The Reverse Hair Wash Just Isn't For Me

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I'm sure you will of all heard about the new hair washing technique (craze?) that is making it's way around the beauty world - the reverse hair wash. For those of you who haven't it's just as simple as it sounds. You basically switch the order in which you shampoo and condition your hair, using conditioner first and following it with shampoo. I know you're all thinking that the idea of this sounds really weird - and I did too! Why would you condition your dirty hair and then shampoo your conditioned hair? Doesn't this defeat the point of conditioning? Well apparently not and this new technique supposedly means that your hair benefits from all the goodness of conditioner without any residue being left behind that could weigh it down, make it limp and reduce volume. This gives the benefits of bouncier hair with volume and some have also mentioned reduced frizz.

Now, in all honesty I'm not one for following fads and hypes but the benefits that are meant to come with this technique pushed me to try it out. I'll always try out a frizz reducing technique! My whole shower was kind of thrown out of place when I first tried this new craze. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only girl who shampoos their hair, follows with conditioner and leaves it to soak it whilst they do all their other shower activities, leaving washing out the conditioner to just before they jump out the shower. I wasn't really sure how to go about things so I kept my hair in a bun and washed it after doing everything else. I'm not going to lie, conditioning my hair first felt really weird, as did not following shampoo with conditioner. 

And the verdict. After reading other posts on this I was expecting really amazing results. Maybe I was expecting too much but my hair looked and felt pretty much the same. I don't normally condition my roots so they carry a lot of volume in them anyway and this technique definitely didn't add anything extra. My hair didn't look any shinier, feel any smoother and felt as soft as it always does after washing. Finally there was absolutely no reduced frizz, if anything there was more. The other (and most annoying) thing I noticed was that I had to wash my hair sooner than I normally do. In general I wash my hair twice a week, with this technique I've had to wash it after two days. Don't get me wrong, I haven't been completely put off by this new craze and I've given it another go tonight but it really doesn't seem to suit my hair and I'm sure I'll be back to the normal way of washing my hair in no time!

Please let me know what you think of this new hair washing craze. Have you already tried it? Is it for you? If you do give it a go please let me know what you think!

Kelsey xx

New Skincare Additions

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Is it only me that finds that all my skincare products seem to run out around the same time? I'm currently running low on most things and making the decision about whether to repurchase the same thing or try something new. I'm still trying to decide with most things but a few days about I made a Space NK order, as well as making a cheeky trip to Boots, as there was a couple of products that I wanted to try. I still need to find a new facial oil, serum and toner but they can wait another week or two. Today I thought I'd show you the new things I recently got. I've never tried any of them before but I'm really excited to give them ago!
 
New Skincare Additions

Super Facialist Intense Moisture Mask

Caudalie Grape Water

Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
 
First up is the Super Facialist Intense Moisture Mask which I picked up from Boots for £8.99. I have a couple of cleansing style masks but I've been suffering from really dry skin lately and wanted a moisturising mask to follow these with. I find my current masks really great for brightening the skin and lifting out anything nasty but they can be a bit drying. I've tried this mask quickly once already and it seems like it's going to be perfect for hydrating my skin as a second mask!

Secondly, I got the Caudalie Grape Water spray in my Space NK order which I think was £10. Can you believe this is my first ever product from Caudalie?! I think I'm going to give their milk cleanser a go when my current one finally runs out as they seem like a really lovely brand - plus I'm a sucker for French skincare! This is the 200ml can and it seems huge so will hopefully last me a while! I got this as a hydrating toner and to keep my skin fresh throughout the day now it's getting warmer. It feels really lovely sprayed over makeup too and doesn't ruin it at all.

Lastly is another product from my Space NK order... Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel which was £17. I bought this after falling in love with my Ren Evercalm Cleansing Milk which I use for my second cleanse in the evening. However, I much prefer using a gel cleanser in the morning and decided to try the Rosa Centifolia line which is great for providing hydration and they state it's suitable for all skin types. I thought this product would be perfect for my skin as it is not only hydrating but contains Aloe Vera which is great for calming redness. I've only tried this once so far but really like it. I can soon see Ren becoming one of my favourite skincare brands!

Kelsey xx

Review - Bourjois Delice de Pourde Bronzing Powder

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If I'd been asked this time last year how many bronzers I owned the grand total would have been zero. Being pale skinned I was mighty scared of them and no matter how many times I swatched them in shops I could never understand how they would work with my skin tone. Ask me how many I have now and well, lets just say, more than I could possible need! I've been completely converted and now my makeup doesn't feel complete without a touch of bronzer.

