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Budget Beauty #2 – Argan Oil Hair Mask

9 Sep

Hello again lovelies!

I am back again, bringing you another cheap and cheerful product review! Since I decided to start the ‘Budget Beauty’ post series my thrifty side has been in her element, constantly keeping her eye out for that potential fantastic bargain. If you missed my last post check out the fabulous Natural Collection Blusher review here.

This time i’m reviewing a hair product, which is a little odd for me as some of you may know that I am very low maintenance with my tresses. However since having my hair ombred I heard so many  horror stories about the ends turning like straw because of the bleach so I really wanted to be a little more conscious of my hair and it’s condition.

Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask

I discovered this little treasure in the aisles of ASDA at the amazing price of £1.00. Immediately this grabbed my full attention, I mean how could it not?

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Moroccan Argan Oil has been cropping up everywhere lately in hair products through to body oils, it’s for sale in your high end hair salons and even in Primark, but what exactly is it?

Argan Oil is derived from Argan trees which are primarily found in southwestern Morocco, it is highly valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. In cosmetics Argan Oil is used for it’s moisturising and nourishing properties, our hair mask claims to be –

Enriched with proteins and Keratin and infused with Argan Oil. It helps rebuild strength and restore elasticity. Argan Oil hair mask is specifically formulated to help improve texture and manageability, leaving hair looking healthy and shiny. For all hair types. 

Sounds too good to be true for a little tub that cost a quid? Well I have been putting it to the test!

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The hair mask has quite a thick consistency and feels really creamy which is certainly a plus. It doesn’t have a particular scent to it apart from the classic whiff of the argan oil but it’s not off putting by any means.

You need to apply it to your hair after you’ve shampoo’d and ideally your hair shouldn’t be too damp, it does say to towel dry your hair to take out most of the moisture before you apply this, however I just gave my hair a good ringing out and I felt this was adequate.

Applying this was rather easy and even though my hair is rather long I didn’t have to use a lot of product to ensure my hair was coated evenly. It’s recommended to allow it 7-10 minutes to sink in and work it’s magic so continue with your shower/bathing routine and forget about it for awhile.

After a good rinsing my hair felt soft and nourished, it then recommends you can go on to condition your hair but personally unless your hair is like a scarecrow’s I would leave it at that. I personally didn’t continue on to condition, after my hair was dry it was soft, manageable and had some degree of shine to it, there was no overbearing fragrance which I find a positive and to top it all off the effects of this hair mask continued for a couple of days after use.

Even after a couple of days I still felt my hair was more manageable and softer then usual.

I am very happy with this discovery and have even bought another to give as a gift. If you’re looking for an affordable way to treat your hair then look no further!

Have you tried this product?

Much Love x

Embracing Autumn

3 Sep

Hello wonderful readers. Are you in as much shock as me? It’s September already!! I will say in total cliché style that I don’t know where the year has gone. We’ve had a lovely summer and us English roses were very fortunate to have a heat wave in July.

Speaking of waves, it’s now time to start waving goodbye to our summer wardrobes, unless you’re jetting off in the next couple of months for a last ditch week of sunshine you lucky beggars! 

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This summer was all about embracing the new; pastels, prints, brights, and well colour… to my mono-boring clothing collection. I very happily adopted lots of new make-up, nail polishes, clothes, accessories and two kittens. Now it’s getting colder my mind is shifting to; snoods, boots, hot chocolate, coats and everything else in the quest for warmth.

However I still want to add some new so this is all about embracing Autumn.

I usually love wines, plums, warm greys and blacks and I picked a few items to mirror this in an outfit i’d wear back to college or university.

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My essentials clothing wise is the ability to layer clothes. Wearing some black ‘boyfriend jeans’, a short sleeved wine jumper with a ‘peter pan’ collar and warm grey ‘waterfall’ cardigan. I like to turn to warmer, richer colours and these reflect some items that would turn my head in a shop. The Jeans are multifunctional as is the cardigan.

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Teaming with some classic Doc Martin boots and a novelty bobble hat. I love my hats, I have a small knitted horde of them they’re cute, comfy and practical in the colder months which is perfect for me as I get ear ache very easily. The boots will be a great companion for my warm tootsies all I need is some fluffy thermal socks!

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Keeping all your supplies handy in a black leather crossover bag, lets face it us girls like to carry around a lot of crap. Double that if you’re going to college or university as you have books and supplies and all sorts! A big bag for me is a necessity and I really like this one as it plays on the school satchel style. As far as the ring goes, who doesn’t like a statement pieces of jewellery.

My make-up palette will consist of browns, coppers, plums, berry reds and blacks. Here is some of my wishlist items.

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I really want to pick up the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, followed by the infamous Kate Moss Lipsticks in the shades 107 & 111, I will be purchasing the MUA Chocolate Box shadow trio and the Sugar Plum Kohl Liner by Sleek – look at the swatch! So pretty!

What are your autumn essentials this year?

