Toni and Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist Review

I’ll admit, heat protection sprays are not a priority of mine despite using heat on my hair on an almost daily basis – terrible I know. The thing is, I’ve never noticed heat protection sprays really do much for my hair, how do you really tell if they work? Despite feeling this way, I needed to pick up some new haircare so ended up throwing this into my basket as well. Here’s my thoughts.

Starting with the packaging, to be honest I’m not massively keen, the white and the black is iconic for Toni and Guy but a little dull to be and while the handle and nozzle is really easy to use, the lack of lid and bulky top makes it more difficult to store than it needs to be. Price point is okay, its £7.75 which is reasonable for a high street product.

Toni and Guy describe this product as the following:
Heat Protection Mist for a smooth and prepped finish. Conditioning formula helps protect against damage and breakage caused by heat styling. Spray evenly over towel-dried hair and comb through. Top up in between blow-drying and using straightening irons by spritzing lightly over dry hair.

When I spray this I find that the spray is quite powerful but it’s also quite fine which make sit very easy to cover the hair with. It is a very wet spray so I like to use this before blow drying my hair but I wouldn’t want to use it before straightening just as I always feel that my straighteners shouldn’t sizzle on my hair!

The smell is not something I’m overly keen on, it’s really hard to describe but it’s fairly strong and I just think that there are probably nice scents out there. I don’t absolutely loathe it before I will admit there’s better smells and I don’t enjoy it.

So how does it perform? Well my hair isn’t damaged at the moment so I’m not as risk of it breaking but I do find that my hair is less static and seems to be a tad glossier as well. It has hard for me to measure the effectiveness since my hair is naturally shiny but my hair feels less dry after I use this which makes me think that it is helping to prevent damage.

Would I repurchase? Probably not in honesty, I think it works fine as a a heat protection spray but the bulky packaging and scent is off putting to me so I think I’d be likely to try a different brand.

The Toni & Guy Heat Protection Spray is available from Superdrug for £7.75.

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Essence Longlasting Lipliner in 02 Sweetheart Review

It’s been a while since I’ve tired any Essence makeup and I don’t know why really. I will admit some of their products are hit and miss but the price point makes them extremely affordable. I’ve heard people talking about their lip liners and I hadn’t tried any. I’m yet to try their original line but over the past week I’ve been giving one of their retractable ones a try, here’s my thoughts.

The liner itself comes in this sleek plastic pencil which mimics the colour of the liner inside. The lid doesn’t slide off which is great and I like the silver writing on the packaging which is good. The price point of this is incredibly affordable at £1.50 per liner.

Essence describes this lip liner as the following:
With Essence Long-lasting Lipliner, you get the perfect pencil for lips with definition! The long-lasting lipliner allows you to accurately trace the contours of your lips. The super soft texture ensures a simple application and provides intensive, long-lasting colour that won’t streak.

Unlike their original lineup of lip liners, this one is retractable which is really beneficial to me as there’s no product wastage and I don’t have to worry about finding a sharpener or dealing with wood shavings which is great. The drawback is that once the tips gets blunt it’s something you will need to deal with. The tip of this is quite small (though slightly fatter than a wooden tip would be) so it’s precise and easy to line the lips or fully fill them in.

The colour is more vibrant and pigmented than I expected so when applying this you don’t need to layer it up too much (though I go a little heavy handed just to get a full vivid finish. The shade Sweetheart is brighter than I initially thought, it’s a blue toned pink that does translate to be quite bright on the lips.

Application is easy and the texture of the liner is quite nice, it’s not super drying and it applies over the lips with little drag. Once applied it dries to a comfortable demi-matte finish with a satin sheen to it, it doesn’t feel like the life is being sucked out of your lips and it isn’t too heavy.

The downside is that it doesn’t stick around for very long, I wore this for a couple of hours and in that time I did eat and drink, within that time I had notice that it had very obviously faded away from the centre of my bottom lip leaving behind an obvious patchy finish so you would need top ups.

On it’s own I don’t think this is great due to the small staying power but under a lipstick of the same colour (which I do have a similar shade) I think this would increase the longevity and provide a nice even base so it’s not all bad! I probably wouldn’t repurchase as the Rimmel lip liners are only £2.00 more expensive and they stay around for hours, but on the whole it’s not a bad product. I’d recommend this if you were looking for a comfortable and affordable lip liner to wear under lipstick.

