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Since trialling the NUXE Oil in a few beauty boxes, I have fallen hook, line and sinker for its charms. I love both the OR (gold) variation and this one, the clear oil.
What is it?
Nuxe huile prodigieuse multi use dry oil is a miracle worker, which you can use on your hair, skin and nails and face as well. You could put a few drops in the bath but I'd hate to wast it this way.
I like to use this on my nails as a cuticle oil and hand treatment. It sinks in to my skin so quickly it is amazing and at no point do I feel oily at all. I also love to use it on my arms before I dash out to work in the morning. It makes me look all tanned and glowy somehow even when I have no tan! I rub a drop through my palms and then stroke them through my hair when it is wet and dry to take away some of the dryness in the lengths and ends of my hair.
This oil is not a cheap buy, costing around £30 a bottle but I have found it a bit cheaper in gift sets and the site NUXE are very generous sending luxury samples with every order.
Despite the price, why would you not want this multi tasker in your life every day? It smells wonderful, improves the look of skin, adds moisture to dry skin or hair and nourishes cuticles. Amazing.
I got a heap of Loccitane goodies from my hubby for my birthday earlier this year. H knows my love of beauty and this is one brand I will happily try anything. I got a bag of almond goodies including this shower oil. I left it for a while not sure how I felt about shower oil as I usually use a cream wash but I did like the idea of multi tasking and coming out of the shower already moisturised.
How does it work?
It is an oil on the body but turns to a milky substance on the body when mixed with water. You have to act fast and I usually avoid the faucet whilst massaging the oil on. Once the water hits it washes off a layer leaving skin lovely and soft.
This does not leave you feeling in any way greasy. It really is like a magic mixture. I like how it smells too and it leaves my skin soft and cleansed.
Price and availability.
A 250 ml bottle is £18 on the Loccitane website.
I was gutted to finish this shower oil as it really was something special. It smelt wonderful too and did a great job of cleansing and cleaning and moisturising. I got a pink parcel the day after finishing my bottle of shower oil (Pink Parcel is a beauty box full of surprises) and it had a bottle of the same shower oil in it luckily so I am still happily using it. I would buy it again though as I think it is worth the high price tag.
I received a 14 ml tube of the Elemental Herbology cell plumping facial hydrator containing spf 8 (well that is some title for a face cream!) but anyway it was in a recent Latest in Beauty get the gloss beauty box which i paid £19 for and it had an amazing array of high end beauty products inside the box. I had never herd of the EH brand before, I believe it is Australian skin care, but it was new to my radar but I was happy to give it a try.
A lightweight yet ultra hydrating daily moisturiser brimming with antioxidants and botanicals to protect against environmental aggressors and the elements.
My tube has really pretty white packaging (see pic\) but normally it comes in a jar. I noticed it has that 'plant' smell to it which is common to botanical based products.
I use a blueberry sized blob to cover my face and neck and within a minute or two there is no trace of this moisturiser. It really does seem to plump and nourish dry skin it gives much needed hydration to my skin.
I love this moisturiser, it sits so well under my make up and is non greasy so I don't have any break out issues either. My skin feels lovely and soft after using this product. I am really impressed with it but think it is a shame that it is so expensive!
On the Naturismo website a 50 ml jar is £44 which is rather expensive.
Since opening this moisturiser it has been my go to and I will be sad to finish my tube. I do think the sun factor is low in it but it is better than none I suppose. It does help with the light weight factor and does not make my eyes sting at all. Happy to recommend it if you want to spend that much.
I have been using the mineral veil every day recently as it has been helping me to finish my make up perfectly. This one is a more modern version of the pale one I used to use and it has a slightly tinted finish.
What is it?
The routine (to put this product in to context)
Mineral veil is so fine, I can't use it on its own. I must admit as a make up addict I am a bit "why use one product when you can use ten?" I use a tiny dab of serum, a little moisturiser on top to trap it in, -- then get dressed while it dries --- and then (peach) tinted moisturiser and primer before foundation or bb cream in the morning, then comes the powder step. I mix the tinted moisturiser and primer together to speed up the process. Concealer is then added if needed, more to cover up uneven skin tone.
The powder bit (still complicated!)
