Sunday, 31 May 2015

Scott Cornwall Shine On Clear Hair Glaze Review

Scott Cornwall Shine On Clear Hair Glaze

Hello again lovelies! I remember reading a while back about celebrity hair secrets and one that stuck out in particular was hair glazing. You know how celebs always have glossy hair? Well apparently this is how they achieve it. I remember thinking that I needed one immediately but after some research I learned that it involved a trip to the hair dressers which was the end of that dream. When I was little I asked for a hair cut like Jo from S Club 7 ... yes, you heard me right. Not Rachel, not Tina but Jo. I think what I meant to ask for was blonde hair but never mind. To be honest I felt more like Paul after I came out and ever since then I've never trusted a hair dresser. You may remember my last post where I talked about the Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Toner* ( you can find that here). Well, they kindly sent me the Scott Cornwall Shine On Clear Hair Glaze* (£12.99) to try too. The idea of attempting this at home was a lot more appealing than a trip to the salon so here's my thoughts.

Packaging: 
Shine On Hair Glaze arrived in the pink box shown above. It contained three bottles: 1.pre cleansing treatment, 2.developer and 3.collagen shine cream. Instructions and gloves were also included.

Application:
You're meant to run your hair under warm water for three minutes then apply a small amount of the pre cleanse treatment, foam it up and rinse. You then repeat this process. I tend to get a lot of build up on my hair due to oils and treatments so this removes all the gunk so that you're ready for application. Afterwards, you pour the developer into the collagen shine cream and shake your little heart out. You then apply the mixture to your mid lengths and then comb through for a few minutes. Once you've done this you can then add some to your roots, they don't need as much time as they tend to be the healthiest looking. Finally, you can relax for twenty minutes and then massage the last of the bottle all over your hair. After you've rinsed it out, it is suggested that you blow dry and straighten your hair afterwards to seal the cuticles. If you like to avoid heat, then you can style your hair as normal. I chose the straightener option just to see what it looked like.

Thoughts: 
My first impressions of the pre cleansing treatment were pretty good. My hair did feel very clean although my fringe had a strange texture to it. I don't know if I had applied to much in that area as it was on the top? The application of the mixture itself was straight forward, it was similar to applying hair dye. After the mixture had been rinsed, my hair was so difficult to brush that my hair brush got stuck (think princess diaries moment). All I can say is thank god for the tangle teezer, you did me proud! I was still worried about the texture of my hair as I was drying it but once I'd finished straightening, it felt normal again.

In terms of shine, my hair definitely catches the light. I wouldn't say it is as glossy as Kim K's but then again who am I kidding? Although the shine isn't as much as I'd anticipated (I do like to set my sights high), it definitely has more gloss to it than before. I actually think my hair looks lighter as all the build up has been removed too. I'd love to see how this looks on darker hair as I find that dark shades tend to have a more noticeable shine. If you're like me and avoid the hair dressers like the plague then this is a great concept to get salon shiny hair at home. I'll just add that my hair hasn't been left with a silicone feeling which is always great. Hopefully it will last the full 24 washes!

What's your thoughts? How do you achieve shiny hair at home?

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Removing Unwanted Tones: Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Toner Review

Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Toner Iced Platinum
Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Toner Iced Platinum

Hello again lovelies! As you may already know, my quest for platinum hair hasn't always been easy. To be honest, anyone with dyed hair will know how hard it is to maintain a colour so at least we're all in the same boat right? The main issue with bleaching my hair is the orange/yellow tones that are left behind due to my hair being naturally brown and sometimes under developing patches. I'm not complaining though as I'd rather sort those out afterwards rather than lose my hair in the process. This is where using a toner comes in very handy.

Recently I was sent some hair products to test from Scott Cornwall and the first one that I decided to try was the Scott Cornwall Colour Restore in the shade Iced Platinum*. If you're reading this and you don't have blonde hair, don't worry as this also comes in Chocolate, Cool Ash, Deep Red and Warm Honey. You can find this range in Boots for £12.99.

Packaging:
The box came with a 100ml tube of blue toner, instructions and a pair of gloves. I was pleased to see a pair of gloves in there as even though the toner itself doesn't contain peroxide or ammonia, it still may stain so it's better to be safe than sorry. As I suffer from both yellow and orange shades I was happy to see the toner was blue as my usual purple shampoo only seems to tackle the yellow tones and not the orange. If you take a look at the colour wheel, you'll see that blue is the opposite of orange which is how the toning process works to cancel it out.

