I'm sure you'll all agree with me when I say I find moisturising my body a real chore and is something I hardly ever do. I find it time consuming and it leaves you feeling a little sticky which isn't nice, whether you're putting on PJs or are off out for a day. Let's not forget how much we all hate it during the colder months when you just want to hop out the shower and put your robe on, not stand around applying cream!
When I first saw Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser advertised on the TV I knew I had to try it and even more so when I saw it on offer in Boots, haha. It comes in two different forms; white bottle is normal skin, blue bottle dry skin. At the time of purchase I didn't actually know this so just picked up the first one I saw which happened to be the normal skin formula but surely it's better than none at all? It's so, so easy to use! You basically just carry out all your usual shower activities and then apply the product all over your body as you would with normal moisturiser. I normally spend a couple of minutes rubbing it in so I can absorb as much as possible. You then just rinse it off and voila! Your done!
The product doesn't have a noticeable scent which I think is nice especially if you use a heavily scented shower gel. The consistency is similar to that of hair conditioner and rubs in really well. I use about half a palm full of the product for my entire body and it spreads really well. I was worried about it running out quite quickly but this isn't the case at all. I was really surprised at how well the product works. It left my skin feeling really soft but not at all greasy, just silky smooth! I particually like using this product on my legs after I've shaved as it feels really soothing and makes them feel extra soft. Will I be repurchasing this product...yes! It comes in two sizes which are 400ml (£5.10) and 250ml (£3.50) but the 400ml is currently on offer in Boots for £3!!
Do you find moisturising a chore? Have you tried this product?
Well that's a mouthful of a tile, isn't it! So you might be wondering why a brunette blogger is reviewing a shampoo and conditioner for blonde hair? I recently did my hair ombre style and bleached a lot more of my hair than I did last time. I first did it about a year ago, using an ordinary bleaching kit (which by the way is so much easier than the new ombre kits!) and have just redone it because it had kind of disappeared due to cutting the ends and dying the top half of my hair. Because of the natural tones of my hair and the dye that was on some of it I always get a brassiness after bleaching which I don't really like so try to you products to reduce this. Anyway enough of my rambling and hair stories, more reviewing!
So I went for a wonder and a hunt for some Touch of Silver and instead came across John Freda and thought I might as well give it ago! First of all I adore the packaging, the purple just draws me in straight away. I'm a sucker for good packaging! The products both smell really nice. They're kind of fruity but with the typical salon scent and not at all overpowering, just enough so that your hair smells fresh and clean. Both the products are purple, with the shampoo being a deeper purple, and it's these violet tones which help to neutralise the brassiness.The shampoo is said to help with neutralising the brassiness whilst the conditioner helps to protect the blonde, keeping it soft and healthy, so it's really best to use them together to get the best results.
Before using the products I always wash my hair all over with my usual shampoo just to make sure it's clean and remove any products. I then go in with the tone correcting shampoo just on the bleached parts, massaging it in to my hair for a good 3-4 minutes before washing it off. I carry out the same routine with the conditioner however I leave it on until I've finished doing everything else in the shower.
Once out the shower my hair felt really imaginable and easy to brush through. After I'd dried it the ends were obviously brighter and more of a true blonde! My mum even commented saying it looked blonder and brighter. It looked even better after the second time using the products too! It states to use the products 2-3 times a week so I've been using them for every wash. The shampoo and conditioner retail for £5.99 each in Boots and you get 250ml of product. I will most definitely be repurchasing this product as it works so well!
Have you tried this or anything else from the Sheer Blonde range? What other toners would you recommend?
Considering I don't have a bath without using at least one Lush product it's surprising that this is my first Lush product review - can you believe that?! When I go in to Lush I tend to be more taken in by the bath/wash products than I do by any of their skincare, so this facemask is my first skincare product from Lush. I've always been a bit put off by their facemasks because of their short shelf life and often wondered if I would use up all the product before it 'went bad'. Anyway, I decided it was about time I tried one since their often raved about by other bloggers and I'd never tried a fresh facemask before!
I picked up the Oatifix mask as it has been designed for dry and sensitive skin - perfect for my skin! I must worn you now this mask literally smells good enough to eat. It smells like food. It's fruity, sweet and just lovely! It actually took a lot of willpower not to test if it tasted as good as it smelt, haha. The main ingredients in this facemask are oatmeal, bananas and almonds - all perfect ingredients for helping out sensitive skin!
The mask was a little difficult to apply just because it tended to fall apart a bit and didn't hold together too well. I applied it over the sink and some of it did tend to fall off as it was being applied, which isn't something to want on the carpet! It doesn't look like the most luxurious facemask once applied and, dare I say it, looked a little vomit-like (Yup, I said it!). However, it does the job lovely! I left it on for about 10 minutes and once removed my skin felt soft, hydrated and glowing!
For £5.95 you definately get a good amount for your money. I reckon you could get around 10 uses per pot which is excellent. The only downside is that once you buy it you need to use it, otherwise it'll just go bad. I think I will repurchase, however I'm interested in trying some of their other facemasks too!
Have you tried Lush Fresh Facemasks?
