Haircare Brands I Like

A while ago now I did a post about my top haircare brands but since then I’ve discovered other brands that I love – or specifically other products that I love. Today I thought I’d share with you some more haircare and hair styling brands that I like to use and the products I’d recommend.
John Frieda
John Frieda is a brand that I’ve used on and off for years now. The first products that really interested me were their colour protect shampoos. I remember dying my hair red and using the Radiant Red shampoo and it really helped to lock in and refresh the colour. More recently is a styling product that I’ve used and that’s the Frizz Ease Dream Curls Styling Spray my hair is naturally wavy to curly anyway but this really helps to define my curls and pumps them full of volume.

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer
I feel that I have to be specific here by mentioning the Ultimate Blends range simply because I really don’t like some of the products. I wouldn’t recommend the Sleek and Shine Shampoo as it dried my hair out and the same goes for the Mythic Olive Hair Balm which I hated however, I do really like the Strength Restorer collection I’ve tried The Strength Restorer Shampoo, The Strength Restorer Conditioner and The Strength Restorer Serum and my hair was left incredibly moisturised and silky. The royal jelly, propolis and camellia extract works so well for me.

Samy Fat Hair
Samy Fat Hair is a brand that I really do think is underrated and I never hear anything about them. I have their Root Lifter Spray. You can find this brand in Superdrug and their products add plenty of oomph and volume to the hair. This is water based so doesn’t lift my roots so much but it does add volume to my hair with less product build up.

Wella Shockwaves
I’ve spoken about my quest for the perfect hairspray for ages as I have a lot of flyaway hairs that refuse to be tamed. Most hairsprays either dry my hair out, don’t have enough hold or are super sticky but the Wella Shockwaves Power Hairspray gets damn close. It manages to hold my hair in place, it brushes out easily and it makes my hair more manageable.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and please leave your hair recommendations in the comments, I’m always on the hunt for new products and brands so I’d appreciate any that you can point me to!

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FCUK High Impact Lips Gift Set Review

Last year I received this lip kit as a birthday gift and I thought it was finally time to show it to you. Now I have to admit, I have three out of four products to show you simply because my beloved nan fell in love with one of the lip glosses so I let her take it, but nevertheless I hope that you enjoy this post.
fcuk products
The High Impact Lips Kit is housed in this cardboard packaging which admittedly isn’t very practical although I do like the holographic design. This set offers two lip crayons and two lip glosses. This retails for £12.00.
Starting with the crayons and we have a plummy pink shade and then an orange toned red which for some reason is looking like a pink in this photo. The crayons have a very creamy formula which I like and I do love the colour of the pink one (not so much the orange).

These do have a glossy finish which I don’t like as much as matte finishes, sadly the longevity of these is awful. Within ten minutes these start to fade and they fade very unevenly leaving a ring of colour around the lips and in any fine lines.
Onto the glosses now and they have a brush applicator, with a twist end that you twist to dispense the product. Again these don’t last very long and they’re very sticky. The pink shade is the better of the two it’s a pale baby pink which my nan likes. This red one is very pigmented but it does slip and smudge everywhere leaving a mess behind.
Overall, I don’t rate this set, I do think that the products are okay and I love the shade of the pink lip crayon but the formulas don’t last and they have a tendency to end up halfway down my face. I’ll be passing these on as they are very high maintenance and I reach for lipsticks over glosses, they might be more suited to younger teenagers.

The FCUK High Impact Lip Kit is available here for £12.00.

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Lifestyle Wishlist

Lifestyle is something that I don’t really cover much on my blog but recently I’ve been dipping a toe into the waters covering some of my favourite books. There’s so many things that I have my eye on the moment that aren’t beauty related so I thought that it would be fun to share a lifestyle wishlist.
1) Accessorize Mixie Soft Bucket Shoulder Bag £35.00 (Accessorize)
I love slouch bags particularly ones on the larger side as I have a terrible habit of overfilling my bags. This one has a zip to hold it closed which I loved as I hate bags that are open at the top (too many times have I ended up with raindrenched notebooks) I also love the long strap.

2) Leuchtturm Bullet Journal A5 Notebook £15.50 (Leuchtturm)
I’ve been bullet journaling for the past few months now and I am in need of a notebook with thicker paper for when I’m drawing all over it. The Leuchtturm ones seem to be the most popular due to the size, paper thickness and dotted lines and this one is made specifically for bullet journals.

3) Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner £13.95 (Lush)
I love Lush products and I’ve been hankering after the Snow Fairy line for a while now. The Snow Fairy Body Conditioner is a new launch with the same scent but a richer formula. As someone with dry skin I love the idea of a body conditioner so this is perfect for me.

4) Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes £13.00 (Amazon)
I’ve been eagerly anticipating the next book by Sali Hughes after I fell in love with Pretty Honest. I adore Sali’s writing style and the book just feels like reading a magazine. I read Pretty Honest within a couple of days and I could not put it down so I can’t wait to read Sali’s thoughts on cult beauty products.

