Wednesday, 22 October 2014

KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil

KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil

KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil

KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil

After having to have around 5 inches of hair cut off due to the damage some prescription medication had done, I was absolutely gutted. But decided to really put the effort in to keep it healthy as I didn't want to have anymore cut off, despite it being the medication that caused the initial damage, straightening it, not using heat protector or any nourishing products probably didn't help.

I was really excited about trying KeraFiber* who specialise in hair thickening products and hair fibres, opting to try the Keratin and Argan Oil* (£29.95) which is designed to hydrate, nourish and restore health and shine to your hair.

As someone with fine, naturally blonde hair, I do have to be careful when it comes to using products which are designed to hydrate and nourish as my hair quickly becomes weighed down and greasy. Even some conditioners make my hair lank and copious amounts of dry shampoo have to be used! Texture wise, the Keratin and Argan Oil is very runny, yellow in colour and light in texture. I use around 4 pumps, smoothing it through my damp hair after a shower.

After I've smoothed it through my hair, I'm able to easily run a comb through it, as it does get a little wild in the shower, especially as I try to limit my conditioner usage. Once I've blow-dried my hair, KeraFiber's Keratin and Argan Oil leaves absolutely no residue and does not weigh my hair down which I think is an absolute first (apart from Kérastase that my hairdresser uses). My hair feels a lot smoother and I'm able to easily run my fingers through it. I can't say I've noticed a huge difference to the overall texture and damage over the last 4 weeks, but I don't believe that any product can help to restore hair that is already damaged.

After using it everyday for the last four weeks, I've used around 1/5th of the bottle which I think it very good value for money, although if I did repurchase, I would definitely like the option of a smaller bottle because as a full time student, paying out £29.95 on a hair oil does seem very expensive. But overall, I am very impressed, especially with the fact it doesn't weigh down my fine hair.

Laura xx
     

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Popchips


Popchips


Popchips

Popchips

Popchips

I am currently trying to lose a stone which I put on last Christmas(!!!), so when I was asked whether I wanted to try out Popchips*, I was extremely excited. I am always on the lookout for new products that I can eat on the go, especially whilst I am at university, studying. Not a regular product that pops up on my blog, as I am mostly beauty based, I thought I would expand my horizons, especially seeing as I am trying to eat healthier.

At around 95 calories a packet and 0.5g of saturates, these are a healthy snack with less fat than normal crisps because they are 'popped' like popcorn. With healthy snacks like these, I often find that they are very bland, or resemble cardboard, but I can honestly that these were very moorish. I am not normally a barbeque flavour fan, but they were definitely my favourite alongside the salt and pepper which had a really nice kick to them.

I don't think they come in multipacks at the supermarket (which I would find really helpful), but you can buy the 23g bags individually, or they come in larger 85g bags which are currently on offer at Tesco, two bags for £2.50.

Definitely a huge thumbs up for me! Those meal deals I'll be picking up at Boots over Christmas whilst I'm working there will certainly be including Popchips!

Laura xx

     

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tom Ford Illuminating Powder






At £56 a pop, the Tom Ford Illuminating Powder is certainly not a cheap purchase! But is it worth the extra money when something like MAC Mineralized Skin Finish will set you back £23, or for the same price, you can pick up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which has rave reviews? In one word, no. I have never been so disappointed in a product before and can not believe I didn't just purchase the Hourglass Palette. Gutted! If this Tom Ford Powder had cost £10, I would have just thrown it into my makeup case along with other products I barely use, but at £56, I really did expect miracles.

Given the name of this, Tom Ford Illuminating Powder, I expected it to give my skin a non-powdery dewy glow, but I haven't found that at all. It is very silky upon application, but gathers on my nose and makes my face look very flat and matte. The brush that comes with it is terrible and because it is quite dense, it seems to smudge my foundation and cause streaks 

Tom Ford say that the powder 'diffuses imperfections and create radiant skin'. It is supposed to be 'weightless and undetectable', 'blending like a fluid on the skin', leaving a 'luminous finish'. Gosh, sounds perfect doesn't it? It is just such a shame it didn't live up to the description, especially with it being a 'premium' brand. It is honestly no better than drug-store powders that I have tried. Maybe I got a dud one past its sell-by-date, or maybe it just doesn't suit my skin. But either way, I will certainly not be investing another £56 into any Tom Ford product anytime soon!

Laura xx

     

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso







After seeing lots of beautiful Milani Baked Blushes on Instagram, I decided to purchase one from Amazon and opted for Luminoso.

As a blush addict, I own so many, but can say that Luminoso is definitely a colour that is unlike anything else. It is an orange based peachy colour with a gorgeous golden shimmer.

The pigmentation is immense and the texture is butter soft - it glides onto my skin like an absolute dream and I think I prefer the texture to many of my MAC blushes. The colour does, however, seem to change a little on my skin and the orange pigment really comes alive. As a usual pink blusher girl, it takes some getting used to, but I always love a change!

I have already added quite a few more Milani Baked Blush colours to my wishlist and can't wait to purchase more.

Laura xx


     

Friday, 19 September 2014

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup

After reading some great reviews about the Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup I decided to pick up a tube. I have had this sat around in my draw for around 4 months now - I keep pulling it out and giving it another go, but unfortunately, I just don't think it is for me... Considering the price (£29, Boots), I couldn't help feeling a little deflated and upset that it didn't work for me, however, I have managed to find another use for it so it doesn't go to waste.

I bought this as I wanted a lightweight product that would leave me with dewy skin during the summer months. I opted for the Double Wear All-Day Glow because it is part of the Double Wear collection, so expected it to last the whole day on my dry skin. As a pale skinned girl, I chose Intensity 1 - in MAC I am an NC15/20.

Upon application, the product didn't blend in amazingly, it seemed to sit on my skin and in my pores and fine lines; I had to really buff it into my skin with my Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Brush. After the blending, my skin looked lovely, dewy, it had a real glow and my imperfections were invisible but my skin still looked natural, unlike the full coverage Double Wear.

After around 4 - 5 hours of wear, I looked in the mirror and my skin looked terrible. All-Day Glow BB had sat in all my fine lines and pores and had accentuated any dry areas of skin, especially around my mouth. My skin looked patchy and awful for a product that cost £29. Since then, I have tried to use the product with various powders to finish, but my skin still looks patchy only a few hours later.

In order to use the product up, I have come across another use for it and have been using it as a primer underneath other lightweight foundations. For some reason, this seems to work and doesn't go patchy. It also helps to give my skin a nice dewy boost before applying my foundation and helps to lock in some moisture. However, I cannot say I will be repurchasing it as a primer as I really do not feel it is worth the £29 price tag, plus recently, I have fell back in love with Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer which I am once again obsessed with!

Laura xx