Yellow banana powder around the eye and nose area (balancing colour) then a Bare Minerals night time formula which is a little darker so helps make me look less pale. Then this MINERAL VEIL before Bronzer, highlighter and a little blusher. Believe me when I say it doesn't look caked on as I use only a little of everything!
This mineral veil is a gorgeous product but you need such a tiny bit you have to be really careful when using it. It also needs a specific style of powder brush to get the best results from the Tap Swirl Tap you do before 'buffing' on to your face. The mineral veil is a lovely colour, it helps to brighten my complexion and I feel like it is sealing in all the other products on my face before I do the eyes and lips business.
My only grumble
... is with the packaging which means loads of the product sits in the lid and causes problems when you open the little jar. It's just waiting to fall out on the carpet. The sifter helps a little bit the product escapes far too easily and it is expensive so you don't want to waste it.
A 9g pot will last ages and is sold in Boots for £21. It comes in tinted (mine), bronzing, illuminating and original (sort of clear).
This mineral veil is quite an invisible product but I have grown quite fond of it since I started using it again. It is a bit expensive but I will stick with it as it gives my skin a better finish.
I took full advantage of the Regis sale recently and I am delighted that they sell the OPI brand on their site, I love OPI! I had been eyeing up this base coat, (one of the actual nail products I seem to finish along with top coat) on another site but the full price was putting me off a purchase.
Skip forward a few months
The sale had these very same OPI natural nail base coats in stock on the site for £2 each so I took a gamble and bought two, fairly confident I was going to like it and it was right.
Why do I use a base coat?
I like to look after my nails and use a base coat for a few reasons:
- Firstly sometimes just on its own. The pink hue of the OPI natural nail helps to disguise any of the nail staining that occurs from using polish all the time, especially dark shades.
- I also use it to protect the nail from further staining when I am using a colour.
- I use it as a strengthening tool. It helps the nail to harden and less breakages I think.
- Finally it works well to provide a primer function such as a smooth coat to paint and disguises any ridges, peeling or abnormality in the range. I do buff but try not to do it too much and this makes up for not buffing in the mean time.
So what's the deal with this base coat?
In addition to the pink hue, it is a non tacky base coat so it dries ok and can be worn on its own if you wish. Some base coats remain tacky to receive the next layer of polish but not this one and I don't mind that as I prefer it to dry. Sometimes I use the base coat at night and add the colour next morning.
A 15 ml bottle will last for ages, and is £5.60 on Amazon. You won't easily get the £2 deal I got as it was a one off I think!
I love this base coat, it makes a natural nail look lovely and is simple to use.
I bought a lovely set of hair products by the Moroccanoil brand from the Regis website. It was on offer at the time or I probably would not have bought it but I had enjoyed using the oil so much I really wanted to try other hair care products from their range.
The thing that really swinged it...
.. was the lovely white mock crock bag that came with the shampoo, conditioner and hair oil set. The conditioner and shampoo were both 250 ml so I figured they were a big enough size to last me a while.
The shampoo and conditioner are identically packaged with the shampoo bottle a lovely turquoise colour and the conditioner being white. It's a lid that you push down and it opens a lip so you can squeeze out the product.
It's a fairly standard conditioner in use to be honest, the white gloopy stuff with a medium consistency that helps it to stick in the hair for a while. I usually use this in the shower and leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing. I put that two minutes to good use and use a body exfoliator or body oil, it helps with the impatient waiting time I find.
I find that it helps a bit but I still need to use a protector or detangling product in my hair afterwards. I struggle to comb my hair when wet, it is so knotty so the conditioner helps a bit but it works more after it's dry keeping the moisture locked in a bit.
It is worth shopping around as you can get better deals on the sets (I find the other products always come in handy anyway) but a shampoo and conditioner set is around £20. You get 250 ml for this.
Would I use again? Yes, most definitely. It's a great conditioner but costs a lot on the downside.
I bought a beauty box which had a tube of Swimcap cream in it and I was really pleased as I love swimming but hate what it does to my hair. On holiday if I can get away with it I put conditioner in my hair and tie it up in a Bun so it gets a treatment whilst I swim and bake in the sun. (With high factor and shade of course). I was happy to give swimcap cream a try out as it fitted my needs exactly.
