L’oreal Phytoclear Shampoos Review

I’m lucky in the fact that I don’t tend to get a lot of dandruff however, when I was younger I suffered from it quite a bit and Head and Shoulders quickly became my best friend. I had a couple of samples of the L’oreal Phytoclear shampoos from magazines and I decided to give them a try. Before using these my scalp was a little dry, it wasn’t anything terrible but it gave me the opportunity to really test how these worked, here’s my thoughts.

(Left L’oreal Phytoclear Regulating Shampoo, Right L’oreal Phytoclear Soothing Shampoo)

Starting with the packaging, it’s similar to all of the other L’oreal shampoos with the Phytoclear range being identifiable due to the dark green packaging. There may not seem to be much distinction between these two types but the Regulating shampoo has a blue band and the Soothing a pink band. The price for these is average, £2.99 for 250ml or £4.49 for 400ml. Just to distinguish between the two the Soothing version is aimed at sensitive scalps whereas the Regulated version aims to purify.

L’oreal describes these products as the following.

OUR 1ST ANTIDANDRUFF SHAMPOO COLLECTION COMBINING OCTOLAMINE WITH 3 PURE ESSENTIAL OILS. FOR A TRIPLE ACTION FORMULA. A sensitive scalp prone to dandruff needs special care. Beyond anti-dandruff efficacy, it should provide a comforting effect to the scalp while helping to leave hair more beautiful.

OUR 1ST ANTIDANDRUFF SHAMPOO COLLECTION COMBINING OCTOLAMINE WITH 3 PURE ESSENTIAL OILS. FOR A TRIPLE ACTION FORMULA. Hair prone to dandruff needs purifying care to not only fight visible flakes but to provide comfort to the scalp. However, this intense action does not have to compromise beautiful hair or manageability.

I’m going to start with the ingredients as I often find that L’oreal shampoos can make my hair to be quite greasy. I’m not going to list every ingredient but some of the key ones. Octolamine is a trademark of L’oreal so I’m not 100% sure what that is. These shampoos are silicone free which I think is good as silicones can dry out the hair. Unfortunately these both contain fragrance, I’m disappointed in this as I think that fragrance can be harsh on the skin particularly if you have sensitive skin so I’m a little bemused by the presence of this. Salicylic acid is present in both shampoos which is known for calming down irritated skin.

Both of these shampoos smell nice and I also noticed that they lather up very well. The main thing is, how did they perform in terms of dandruff? My scalp wasn’t overly dry but definitiely on the dryer side particularly when using the Soothing shampoo. I found that this did manage to remove the dryness from my scalp which is a plus however, I noticed that the Soothing shampoo seemed to turn my hair greasy within a day which was definitely a disappointment.

Of the two I actually prefer the Regulating shampoo, my scalp and hair can get quite dry but recently it’s been on the oilier side. I’m not sure if this was an affect of the shampoo or if it was more of a placebo effect but the Regulating shampoo seemed to sort out the balance of oil on my hair.

Overall, these are not bad but I do think that they could be improved. I think the presence of perfume is a definite drawback and I think that if my scalp was very inflamed and irritated I’d prefer to use something that I know is gentle and has been successful previously. I think you may like these if your hair tends to dry out in the winter however, I don’t think they should replace medicated shampoos if you need those.

The L’oreal Phytoclear range is available here, prices start at £2.99

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried the Phytoclear range and generally which shampoos that you like to use. Are you a fan of L’oreal shampoos?

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Lipstick Collection 2017 Swatched

Lipstick is one of my staple products, even if my skin is a little tired looking or my eye makeup isn’t anything particularly spectacular I always apply lipstick before going out, it gives me confidence and is great for tying a look together and even hitting seasonal trends. Today I’m sharing with you my lipstick collection and swatches. Please note for this post I’ve just included lipsticks and crayons, I’ll do liquid lipsticks and glosses another time!