5) Black PU Cleated Boot £15.00 (Primark)
Every year I inevitably buy – or ask for a pair of black boots and this year I’ve fallen for these ankle boots by Primark. I just love the sleek front with the laces, the zip detailing and the chunky heel and I know that I’d wear these to death!

6) Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy 3DS Game £20.38 (Amazon)
I love the Professor Layton games, they definitely require patience but the puzzles keep me going for ages. The only two I haven’t played/finished are Lost Future and Azran Legacy. For some reason Azran Legacy hasn’t dropped in price in Game but it’s much cheaper on Amazon.

7) Grey Christmas Pug Print Slipper Socks £7.99 (New Look)
My feet are always freezing but in autumn and winter my bad circulation causes a lot of pain so I love to keep wrapped up. I don’t have any slippers at the moment but I love the look of these slipper socks and just look at the pug print!

8) Tangle Teezer Candy Cane Hair Brush £10.60 (Look Fantastic)
Tangle Teezers have appeared on my wishlists so many times and I still haven’t bought one (what is wrong with me?) My hair is constantly getting tangled so I really do need to invest in one of these, maybe this festive edition will convince me.

9) My Neighbour Totoro Onesie £12.34 (Ebay)
I love the film My Neighbour Totoro and as a fan of several Studio Ghibli ( RIP Michiyo Yasuda) it seems only logical that I could snuggle down as one of my favourite creatures. This is simply adorable plus my current onesie is a little small.

10) Yankee Candle Macaron Treats Large Jar Candle £21.99 (Yankee Candle)
I will admit that Yankee Candle is my favourite candle brand but honestly anything that promises to fill my home with the scent of sugar and almonds if a definite winner in my book. It’s been a while since I’ve had a Large Jar and even though this is sold out I’m hoping they’ll either make more or I’ll get my hands on a large jar elsewhere.

That concludes this wishlist, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know the lifestyle bits and bobs that you have your eyes on!

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Lifestyle | My Bullet Journal Setup

I’ve always loved stationary and scribbling in notebooks since I was a child. I had vast collections of notebooks that I’d filled from cover to cover and as someone who enjoys being creative and likes to stay organised I knew that the Bullet Journal was a system that I’d enjoy. I’ve also made one for my boyfriend for his degree and he really likes it too! Today, I thought I’d share my bullet journal with you. It’s nothing fancy but I hope that it gives you some inspiration.
Disclaimer: When I started my bullet journal I didn’t invest money into it, I’m aware that mine isn’t the prettiest but I wanted to see if I stuck with bullet journaling before spending a lot on stationary!
The notebook I use is simply a hardback lined notebook from Poundland. I have seen some really nice journals that are much higher quality however, I wanted to see if I stuck with this hobby before I started to invest a lot into stationary and notebooks. I like to think of this as my first draft.
On the inside cover I’ve decorated this with felt tips. I had a lot of fun picking out inspirational quotes and drawing flowers and pretty things. Whenever I feel sad I like t look at this page as the colour and artwork makes me smile.
monthly-page monthly-quote
I begin each month with an introductory page (left), as you can see I like to practice my lettering here and I’ve used warm colours to introduce autumn. On the next page I like to have a positive/inspirational quote to encourage me through the the month. The one here reads “Every positive thought propels you in the right direction.”
monthly-goals to-do-list
Up next is my monthly goals and my monthly to-do list, I divide my monthly goals into Professional, Personal and Wellbeing. This is November’s so as you can see these aren’t filled in yet but that’s simply because my October one’s have some personal information on there.
daily-tracker weekly-log
I then have my Daily Tracker and Weekly Tracker, if I’m honest although I do use these trackers I’ve never bothered with habit trackers or the more traditional bullet journal features. I did try these a while ago but I just never used them or I forgot to fill them in, so this system works better for me. My Daily Tracker allows me to check my appointments ahead of schedule instantly, and I can go into more depths if needed in the weekly log. I also have notes underneath my daily tracker which I mainly use for tracking my boyfriend’s assignment deadlines so I can remind him.
books-read gratitude-log
The final two pages are in a way more like trackers. I’m an avid reader (you can find me on Goodreads here) so I like to make a note of which books I’ve read each months so I can continue to read the rest of the series’. The final page is split into two I have a gratitude log which helps me to stay positive even if I’m having a really crappy month. I also have my monthly favourites jotted down so when it gets to the end of the month I can round up what I’ve been loving.

That concludes this post if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you like to bullet journal, I’d love to read any posts you might have written on your bullet journals so feel free to leave me your links in the comments!

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Breeze Candle Vanilla Creme Review

I like candles all year round, but the colder months are definitely when I tend to enjoy them a little more. My sister gave me the Breeze Candle in Vanilla Creme last year, it looks like a dupe for the Yankee Candle Vanilla Cupcake candle which is one of my favourites, here’s what the Breeze counterpart is up to.
(Photo sourced from Amazon)
I actually used this candle up a while ago but I was sure that I’d taken a photo but apparently not! The packaging is very similar to Yankee with the glass jar and then the sticker with the logo, scent and a relevant image. I’m not sure how much this cost but I’m sure that I’ve found these before in the likes of Savers and Home Bargains for a pound.