The Essence Longlasting Lip Liner in Sweetheart is available from Wilko 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 if you have tried this lip liner and what products you love and hate from Essence. I’m not fond of their Lash Princess mascara but their Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty is probably my holy grail.

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Bodycare Wishlist #3

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, to be honest Valentine’s wasn’t really on my radar so I haven’t done any looks of special content #worstbloggerever. I do love a good wishlist post though and I had this one planned in so thought I’d post it anyway 😀 I hope you’re all having a lovely day whether that’s spending some time with a loved one or even giving yourself some self love because we all need to do that more! I’m aware that I’m rambling now so here’s the post – hope you like it!

1) Bilou Fizzy Berry Shower Foam £3.99 (Superdrug)
I first saw these on Hannah Heartss’ blog, adorable packaging aside I’m intrigued by the concept of a shower foam. The Cotton Candy scent is the one everyone seems to be talking about but I imagine it to be quite sickly so the Fizzy Berry sounds more up my street. Do I need this? No. Am I sucked in completely but the novelty? Possibly…

2) Burts Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream £9.99 (Boots)
I’ve having a serious love affair with hand cream right now. The cold weather keeps making my hands clammy and dry so I’m all but glued to hand sanitiser and hand cream to keep soreness and dryness at bay. I’m not overly enamoured with the pot design of this but the Almond and Milk sounds like a lovely scent and I’m a huge fan of almonds.

3) L’Occitane Amande Shower Oil £19.00 (L’Occitane)
Speaking of almonds, I have used the Amande Hand Cream before and I adored it so I’m curious about the shower oil. I’ve never actually used a shower oil before but the weather is making my skin super dry so I’m keen to give this a go and see if it helps, plus I’d get to smell like bakewell tarts is there anything better?

4) Lush Dirty Springwash Shower Gel £9.95 for 250g (Lush)
I feel like this is going to be particularly nice in the summer when you want to cool down and feel fresh but it’s still on my wishlist regardless. I love spearmint and I’ve had the soap of this which smells divine and is the most beautiful shade of blue. I currently have access to a shower instead of a bath so I’m keen to give this a go!

5) Lush Dream Cream £6.95 (Lush)
I suffer with dry skin and a little bit of Eczema on my body (I’m lucky in the fact that my Eczema is mild and could be so much worse) and I’m heard amazing things about this. This is free from paraffin which a lot of people seem to be allergic to plus Lush’s body products always leave my skin silky soft and smooth.

6) Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter £7.50 (Lush)
Final Lush product, I promise! I’ll be the first ti admit that my cuticles and nails are not in great shape. My cuticles are ragged and probably dehydrated and my nails always flake and snap. I’m currently using a nail oil by Essence which is helping but I feel that a cuticle butter would do my cuticles and nails the world of good. Plus I love the smell of lemons, ’nuff said.

7) Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Body Scrub £8.00 (Boots)
I am terrible for not exfoliating my body. I do have a scrub in my stash but I nearly always forget to use it and then I wonder why my skin is dry. I love the sound of this scrub, the blend of bananas, almonds and honey sounds absolutely heavenly so I think if I got this I’d actually remember to exfoliate, plus it’s great value for money with a huge jar at only £8.00.

8) Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream £18.00 (Cult Beauty)
I’ll be honest, despite all of the amazing reviews I’m not sure I’ll be spending £18.00 on a body cream anytime soon even if it does sound absolutely amazing. I’m a huge fan of coconut so reading descriptions of this scent and looking at the ingredients this sounds like it’s going to smell like a holiday. I’m all for a cream that is enriched with caffeine and can stimulate firmness too it’s just the price is putting me off at the moment, feel free to enable me though!

9) Vaseline Spray and Go Aloe Vera Moisturiser £6.59 (Boots)
I’m quite lazy plus it’s so cold that using body butter is an absolute chore right now as I hate feeling cold! I feel like this spray moisturiser is a handy alternative simply get out of the shower spray and go it’s as simple as that! I also like the smell of Aloe Vera so I think I’d get along with this.

10) Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP £52.00 (Boots)
I’ve had this on my list forever and I do love the smell but this is hella expensive at £52.00 for 30ml. To be honest looking at the price points I’d be inclined to pay a tenner more just to get that extra 20ml. This isn’t a perfume I’d wear daily but it smells gorgeous and I really do need to stop drooling and just bite the bullet sometime…maybe.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these particularly the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is it worth the cost?

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Primark Unicorn Makeup Brushes Review

Despite a lot of people complaining about Secret Santa, I was actually very lucky in the fact that I loved my gift! My wonderful teammate Katie and I share a mutual love of Primark and I was lucky enough to get a set of Primark Unicorn Makeup Brushes which I’ve enjoyed using over the past week! I’ll be honest I hadn’t really looked into the makeup brushes at Primark but I’m glad I have these as they’re lovely to use and they have unicorn horn ferrules…

This particular brush set comes with five brushes plus a glittery silver makeup bag which is lovely. I’m not going to talk about pricepoint primarily because it was a gift and it would be rude but also because I can’t find these on the Primark website so you may need to look in store! We were given a ten pound limit so I’m assuming these were around or under that price point as a rough guide.

Starting with the makeup bag this is a small to medium sized waterproof bag with a zip. I have a huge makeup bag with all of my daily makeup in it which I don’t take around with me since it’s so large so this is going to be great for carrying around small items to touch up with such as lipstick, powder and concealer. I like the fact that the glitter is very much glued on and possibly with a coating on it so this won’t shower the inside of my bag with glitter.

Onto the brushes themselves, I’m going to show you each one in turn. Me being me, I don’t actually use them all for their intended use which I will get onto why for each. As an overview, these brushes are super soft, they’re medium density so slightly floppy but not like my Makeup Revolution Powder Brush which is a bit of a pain to use. The ferrules are of course to die for, they are very long which is fine for the face brushes but can be a bit more difficult to work with for brushes like the eyeliner brush but on the whole these are lovely to use and so far I’ve experienced no shedding (though I’m still to wash them.)

Up first we have the Angled Foundation Brush. For me I don’t typically use brushes for my foundation as I find that a sponge works better for me for application but I have tried this with foundation and so far so good! It helped with blending the product out without going streaky, though I did feel that the brush absorbed a lot of the product. As this is a dense brush and has an angled shape I actually use this for contour and it works like a dream. My current contour brush is one by Real Techniques however, it is larger than my cheekbones and the rounded shape makes it difficult to contour with. This hugs my cheekbones, applies the bronzer perfectly and blends nicely too.

Next up is the Angled Contour Brush, I did try this for contour and whilst it is lovely and fluffy it didn’t work well for contouring as it’s far to large for the area that I actually contour. Having said that, this picks up powder products nicely and I’ve really enjoyed using this for blusher this week. I love the whole draping trend and I find that shaped blush looks better on me than bronzer, this is perfect for adding blush higher on my cheekbones and making my face look somewhat sculpted. A lovely brush once again but one that I also use slightly differently.

The Powder Brush is one that I use for its intended purpose and I actually prefer this to my Makeup Revolution Powder Brush so I’m really pleased with this. This is wonderfully fluffy and feels absolutely dreamy and super luxurious on the skin. Had I not known the brand and someone used this on me I would think that this was a high end brush. This does a great job of applying powder and the long ferrule means I go in with a lighter hand making my powder look less cakey. I really love this brush.

The Angled Liner Brush is the one brush in this set that I’m not sure how I will use. I have tried this with liner but the brush is too wide, thick and dense meaning that I ended up with a very chunky line which I didn’t want. This isn’t a problem I’ve just had with this set a lot of brush sets have liner brushes that are far too thick so maybe I’m missing something? Instead I think with will be a good brush for eyeshadow, the sharp angled line of the brush will be great for creating cut creases and sharp edges to eyeshadow so I will likely use it for that. This brush is more rigid than the others and less flexible.

The Concealer Brush is one that I’m kind of on the fence about but for the most part I like. I did use this for my under eye concealer this morning and for larger surface areas this is really nice, I’ve used this also to apply concealer to spots and had no issues. It doesn’t absorb too much of the concealer and the fluffiness of the brush makes blending easy and seamless. The only downside (and this is me being niggly) is that it is hard to use for very small areas such as the inner eye corners but I do have a small concealer brush for that and this is great for larger areas.