(L-R: Natural Collection Cherry Red, Tropic Dragonfruit, Seventeen Belle, Urban Decay Fiend, Collection Marshmallow Pink, Natural Collection Raspberry, Barry M Genie, Kiko 514, Makeup Revolution Barbie is Jealous, Maybelline Magnetic Magenta, Max Factory Eternally Luscious, Topship Wicked, Body Shop Damson in Distress, Mac Rebel, Soap and Glory Berry Much.)

(L-R: Natural Collection Cherry Red, Tropic Dragonfruit, Seventeen Belle, Urban Decay Fiend, Collection Marshmallow Pink.)
Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick Cherry Red
This one is a brilliant pink toned red that’s great if you want a bold red lip that won’t dry your lips out. Paired with a red lip liner this one doesn’t bleed or feather but manages to make the teeth look whiter. It has a satin finish.

Tropic Colour Click Lipstick in Dragonfruit (Link)
The formula is slightly on the dry side however, this does mean that it stays on. It has a fruity scent that reminds me of pink grapefruit which I wasn’t expecting. The colour is a warm toned coral that is more subtle than orange but a nice bright shade for summer. It has a semi matte to matte finish.

Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Belle (Link)
Great if you prefer a barely there lip for daywear. This is a pink toned nude that feels glossy and balmy on the lips. This does have a glossy finish but it’s not as sticky as an actual gloss. This is a great one if you want a pop of colour but your lips are on the dryer side.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Fiend 
Sadly this has been discontinued which is a real shame because I love it for daywear. It’s incredibly similar to MAC Brave however, it is a smidgen darker and more pink toned, it has quite a creamy satin yet slightly glossy finish on the lips.

Collection Work the Colour Matt Lip Butter in Marshmallow Pink (Link)
A warmer toned pink this is a great option for spring. It has a matte finish so if your lips are pretty dry then be sure to exfoliate and hydrate them before wearing this! This is a low maintenance lipstick it will need topping up after a few hours but it doesn’t crack, smudge or slide around.

(L-R: Natural Collection Raspberry, Barry M Genie, Kiko 514, Makeup Revolution Barbie is Jealous, Maybelline Magnetic Magenta.)

Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Raspberry (Link)
Another great one for daywear, this is a rosy pink shade that has a moisturising and hydrating texture and a satin finish. I like this as it’s a little bit darker than my natural lip colour so it sits between a nude and then a berry tone. A great transitional shade from summer to autumn.

Barry M Lip Paint in Genie (Link)
This hasn’t developed very well on my hand but on me this turns into a very bright pink that also leaves behind a stain. The formula is very slippery so when you apply it it feels quite hydrating. Once it develops it can smudge a little bit however, it doesn’t feather or bleed. This leaves behind a gorgeous stain that looks like a lip tint when it fades which I love. This has a satin finish.

Kiko Luscious Cream Lipstick in 514
The packaging is a pain in the fact that it can get stuck but other than that it’s a nice lipstick as it feels quite luxurious. I love the shade of this as it’s a bright red toned pink however, the formula is quite high maintenance. This is a very glossy lipstick which means it can be difficult to get this to stay on the lips and it can smudge if you’re not careful. If you wear this no lip balm is required as it’s very moisturising but I’d recommend blotting once applied.

Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup Lip Geek in Barbie is Jealous (Link)
The shade of this is a very bold blue toned pink so you do have to be brave to wear this. The pigmentation is good and the formula feels quite hydrated and smooth on the lips. The downside to this is that it doesn’t have a strong longevity so this is one that will need topping up regularly. This also has a satin finish.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Magnetic Magenta (Link)
This is the brightest shade of lipstick I believe I own as in this is a neon hot pink so not one for the faint hearted! I do like this but I haven’t worn it very much as it is very bold. This has a wonderfully creamy formula and despite the matte finish it doesn’t feel overly drying on the lips. This can wear off after a few hours so you may need to reapply.