What is it?
Help your hair survive the natural enemies that stalk it in the summer with SWIMCAP CREAM from Philip Kingsley. For swim and sun protection, Swimcap Cream is water resistant and protects against dryness and damage caused by chlorine and salt. It also helps prevent discolouration and colour fade by filtering out harmful rays of the sun. Swimcap is a super conditioner and protects both hair and scalp.
How to use it
•Dampen hair and apply in sections.
•Comb through for even distribution.
•Re-apply if swimming frequently.
•Shampoo out with appropriate Philip Kingsley Shampoo for your hair type.
This is easy to lather on/ I tend to focus on my lengths and ends more than the scalp, It smells clean and inoffensive. I don't think it's a particularly good look but with my hat and sunglasses on I don't really care what my hair looks like during the day. I just don't want it to be like straw at night time! It is just a white cream like conditioner that goes a long way.
We use sun protector on our skin so why not protect hair too. This was particularly good for days on the beach and in the sea but also by the pool. My hair definitely felt better after using this product. It left my hair feeling nice and soft and tangles were kept at bay.
I don't know if this is a lot better than other normal conditioners left in to 'soak' but at £22 for 150ml it is rather expensive. I like it but doubt I will buy another at that price. I also wonder how much good it does the swimming pool as your product floats off your head and in to the water... it does suggest you reapply the product if you're in the water a lot! Hmm...
I love most things by OPI and have had a few professional manicures where they have used this nail oil and I looked at the huge bottle thinking "I need that!" as I do seem to love bulk buying things for just my own use!
Must stop buying!
I must own around 20 nail oils so tried to stop buying them but they are so handy and I use them all the time and they are all over my home, car and work!
This one is special though!
I couldn't believe I got a 30ml bottle for just £2 from the Regis website sale lately. It was a great deal as the same size is £17 on Amazon. Needless to say I bought the limit of three bottles!
the massive 30 ml bottle has a screw cap lid which you exchange for a screw top dropper. You then squeeze the tip and drop a drip on each nail cuticle then massage in. Perfect!
This is a luxurious and lovely-smelling treatment for nails. You can use it on bare nails, painted nails or even false or gel nails. It is very versatile, makes your nails grow quicker and puts moisture in to the nail bed so your nails grow a lot stronger and keeps flexible.
Would I rebuy
Of course! I would want another bargain and it is going to take a while to get through the masses I have but it's one of my favourite products so of course I will buy again in the future.
My favourite Rimmel Extreme 60 Second nail varnish is 540 chocolate fountain. The claim to fame with this style of Rimmel polish is that it will be dry in 60 seconds. The colour has additional depth to it making it a bit more special than a 'flat' colour but it is still quite subtle and only shows up in certain lights.
I have picked up these polishes in the pound shop before now but they are not expensive when bought in the normal cosmetic shops anyway.
I always apply a base coat to prevent the nail from staining and I have a few that I use, mainly an OPI one which I will be reviewing soon. The base coat also provides a smooth base to paint on top of. I apply two coats of the brown coloured polish and then a top coat to make it extra shiny although the drying time is quite fast so top coat is not essential.
I really like the quality of the Rimmel 60 second nail varnish, it goes on quite thick and two coats provides a solid colour. Also of note is the slightly wider brush you get with these polishes. It means you get a quicker application and somehow it works out neater around the cuticle especially as this can be harder with a darker colour.
For the price these nail polishes are really good value for money. You get a lovely colour from chocolate fountain and I have had so many compliments on my nail colour today it's been unbelievable! I think they last pretty well too. It has a bit of a built in shimmer but it is very subtle and only detectable in certain lights. I would most certainly recommend the Rimmel 60 second polish as they look lovely on, perform well and are easy to apply.
This product won the InStyle Best Beauty Buys 2013 for being the "Best Deep Conditioning Mask".
But what does / can it do?
The mask adds serious strength to damaged hair and helps reduce breakage. If your hair is extremely dry and broken lengths, you can do a weekly treatment. If you wrap your hair in some cling-film or a hot towel to retain heat while the mask is on it'll encourage the nourishing ingredients to penetrate.
How much should be used?
