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Before Christmas my sister recommended I purchase the 'tangle teezer' brush. I have quite long, naturally curly and thick hair, and so brushing it can be quite a challenge! I had never thought about trying this before, although I had seen it in the shops I just thought it was quite an over priced hair brush. Therefore, I asked for this for Christmas, and I got it.
Mine is pink and purple in colour, and I was told it was purchased from ASOS.com. They have a few different colours to choose from on there and they are priced at £10.20 each. I have seem more colours and designs in Boots too, where they are priced slightly higher at £10.99. I do think it is quite a lot for a hairbrush and I would usually never go out and spend that much on one, which is why I'm glad I received it as a gift.
The purpose of the Tangle Teezer is to deliver rapid, pain-free detangling as well as polishing hair for a high shine. It is meant to dramatically reduce hair breakage, splitting and damage. It has a unique teeth configuration to allow this, and can be used on all types of hair, wet or dry.
When I first used this it was after washing my hair when it was still wet. This is a time when it usually takes me the longest to brush my hair, because I need to be so careful not to break/split it, and because my hair is naturally curly this was easily done with my usual paddle style brush. I couldn't use a comb either because it simply wasn't enough as my hair was so thick. I was very surprised at the results after using the Tangle Teezer. Not only did I brush all my hair quickly, but there was no hair even remaining on the brush! My hair felt smooth and I didn't struggle with any tats once when using it. Due to the style of the brush I can't properly dry my hair whilst using it, but it is perfect for brushing it just before I go on to drying it.
After drying my hair straight I then use my hair straighteners on it, but by this point I would usually need to brush a few tats out again, however my hair still felt so smooth that it hardly needed brushing again in between. When I did brush it though, again I used the tangle teezer to test how it was on dry hair. Again, it worked really well and my hair felt smooth.
For my curly hair, this brush is a godsend, especially when using with wet hair. I can't believe I have only just discovered this now! I can't comment on what it is like with fine straight hair, but if it works well on my hair it has to be good on any other type too.
After a few weeks of use a few strands of hair have appeared on the brush that I have just pulled off, but nowhere near as much as what I am used to pulling off my old brush! So you can't expect it to never break bits off your hair, but I can say when it does, it is very very little. Therefore not only does this brush my hair really well, it does an excellent job at preventing breakages and overall makes my hair look healthier and smoother.
If you have not used this before then I would recommend anyone to try it. Especially mothers for when they brush their children's hair - for the pain free part! I can now justify the price of this hairbrush being just over £10, because I would now pay that much myself.
I am a huge fan of Lush bubble bars - they are in fact my favourite product from Lush and I favour them over the bath ballistics. Therefore when 'The Christmas Penguin' became available I was very keen to try it out as it is one I had never seen or used before. It was only available over the Christmas period but they do often bring them out again the next year if they proved to be popular.
This particular bubble bar is citrus scented as it contains lemon oil, orange flower absolute and mandarin oil. Citrus scents, especially orange, is my favourite and so I love it when Lush bring out more products with these scents! This bubble bar is quite strong which I have found with most of their bubble bars and so if you don't like very strong scented products then you may want to steer away from this, or alternatively only use a small amount. I break my bubble bars up to get more uses out of them. If I didn't it would be a waste as they are usually priced at over £3. This one cost me £3.20. I got 5 baths out of this one, but I maybes should have only gotten 4 as I did find towards the end they weren't as strong and so I shouldn't have snapped the bar up as many times as I did!
The scent is noticeable straight away when you break a bit off and hold it under the hot running tap until it dissolves, and the smell lingers for ages! I usually spend around an hour in the bath, especially when I'm using products like this in it, and the scent is still always noticeable when I get out.
It's not only the scent I love so much though, it's also the amount of bubbles it makes and the nice blue colour that it adds to the water. If you love your bubbles then you will love this. The more of the bubble bar you use the more bubbles you get. However, I got loads every time and I got 5 baths out of it so when I snap some off I don't worry about how many bubbles it will make, I try and get it so the scent is strong enough.