(L-R: Max Factor Eternally Luscious,  Topshop Wicked, Body Shop Damson in Distress, MAC Rebel, Soap and Glory Berry Much)

Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick in Eternally Luscious (Link)
I love the pale violet shade of this however, the formula makes this tricky to use. It has quite a lot of drag to it despite feeling quite creamy when swatched so it can offer a slightly uneven finish. I’d recommend exfoliating away any dry skin before applying this to prevent that. It also doesn’t have the best longevity in the world, this has a semi matte finish.

Topshop Lips in Wicked (Link)
This is an identical shade to MAC Rebel so I consider this to be a dupe. In the bullet this appears to be an incredibly deep red shade however, this translates to be a plummy berry shade which I like a lot. The formula is nice, this is creamy and glides onto the lips offering a satin finish. As this is quite a bold shade it can end up smudging so be sure to top up and keep an eye on it.

Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Damson in Distress (Link)
I really love this lipstick, the shade is great for autumn and this has a creamy texture. Te formula is a semi matte, it’s not quite a matte lipstick but very close. This feels comfortable on the lips and is easy to apply (I can wear it without a lip liner), the only downside to this is that it fades within four hours (although it does fade evenly.)

MAC Lipstick in Rebel (Link)
Good old Rebel is an absolute classic shade for autumn and again it’s a wonderful lipstick. This has a satin finish so the lipstick glides onto the lips easily and effortlessly. The shade is quite bold (it’s the same as the Topshop shade) definitely a noticeable berry tone however, this is still easy to wear. This will need topping up but again it seems to leave the lips with some colour even when it fades.

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker 3D Lip Crayon (Link)
This is such a bargain as it’s under five pounds! It’s a mini lip crayon that has a white tip that hugs the lip when you apply. The formula for this is spot on, it glides on feeling creamy but it has a matte finish so you don’t have to worry about it slipping around. Unlike most matte lipsticks this doesn’t feel drying or heavy on the lips which I like! As you can see the colour is a very bold berry but it’s great for the colder months.

So there we have it, hopefully you will have a new lipstick to try! I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these lipsticks and feel free to link me to your lipstick collection posts.

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Blogger Enabled Wishlist #2

I would consider myself to be a makeup addict and of course I read a lot of beauty blogs. Naturally, I keep a list of the products I would like to get, it’s good to be able to keep track of it all plus it definitely comes in handy come Christmas and birthdays! Reading a lot of beauty blogs however, only makes me find even more products that I want to try. Here’s ten products that have made it to my wishlist courtesy of you lovely lot!

1) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Rveolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk £24.00 (Cult Beauty)
I’m yet to try the lip liner properly but having swatched it on my hand it is a stunning shade. I’m more of a lipstick than a lip liner girl so I’m excited to see Pillow Talk in a lipstick shade. I’m so late to the party with this but I’m determined to get my hands on it at some point, in the meantime I’ll keep on dreaming and of course reading about it elsewhere.

2) Glamglow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment To Go £16.00 (Look Fantastic)
I have heard so many people raving about Glamglow but in my opinion the price is pretty hefty for one face mask. Enter this to-go treatment, this way I can try the product for less than the full size and if I like it I can buy a larger size later. I do have combination skin but of course in the colder temperatures it’s drying out so a moisturising mask will be most welcomed!

3) Mac Eye Brows in Spiked £14.50 (Mac Cosmetics)
I’ve been using a lot of pomades recently and don’t get me wrong I do like them but I miss the simplicity of a good old pencil. I’ve heard Mikhila talk a lot about this and I’ll admit I’m definitely curious as to whether it can top my beloved Brow Wiz. Either way this looks like a lovely product.

4) Maybelline Master Fixer Powder in 01 Translucent £8.99 (Superdrug)
I’m in the market for a good loose powder as my skin is dry in some places but oily in others! I wasn’t too fussed over this one by Maybelline but I read a review the other day and the blogger explained how it blurred their pores, something which I really need right now! This has a lot of product claims which I doubt it lives up to but if it did that would be amazing!

5) Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Pads £12.95 (Superdrug)
Nip and Fab were never really a brand that were on my radar until I read so many reviews raving about these pads. I do love a good chemical exfoliator and the fact that I can just swipe and go with these appeals to my inner lazy girl.

6) Nyx Dewy Finish Setting Spray £7.00 (Feel Unique)
My first experience of setting sprays wasn’t fantastic. I tried the Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray and to be honest it didn’t seem to do much for the longevity of my makeup, I also found that the nozzle got stuck on the old packaging and it sprayed a lot in my face. The Nyx one is apparently fantastic and I do love a dewy finish.

7) Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Cream £17.50 (Feel Unique)
I’ve heard people raving about this and that only makes me want to try it more. This apparently reduces breakage by strengthening your hair. I do blow dry my hair regularly now so something that can add a little protection whilst adding volume sounds right up my street!

8) Spectrum Attention Seeker 10 Piece Essential Brush Set £40.00 (Beauty Bay)
I am in dire need of some new makeup brushes but I always find them to be expensive so I end up not getting any. Spectrum is a brand that I’ve had my eye on for a while and these brushes are just stunning I love the blue heads and pink handles! Spectrum seems to be a brand that is raved about on so many blogs which of course only adds fuel to the fire and makes me want these brushes even more.

9) Tanya Burr Peonies Please Illuminating Powder £7.49 (Superdrug)
I have seen so many people talking about this and Hayley over at Hay Sparkle did a full review on this. I love the plummy pink shade which is perfect for autumn. This looks quite similar to Benefit’s Rockateur and I could see myself using this as a blusher and a highlighter, never complain at a hybrid!

10) Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara £19.50 (Feel Unique)
Of course since this has been released recently, it’s getting a lot of coverage. The packaging is to die for (it matches my Wende’s Contraband palette) and I really like the look of the plastic brush. I really like having plastic wands in my mascara as I find that they do a great job of gripping my lashes and adding length and separation.

So there have it, my blogger enabled wishlist. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and feel free to share your thoughts and any links to reviews of these products in the comments for me to read.

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Recent Rediscoveries

Since I try so many new products I like to try and cycle through my collection making sure that I finish up and use the products that I have as well. Today I’m sharing with you some of my recent rediscoveries – products that were put on the backburner but recently made it back into my makeup bag. I hope that you like this post!

Barry M Genie Lip Paint £4.99 (Boots)
This is an oldie but a goodie, in the tube it appears to be an apple green lipstick however, this adjusts on the lips to create a custom shade of pink. Apparently this alters to the PH of lips but personally I think it’s more to do with temperature. On me this turns into a bold pink berry shade which is really nice for Autumn. The formula of this is quite slippery but doesn’t smudge or bleed, instead it feels hydrated and almost glossy on the lips.

BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette £14.95 (Beauty Chamber)
This was the very first palette that I got and it was bought for me by my other half. When I first got this I was all about the blue shades and then I put it aside for other more expensive brands. I used this all of last week and I’ve been using some of the neutral toned shimmers and they’re lovely perfect for autumn! I wear these shadows over my MUA Eyeshadow Primer and I kid you not my eyeshadow is still flawless when I get home after work.
Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray £6.99 (Boots)
If you follow me on Instagram (@ninarossbeauty) you may know that I recently had my hair cut shorter and a lot of layers put in. My hair is naturally very fine so it can be difficult to get volume, the layers help a lot but I’ve also been using this on a daily basis to really get some height. I’ve gone through so many cans of this but it’s so good simply spritz in your hair then ruffle and instant volume!

