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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

No7 Protect & Perfect Skincare Range

I have been using the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced (What a mouthful!) range for a couple of months now. I wanted to really give it a thorough test before writing a review for you guys. Mainly because although the No7 range is more affordable than a lot of popular skincare around at the moment, it is certainly not cheap, especially if you want to purchase numerous products from the range.

I bought four products from the range - The Serum, Day cream, Night cream and Body serum (not pictured).


The serum is my favourite product of the four I bought. It has such a lovely consistency and smooths out the texture of my skin and evens out skin tone. It is also a beautiful base for makeup. What I love most about this product is little goes a long way, so you definitely get your moneys worth. It is a brilliant product and I will definitely be repurchasing.


I am obsessed with night creams! There we go I admitted it. I love nothing more than applying a good moisturiser knowing it is getting to work making me look younger while I am sleeping. This cream did not disappoint. My skin looks instantly plumper when applied. It does a great job of hydrating even my most stubborn dry patches (my chin). On the odd occasion I haven't used this cream at night I have noticed a huge difference in my skin in the morning, it just looks dull and dehydrated. As with the serum a little goes a long way, I still have well over half a jar left which is great for the amount of time I have been using it.


When it comes to the day cream I am still on the fence. It is a lovely cream and it does contains SPF 15 which is always a bonus but I feel it is an identical product to one of my all time favourite moisturisers Garnier Ultralift which is more than half the price. I would not recommend spending £25 on this cream unless you are buying it while the 3 for 2 promotion is on.



You will notice I did not photograph the body serum. To be honest I totally forgot about it. I think for £24.95 it is ridiculously over priced and a few minutes after applying my skin feels really dry and I have to apply another moisturiser on top. A total waste of money in my eyes.

Have you tried anything from the No7 Protect & Perfect range? or any skincare from No7? Let me know down below what your thoughts are.

**At the time of writing 30/05/17 the No7 Protect & perfect range is included in the 3 for 2 on skincare offer at Boots.com**

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

New Look Makeup


If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know I regularly rave about the Lip liners from New Look. They are my all time favourite liners and are total dupes for the ones from Kylie Cosmetics and Huda Beauty and they are only £2.99!. I never really took an interest in any other makeup products from New Look until their recent re brand which suddenly made their products seem far more inviting.


The best thing about Makeup products from New look is not only are they really affordable but they also are all 3 for 2. Buy any two products and get the 3rd free. What a bargain!


Below are the products I bought to review -

Flawless foundation and contour stick in Porcelain £4.99.

I really like this foundation. Stick foundations tend to be quite drying on the skin but this one is very creamy when applying. It isn't the easiest to blend with a brush so I would recommend using a Beauty Blender. The foundation looks lovely on the skin and makeup blends beautifully over it. My only negative is, it does not last very long on the skin before it starts to separate and go patchy, even when set with a powder. I am going to pick up a darker shade of this foundation to use as a contour shade as I think it would work lovely used this way. Overall, a good product but if you need your foundation to last all day I wouldn't recommend.



Super matte liquid lipstick in Nude Pink £5.99.

This liquid lipstick is one of the most beautiful pinky nude shades I own. It is really easy to apply and you only need one swipe for full colour payoff. Unfortunately it is very drying on the lips and leaves that horrible crusty line on the inside of your lips after a while (you know what I mean ladies!). Its such a shame because it would be an amazing product if it just had a slightly less drying formula.


Dusty pink matte lipstick £3.99.

This lipstick is probably the best thing I picked up. The packaging is so pretty and the lipstick itself rivals some of my higher ends one in quality and longevity. I will definitely be picking up more shades. 


Glow baked highlighter powder in Pink Pearls £7.99.

I am kind of still on the fence with this highlighter. It does give the cheekbones a lovely glow and is a great price for the amount of product you get. The downside is it is very powdery so not the easiest to apply and does tend to just sit on the top of your skin rather than blending in with the rest of your makeup. If you are on a budget I would recommend picking this up but if you have a good quality highlighter in your collection I would give it a miss. New look also do a trio of highlighters in a palette for £7.99 a friend of mine has and I found them to be better quality and far easier to apply.