It states on the Lush website that if you are a fan of "The Olive Branch shower gel" then you will love this exotic product. I have never tried the shower gel before but because I loved this bubble bar it does make me want to try it. The only thing putting me off is the price of the shower gels.
I would definitely recommend this bubble bar, and I only hope that Lush bring it out again next Christmas so I can buy it again!
These knee high leather boots are available from Miss Selfridge online as well as Miss Selfridge in store. They are available in not only black, but tan coloured too, both with a gold zip up the outside of the boots. I wanted these before Christmas last year but they very quickly went out of stock, and I never found any I liked as much as these and so when they came back in stock again this year I immediately bought them for myself in black.
They are priced at £89 which is pricey but they are leather and I was willing to pay around this for a good pair that I expect to last me for at least a few years. I got 20% student discount off when I bought them and so I didn't pay the full price. I find that Miss Selfridge often do offers on their website, especially in the run up to Christmas and so when I want something I tend to wait until they do have an offer on. At the moment for example they are offering up to 30% off everything on their website.
I wanted some knee high boots with no heals on them that didn't have too much going on, which is why I loved these in the first place. They are completely flat and the only feature on them in the gold zip, as you can see in the image above. I do like that the zips are on the outsides of the boots and not the inside for a change. Inside they have a think layer of sheepskin material, like you find in Ugg boots, just not as thick. They help keep my legs and feet really warm.
The boots are available in sizes 3 up to 8. I am usually a size 5 and the size 5 in these fit me perfectly, also noting the fact I wear socks with them, and as I am a big size 5 I do usually have to consider going up to size 6 in some footwear. The width of the legs of the boots aren't too wide either, as I find that some knee high boots I have tried on in the past have always been too wide for my legs and so it can look odd. However, these just hug my legs nicely! They are very comfy and even when I first started wearing them they did not irritate my feet at all.
I have had these boots for a few months now and the quality of them are really good, they are yet to show any signs of wear and tear and I hardly's ever have them off my feet at the moment! If it wasn't for the price, I would probably get these in the tan colour too, and so I will be looking out for these in the sales after Christmas!
"Converse present the plimsoll that needs no introduction."
The oxford style Converse trainers are the type I am reviewing, but there are now so many different styles to choose from. The oxford style comes in several different colours, with many retailers offering limited edition colours only available from that retailer. New colours are always being brought out too depending on the season that we are in. For summer, a lot of neon coloured Converse were available, and now that its coming to winter, all the darker winter colours are coming back.
I own the classic white colour, which has the red and blue stripes going around the rubber bottom part of the shoe, below the white coloured canvas, and white laces. The All Star logo appears in white and black at the top of the tongue, as well as on the back of the shoe on the rubber part. The logo on the back starts to rub off and fade after time with it being on rubber, however you can still tell just from looking at them that they are Converse!
These oxford style converse are not only available for ladies, but also for men, children and even babies now. So a long list of sizes is available that I won't need to list here, with them being available in almost every size! I am usually a size 5 and these fit me perfectly so they are true to their size too.
I used to own Converse years ago when I was at college, and only purchased a pair again since then for the first time this year. I have now had mine for almost 5 months and they are still very wearable. I know people who have had the same pair for over two years because they last that long, and even look good when they look 'worn'. Converse even brought out an 'already worn look' range to buy because a lot of people like that style. With mine being white though I don't expect them to last that long, and I won't want them to look too worn. They are still quite clean however, considering how much I wear them, which is at least a few times a week. The canvas material isn't very easy to clean, but the rubber parts are and any dirt on them wipes away very easily with just a wet cloth.
Now for the comfort of these plimsolls. I definitely think they are the most comfiest trainers I own. I purchased some Vans before these and I thought they were comfy, but these are even better. I guess the fact that the bottoms are quite chunky helps, whereas with my Vans I opted for the 'lo pro' style which have thinner bottoms. I will definitely be purchasing another pair in another colour sometime soon.
Converse are available online from many websites as well as from stores such as Schuh, Bank, Foot Asylum, JD Sports and many more and are usually priced at around £45. Other Converse styles' costs will vary. If you want to buy directly from Converse you can even customise your Converse and change a lot of details on them to suit you. You have to pay extra to do this but I do think it is worth it and this always makes a great gift for someone as you would have designed them yourself, and therefore put a lot more thought into them! You can do this both on their website and in store if you are lucky enough to have a Converse shop near you.