Much Love x

 

The Skincare Tag

29 Aug

Super chuffed to have been tagged for this! A massive thank you to Katie Flint for tagging me! She’s a super awesome gal who blogs about bits and bobs over on The Minted Beauty. Check her out and give her a hug as she’s embarking on a 100 Day Spending Ban – Good luck to you girl! 

The Skin Care Tag

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My skin care gang and the products i’m currently using and abusing on the quest for the crystal clear complexion are:

Sudocrem Used in hospitals and dubbed the magic healing cream, Differin Cream Prescription acne cream for the days they just won’t shift!,  L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Love this stuff reviewed hereAnatomicals Facial Spritz Great pick me up spray, Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying Mask Love slapping this on when my skin is a little lack lustre a mini review hereSt Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub staple daily facial scrub, Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser my deep cleanse saviour, Simple Daily Light Moisturiser Light and soaks in beautifully. 

Describe your skincare routine in five words..

Fighting Against The Evil Acne.

What’s your skin type?

Oily / Combination with some lovely hormonal acne that can be seen around the jawline and on the chin area, some large pores and scarring from the evil arch enemy.

What’s your favourite skincare product?

Currently I would say my Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser. It smells beautiful and is a pleasure to work into the skin, then seeing all the ickyness and makeup grossness come off with the muslin cloth is rather satisfying. Love a good deep cleanse.

Top blemish zapper? 

I would have to say the Sudocrem is severely underrated as a zit zapper. It doesn’t make them disappear instantly without a trace but it does soothe my skin considerably, reduces the redness and swelling of the surrounding area and shrink the spot with a few applications.

Face wipes, yay or nay? 

I used to be a religious face wipe user but let’s face it, I was being darn lazy! Despite my face feeling clean and all visible traces of make-up being removed there was always residue and muck left. I was actually advised that face wipes do the opposite job and grind the make-up and dirt into your skin. Since then, definitely a NAY!!!

Toner, yay or nay? 

I don’t use toner in my routine currently, not to say that I don’t have some tucked away in my drawer somewhere. I used to use the Simple Toner and found it very drying and stripped a lot of my natural oils and moisture. I think that if you cleanse properly then you shouldn’t need to use a toner, but it’s personal preference.

High end skincare or high end makeup?

I would have to hands down say High End Skincare, purely down to the fact that make-up is good at masking imperfections but you have to live with the face underneath. Taking care of my skin doesn’t make me recoil in horror when I see myself in the mirror on a morning!

What’s the most unusual skincare product you’ve tried?

I think the most unusual skin care product has been a home made pore strip which worked a treat but hurt like hell to get off!

You’re in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item – what is it?

I would have to say Bioderma of course. I think that’s a given!

Tell us your top skincare tip.

My top skin care tip would be, don’t squeeze if you can resist! I thought that if I wasn’t too vigorous when I squeezed that spot it wouldn’t scar. WRONG I am left with large pores and scarring that won’t fade or heal. It’s one of my biggest regrets that I didn’t have someone telling me to take better care of my skin when I was in my teen years. Look after what you have!

Much Love x

Budget Beauty #1 – Natural Collection Blusher

29 Aug

Welcome back lovelies! Some of you may or may not know that I am re-entering the scary world of education in 3 weeks time! Eeek!! That’s right, i’m off to university which means student lifestyle and budgeting….sad times. 

With all that in mind, I have decided that I really need to embrace my thrifty side and seek out all things beauty that will fit into my shoe-string budget.

For the wedding last month, I was on the hunt for a new blusher. Now I know what you’re thinking, I say budget blusher, you say Sleek right? Let’s face it, it was first to my mind also. However they’re £4.99, not breaking the bank I know and they’re super pigmented for the price but I thought I would try do one better.

One of the make-up counters I always seem to walk past in Boots is the Natural Collection counter. This is Boot’s own brand of make-up and if I summed it up in 3 words from first impressions it would be cheap, unattractive and unimpressive. However I have eaten humble pie as far as this brand is concerned.

Natural Collection – Blushed Cheeks – Peach Melba

The first thing I would like to say about this blusher is the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. It’s in the same faux pas category as the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush packaging – not pretty. However for the very attractive price of £1.99 I am so willing to look past that, after all never judge a book by it’s cover!

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The blusher is available in 4 different shades, each all a variation of a pinky nude: Peach Melba, Rosey Glow, Pink Cloud & Dusky Pink. I chose Peach Melba as the initial swatch seemed to compliment the warm undertones in my skin. Since I purchased this I have not used another blusher! I am incredibly fair skinned and I often find most blush looks really awful on me, it either doesn’t suit my skin, doesn’t blend well or looks cakey!

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This blush creates a really natural glow that sits really softly on the skin, it is well pigmented so you don’t need a lot to create the desired effect but it’s easily build-able so it would suit darker skin tones too!

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Have you tried any of the Natural Collection range before? What other beauty budget brands would you recommend?

Much Love x

P.S Generally there is an offer with this range to buy any 3 products for £5.00! Definitely reason to go investigate! x