Bourjois Delice de Pourde Bronzing Powder

Bourjois Delice de Pourde Bronzing Powder

Bourjois Delice de Pourde Bronzing Powder

Bourjois Delice de Pourde Bronzing Powder

The newest addition to my bronzer collection is the Bourjois Delice de Pourde, a popular bronzer amongst bloggers and beauty enthusiasts alike. Being pale skinned I went for the lightest shade, 51, and it is a pretty perfect match. The bronzer comes in toughened cardboard packaging and has a pretty little chocolate bar-esque design. Oh, I must mention that it also has the most divine chocolate scent so is a must for all you chocolate lovers! 

The bronzer itself has a very slight shimmer to it, which really isn't noticeable once it's on the skin. For a bronzed up look the bronzer can be applied to all high points of the face and adds a lovely healthy glow to the face but the shimmer is so minimal that the bronzer is still perfect for contouring too. I have found that the bronzer looks ever so slightly red toned on my skin however, as I dye my hair a red toned brown I find this suits me really well and helps it to look more natural. Bourjois Delice de Pourde bronzer applies really lightly but is easily build-able depending on what look you are going for. I usually add a light dusting over the high points of my face and then build up under my cheek bones for a contoured look and have really been enjoying using it this way. For getting that natural contoured look I've been using it with the Real Techniques blush brush as it's super fluffy and blends it out amazingly well. Another thing I love about this bronzer is how well it lasts on the face. I'm not a huge fan of touching up makeup throughout the day and with this bronzer you really don't have to worrying about touching it up - it lasts amazingly well!

I can't believe I waited so long to try this bronzer (or bronzer in general for that matter) and for the tiny price of £6.99 I couldn't really ask for more!

Kelsey xx

Review - Botanics Facial Oil

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You might remember me briefly mentioning this Botanics Facial Oil on my night time skincare routine, back in January, and I thought I'd give you a more detailed routine on it since I've nearly used it all up now! A few months back I came across Caroline Hirons blog and was given an insight in to all the skincare steps I was missing out. I decided a facial oil was a must in my routine and set about adding the new addition to my skincare products. As I'd never really used a facial oil before I decided to start with a drugstore brand that wasn't too expensive and the Botanics Facial Oil seemed the perfect choice at £9.99.

Botanics Facial Oil

Botanics Facial Oil

Botanics Facial Oil

The Botanics Facial Oil comes in a tiny 25ml bottle with a little dropper lid for easy application. 25ml seems like a small amount of product for £9.99 but you honestly only need the smallest amount to cover the entire face. I've had this for a good four or five months now and reckon I'm gonna be able to get another month out of it, at least! For ease of application the lid is combined with a pipette style dropper, which as a clumsy person I find incredibly handy! To add a little bit of luxury to a drugstore product the bottle has a lovely frosted feel to it and a pretty simple label.

I have been applying the Botanics Facial Oil each evening, before my moisturiser but after toning, using a few drops at a time. I have been patting the product in to my skin rather than rubbing it in as I find this method much more effective. I would especially recommend doing this if you also use a serum as I found when I did it kind of made the serum flake off (does that make sense?). I was a little worried that it would make my skin feel oily but this isn't the case at all. I have dry skin and although I haven't found it the most moisturising product, it does help will adding a little moisture and keeps my skin looking healthy and bright. In the morning I have still found a small amount of dryness around my nose but other than that my skin has felt really soft in the morning. I haven't been using it in my morning routine purely because I think it will be a little too much during the day.

I do really like this product and for £9.99 it's really worth the money but as this is the first facial oil I have tried I probably won't repurchase just so I can try something else. I've been really interested in the Body Shop Serum in Oil but please let me know if you have any other suggestions!

Kelsey xx

Bourjois Haulin' with a Hint of Soap and Glory

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Once again I have been taken in by Boots offers and my bank balance has come out a little worse for wear..oops! I don't very often post haul post mostly because I get so excited about my new purchases that I just forget! You may or may not know that a couple of weeks ago I finally handed in my dissertation so, over the past couple of weeks, I've been making some purchases as a reward to myself (any excuse, eh?). I hadn't had time to even window shop whilst finishing off my dissertation so shopping was a nice treat for myself. There's a couple of other things I want to get but they will have to wait until loans come in!
 




 

The haul I'm showing you today is from two different trips. In the first trip I bought the Bourjois CC Concealer, Delice de Pourde Bronzing Powder and because I spent over £12 (?) I got the free Little Round Pot Blush. I actually went it to Boots purely because I needed a new concealer then ended up seeing an offer and things happened. I decided on the CC Concealer as I had tried the Bourjois CC Cream and thought the coverage was great and that maybe this would translate to the concealer too. Next I decided on the Delice de Pourde Bronzing Powder as I've been wanting to try it out for a while and have read some really great reviews on it. It's really strange as a year ago I wouldn't have even thought about wearing bronzer and now I can't get enough. Lastly, I got my free blush in the shade 48 Cendre de Rose Brune. It took me absolutely ages to pick this shade as I couldn't remember what I already had. 48 is a beautiful matte pink that is really well pigmented.