L’oreal Telescopic Mascara £10.99 (Feel Unique)
Quite possibly my favourite mascara of all time this is one that I come back to time and time again. This is super black and the plastic brush makes it easy for me to get length, separation and volume on my usually short, fine lashes. This is such a great mascara and it’s a fraction of the cost of brands like Clinique which don’t seem to perform well on me.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99 (Boots)
I use the Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation, anyone who has tried it will know that the coverage is fantastic but man it clogs brushes! Originally I used the Real Techniques Buffing Brush with this however, over time that broke. I do have the Expert Face Brush but I’m not a fan of the shorter bristles and I found that my foundation was getting cakey on my nose. I decided to go back to using a sponge and wow! My skin has looked so much better, less cakey and less textured simply by switching over beauty tools. I’m on my third one of these but honestly it’s amazing.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Fiend (Discontinued)
Sadly Urban Decay discontinued their Revolution lipstick line to replace them with hundreds of new offerings. This lipstick is a firm favourite of mine though, the shade is the perfect pinky nude (think MAC Brave) and it has a hydrating and creamy texture. This is quite glossy in finish so it may not be for everyone but it’s a current staple of mine for daywear.

So there we have it, a trip down memory lane and some recent rediscoveries for me! If you liked this post please hit the like button and subscribe if you’re not already. Let me know in the comments what rediscoveries you have recently found, I’d love to know!

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Superdrug Bodysprays in Dreamy and Tease Review

Originally I was going to review these bodysprays separately but then I realised two things: Dreamy is actually a limited edition product and these two bodysprays actually smell very very similar. I’m a  huge fan of bodysprays, I take them to work to freshen up in the day and of course they stop me using too much perfume which is more costly to replace! Here’s my thoughts on these two offerings.

Of course the packaging is very similar to these two sprays, I quite like the hourglass shape of the bodysprays, they feel quite sleek and stylish when throwing them in the bag. The designs of the cans are okay, they don’t blow me away but they’re not awful either. As mentioned above, Dreamy is limited edition but Tease retails for a mere £1.29 so very budget friendly.

The descriptions are also very similar and you’ll notice that they have similar ingredients and notes:

Dreamy: Superdrug Dreamy Body Spray has a sultry and captivating fragrance with its sensual blend of rich berries, Vanilla and sugar. It will leave you smelling exquisite and feeling refreshed and confident.
Rich berries and sensual musks.

Tease: Superdrug Tease Body Spray has an enticing and desirable fragrance with its mouthwatering blend of strawberry and raspberry notes on a bed of sensual woods. It will leave you smelling exquisite and feeling refreshed and confident.
Notes: Red fruits and sensual woods.

In terms of scent I like fruity fragrances with a sweet undertone. Starting with Dreamy we do get the initial burst of fruit however, this is tempered with the sweet notes. Personally, I think that this is too sweet, in fact that sweetness is rather cloying and in my opinion makes the scent smell cheap.

Tease is actually my favourite of the two, it still has the sweetness to it and is somewhat cloying however, the sweetness is not as prevalent and we can smell more of the berries.

Both are okay scents, in truth I purchased them to try but I doubt I’d repurchase, my issue is with Superdrug’s body sprays is that their scents have always been (to me) smelling quite cheap and overly sweet, I don’t think I’d repurchase either of these.

Superdrug Tease Bodyspray is available from Superdrug for £1.29.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any bodysprays from Superdrug before. I have tried Misty which was fairly decent but I’ll admit that I much prefer the likes of Impulse, Charlie and So…?

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Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter and Primer Review

I’ll be honest, Seventeen isn’t really a brad that excites me massively, they do have a few nice products such as the Mirror Shine Lipstick in Belle and their Brow Kit but I hadn’t explored them too much. I had heard stellar reviews of the Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter and Primer though so I decided to give it a go and let me tell you, I’m quite impressed, here’s my thoughts.

Starting with the packaging it’s nothing too fancy but I do find it practical. Many liquid highlighters are in a squeezy tube or a glass bottle with a pump. The glass bottles are quite a pain simply because they can smash and the tubes are useful but can easily spurt product everywhere so I quite like this plastic tube with the pump that doesn’t dispense too much or too little product. The price is decent too at only £5.99 for 30ml of product.