Also this did smell like vanilla it was a very synthetic vanilla scent which I still don’t mind. This lasted a fair amount of time maybe eight hours burn time but that did include when the entire thing melts to oil then solidifies etc. One thing I was disappointed with though was the throw. Unless I was holding this directly under my nose I just couldn’t smell this at all the scent didn’t seem potent enough to be able to fill my room like I had hoped which was a real shame.

Overall, I’m all for budget candles (I’m currently loving the red fruits tealights from Wilko) but this was a disappointment, it didn’t have enough about it to make me want to repurchase, sadly the quality matched the price on this one.

Usually I’d leave a link here but I can’t seem to source these I have seen these on sites such as Amazon and Ebay.

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 the Breeze Candles, and which budget candles you like.

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Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer Review

I’m a huge fan of eye primers, as someone who regularly wears eyeshadow or all different colours, an eye primer is so important to lock that shadow into place. Some of my favourites include the MUA Pro Base Eyeshadow Primer and the Urban Decay Anti-Ageing Primer Potion. The Body Shop Instablur range really intrigued me when it came out, I love blurring products so I was super excited to get my hands on this but I have to say…it’s a little strange.
The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur is described as a tinted concealer and primer. It comes in a little squeezy tube (which I love) and you get 10ml of product for £10.00 which I think is quite a lot.

The product description is as follows:
Our Instablur™ Eye may be small but it’s certainly mighty. Smooth onto your eyelids to help pro-long the wear and vibrancy of eyeshadows and apply under the eyes to conceal dark circles and smooth onto the eyelid to help pro-long the wear of eyeshadows and under the eye to conceal dark circles. You can also use this product to hide redness around the nose!

Once I opened this I have to say I did think that mine had expired. It comes out in a dry, crumbly paste which is tinted yellow. It does also smell quite strong and synthetic almost plastic like which was really alarming. If you apply this directly to the face it can end up balling up which is a nightmare, so I’ve found that the best way to do this is to apply to the hand, rub it to smooth it out then apply to the eye.
Swatch of the Instablur when applied directly from the tube.)

Once on the eyes, this does work well. It does have that silicone feeling that most blurring primers have and I apply this to my lids and under my eyes to reduce the dark circles. It does do a great job of intensifying my eyeshadows and increasing their longevity but the texture is really difficult to work with.

One thing that I have noticed is that this product does have a lot of bad reviews on the Body Shop website, the gritty texture is very strange and it can be a lot of fuss just to get your eye primer to work. I would say that it does work to prime and blur the eye area but every time I do use this I do feel a little nauseous looking at that lurid yellow stringiness.

Overall, I do like this for the priming properties and I will be using it up, but I have to admit I wouldn’t repurchase. The texture of this is quite disappointing as it makes priming so much more difficult than it needs to be which is such a shame and so I wouldn’t recommend this. I do have the Instablur primer for the face which I’m yet to try so fingers crossed that the face primer works better!

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer is available here for £10.00.

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Estee Lauder Doublewear Concealer Review

As a huge fan of the Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation, it was more than likely that I was going to get on with the concealer. I received some sample pods of the concealer a while ago as part of a large gifts set that was free with two purchases from Estee Lauder. Here’s my thoughts.
As mentioned I had some sample pods of this, within this little booklet was a sample pod of the Illuminating Perfecting Primer (which I am yet to try) and then three sample pods of the Doublewear Concealer in the shades: Light, Light Medium and Medium. The full sized version of this concealer retails for £22.50 which I do think is quite expensive for a concealer.
(Shade Light Medium in Pod)
I do think that the shade range was quite accurate, Light was the best shade for me although I could get away with Light Medium as long as I did a lot of blending. In the Doublewear Foundation I am in the shade Bone which is a pale yellow toned colour so that should give you the sort of idea of my skintone.

Like the foundation, the concealer also has very high coverage. I actually wore the concealer over my La Roche Posay Unifiant for a full day and I didn’t actually need any foundation as this had such high coverage. If I’m honest I don’t see what you would need both the foundation and the concealer as both are full coverage.

The concealer has quite a lightweight formula despite being so high in coverage. It is a little thicker than say the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer but it does blend. This does dry relatively quickly and you do ahve to blend it quite a lot to ensure that it blends into the skin rather than drying into lines so do take that into consideration. Although this is a fabulous concealer it is quite high maintenance.

For me, the main selling point of the Doublewear range is the longevity. I always find that by 5 o clock all of my makeup has come off, faded or smudged which isn’t ideal for working, yet this range manages to stay on my face all day. I actually have a photo of my makeup I had worn this concealer for around five to eight hours and you can see for yourself how little it has faded.
Overall, I am really impressed with this, it is a good option if you do need higher coverage or if you have a very light base and just need a little extra for blemishes and the like. I would use this again however, I don’t think I’d need to use this and the foundation in conjunction with one another. I would recommend this to those looking for a high coverage concealer.

The Estee Lauder Doublewear Concealer is available here for £22.50.

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