You can browse the Makeup line from New Look Here.


Have you tried any beauty products from New Look? Let me know down below what you thought. Please also let me know if there are any other Beauty products from New Look or any other fashion store you would like me to try. I have heard great things about Topshop makeup so if you want to see a review, I am happy to buy some products to try.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

This has Changed my Life.......

For as long as I can remember I have hated my hair! I cant even call it curly, it is just pure frizz that is impossible to style. Over the past few years I have had numerous treatments done at different salons to try and straighten it to make it easier to manage. Although I have had great success with some products, they have damaged my hair and made it to fall out. 

When I heard about the Brazilian blow-dry I was intrigued, mainly because people were saying it did absolutely no damage to your hair. I researched 4 Local Salons and the products they use and decided to go with The Cutting edge Salon who use Cocochoco keratin treatment.  

Before Treatment- Just washed and left to dry!


Before the treatment I was asked to wash my hair with a clarifying shampoo and not to use any conditioner. I left my hair to dry naturally, you can see from the before pictures it was extremely frizzy.

After Brazilian Blow-dry Treatment, also straightened by GHDs.


The process took roughly 2 hours. I had the treatment applied directly to my dry hair then was left for 10 minutes while it soaked in. Then the process of straightening begun. The hairdresser warned me that it can sometimes make your eyes water a little due to the heat on the treatment, so she gave me a towel to put over my eyes if I wanted to. A couple of times during the process I found my eyes were watering and quite nippy but it was no big deal and the towel was helpful.

You can see above the results after the process was finished. I was impressed, but was excited to see what it would be like when I tried to style it myself and how long it would stay straight.

I was advised to keep straightening my hair regularly, not to put my hair up and not to wash my hair for at least 3 days and when I did to use a sulphate free shampoo. It took some time to find a shampoo that was sulphate free but eventually I found this Schwarzkopf one on Beauty Bay.

Styling my own hair
Blowdry
Straighten
I will be totally honest it really was a nightmare not washing my hair for a few days. It wouldn't usually bother me too much but The treatment made my hair look extremely greasy, which was really embarrassing. The fact I also couldn't tie my hair up was also frustrating. Saying that, It was all 100% worth it! 

You can see from the pictures above that the treatment has made styling my own hair easy for the first time in my life. None of the treatments I have had in the past have made my hair so straight. What's even better is I have had no hair fall out and my hair is actually in far better condition than before the treatment.

It has been a couple of weeks since I had the Brazilian blow dry, I can honestly say it has completely changed my life! This may sound quite dramatic but I honestly felt so self conscious before and no matter what I did I just couldn't style it myself which was making me miserable. I could not be happier with the result and will continue getting it done every 3 months as recommended by the salon.


If you live in Dumfries or the surrounding areas and are interested in getting a Brazillian Blowdry, you can contact The Cutting Edge Salon on 01387 279009 or on their Facebook page here.

***THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST I PAID FULL PRICE OF £60 FOR THE TREATMENT***
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Lush Easter Blogger Event 2017





I was lucky enough to be invited along to my local Lush store in Carlisle on Thursday night to celebrate the launch of their 2017 Easter collection. It was an amazing evening and I was lucky enough to share it with some fellow bloggers including my lovely friend Laura (@Lauramcmakeup). 

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge Lush fan so spending the evening making bath bombs, hearing all about how the products are made and getting to sample all their new products was just brilliant! What I've always loved about Lush is just how passionate their staff are about the brand. This was proven on Thursday night while chatting away to the various staff members at the event, they were all so genuinely excited about the new products as well as chatting in depth with us about some old favourites. 

I have included below some of the pictures I managed to take during the evening as well as pictures of the new products from the Easter collection.




























A Huge Thank You to Lush for having me I feel like a proper grown up blogger now.

If you are interested in buying anything from the Easter collection or just finding out some more information you can find all the details here.