Application:
There are two ways to apply this depending on the results you would like. For the first method, you can apply a small amount of toner to a gloved hand then smooth through washed and towel dried hair. Once you've done this, you comb it through for five minutes and rinse with warm water. This is meant to create deeper tones in your hair. It also states that if you are unsure, you can use it like a conditioner first and wash it off after two minutes to see how it goes. The second is the intense development method which is the one that I tried. The process is the same as the first method but after five minutes of combing it through, you then leave it for a further twenty. I found that applying this toner in a mirror helped to cover the patches that were the worst and then I sat in the bath with a face mask and waited. I did wash this off a few minutes early due to panicking that my hair looked very dark so I'd advise you to just keep your eye on it. The instructions stated not to condition afterwards as this is also a conditioning treatment. I'll just add that there is enough left in the tube for a few more applications incase any of the tones start showing through again.

Results:
I've learned by now not to look at my hair until it's fully dry otherwise I'll unnecessarily upset my self so I patiently sat with my hair towel on and eventually it was time to see the results. I'm actually amazed at how well this has lifted my hair. Usually with toners I end up multi-tonal due to the way products take to old and newly bleached hair. My roots and ends are pretty much the same colour. There are still a few patches of orange mainly underneath my hair at the back but they do look lighter. I'll be able to fix those the next time I do my hair anyways so at least it will tide me over. As for the yellow tones, they appear to have gone. My main issue with toners is that sometimes they turn my hair grey instead of white but I haven't had that issue this time. The only thing that I didn't like about the Scott Cornwall toner is that you have to comb through wet hair during the application process which was a bit of a struggle as the combination of shampoo and curly hair had made it difficult to get the comb through. This toner is meant to last 8 washes but as I only wash my hair a few times a week due to it being dry, this should last me until my next root touch up.

Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Toner Iced Platinum

Overall I'm really pleased with the results. My boyfriend even said that my hair definitely looked lighter which is a good sign right? I will also be testing out the Scott Cornwall Shine On Hair Glaze when I get a chance so if you're after shiny sleek hair keep your eyes out for my next review. Do you use a toner on your hair? What's you thoughts?

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Covering Imperfections: The Highend Edition

Covering Imperfections Highend Concealers
Covering Imperfections Highend Concealers

Hello again lovelies, today I'm talking all about concealer! Covering blemishes is now a regular and tiresome part of my routine and let's not forget about the dark circles induced by too many Netflix binges either. A lot of us have been worshipping the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer which is amazing for the price but it just doesn't seem to be cutting it for me anymore. That's probably because mine is about to run out so I'm literally scraping the barrel with it. I had a little dig through my drawers and decided to reuse what I already had instead of wasting more money. Here's my thoughts on some of the highend concealers!

Benefit Boiing Industrial Strength Concealer (£17.50):
Benefit's claim that Boiing is 'industrial strength' sucked me in instantly. I did pick the lightest shade although it still is a little darker than I would prefer (bare in mind that I'm very pale). To get the most out of this concealer, I'd advise that you warm it up between your finger tips first. I've been using this under my eyes as it covers my dark circles really well although my only issue is that it slides easily making it not so great for covering blemishes. If I do use this on blemishes, it is after I've applied the rest of my makeup as a final touch up. I'd probably rate this concealer a lot more if I hadn't already tried MAC Studio Finish.

MAC Studio Finish (£15.50):
MAC claim that Studio Finish covers scars, blemishes, tattoos, discolouration ... and the list goes on. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin E and spf 35 which is always a bonus when it comes to cosmetics. I used to apply this using a concealer brush and had little success. Since then, I've been applying Studio Finish with my fingers and the results are completely different, just have a quick search on Youtube and you will see how amazing this is! Some people even use this as a foundation due to its high coverage. I'm actually feeling a lot more confident about my skin since I've been using this as it covers absolutely everything. I know that pots are well known for being unhygenic but MAC claim that this is non-blemishgenic (no I haven't just made that up). It hasn't broke me out or made my blemishes worse so I'll agree with that. One thing I will say is that this is waterproof. Now I always wash my face thoroughly at night and even when I move on to toning my face, the cotton pad is still removing this stuff. At least it's long wearing ey?

MAC Select Cover Up (£15.50):
Finally, MAC claim that Select Cover Up can be used to lighten, brighten, even out skintone and cover up blemishes. Now this one is a little different to the others as it is in liquid form. I've been using this under my foundation on particularly bad days as it takes away the dark marks and redness before I've even applied my foundation. I then apply the Studio Finish concealer over the foundation to cover anything that needs a little more attention. I really like that this is aimed to be applied under foundation as it means that you can blend it into your base without having obvious patches where your concealer has been. I'd recommend this concealer to those who don't need as much coverage but still want to cover up redness or dark marks as it does so perfectly.