Seventeen marks this as a primer and a highlighter so of course I’ve tried it both way. Starting with the shade and texture this is a very icy white highlighter which I absolutely love. Icy highlighters are my favourite and what I like about this is that it isn’t a pale gold it’s actually more of a pearlescent shade which I think is just stunning!

The texture is quite nice, it’s not as thick as some of the other highlighters which I like as it means it doesn’t drag on the skin. Often with liquid highlighters to prevent them from being too runny their formula can be on the thicker side. This does have a thinner consistency (read still pigmented) yet it’s not runny which works for me.

Onto the ways that you can use this, this can be used as a primer and I actually tried it this morning, there is a very small amount of shimmer in this (read microshimmer so it’s very subtle and not glittery) however, the shade is also quite intense so under a medium or light coverage foundation I think that this could be too much which is what a lot of bloggers have said. For me though, I wear full coverage foundation so this helps to make it look a bit more natural and glowy.

Of course my favourite way to use this is as a highlighter, with liquids I tend not to wear them on top of foundation and it’s hard to control them without moving the base underneath. Instead I apply this to all over my usual places and then apply my foundation on top, that means that the highlight shines through more subtly which I really like.

This is an intense highlighter but you can blend it into the skin easily to tone it down so it doesn’t have to be in your face. Of course, if you like a bold highlight then you can easily build this up for a very intense look so the choice is yours this is very versatile!

This doesn’t last all day long but it does do a great job of highlighting and I’ve really enjoyed using this this week. For me, the standout quality is the fact that it’s a beautiful icy shade but the formula is also lovely much more so than you’d expect for the price. All in all, this is a lovely liquid highlight and it just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune! I’d highly recommend this and I think I would repurchase even though I won’t need to for a while as a little goes a very long way!

The Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter Glow and Primer is available from Boots for £5.99

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this and if you do know of any other icy toned highlights let me know! I have my eye on a few silvery white ones as well as some super pale pink ones too!

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Makeup Revolution Out of This World Merged Eyeshadow in Limitless Review

I’ve had mixed experiences with Makeup Revolution, don’t get me wrong they have some fairly decent products but I’m yet to find something that really blows me away and makes me want to shout about it. I was given one of the Makeup Revolution eyeshadows a while ago and didn’t expect much from it but actually it’s been a pleasant surprise, here’s why.

Starting with the packaging this is identical to the MUA blushers, it’s a plastic case with a flip lid and a catch. I’m not too fond of this because from experience the catch goes after a while and the product can end up shattering so not the best but at least it’s easy to store. The price is incredibly budget friendly at only £1.50 so great for starting a collection.

The product itself has a baked surface so of course the pigmentation is very intense. In the pan the texture feels rough however, on the skin it goes on easily and smoothly which is a bonus! It’s not as creamy or as silky as some high end shadows but for the price it’s certainly not a bad texture either.

Onto the shade, as mentioned above this has an amazing intensity, you can pack this on for molten lids or you can easily blend this out to soften it down so it’s very versatile. The swatch is literally with one swipe and no primer so you can see how opaque and pigmented this really is. The colour is quite unusual it appears more of a rich brown in the pan however, it’s more of a deep rose gold it’s very pretty and reminds me of a darker version of Urban Decay’s Trick since it has peachy tones to it.

The wears well on the lids, it won’t stay on place all day but it lasts a good few hours and it fades fairly evenly. This does contain small amounts of shimmer/glitter though so once it fades it does leave behind some glitter but it’s nothing overly chunky just something to bear in mind.

Overall, this is a really nice eyeshadow, I actually have another one of these to try in the shade Astral so I’m looking forward to trying that and seeing if the shade performs as well. In terms of performance though, Limitless exceeded my expectations and I’ve been enjoying using it this week!

The Makeup Revolution Out of This World Eyeshadow in Limitless is available from TAM Beauty for £1.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments what your must haves are from Makeup Revolution, I’d love to know as I’m always looking to try new things.

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