I have always been a lover of shoes and tend to like to dress up smart rather than casual. However, when I started my job where I am now that allowed me to where whatever I want, I thought I would buy myself some trainers for when I have casual days and want to wear comfy clothes and shoes.
Vans seem to have become a lot more popular recently with more and more styles and colours available. I wanted just a plain pair that would go with most of my clothes and so decided to opt for the dark grey and white coloured ones in the 'authentic lo pro' style. They aren't the original chunky style, the white rubber soles are thinner hence the 'lo pro' name. I am usually a size 5 and these Vans are true to size as the size 5 fit me perfectly. I do not wear socks with these style trainers though so if you wanted to wear socks you may need to go up a size. Now that I own a pair of Vans and I know what the fitting is like and so I wouldn't be afraid to purchase more online, but when I bought my first pair I did go in and try them on first in Schuh, which is where I purchased mine from.
This style of Vans is available in several other colours, not just dark grey. They also have white, black, navy blue, pink, purple, green, yellow and many many more! Many shops also have limited edition colours and styles that are only available in that specific store. The 'lo pro' style is available for men, women and children.
The RRP is £40. Limited edition colours may vary and you can often get these slightly cheaper if purchasing online from Amazon or eBay. I got mine for £36 from Schuh as they offer 10% student discount, both in store and online.
Now for the comfort of the trainers. I love how comfy these are and couldn't believe I hadn't been wearing trainers sooner. I have since purchased another pair in navy blue I love them that much. I did try the original style Vans on with the chunkier sole on and these were even comfier, I just preferred the slimmer sole.
The fabric can be wiped clean but you would have to try and wipe off any marks on them pretty quickly to prevent them from staining the fabric. I have found these can be put through the washing machine though if this happens, and it doesn't ruin the trainers. The rubber part of the trainers wipe clean very easily, and the Vans logo on the backs of the trainers do not fade away quickly, which I always found happened with logos on rubber parts of trainers in the past, especially Converse.
In conclusion these are very stylish and comfy trainers and I now own two pairs. My grey pair I purchased before Christmas last year and they are still in great condition, it is only the colour of the soles that seem to be discolouring as it is hard to keep them white. These are available in Schuh, Office, Foot Asylum, and many more shoe retailers.
I received this Lush 'Fair Trade Foot Lotion' in a gift set last year for my birthday. It is usually priced at £9.25 for 225g, but I got a 100g tub in my set and this is still lasting me yet after several months of use.
The foot lotion is designed to "keep your little piggies soft, supple and minty!"
The first thing I noticed when I opened the rub was the strong minty smell, and so I was shocked to see that the cream is actually pink in colour and not a minty colour. I don't mind the scent as I personally love it, but if you aren't a fan of peppermint or spearmint then this product may not be for you, as the scent is hard to ignore!
The tub was filled to the very top and the cream isn't very thick in texture and so could very easily spill out the tub if you are not careful when opening.
My feet are quite battered after wearing uncomfy high heel shoes in the past and also when I worked in a job where I was constantly on my feet. I had never used a foot mask or cream on a daily basis though until I started using this. I didn't notice any major changes to the condition of my feet after I first used it, but after a few days of use my feet did start to feel smoother. Therefore, you really do have to use this cream on a daily basis to benefit from it. I go through stages where I apply this everyday for a few weeks and then stop using it for a while, and so I guess this is how the 100g sized tub has lasted me almost a year.
I can't say this cream takes away cracked or dry skin completely, but it does help the overall condition of them a bit. I think my feet may need a good foot mask to help them any further, which you can also purchase from Lush and so I am going to purchase and try that next.
The only bad thing about this foot lotion I feel is the texture of the cream itself. It does seem slightly watery and I was expecting it to be quite thick. I love rubbing cream into my feet for a while to relieve aches but due to the texture of this, it doesn't take long to rub in at all. Although some people may prefer this!