I hope this helps anyone who is looking for a heavy duty concealer or just fancies a change. I'm all for embracing the skin we're in but I also know how it feels when your skin is playing up. My favourite out of the three is obviously Studio Finish as it has made a huge difference to my confidence. Do you have a favourite high end concealer? I'm tempted to try NARS next, what's your thoughts?

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

MUA Shade 11 Review: The £1 Lipstick

MUA lipstick shade 11
MUA lipstick shade 11
MUA lipstick shade 11

Hello again lovelies! Today I'm going to be talking about my latest purchase which was a long overdue lipstick. Getting a new lipstick always puts me in an amazing mood and the fact that this one was only £1 made me even happier. Yes, of course I'm talking about the popular MUA range. I've heard so many people talking about MUA so this purchase was definitely "a blogger made me do it" moment. I've done pretty well curbing my lipstick addiction but I couldn't resist buying this one at such a bargain price.  As you may know, I've been totally and utterly sucked into the nude lip trend so I of course chose shade 11. Never did I think the day would come where I'd abandon my red lips for so long but hey ho that's life or should I say the impact of Kylie Jenner. Let's get on with the review then shall we?

Packaging:
I really like the packaging as although it's simple, the black and silver stick reminds me a lot of MAC's packaging. Also, if you follow me on Twitter, you may have caught how amazed I was by the screw off pot on the bottom. I guess that would be really handy if you ran out of product or if you like to use a brush to apply it and don't want to ruin the stick. Even if I don't use it, it's such a lovely touch. MUA give yourself a pat on the back!

Thoughts:
This lipstick applied so easily, it almost felt like butter as it glided across my lips. I'm usually a matte kinda gal so the feeling this had was almost moreish, I had to stop myself applying it. My lips need some serious hydration and this gave me that instantly. I usually have a nightmare prepping my lips for a lipstick as they are quite dry and I think this lipstick would be perfect for those who worry about it sinking into dry patches as it completely smooths over them. Not only did my lips feel moisturised, they also had a lovely glossy sheen to them. The pigmentation itself is easy to build up and the overall colour is beautiful. As you can see from the photo above, on first application, the colour is a lovely light nude. Once I started layering it, you could see more of the pinkish tone which was swatched on my hand. This is perfect as you can build the colour to suit the look you're going for.

The Test Of Time:
I actually went out for a "cheeky Nando's" wearing this lipstick. Yes, I did just say cheeky Nando's and I'm totally cringing. I've never said that before and probably never will again so do excuse me. I did end up eating a lot of my lipstick but when I checked on the way home, there was some slight pigmentation there. To be honest I'm not really bothered that I'd have to reapply throughout the day as it's such a lovely lisptick. With it not being matte, I wouldn't really expect it to last all day anyway.

Overall, I'm over the moon with this lipstick. It's definitely been added to my favourites and I can't wait to try more of their range. If you think about it, you could buy 15 of their lipsticks instead of one high end one which makes it even more appealing. Also, did anyone else get really excited when they noticed the screw off bottom? As you can probably tell, it was the highlight of my day.

Have you tried any MUA products? Send some recommendations my way!

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Topshop Wishlist: Sun Sea & Sand

Topshop Wishlist

Hello lovelies! Today I am back with yet another wishlist. Does anyone else really enjoy making wishlists? It's like window shopping without having to put your shoes on! I'd almost forgotten about that one week of sunshine we had so I've smothered myself in gradual self tan and spent the night looking at clothes to get myself back in the summery mood.Where else would I go to get some style inspiration than Topshop?

They have such a gorgeous selection in at the moment with plenty of stripes and florals to keep me smiling. I'm not sure when the sun will come back out to play but there's nothing like being prepared! Everything is linked so if you'd like to have a browse feel free!

1. Tropical Print Halterneck Jumpsuit £48 
2. Striped Frayed Hem Top £24
3. Tribal Print Kimono £33
4. Tulip Print Culottes £34
5. Mermaid Coin Purse £12
6. Lace Panel Shorts £32
7. Heaven Gladiator Sandals £26
8. Pineapple Straw Tote Bag £28

How gorgeous is that mermaid coin purse?! I wouldn't even want to put it in my bag, I'd be twirling it around on my finger for everyone to see. Kind of like at college when that one person who passed their driving test before everyone else always used to walk around with their car keys in their hand. I'd be that proud of it. Anyways, I'm hoping I don't have to battle you girlies for it! What have you got your eye on?