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Real Techniques - New Products


Since Real Techniques launched in 2011 the brand has gone from strength to strength. If you are a makeup artist or just a makeup enthusiast the likelihood is you have at least one set of Real Techniques brush sets or sponges in your collection.

The company was founded by Sam and Nic Chapman (also known as Pixiwoo). Both ladies spent many years working as makeup artists before deciding in 2010 to post makeup tutorials to YouTube. At the time YouTube wasn't the phenomenon it is now so these tutorials were considered revolutionary and gained a huge following from makeup lovers around the world. It soon became clear that although there was an abundance of good quality makeup available at all different price ranges, the same could not be said for makeup brushes. The Pixiwoo girls knew the importance of good quality makeup brushes when creating a flawless makeup application, so decided to create their own line of affordable brushes. Real Techniques was born.

Sam & Nic Chapman *

Over time I have managed to collect quite a few of the basic Real Techniques brush sets, individual brushes and makeup sponges. I have always found them to be amazing quality, long wearing and easy to clean. I was also lucky enough to be gifted the brands Luxury range the Bold metals collection. These brushes start at £15 each and although they are beautiful to look at I would honestly say that they are not worth it. I found them to be inconsistent in quality and do not last as well as the basic range. If you would like to see a more in depth review of the bold metals collection or any other set from Real Techniques just leave me a comment down below and I will post that for you.


2017 has been a huge year already for Real Techniques. With rebranding some of their older collection to numerous different launches it seems there is no stopping this brand. As I now have a substantial brush collection I have had to cut back and only buy the brushes I feel I will regularly use. This was definitely the case for the prep and prime set. The moment I seen it I knew it was perfect for me. I am a strong believer in applying your skincare with brushes. I feel the less you touch your face with your hands the less likely you are to spread germs and cause premature ageing to the skin.




'A beauty spatula to remove creams from jars and to make most of your product' - To be honest as much as I like the concept, I do not use it at all. I just take my product out of the jar with the brush I am using to apply it.  
Beauty Spatula

'An under eye reviver which has a stationary ball to cool the under eye area whilst applying eye creams' - I was really excited about this product as I know I can be too rough when applying my eye cream and that has led to far too many wrinkles for my liking. Unfortunately this is such a disappointment, It is far too heavy to hold comfortably in your hand. The roller ball also does not rotate (due to hygiene reasons) so it just drags across your eye area and in all honesty is quite painful.

Under eye reviver

'Flat top Prep brush for applying skincare and primers' - I love love love this brush!! It makes applying skincare so easy and does not soak up loads of product which I find a standard flat top foundation brush does. Its quite firm so makes moving product around on the face easy without being too rough. It is just perfect and I hope they bring it out to purchase individually.

Prep brush

'Miracle complexion sponge which can be used to apply skincare or foundation' - the miracle complexion sponge is a staple in everyone's makeup bag. A great product that can be used numerous ways and is far more affordable than its higher end counter part the Beauty Blender, but competes in regards to quality and durability.

Miracle Complexion Sponge

Stand for the miracle complexion sponge - I just do not get this stand? I suppose if you only have one sponge it is ok but after one use you wouldn't want a dirty sponge on display would you? Since rebranding, they have replaced the usual free cases with little stands to hold your brushes/sponges in but again I just think your makeup area would be extremely cluttered.

Mini complexion sponge

As well as the miracle complexion sponge there are now numerous different sizes, shapes and colours of makeup sponges from Real techniques. I have recently bought these new purple mini eraser sponges as well as the miracle sculpting sponges and mini complexion sponges. In all honesty I very rarely use any of them. I find them useful if I want to tidy up my eyeshadow with some translucent powder but that's the only time I see myself reaching for them. I definitely think unless you are very particular about your makeup being perfect then I would give these a miss.

Have you tried any of Real Techniques new releases? What do you guys think?
Boots and Superdrug quite often have good offers on Real techniques products, at the moment (14.03.17) you can find set at half price and buy on get one half price.
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