I am lucky because I almost always have naturally long nails. If they snap or break they grow back very quickly and I have never been in the habit of biting them either. Therefore, I never go anywhere to pay to get my nails done, or get fake nails, and instead I just file and paint them myself.
When I recently went on holiday, it was before I left in the airport when I realised I forgot to bring a nail file, one of my essentials. Luckily there is a Boots in the airport and so I purchased their own branded 4 way buffer block priced at £2. There was slightly cheaper nail files available but I had never used a 4 way block before or properly buffered my nails, and so I thought I would try it out. Plus the airplane would be the perfect time to do them if I got bored!
As the name kind of gives away, the buffer block has four sides to it to give nails a beautiful, natural shine. The 4 sides are all numbered and it even states next to each number what the side is actually for. This was helpful for me using one of these blocks for the first time.
~ Directions for use ~
Step 1: File nail edge. Always file from the edge of the nail to the centre, using long smooth strokes. If you file back and forth in one go then you will only chip away and make the edge of the nail more unsmooth.
Step 2: Remove ridges. Smooth ridges on the surface of the nail, but it is important not to do this step too much. Boots advise you to only do this step around once a month. Instructions do not come with the nail block so not everyone will know this!
Step 3: Smooth nail. This creates a finer finish and sheen. I cannot really tell what this does exactly as in comparison to a nail that I hadn't yet used part 3 of the block on, there seemed to be no difference!
Step 4: Shine nail. Use side 4 to create and maintain a high gloss finish. This step can be repeated every few days to maintain a natural shine and I love this part! It really does work and creates shiny nails that will last a couple of days.
I am so glad I purchased this buffer block instead of just a standard nail file. My nails look healthier and shinier and all done myself for the price of £2 I cannot complain. The whole process only takes 5 minutes too, if not quicker. It depends on how much filing you need or want to do at step 1 as this is the longest bit.
Since purchasing this, I have noticed Boots have a 6 way buffer block available for £2.50 too which I am now very keen to try out next. I am not sure if the extra steps will just be like step 3 where I cannot really tell what it actually does, but I will wait and see when I eventually purchase it..
I purchased these little owl earrings from River Island a few months ago, priced at only £2. They are still available now in store as well as online on the River Island website. The earrings are part of River Island's cheaper jewellery range, which includes quite a lot of little earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets priced from around £1.50 up to £3. This range is great for me as I hate paying around the £10 price mark for jewellery that you often find in other similar fashion retailers such as Topshop. The colour of the jewellery usually turns rusty or fades after a while, that or they end up breaking easily.
The earrings are a rose gold colour, but I think they still go with a lot of my gold coloured jewellery, you don't necessarily need to buy other matching rose gold coloured jewellery. Also it is worth noting that I have had these for a few months now and they are still the same colour that they were when I purchased them.
They are only little studs but they must still be noticeable because I have received a few compliments by people when wearing them!
When I wear fake gold/silver jewellery, or to be precise rings, I almost always end up with a green finger from it. However, these do not give me green ears thankfully! I am not sure if this only happens when wearing rings due to washing your hands and water getting on it etc, but if you are allergic or cannot wear fake jewellery usually then I can't comment for sure on whether you will be ok to wear these earrings or not.
I love these cute little earrings, and even though they are only small they really do stand out or make an outfit that bit more quirky, especially when wearing my hair tied up. I will definitely be purchasing more of the little studs etc available from River Island at this price!
This grey and white lace maxi dress caught my eye when I was shopping in Miss Selfridge a couple of months ago. I don't think the picture really does it justice as I may have not really looked at it if just browsing on the Miss Selfridge website. It is priced at £32 but at the time they had 20% off everything in store because my nearest Miss Selfridge is placed in Debenhams, who were running the promotion. Therefore I got it for £25.60 instead.
This dress is available in some Miss Selfridge stores and online in sizes 4 - 16. You can check if this is available in your nearest Miss Selfridge store by going on the website and clicking 'check stores'. I have found this little tool quite handy sometimes!