On the whole this is a lovely set, I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this and I really love the whole unicorn aesthetic. Thanks again to Katie for such a lovely gift! Unfortunately I can’t link to where to buy these but keep an eye out in Primark stores for these!

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Crabtree and Evelyn Pomegranate Hand Therapy Review

I didn’t use to be a fan of hand cream until I tried the Soap and Glory Hand Dream which opened my eyes up to the wonderful world of soft, moisturised hands. This winter has been particularly harsh on my skin, the intense cold outside and the central heating inside has caused my skin to dry out and my hands have been incredibly sore so I’ve been reaching for hand cream much more than usual. I haven’t actually tried much by Crabtree & Evelyn but I was given this a while ago by an old course-mate so I’ve been giving this a go.

I have a 25ml so the packaging is quite small and easy to store, the lid thankfully is a twist off one which means this isn’t going to spray all over your bag which is nice! The packaging reminds me of herbs and an apothecary which I think encapsulates Crabtree & Evelyn as a brand. Dependent on what size you get affects that cost so this 25g is available for £4.49 from Candles Direct whilst the 100ml is £18.00 from the Crabtree & Evelyn website so I’d definitely say this is mid-range.

This hand cream is described by Crabtree & Evelyn as the following:

Slick hands with this nourishing treat and keep skin well fed, and silky soft. The richly nourishing Shea Butter and Ceramide formula is enhanced with the anti-oxidant goodness of Moroccan Argan Oil to nurture and protect, lightly sealing skin with moisture. Warm Mediterranean notes of Orange, juicy Pomegranate and Sweet Fig mingled with the heat of Ginger and Black Pepper leave skin enticingly scented. The perfect partner to team with our Pomegranate & Argan Oil Hand Wash for a cleanse and condition regime.

Usage Suggestion: For instant renewal, massage a pea-sized amount into hands and nails as required.

Fragrance: Warm Mediterranean fruit notes of orange, juicy pomegranate and sweet fig mingle with the heat of ginger and black pepper spice.”

Starting with the scent this is hard to describe but really nice. It’s a fruity smell but then the ginger and spices add a warmth to it that takes it to quite a sharp yet welcoming scent that I really like despite not usually being a fan of pomegranates! Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a sweet scent it’s definitely quite zesty and tart.

The texture is lighter than you might expect which is quite nice, it’s not as heavy duty or as silicone feeling as some hand creams instead it has a texture that’s slightly richer than a lotion but not super heavy duty, it does leave your hands heavily moisturised for a minute or two before sinking in quite quickly. It’s not super runny so you may need more than a pea sized amount to make it spread easier.

I can really get on board with the formula, it doesn’t leave the hands with any residue and there’s no greasy film left on the hands for hours, instead it sinks in providing instantly soft and hydrating hands which I love! My hands feel much less sore after using this and the dry skin has been reduced as well! I think the argan oil adds that extra hydrating property plus this can be used on the nails too.

Overall, I really like this. It’s not quite as luxurious as one by L’Occitane but it’s very similar at a cheaper price point, I think this is very underrated and I was pleasantly surprised at how pleasant this is to use and how effective it is! I would recommend this and I’d definitely try different scents from the range as well, definitely one worth adding to your wishlist!

The Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Hand Therapy is available from Crabtree & Evelyn for £18.00 for 100ml or for £4.49 from Candles Direct for the 25 g I have.

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 what hand creams you enjoy using, I’d love to hear any recommendations! My other two that I love are the discontinued Soap and Glory Hand Dream plus the L’Occitane Amande which is divine.

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Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Eyeshadow in Platinum Review

I’ve seen so many people talk about foiled eyeshadows and as someone who likes intense eyeshadow the concept really appealed to me. I have been tempted by the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows but I also decided to give the Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals a try first. This product does seem to be discontinued but you can find this online on stores like Ebay and Amazon.

