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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

The magic of micellar water

8 Jul

I have accepted that I am very much behind the times. I live my life in a happy little daze, but when I discover something so monumental and I had no idea it even existed I really wonder where on earth my head is…

There is a science geek hiding on the skincare shelves mixed in with the beauty creams, but shhhhh don’t tell. I have heard the excited calls of fellow beauty bloggers raving madly about their Micellar water, I was curious I had to find out what it was.

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I was very excited to use this as I heard it was just like water on your face but a really good makeup remover too. It was true to it’s word and removed my makeup with ease without any irritation but it gets better….

Micellar has a special molecule in the water that attracts oil, so when you’re using it on your cotton pad it’s acting like a magnet and taking all your oil and gunky yukky stuff with it. Clever huh?

Here is my cheesy Mr Miceller molecule sketches!

Picture 550Picture 551Picture 552 As you can see…he’ll attract all the oil and dirt, wash him off with water or a swipe of your cotton pad (this might look cheesy, but he’s kinda cute!)…

Since using this and as you can see it’s only been a tiny bit! I have noticed my blackheads which have been an absolute nightmare to get rid of are coming to the surface of my skin, which although sounds disgusting is actually great because all it is going to take it a couple of hot cloth cleansings to send them packing!

I find it does a grand job at removing my makeup including my mascara, what I love is I don’t have to rub or pull at my eyes to help get it off! It leaves my skin soft and feeling really clean.

I really can’t believe I lived without this before! This will be my staple makeup remover from here on out, I cannot recommend this enough!.

If you’ve tried this, let me know what you thought! Also give me a thumbs up for the cinema glasses and white shirt labcoat scientist look – oh yeah! x

Avon Haul – Review

1 Jul

Such fond memories fill my head when I think of Avon. Sitting with my mum as she opened her Avon purchases and feeling grown up flipping through the scented pages of the catalogue. It’s no secret that I love their Supershock Gel Eyeliner which I raved about in my last review.

I was so excited to get some new bits and pieces from Avon as I always love trying new things, I think my boyfriend and I might need to get a bigger house soon to accomodate my ever growing makeup, hair and beauty collection – oopsie!

I love nail polishes and anything nail care and i’m desperately trying to wear brighter colours this year!

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This nail polish comes from their Nailwear Pro+ range and is in the shade Inspire (*). It’s a wonderful summery yellow with a cool undertone that would give a great pop of colour to your outfit. I find with nail polish I am an impatient cow, I want it on my nails and dry within minutes because as soon as the first drop hits there is a million and one things I want to do. I mean come on, who hasn’t had the worst urge to go to the toilet as soon as you’ve painted your nails…it’s definitely sods law.

I anticipated this would take a good few coats to get a good colour payoff so I started applying it a bit on the thicker side to try speed things up, mistake that was! The polish only needed 2 decent coats to give a nice opaque colour which pleased me lots, it looks really pleasant but only lasted on my nails a matter of hours before the first sizeable chip…doh silly me forgot to put a top coat on!

This isn’t a colour I would normally purchase, it’s one of those brights that intimidate me, but we’re all about embracing change aren’t we?

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I also got this blush in the colour Russett (*), on Avon’s website there are nothing but great reviews about this blush range so I was eager to try it for myself. When you look at the picture I hope you share this first impression, you don’t get a lot of product do you? A lovely compact with a mirror and brush but actual product for your money, hmmph maybe that’s just me.

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I thought i’d give the free brush that came with it a go, which immediately got thrown over my shoulder in the direction of the bin. It literally gave my cheek a pinky red ‘go faster’ stripe – not attractive… Undeterred however I picked up my trusty blush brush and picked up a small amount of product to apply. It applied on the bright side, I quickly learnt it’s a very pigmented blush and I needed to go over the top with my foundation brush to tone it down to my taste.

This isn’t a blush colour I think overly suits me, instead of a healthy rosy cheek I just look….embarrassed. This would look lovely on a darker skin tone I think, but as for pale and interesting here, it didn’t cut the mustard – Sorry Avon!