Even when I picked this up to look at it, it wasn't until I took it into the changing room to try it on that I noticed the slits on either side of the dress. I wasn't put off by these but I would have preferred the dress without the slits, as I would with any maxi dress. The dress is grey and the top half has a white lace overlay. The back of the top part of the dress is just lace and so the back is a bit see through. I found that the grey part of the dress was still a bit see through and so light coloured underwear is a must when wearing this dress.
I am about 5"4 and I struggle to find maxi dresses that aren't too long for me. However, this was a perfect fit, as I have found with previous maxi dresses from Miss Selfridge too. I don't need to hunt for one in the petite section, whereas I sometimes do in other shops! However, when I got around to wearing this I was sure it seemed shorter than what it was when I tried it on in the shop. You definitely could not wear any form of heels with this, even when I was wearing flat sandals I was paranoid it was too short. I was quite disappointed as I loved the dress but instead of keeping it like I usually would whilst thinking 'I will wear it one day', I decided to return it. I also thought it was quite pricey considering the material is quite thin that it is a bit see-through.
If you are the same height as me or any taller then this dress probably won't be a good fit, but good for petites!
I was recently shopping on ASOS.com and they had 30% off the Rimmel make up range and so I decided to treat myself to some products I had never used by the brand before, and just stock up whilst they were even cheaper!
This Scandal Eyes waterproof kohl eyeliner was only £2.50, and is usually priced at £3.99. There are several different shades to choose from, with some bright colours if you are a bit daring. I just bought the jet black shade though as I only ever wear black eyeliner. I didn't read up too much about the eyeliner before I purchased it because it was cheap anyway, and I have used Rimmel eyeliners in the past that have been good, and so I tend to trust the brand.
I will tell you a little bit about what this eyeliner is designed to do. It is meant to glide on easily because the pencil formula is smooth and creamy, and is meant to be long lasting whilst being waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat-proof and humidity-proof. A lot of claims by Rimmel! It is also safe for sensitive eyes. I cannot wear Rimmel mascaras as they irritate my eyes, but I have never had any problems with their eyeliners, and this one is no different.
When I apply this along my eye lines it does glide on very easily as the formula is very smooth and creamy. It does not drag or pull my skin and it doesn't require lots of coats, just the one, if you can master it neatly in one stroke!
Due to the texture of the pencil though it does go blunt quite quickly and therefore needs sharpening lots. It fits into a normal sized sharpener though and doesn't take long to do, it just means the pencil itself may not last as long as other eyeliners do. It does a great job at staying on my eye and not fading, I don't need to reapply this throughout the day, I would say it lasts for a good 10 hours. However, it won't last this long if you are not careful as it does smudge easily. I have found it is waterproof though. Sadly, this is one of the only claims that this lives up to. I cannot wear this eyeliner when the weather is warm because it is not sweat-proof, heat-proof, or smudge-proof like Rimmel state it is. I do think it is hard to find an eyeliner that does ALL of the above, and so I wasn't expecting this to live up to all of those claims to be honest. However, I have to deduct stars due to the fact that it is not everything that Rimmel states it is.
I do still use this, just not when it is hot outside. Unfortunately I probably won't be purchasing this again though. Although it is cheap, I have used other eyeliners that are around the same price range as this one and they are slightly better.
This Wilkinson Sword Intuition razor is designed for those with sensitive skin, but there is another available for those who don't have sensitive skin too. I bought this from Asda just over a month ago when it was on special offer, and there was only two different types available from this range from there. They are also available from other retailers such as Boots and Superdrug.
I had never really looked at this or thought about buying it before, it was really just an impulse buy when it was half price at £3. I like the Gillette razors that have the gel bars attached and so this caught my eye when I noticed they had huge soap bars attached to the razor. It is 100% natural aloe and contains vitamin E.
Wilkinson state that this is the only razor that 'lathers, shaves and moisturises.' I thought this was quite a bold statement because I have used other razors in the past that have done all three, but I am always up for trying new beauty products and so still wanted to give this a try.