In the past hair oils aren't something I've really bothered with as I didn't think they'd do much to my hair apart from make it greasy! My hair isn't really dry and I use leave in conditioners and serums, which I felt was enough product for my hair. I've used a couple of different hair oil brands in the past but wasn't particularly impressed and just generally forgot to use them.
I decided to give MaroccanOil Hair Treatment* a go after receiving it in an event goodie bag. At the event I spoke to the MaroccanOil people and learnt that it wouldn't make my hair greasy as it was designed for all hair types. They explained a little about how it works and the benefits of using it which really made me want to try it out. They reduced all my fears and worries about using it and now I can't believe I took so long to try it!
I always apply it to my hair when it's wet, after brushing it but before applying any styling products. I tend to apply it all over but concentrate on the bottom third of my hair as this part has been bleached and it more prone to drying out. I use about a 20p sized blob, which is probably far too much for people with mid length or shorter hair, but my hair is stupidly long! The oil smells so, so lovely! I can't really describe the smell as I still haven't pin pointed what it reminds me of but I love it!
Once my hair is dried it looks and feels silky smooth! The oil helps to reduce frizz, smooth and hydrate my hair. The ends of my hair and quite prone to dryness, especially a few days after washing, and I haven't had this problem at all since using this product. I love it! I would even go as far to say that it's one of my must have hair products! It's a definite repurchase and worth the money. I reckon this bottle will last me a good 3-4 months!
You can by the MaroccanOil Hair Treatment here along with many other products from their range. The Oil Treatment also comes in a 'light' version for anyone who feels this might be a little too much for their hair, plus it comes in various sizes! The prices start at £13.45 for the smallest bottle (24ml).
Have you tried anything from this range?
So over the past month or so I've come across a few new products and rediscovered an old favourite or two as well. I've been buying quite a few new things over the past couple of weeks (got to curb my spending before term starts) so got to try a lot of new things. I'm really excited for the Autumn releases and can't wait to get my hands on the Bourjois Java Powder. I tried it in store and the finish is lovely, not to mention the powder is silky smooth!
First up is the Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser. When I first saw it I knew I had to try it out, plus it was on special offer! We all know that moisturising is a bit of a chore. It's time consuming and just leaves you feeling a bit sticky. This saves so much time and leaves your skin feeling super soft without the sticky feeling. It's just so easy to use and lasts a good time too!
I've been really loving Yankee Candles at the moment, my room is full of various sized jars and I have a entire bowl full of wax tarts. My current favourite is the Pink Dragon Fruit scent. It's just so fruity and yummy! I'm currently using a jar at the moment but have this tart ready for when I run out! I really need to stock up on it because I'm not a fan of the wintery spice scents.
To apply my foundation I usually use the RT Buffing Brush but decided to try the Expert Face Brush as it's always raved about and love it! The head is smaller than the buffing brush which I like as it's prevents me from applying too much product. I also like that the bristles seem more tightly packed and just think it gives an overall better finish.
I'm loving light pinky coloured lipsticks at the moment and my go to one has been Mac Please Me. It can be a little drying as it's a matte finish but it's nothing a little lip balm can't sort out! It goes really well with light, minimal makeup but also goes super well with darker eyes and fuller makeup. It's a really great all round. If you know of any non matte dupes please let me know as I want one for over the colder months.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation had been put to the back of my draw and been replaced by my Mac and Estee Lauder foundations as I preferred the fuller coverage. I recently found it and decided to give it a go and haven't put it down since. It's such a lovely foundation. It lasts well and gives a beautiful finish. I'm even loving the less full finish!
I can never get to grips with liquid eyeliners as I don't have a steady enough hand and just find them messy. I recently came across this Bourjois Felt Tip Liner and love it! It has great colour pay off and doesn't smudge or print which is great. The best thing about it it how much control the design gives you. It's just super easy and is literally like drawing on your face!
What have you been loving recently?
Sorry I've been away for a few days, I've been quite busy and in between busy I've been sleeping! So, today's review is on one of the lovely products included in the #midsummermeet goodie bag. We were well and truly spoilt with the products we got!
I've never tried any Elizabeth Arden products before as they're a little bit out of my price range so was really excited when I saw this and couldn't wait to give it a go. I'm a huge fan of lip balms, butters and creams. In fact, I have more than I could ever possibly need! The Intensive Lip Repair Balm* (Wow, that's a mouthful!) is from the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Range which I've only heard good things about. It's in a lovely little pot which a screw on lid. It's small enough to fit in your hand bag but big enough that it won't get lost in there, lovely!
The product itself is really light yet moistursing and a little goes such a long way! I've been using it for about 3 weeks morning and night and there's only a tiny little dint in the product. It has a lovely eucalyptus scent and is enriched with shea butter, palm tree butter and honey. I've been applying it before bed and it's kept my lips soft all night and they still feel lovely in the morning. I suffer with quite dry, chapped lips and it's really helped. It's also really great for applying before lipstick and leaves a lovely subtle gloss on the lips.
The product retails for £20 and is available at Look Fantastic.The price is a little bit above my price range but it's so long lasting and works so well that I would be inclined to repurchase it again in the future (If and when it ever runs out!). It's also made me really intrigued about Elizabeth Arden products and I'm definately going to look in to trying out some of the skin care!
Have you tried this product or anything from the 8 hour range? What would you recommend?