One the second trip to Boots I knew exactly what I was going in for and I possible broke a record with how little time I spent in there. My boyfriend was shocked with how quickly I emerged from the makeup isle with my three products in my hand (this was a Boots 3 for 2 offer). I'd been waiting for the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks to be released ever since I saw the first review on them. I ended up getting Peach Club which is a lovely matte muted orange and perfect for this time of year. I'm really loving orange and coral lips at the moment so knew I had to try that shade. I also got Hot Pepper which is a bright orange toned red, also matte, and absolutely perfect for day or night. I'd been after an orange toned red for some time so I knew I had to pick this one. I decided not to pick up any more shades of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet as my third product and instead opt for something I'd had my eye on for a while - Soap and Glory Archery Pencil. I'd been after a brow product that would give me natural yet fuller looking brows and this seemed perfect for the job. I've been really enjoying using it and it does exactly what I want within minimal effort.
 
Have you tried the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks? I would really recommend them!
 
Kelsey xx

Review - Stylfile Emergency File

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I absolutely hate it when my nail breaks whilst I'm out. Not only does it mean that I have a wonky, sharp nail for the rest of the day but it catches on my clothes, hair and not to mention if I wear tights! It's super annoying and I normally end picking the nail to try and even it out...obviously this never works!
 
Stylfile Emergency File

Stylfile Emergency File

Stylfile Emergency File

Stylfile Emergency File

Stylfile Emergency File

Stylfile Emergency File
 
The Stylfile Emergency File is the little sister of the Stylfile family and was created by no other than Tom Pellereau aka 'Inventor Tom' from The Apprentice. It's a really handy (and super cute) little file that you can keep in your bag, on your keys or in your purse for any of those on-the-go nail emergencies. Tom really did take everything in to account when creating this product and a little spiral case is also including with the file, which helps protect it from damage as well as protecting any other items in your bag, such as phones.

The Stylfile Emergency File features the unique S shape seen amongst all the Stylfile family, which helps to not only repair any breaks in the nail but, also creates a natural shape to the nail. It makes it really easy to shape the nail, creating a lovely natural look wherever you are. As well as featuring the unique S shape the Emergency File contains three different textures for creating beautifully healthy looking nails. The grey side is for shaping and repairing nails, the pink is for adding shine and smoothing the nails and lastly, is the white, for adding a lovely final sparkle to the nails. 

The Stylfile Emergency File really is the perfect file for using on the go. It's small enough to keep in your bag or purse but big enough to make it really easy to use. The shape allows you to create a really natural looking nail wherever you are and the buffing side of the file is perfect for adding some extra shine before a date! The spiral case is a lovely extra feature which really goes to show how much thought has gone in to the making of this product.

The Stylfile Emergency File is currently at an RRP of £4.49 which is a perfectly reasonable price considering they last for up to 12 months!

Do you own a Stylfile?

Kelsey xx

Review - DGJ Organics Hairjuice - Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner

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In general I only wash my hair twice a week and my chosen shampoo is generally something really simple that just cleans and nothing else. I hate 'styling shampoos', as I call them, that add volume, smooth, de-frizz ect as I don't find they do much for my hair. However, I do add a lot of product hair post wash and every few washes I need something that will really deep cleanse and remove any product build up.
 



 
I was delighted when I was contacted my DGJ Organics and asked to sample some of their products and even more delighting when I found out it was their clarifying shampoo and conditioner with a fab little name - Hairjuice! DGJ Organics add certified organic ingredients to their products, and in the case of Hairjuice, contain organic mandarin essential oils and extracts. Sounds absolutely lovely, doesn't it?! The product packaging also states that it revitalises and cleanses hair to remove build up and impurities which is exactly what I want from this type of shampoo.

I want to first start off by saying that I absolutely adore the packaging of the DGJ Organics Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner* and think it looks lovely on the side of the bath. I a sucker for lovely packaging! The shampoo and conditioner have a lovely scent. It's fresh, fruity and most importantly of all it's not over powering. It also doesn't have the classic shampoo scent which makes a nice change. The shampoo lathers up really nicely and after two washing my hair feels super clean! The conditioner is really thick, which I love, and I always leave it to do it's thing for about five minutes. It leaves my hair feeling really smooth and hydrated. Lovely! The finished effect from this cleansing duo is super clean hair that isn't at all weighed down. After using this just once my hair was super bouncy as well as being clean, soft and shiny! I think I've found my go to clarifying shampoo and conditioner is these lovely products!

You can purchase these for £5.99 each here as well as finding out more about DGJ Organics.

Kelsey xx

*pr sample
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