The gentle creamy soap is meant to lather and moisturise your skin as you shave. It certainly lathers well and all you need to add is water. No other shaving foams or products are required when using this razor. It really is a close shave but it is very gentle, I even had to stop and check that it was actually working because I didn't believe it was, but it was doing its job! It did make my skin feel very soft and smooth after use, which I was pleased about considering how quick and easy the razor is to use. I would usually have to spend a lot of time using a shaving foam or cream with a razor for a smooth result, which I can never be bothered to do!
The soap bars are quite big and so I expected them to last ages. They quickly go down though and the lower half of the soap goes down quicker than the top half, probably because of the way I hold the razor and shave. However, this does mean that you get the best results from this razor when you first start using it, compared to the results you get when the razor is on its way out. I don't think the soap has a particular strong scent that stands out to me. It just reminds me of that typical soap scent you get from little soaps you find in hotels! It is not a bad smell though and so this isn't a bad thing, plus this one is designed for sensitive skin. I will just try others from this Intuition range that seem to have different scents to them next time.
This razor is dermatologically tested, hypo-allergenic & fragrance free.
The razor itself is quite chunky but I like that it comes with a wall mounted holder that sticks to the bathroom tiles. The razor also has a lid on it so the soap doesn't get everywhere and when not in use it will stay dry, so no soap is being wasted. The holder seems to stick to the bathroom tile quite well too, but I don't have it directly under the shower where water would be hitting it anyway and so this might be why. If water got to it often I don't think it would stay up very well.
Overall I do like this razor and it has lasted me just over a month as the soap has just ran out. The razor is still usable without the soap bars though, as long as I use my shower gel or shaving cream. You can also buy replacement blades for this razor, but I often find it is sometimes cheaper just to buy a whole new razor if it is on offer. I would happily purchase this exact one again, but I do want to try the others first with different kinds of soap bars to see what they smell like. This is usually priced at £6.49 but I bought this when it was on offer in Asda for £3. They are currently on offer in Boots for £4.33. I do think it is quite pricey if bought at the full price considering they last just over a month, and so would only purchase again if on offer somewhere.
I have tried a few different Herbel Essences conditioners but none of them I have particularly loved to go out and buy again. Instead I have just bought others until I find one, if any, that I really do love for my hair. My most recent purchase was their 'Beautiful Ends' range, from which I bought both the shampoo and conditioner. It is in a red bottle and contains red raspberry and silk extracts.
The 'Beautiful Ends' range is designed to protect your hair against split ends and breakage. I thought this would be good for my hair as I blow dry it and then straighten it a lot. I have naturally curly hair and so it takes a lot of styling to get it straight, which is how I like to wear my hair a lot. I do end up with quite a lot of split ends and because I am wanting my hair to grow longer, I do not want to keep having to go get it cut at the hairdressers. However I cannot stand my split ends! I do understand this doesn't say it will improve or magically fix my already existing split ends, but I was hoping it would prevent them from happening as much when I started using this conditioner, especially as I am using it with the matching shampoo.
The first thing I notice when I use this is the creamy texture of the conditioner. I do use quite a lot of it when washing my hair as it is getting longer now, but only a small amount will be required if you have short hair. My hair feels a lot more softer when I have used a generous amount. My little tip when conditioning is always to leave it in for a few minutes rather than just washing it straight out, as it seems to make it that little bit glossier when I do. the glossiness is nice and a bit shiny, and doesn't appear greasy. I have noticed some conditioner can leave your hair looking greasy quite quickly if you use too much. The other thing I notice straight away is the lovely scent. I was hoping you would still be able to smell this in my hair the next day, and I can now gladly say that you can. There aren't many hair products that can make my hair smell so nice still the next day after washing it, especially a fruity scent like this one, which is one of my favourites.
My hair feels very clean and not in the slightest bit greasy after using this product. As for the split ends part, I do think it helps prevent split ends slightly, but not completely. I do still use my usual heat protection spray before straightening my hair for that extra added protection though. I have noticed a slight improvement since I started using this conditioner after using the matching shampoo though and so therefore it must be working a little!
I would consider buying this again but I am still wanting to try more from the Herbal Essences range. This is the best one I have used up to now though. I would recommend this if you want to protect your hair from split ends that bit more as in my opinion it does work a little, just not completely. However I have yet to find a product that does protect my hair from horrible ends completely, or else I wouldn't have needed to purchase this in the first place. I would definitely recommend using both the shampoo and conditioner together from this range too. I am not sure how good they will be if used separately with a different shampoo or conditioner.