A 50 p sized puddle is enough to treat the ends and lengths of my hair.
It's been around a while... (also a name dropping moment)
This elasticiser product won Sunday Times Style Awards 2014 Winner. But it has a history that spans back more than just a year or so! Philip Kingsley Elasticizer was originally created by Philip Kingsley specifically for Audrey Hepburn, who wanted a super-moisturising treatment that would repair her hair and keep it in great condition throughout the frequent colouring and styling done to her hair on movie sets.
But what on earth is it?
This is a pre-shampoo intensive moisturising treatment that delivers elasticity, bounce and shine to hair. Also provides UV protection even after washing, helping prolong the life of colour treated hair. Visible results from one application that improves with continued use.
This product is fragrance free and I have had many free tubes through beauty boxes. I use mine after washing my hair, sparingly although it can be used before as a treatment. It is a weird milky consistency and slightly sticky but does disappear when added to towel dried hair.
When not to use it...
It is worth noting that it is not advised to use this product for three days before and three days after any chemical processing.
Feel Unique sell a massive bottle of this (500ml) for £58 but smaller sizes are available.
I tried this and it was OK on my hair as a post shampoo treatment but it was not completely amazing for me. It has no fragrance so does not add any special smell to my hair. I used it more because I had it in the house and like to put something protective on my towel dry hair before blow drying it. I would not shell out for this massive size and it would probably last me a life time!
- Natural Castor Oil & Olive Oil: Locks in moisture for bounce & shine.
- Silicones: Smoothes and adds shine.
- Elastin: Strength and elasticity.
- Glycerine and Glycol: Moisture retention.
Please note... this book is actually called "twenty eight and a half wishes" and it is 374 pages long. I bought it for my Kindle Fire after a recommendation based on another author I follow.
A bit about
Rose Gardner (don't let the name put you off!) has visions which she blurts out to people. Things like when she sees their dog escaping through the back fence or a daughter sneaking out after hours. She works a dreary job at the DMV and serves a scruffy man when she has a vision before fainting. She hardly gets the sentence out "you're going to kill... (me)" before she faints and smacks her head on the desk and is sent home for the day.
Home is not a happy place for Rose. Her mother is elderly, strict and religious and makes 24 year old Rose miserable. She walks out on her mother after a rare argument writes her to do list (hence the title) and comes back much later to find her dead and Rose is in the frame.
Twists and turns
Not massively affected about her mother's death, Rose waits on bail for her trial whilst completing her list, and is told not to leave the country. She gets embroiled in some serious and dangerous local criminal networks and is mainly unbothered by what might happen to her.
I liked this book, the list keeps it interesting, things she has never done before like drink, dance and wear lacy underwear. Her next door neighbour is seriously sexy and a potential love interest for Rose who literally has never been kissed.
Right now, this book is free on Amazon for Kindle. As it is part of a series I think they are hoping people will buy the other books.
Rose is quirky and likeable and you hope good things will happen to her but her main priority is staying alive!
I picked up a 150 ml tube of this exfoliating body wash from TK Maxx for a bargain recently when the red reduced price stickers give way to the further-reduced yellow stickered discount. This price tag said RRP £11.50 TK Maxx Price £4.99 so you can start to see why I slipped this in to my basket.
I have had several tubes of the He-Shi fake tan from beauty boxes so I know it is good. It is meant to be a unisex brand hence the name.
He-Shi Exfoliating Bodywash is a luxurious face and body exfoliator containing fruit AHA's and scrub particles to gently remove dead skin cells whilst micro-dermabrasion crystals smooth the skin in preparation for tanning.
First impressions - fruity!
The first time I used this I was surprised by the bright pink product that came out of the tube accompanied by the most fruity bubblegum smell remniscent of the Aussie hair care range.
It's a big grain in this exfoliator designed for use on the body. I don't mind that, it really feels like it is working without being too scratchy.
Best used when...
I use this before I tan to help make my skin nice and smooth.
In addition to smooth and prepped skin you get a gorgeous smell with this exfoliator. I am really impressed!
I find this leaves my skin so soft and it is not at all drying. It doesn't strip the skin but means you can skip the moisturising step if you wish.
