Current Hair Care Loves

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Schwarzkopf Liquid Oil Conditioner Spray // £9.80 // HERE
I first used this when I stole a half empty bottle off my Mum. It's essentially a hair oil, but in a lightweight mist formula. I couldn't believe how soft it left my hair feeling - far softer than any other hair oil I'd previously used, plus it didn't weigh my hair down like some oils can. It's also an absolute steal compared to normal hair oils.

Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hairdryer* // £49.99 // HERE
This thing is an absolute machine. It's made me realise how shoddy my other hairdryer was. It's managed to cut down my drying time (seriously, how boring is it to dry hair) by about a third which is seriously impressive. The other thing I noticed is how lightweight it is. Some hair dryers can be clunky old things. I definitely get less arm ache with this one (I appreciate how 'first world problems' that sounds).

Mococcan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask // £24.75 // HERE
I honestly couldn't manage without a weekly intensive hair mask, especially since I had my hair balayaged in November. The bleach on the tips has made my hair incredibly dry so I do all I can to infuse some moisture in them, or at the very least, get them looking and feeling better. The Mococcan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask is lovely and does a good job of making my tips a little more manageable. As with all hair masks, this one works better the longer you leave it on. The old shower cap and warm head towel should do the job.

Tre Semme 7 Day Straight // £6.99 // HERE
I use this every other week as it just seems to keep everything a lot smoother and cuts down on the amount of frizz I have. A fair few pumps smoothed through the lengths of my hair then blow dried and straightened means that my hair is easier to manage for the next few washes which is a big thumbs up in my books!

What hair care products are you loving at the moment?

Currently In My Makeup Bag

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Browsing through my Instagram pics I found this picture from a few weeks ago that I took of my current makeup bag. It's not really changed since then as I've been really enjoying what I've been using so I thought I'd share my thoughts!

Dior Glow Maximiser Primer // £28.50 // HERE
I recently did a review of this which you can read here. Essentially it adds a touch of radiance to your skin when used under foundation. It's pearlescent formula is beautiful and there's not a hint of glitter in sight!

Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blusher 'True Love' // £26 // HERE
This is a very bright, very pink blusher so only a teeny tiny amount is needed. The colour pay off and the pigment is brilliant and it does wonders to perk up a dull complexion.

Bare Minerals Original Foundation // £17.50 // HERE
I've found I really can't be bothered with the whole full coverage, liquid foundation routine in the morning, especially as it's so dark at the moment when I get up. A quick swirl, tap and buff of the original formula from Bare Minerals and I'm good to go!

Chanel Oleseaux De Nuit Eye Shadow Palette // £42 // HERE
This was one of my favourite Christmas presents! It comes with 5 beautiful shades, most of which I used often. I particularly love the third shade in drawn on as a line on my upper lashes using my trusty Louise Young LY25 brush.

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara // £19 // HERE
Another product I've reviewed recently (read the full review here). I really, really like this mascara. It gives lovely natural lashes with lots of curl and length.

B. Defined Eyebrow Kit // £9.99 // HERE
This handy little compact has been a staple in my make up bag now for a few months. I have shade 'light' which comes with two light/dark blonde colours which match up to my hair colour perfectly. I don't tend to use the wax in the kit all that much as I've found the powders are incredibly long lasting as they are.

Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick 'Nouveau Pink' // $1 // Duane Reade
I love a pop of pink, especially on the lips. This is a lipstick I picked up this time last year in New York for $1 - it's safe to say I've got my money out of it! It's a silky, creamy formula enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E. The colour payoff is incredible and I've found it to be really moisturising.

MAC Eye Shadow 'Brule' // £13 // HERE
Another staple in my make up bag as I always run out of the lightest shade in most of my palettes. This is a great base and has a lovely soft, creamy like texture.

What's in your makeup bag at the moment?

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara REVIEW

Sunday, 1 February 2015

I'm very fussy when it comes to mascaras and very rarely stray away from my Clinique Lash Powder Mascara in 'Onyx.' Recently though, I've been making space in my make up bag for this little beauty - the Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara. 

The reason for the 'Eye Brightening' in the product name is because it contains blue pigments to offset your eyes and make them pop. It reminds me a bit of when I have my lashes tinted. I always tint them in a shade called blue/black as it seems to stand out more compared to just
using a black tint. 

I particularly like the brush on this mascara. It's small and delicate enough to coat my bottom lashes without the dreaded spider lash effect. It creates soft, feathery lashes which is exactly what I look for. If you're after something quite heavy duty and thick (like Benefit They're Real) then you probably wouldn't get on with the Smashbox Photo Op Mascara - it gives very pretty natural lashes that I personally love. 

The only downside for me is that after a full days wear it does start to flake a little. It can get quite irritating and end up ruining the rest of your eye make up from rubbing. Other than that, I think it's a lovely mascara that lengthens, adds volume and does make the whites of your eyes look that little bit brighter. It retails for £19.00 and can be found on the Smashbox website HERE or in store at Boots.