This is available in two different sizes, 200ml or 400ml. 200ml is usually priced at around £2 and the 400ml at £3.89. They are available in major supermarkets such as Asda, and also Boots, Superdrug and other beauty shops.
I have tried a few different Herbel Essences shampoo's but none of them I have particularly loved to go out and buy again. Instead I have just bought others until I find one, if any, that I really do love for my hair. My most recent purchase was their 'Beautiful Ends' range, from which I bought the shampoo and conditioner. It is in a red bottle and contains red raspberry and silk extracts.
The 'Beautiful Ends' range is designed to protect your hair against split ends and breakage. I thought this would be good for my hair as I blow dry it and then straighten it a lot. I have naturally curly hair and so it takes a lot of styling to get it straight, which is how I like to wear my hair a lot. I do end up with quite a lot of split ends and because I am wanting my hair to grow longer, I do not want to keep having to go get it cut at the hairdressers. However I cannot stand my split ends! I do understand this doesn't say it will improve or magically fix my already existing split ends, but I was hoping it would prevent them from happening as much when I started using this shampoo.
The first thing I notice when I use this is the lovely creamy texture of the shampoo. I do use quite a lot of it when washing my hair as it is getting longer now, but only a small amount will be required if you have short hair. My hair feels more smoother when I have used a generous amount of shampoo. The other thing I notice straight away is the lovely scent. I was hoping you would still be able to smell this in my hair the next day, and I can now gladly say that you can. There aren't many shampoo's that can make my hair smell so nice still the next day after washing it, especially a fruity scent which is one of my favourites.
My hair feels very clean and not in the slightest bit greasy after using this product. As for the split ends part, I do think it helps prevent split ends slightly, but not completely. I do still use my usual heat protection spray before straightening my hair for that extra added protection though. I have noticed a slight improvement since I started using this shampoo though and so therefore it must be working a little!
I would consider buying this again but I am still wanting to try more from the Herbal Essences range. This is the best one I have used up to now though. I would recommend this if you want to protect your hair from split ends that bit more as in my opinion it does work a little, just not completely. However I have yet to find a product that does protect my hair from horrible ends completely, or else I wouldn't have needed to purchase this in the first place.
This is available in two different sizes, 200ml or 400ml. 200ml is usually priced at around £2 and the 400ml at £3.89. They are available in major supermarkets such as Asda, and also Boots, Superdrug and other beauty shops. They are often on offer and so I only purchase them when they are, allowing me to get the matching conditioner for cheaper.
Up until buying this MAC mineralize skinfinish powder I had never purchased or tried any of their products before. I had only heard good things from friends that use this brand of make-up and from reviews I had read, with most of them being positive ones. I really wanted to try the make-up for myself and so when I recently needed some new powder I decided to give MAC a try. I have used many different branded face powders before and have found with this products in particular, it is worth paying a bit more for. Some face powders can leave your skin feeling caked in make-up and it can look that way too - not a natural look that I want to go for!
MAC mineralize skinfinish powder is available from MAC directly which can be found in a range of department stores including Selfridges, where I purchased mine from, House of Fraser and also online from the MAC website. It costs £21 for 10g. A lot of MAC products can be found slightly cheaper if bought from Amazon or eBay. However, I was new to this make-up and didn't know what shade I would need without looking at it and so could not buy it online. Plus I was in London on a shopping trip and so it was the perfect time to treat myself a little! Now I know what shade I need I can find it cheaper online next time.
This particular face powder is available in several different shades. I purchased 'medium plus'. It was only a tiny bit darker than the 'medium' shade. I didn't want to purchase a shade that made me look too pale though. As I was looking at these in store I tested them out to compare and see what colour suited my skin tone. You can get help from the sales assistants there who are always offering to help you or try the make up out on you, but this I cannot stand. I much prefer to try them out for myself, after all I am the one who will be applying it on my self everyday, and make-up is always going to look better when a professional applies it for you, which is probably going to make you buy even more make up that they test on you. I think MAC is well known for their sales assistants trying to test the products out on you and so when I know what shades I like in their products I will definitely start purchasing them online to avoid this!