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Firmoo Glasses and 50% Off Frames

Firmoo glasses
Firmoo glasses
Firmoo glasses
Firmoo glasses

Hello again lovelies! Today I'm going to be talking to you about eyewear. I've actually worn glasses since high school but I'm not going to lie, my first pair looked like something that even Harry Potter would turn down. I used to try and avoid wearing my glasses which obviously isn't recommended but I disliked them that much! A lot has changed since then and eyewear has definitely developed providing plenty more options to suit individual style and taste. I feel that to be comfortable wearing my glasses, I need to really like them.

Recently Firmoo* contacted me and asked if I'd like to try a pair of their glasses. I'd never even considered buying frames online but there is something quite appealing about not having to leave the house to get a new pair. The website itself has a huge selection of frames offering different styles and colours to suit your personal taste. Even if you don't wear prescription glasses, you can get what some like to call a fashion pair.

Process:
Now, I was initially worried about not being able to try each pair on but Firmoo provide a system which allows you to upload a photo of yourself to see how they look. I love over sized glasses so I chose a pair that had a slight cat eye and a tortoise shell frame... All my favourite looks in one! Once you've picked a pair you can then enter your prescription (if you have one), your requirements such as anti glare etc. and your pupil distance which is fully explained on the site. All you have to do is wait for parcel to arrive. Mine was delivered in under a week which was amazing considering that they were shipped from the other side of the world.

Product:
I love it when a company puts a little effort into the decorative side of things. Firmoo completely surprised me with an adorable map styled case, a small bag, a cleaning cloth and a screw driver for adjusting the sizing. They really did cater for everything. My glasses fit, they feel sturdy and comfortable and most importantly they do their job. I just love the way they look. What I haven't mentioned yet is the pricing. I feel like a fool for spending over £100 on my previous pairs when the frames on this site can be as low as £17.00. You do have to pay for the lenses as well but this is nowhere near as expensive as what I was used to paying.

Overall, I'm definitely impressed with the service and quality that Firmoo provided plus it's opened my eyes to a whole new world of online shopping which is always exciting. If you're interested in checking out Firmoo's site you can click here. I'm also happy to share with you that you can get 50% of on your first set of frames. If you'd like to redeem your code click here.

Let me know what you think!

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Friday, 1 May 2015

The Story Of My New Bargain Handbag

Leopard Print handbag

Hello lovelies! My appreciation for bags has changed over the years. I started with my groovy chick rucksack progressing to one of those garish blow up 90's bags ... not going to lie, I did use it to carry around a teddy bear dog and pretend I was Paris Hilton. I always had high aspirations. I then moved on to high school forcing my parents to buy me a Jane Norman bag just so I could use the carrier bag to look super cool carrying my PE kit. I think this was the beginning of my unnecessary baggage situation.

When I was at college and Uni I often opted for the largest bag possible. When I say large, I mean HUGE. Fearing that someone would steal all the books for the next essay, I would take out half the library and drag them around all day, everyday. I don't know how I never developed bulging muscles from all the carrying I did. Why are uni books so thick? Thinking back, it was probably to stop people like me taking them all. Anyways, not only did I carry around a tonne of books, I was also one of those I need to carry my file around at all times, maybe even a large notebook, twenty highlighters and a few recipts kind of person. If I was lucky I'd even find half a squares bar tucked in there somewhere. 

This has resulted in many a sore shoulder/back and I'm so over it. I've been introducing smaller bags to my collection since I finished uni which means that I'm no longer tempted to shove everything in, it also means I no longer panic thinking I've lost everything so I finally have peace of mind. Sorry If i'm boring you, I'll get onto my point. 

I found this bag in a shop in my local area. It was one of those shops that contain unsold stock from different brands. If the stock doesn't shift, the price is reduced and I'm happy to share with you that this bag was £4.95! The brand on the label is Simply Be. It's not a brand that I have experience shopping with but how pretty is it! It's leopard print, which is always a favourite of mine but I wouldn't say it was the tacky kind. Inside, there is a small zip up pocket and a detachable gold chain strap meaning it can also be used as a clutch. On the outer bottom, it has gold mirrored detailing which just makes it even more beautiful. I haven't had a chance to give it a whirl yet but it's my new prized possession. Who doesn't love a good bargain handbag?

Leopard Print handbag


Do you have a love hate relationship with your handbags? Tell me your stories!

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