reviews of the infamous Apocalips so all might not be lost of you. Although it may be worth not buying into the blogger hype as I have done many a time. 

So, my first negative review on LLW. Hopefully they will be few and far between but I will always give an honest opinion before you part your hard earned cash. 

Have you tried this offering from Rimmel? Where you as underwhelmed as me or were you raving from the rooftops like everyone else?