~ Use and results ~
When using this I first apply my foundation as normal, then I get a powder brush and lightly dust this over all parts of my face. It goes on very easy and light, it is very weightless and so feels like you aren't really wearing any, but it's there!
It goes on amazingly well and it doesn't 'crack' when on your face making you look blotchy or caked in make-up. When I first starting wearing this I actually got a couple of compliments from two different people, asking me if I had started using new make up or a different shade. I was quite pleased with this as face powder isn't usually something I would get complimented on because it isn't meant to exactly stand out! However it made my skin look clear and shine free.
This doesn't come with a pad or a brush to apply this with and so you will need to use one you already own or purchase one if you don't. I was a bit disappointed with this because expensive face powders I have used in the past such as Clinique always give you something to apply it with. However, the good results this left me with soon made me not bothered about that.
The powder lasts all day in my opinion. I do not feel the need to reapply this again throughout the day. The only time I would reapply is when wearing it all day and then going out on the night too. Other than that it is good for lasting all day whilst at work. I feel this works better with foundation on my skin first as it lies nicely on top of that, whereas if used alone this appears to be slightly crackly. I am now tempted to buy a MAC foundation to see how good the results will be from using both products together.
Overall this is a good product and I wil definitely purchase this again. It is quite expensive but considering how long face powders last this doesn't bother me too much. They usually last me around a year! I am now very excited to try out other MAC products.
Lush Party Popper is one of their bath ballistics that came out at Christmas time. It is no longer available
however Lush do often bring them out again if they proved to be a success and so this may become available again this year. It is very different to the other ballistics available which is why I was excited to try it. The shape is a cone and it contains soap confetti that you can then use to wash yourself, not something I have experienced in a bath ballistic from Lush before.
Party Popper was priced at £2.95 which is around the usual price for bath ballistics from Lush. I do think it is quite pricey considering you can only use them once, unlike a lot of the other bath related products from Lush such as their bubble bars, which can be used a few times.
Not only was the name of the ballistic making me want to try it but the scent. This is meant to be a fruity one containing tangerine and mandarin oils, a couple of my favourite scents.
So when I got round to using this I ran my bath adding only a tiny amount of bubble bath because ballistics do not create bubbles, and I love my bubbles so I'm always disappointed if I don't have even a few in there! Just as I got in I placed the ballistic into the water for it to fizz away around me like they usually do. However, I was quite disappointed at just how fast this fizzed away. It was so quick it didn't even last a minute! As a result it made my bath water turn pink very quickly, but no other colours were visible to me. I have read a couple other reviews of peoples experiences with this bath bomb and they stated their water turned blue and purple too before turning pink, but this didn't happen for me.
The scent is normally very noticeable in these ballistics, especially when you have just placed it in the bath. However, I was struggling to detect the citrus fruity notes in this. The scent was very very subtle and what I could smell it wasn't exactly fruity. I was quite disappointed at this point.
The confetti that fired out also was a greeny colour that didn't seem to want to dissolve, even after I played around with it for a bit to see if it actually would, so quite bizarre! I also couldn't see or hear any 'popping candy'! I ended up picking the bits out of my bath altogether and just enjoyed the pink oily water that was moisturising my skin. After my bath there was a slight pink line around the bath so you need to make sure you wash the bath after to prevent it from staining. There was also small bits of confetti left over that I didn't manage to pick out whilst I was in the bath.
I don't seem to have had the same experiences as others who have used the Party Popper. I am not sure if I just got an unlucky one or if this is how they actually are, but I was left disappointed and I wouldn't buy this one again if it does become available. There are only a few ballistics that I do really love from Lush and I tend to stick to their bubble bars for my baths.
Unfortunately the only good thing about this ballistic was that it did moisturise my skin and left it feeling slightly soft. For £2.95 though I expect more. The scent, how quickly it fizzed away, and the lack of soap confetti that actually worked like soap was very disappointing. This is one I would say to avoid!