Starting with the packaging I personally find it a bit rubbish. Everything is housed in flimsy cardboard packaging so if you got this wet you would be a bit screwed which in my opinion is a bit crap. The eyeshadow itself comes in a plain plastic pot with the liquid primer houses in a plain tube, it does feel quite cheap and like there’s little thought that’s gone into it. These weren’t the cheapest of Makeup Revolution products at £5.00 each so I’d expect a little better.

I can’t actually find a product description since this is discontinued but in a nutshell with this product you get a small metal tray for mixing, a silver eyeshadow and the liquid primer. The instructions say to use a drop of the primer as a mixing medium then to mix the eyeshadow with that but I got very little product when doing that so I tried that and with more to see if I could make a difference.

(Swatch of eyeshadow without primer)
The shade does appear intense-ish my issue was that this struggled to set and I couldn’t get it to go opaque at all, I tried using primer and then trying without primer, I tried with my fingers and with a brush but I just couldn’t get this to look nice, instead it looks like a translucent and creased mess. In addition, this was a pain to mix, a pain to apply and for results that were nowhere near what I was expecting. This also emphasised my eye texture massively.

(Bottom swatch without primer, top swatch with primer)

I’m actually really disappointed because I’ve had much cheaper eyeshadows perform so much better so I just couldn’t see a benefit to this at all, I have tried this lots of ways but looking online other people’s results are similar to mine, very sheer and very patchy.

Overall, I’m just not impressed, in fact I really like this and it’s definitely a disappointing product. I wouldn’t recommend this at all and I definitely wouldn’t repurchase, I’m not writing off foiled eyeshadows but this range just under-performs so I’m not surprised it’s been discontinued.

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 plus if you have any great foiled eyeshadows – are the Makeup Geek ones worth it? I’d love to know!

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Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer Review

It’s not often that I try new concealers and it’s definitely something I need to try more of. I do feel like concealers fall into two categories either the heavy duty ones or the ones that are better for the under eyes. I’m used the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer for a long time as my go-to but fancied a change and the Bourjois Radiance Reveal came highly recommended so here’s my thoughts.

The packaging is very minimalistic but I like it a lot. The main issue with the Colleciton one is how grubby it looks but I can safely say I’ve been carrying this in my back for around a month now and it still looks brand new. The silver lid with white writing plus the square tube is really cute, I like it a lot. This concealer is more pricey for the high street at £7.99.

The Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer is described as the following on the Boots website:

This light enhancing concealer conceals dark circles and imperfections whilst smoothing and hydrating for 24 hours. Apply using the wand applicator and blend with your fingers.

Starting with the shade range I’ll be honest it’s not very large. The pale shade is quite pale but by no means white. For me the shade is pale enough and it has yellow undertones which is great for me as my skin has yellow undertones and yellow counteracts dark circles.

In terms of application this comes with a short yet plush doe foot applicator which means that it’s easy to apply but works better for smaller areas, if you were to try and apply this over your entire face with a BB Cream you’d probably use a lot plus it would take a while so that’s something to bear in mind!

In terms of texture this isn’t what I expected, it has a very cooling scent and a refreshing sensation on the skin which means that this is great under the eyes. The texture is much runnier than I expected it also has quite a light coverage which is definitely different for me but I really like it.

Under the eyes this is really nice, the formula as the name would suggest, is quite radiant so rather than hiding my dark circles under a cakey layer this instead covers them but adds enough luminosity that they are diminished, it also looks much more natural and doesn’t fade in a patchy or cakey fashion even when layered which I love.

For blemishes this does cover them but the coverage doesn’t stick around and this doesn’t dry down to a matte or heavy duty finish so if you are looking for a concealer for blemishes then this isn’t one for you.

Staying powder is pretty decent under my eyes (though not as long lasting as some other concealers) this lasts most of the day with one or two small quick top ups, this doesn’t crease or sink into fine lines which I love, the only thing I would say is that this doesn’t blend well with a brush so be sure to apply and then blend with your fingers.

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised I usually go for something heavier but this has made me realise that I don’t need to cake on concealer to hide my dark circles and that a lighter formula works much better for me, for that reason I think this will be my new go-to, I would highly recommend and I’ll definitely be repurchasing!

The Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer is available from Boots for £7.99.

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 or what concealers you think I should try next! I do have the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer unopened in my stash and I’m curious about the Makeup Revolution one that has garnered so much attention lately.

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