Moving swiftly on, the last product I received was another liner! Hurray! Avon Gilmmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner in the colour Twilight (*). This is a beautiful sparkly blue liner and again like its Supershock cousin glided on to give a smooth application. I was super surprised that I didn’t have to do a couple of strokes to get a decent colour payoff – once again Avon delivered with a one stroke wonder. I applied this on my lower lash line and married it with a few coats of my favourite mascara, the pop of colour lasted all day and several people commented on how it caught the light.

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So pleased with this little beauty, this is definitely finding a home in my everyday makeup bag. I am buzzing with ideas of making a navy sparkly smokey eye or smudging the liner for a more sultry look.

Please don’t take my words as gospel, if you like the look of any of these products then do feel free to try them out yourself! Just because they might not have been right for me, doesn’t mean they won’t be wonderful on you. One thing I can safely say across the board with everything i’ve tried here – they are FANTASTIC quality for money.

I would love to hear your thoughts, have you tried any of these products? Let me know what your opinions!

Much Love x

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner – Review

29 Jun

So many pencil and kohl eyeliners have inhabited my makeup bag over the years, many left unused and unloved after only a few applications…yes it’s safe to say over my makeup wearing years eyeliners have been one of the highest casualties.

When I started wearing of makeup at 16, eyeliner was one of my first inherited items from my mum, not really having much of a clue at that age lead to bad experiences and frustrations. I have rather oily skin and unfortunately oily eyelids are part and parcel, every liner I tried made me look more like a panda then pretty.

Over the years i’ve tried several other eye products but now finally i’ve come full circle back to the search for the beloved eyeliner. I first heard of the legendary Avon Supershock from the Pixiwoo sisters, hearing further tales of it’s superior staying power led me to finally purchase one.

Upon inspection of the liner it seemed on the blunt side which made me a bit dubious as to how precise it would apply, however it glided on my waterline with out any snags and was a lot softer then I thought. I decided to see if it would last my 12 hour work day, the ultimate test as far as I am concerned!

Here is a picture of the fresh application at 7.30am

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Dress down Friday got quite a dramatic look from me! Love the inky black on the water line that the gel eyeliner gave! Got high hopes for this little beaut!

Took another snap at lunchtime around 12.30..

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As you can see the product has moved a little into my lash line but it’s still there and still beautifully black! Really fantastic for 5 hours of wear! Shame the same staying power can’t be said about my lipstick! Had just eaten lunch though!

And finally! The shot in the car before I leave to go home at 17.30!

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10 hours of wear and NO touch ups throughout the day! I am mega mega impressed Avon!! What a fabulous product, I cannot believe you beat my oily eyelids! Bravo!!

So there you have it folks, I have to rave about how good this product is! Applies easily, pigmented colour payoff, stays put on there for 10 hours + and it’s an absolute steal price wise! Definitely check it out! Avon Supershock is my superhero of eyeliners!

Rimmel Apocalips – Review

26 Jun

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The Rimmel product on all bloggers lips (geddit!) lately is the Apocalips Range, I have seen so many reviews on them I had to try them out for myself.

I picked up two in the shades Luna and Nude Eclipse..

Picture 522The first thing I have to say about these is that they are highly pigmented and there is a very nice selection of colours to choose from! I was drawn instantly to Luna for the understated orangey coral tone which is beautiful. It’s a thick consistency but it’s not sticky and has no particular smell to it.

The packaging is different which is rather nice but I don’t particularly like the applicator as it has a hollow area which holds the product.

Picture 523I find this can hinder a smooth and even application and often I have ended up with far too much on but this to me is a small bug bear I can deal with for what I think is a lovely range of lip glosses. I find the finish on these is what I would class as satin but they do dry more matte. They also last extremely well and I would definitely recommend these!

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I hope you found this review helpful, do let me know if you’ve tried these and what you think!

Much Love x