I had great success with the Moroccanoil hair oil from beauty boxes and although it is an expensive brand to buy I wanted to try the shampoo (and conditioner too!). I headed to my favourite online hair care website Regis to check out their offers and found a travel kit containing the shampoo (250ml) for £20. You also got another oil (yey!) and a conditioner and a travel bag.
I was really surprised by the quality of the travel bag. Mock croc in white it is nicely lined and branded with the Moroccanoil badge, a real high quality affair. It made the set seem quite a bargain.
Shampoo - in use
The shampoo comes in a turquoise bottle and is quite eye catching. I found I had to use more than I really wanted to in order to give my hair a good wash so the 250 ml bottle is probably not going to last me very long. It did clean my hair well though and it stayed non greasy for days so I would have to say it is a good shampoo but takes a while to get going!
What does it do?
Expertly selected, this Repair Edition cleanses, conditions, restores, and revitalizes your hair. With Argan Oil and Shea Butter, these products gently work together, to nourish your hair from root to tip, for an appearance that is radiant and more manageable.
This works well but only when used with other products from the range. Used on its own it leaves my hair a little bit dry. I do like it though!
This costs £16.55 on its own for a 250 ml bottle so I think I got a huge bargain with the travel set and gorgeous bag!
Would I buy this shampoo again? Probably if I found it in a set for a decent price again. I do think it is expensive on its own but like I said, there are better priced deals out there to be had. I'd like to try their hydrating shampoo next time as well.
I got a little 5g pot in a beauty box a few months ago containing the irresistibly titled XXL Plumping powder by Batiste. I get a quite good root boost from using the dry shampoo from Batiste range so I was intrigued to find out how the pot of plumping powder would work out for me. The label warned that a little bit goes a long way so I was not worried that the pot at 5g was too small.
You take off the lid and it's a bit like a pepper shaker underneath and it advises that a direct application to the roots then massage and style and enjoy your plumped out hair.
Batiste XXL Plumping Powder is perfect for creating an instant amplified effect for roots and big styles. A light shake of this weightless powder works in texture and adds maximum volume to give your hair perfect body without back-combing! Hair looks catwalk ready in an instant and will last as long as you do!
This is a really fine powder that is invisible on my hair when I have massaged it in but it leaves behind a really sticky residue that is not at all nice.
Did it work?
Nope. It made my hair feel really sticky and not at al nice and it even looked a bit greasy. In fact it feels awful in my hair and makes me want to wash it out.
The tiny 5g pot can be bought in Boots for £2.66.
I am really not keen on this powder from Batiste and much prefer their dry shampoo. I love the packaging and the little pink pot which is really cute but the product itself lets it down.
This product is just not for me. I don't want flat hair but nor do I want greasy roots! I'll stick with the dry shampoo to get a bit of volume in to the roots of my hair.
I am a big fan of the St Tropez brand although it can be expensive I am always on the lookout for it! I found a 50 ml trial bottle on the cover of a magazine recently and snapped it up to try. I had heard it was not highly rated online with the beauty community but that did not put me off. I still wanted to find out for myself what it was like.
In Boots, a 200ml tube is £14.50.
Just 3 minutes as part of your daily shower regime, St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion is a convenient way to build a sunkissed, gradual glow, that provides up to 24 hour moisturisation.
This is golden coloured product with a shower gel consistency and it can make the floor of the shower a bit slippery.
I followed the instructions in shower, washing my body before turning off the water and rubbing in this product then leaving for three minutes before rinsing. Pat body dry then dress and watch as the tan develops (or not if you're asleep as I was). The tube does remind you to wash your hands (palms) to avoid a tan developing where you don't want it to! You are advised to use regularly to build up some colour.
It can be hard to clean your hands in the shower when you are trying to let tan develop so I would advise a dry and rough flannel to use while you are waiting. I got most of mine off but was left with a nicotine yellow style streak on my index finger! I think I have a light golden glow after using this product.
I don't think this product is to be feared. I think I used an overly generous amount in application and could have got more uses from my tube. I will look out for this again in the future as it has given subtle results and I blame myself for the smudge on my finger. One other thing to mention is that it has a light smell straight after but it is not detectable on my skin 24 hours later. It's not an offensive smell either.