Friday, 7 March 2014
I don't know about you but I rarely have the luxury of time to apply a twenty minute conditioning hair treatment so I am all for fast working products and so I was super keen to try the one minute intensive repair treatment for hair from Dove.
I have been impressed by the previous hair care products I am tried from the brand and so last week instead of my usual conditioner I applied the one minute Dove Intensive Repair Express Treatment, waited just 60 seconds and rinsed it off.
Introducing the next generation of daily conditioner with the added benefits of a treatment. Dove Intensive Repair Express Treatment Conditioner works in just one minute. Our dual action formula contains Fibre Actives™ technology which penetrate deep inside the hair to help reinforce damaged proteins without weighing hair down as well as helping to repair and sealing lifted cuticles to help protect against future damage. Prevents split ends and breakage.
Can a product be so nourishing and leave hair soft, smooth and silky really in just one minute? The answer is a resounding yes. The treatment smells like the other products in the Dove range, fresh and fruity. Once I had rinsed it off I it left my hair more manageable and gorgeous after blow drying and straightening and actually, although it is suitable for daily use I found that my hair stayed looking beautiful for longer, without looking greasy and weighed down. My hair instantly looks healthier and more vibrant.
A big thumbs up from me.
Dove Intensive Repair Express Treatment For Hair costs £3.99 for 180ml
Having been really rather taken by Higher Living's Sweet Chai I was looking forward to trying out the next box .. This time it was a variety box - The Sampler FAB FOUR containing a suggestion for various moments in the day. Don't you just love it when someone helps plan your day for you ;-)
The box contains 20 teabags with 5 x 4 different herbal infusion teas.
Start your day with Ginger Kick - A warming ginger infusion combining ginger (60% ) with lemon peel.
I am not a fan of ginger in any shape or form so this was the one I was looking forward to trying the least. It was surprisingly ok, slightly more refreshing with the inclusion of the lemon peel. I would finish this because I can see the benefits of ginger but it hasn't quite converted to drink it for pleasure!
However, I know many people do so I can see the reason for its inclusion in the box.
Beat the afternoon slump with Vitality - A sweet and tangy infusion combining zesty orange peel and green mate with aromatic allspice.
This is very similar to the Sweet Chai but has less of a sweet aftertaste. Still very nice and I would drink this mid morning or afternoon.
After dinner why not drink a fruity Very Berry - A zingy berry infusion combining hibiscus, rosehip, acai berries and blueberries.
I enjoyed drinking this mid afternoon. Very Berry smelt deliciously berrylike and tasted just as good. I loved it and was pleased to see you can buy a box of just Very Berry from Higher Living. I would definitely purchase this separately. It is like a Summer Fruit Squash but healthier.
End the night with a calming Night - A relaxing evening infusion combining lemon balm, lavender, chamomile with a soothing blend of herbs.
This was a nice way to end the evening, the blend is far nicer than a straight chamomile which I have tried and dismissed as not for me. Chamomile with a nice little extra, does the trick of helping me sleep better and deeper through the night.
All in all a nice box to introduce you to herbal teas.
Higher Living Fab Four The Sampler Selection costs £1.99
If you like your nail polish matte then you will love the new Spring Collection Nail Lacquer from Kiko - From the Boulevard Rock Collection, the new Denim Nail Lacquers are a satin polish with a matte effect finish.
I am wearing 462 Tribal Purple and 463 Evasion Lawn Green. As with previous Kiko nail lacquers the brushes are fabulous for applying smooth and drying quickly, pigment wise I only needed to use one coat for opacity and the colours are bright, vibrant and eye-catching. They also lasted well.
Kiko Denim Lacquers are available in eight shades and cost £5.90
Thursday, 6 March 2014
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Skincare brand Nuxe recently got in touch with me to create a post on Spring Pampering With Nuxe products.,, and to be honest although there is a chance of winning a Pamper Hamper for doing so, I was more than happy to take a look at their website and create a wishlist. Who doesn't love a bit of virtual beauty shopping?
With the weather warming up and the sun breaking out, flowers are beginning to poke through heralding the start of Spring, for me it is the Daffodils that really shout SPRING IS HERE!
From central heating to the outside cold, wet, weather of Winter, it can all take a toll on skin. Spring is the perfect time to look at your skincare and bodycare products, indulge in some pampering and perhaps swap a few items for the change of season...
I have tried a few Nuxe products and they are simply divine. In fact their hand cream is one of my all time favourites so it is only natural that top of my list would be -
Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream
This hand cream smells so good, very summery and it really works. I have only in the last few years become a bit of a hand cream of obsessive, I want to keep my hands looking as young and smooth as possible.
Top to toe pampering would start with creating some bathroom ambiance with the Candle Spa
A rich and indulgently honey scented Nuxe Ultra Rich Body Cleansing Gel , soap free
Exfoliating for extra smooth skin with the Nude Fondant Body Scrub
and locking it all in with a decent body moisturiser that doubles up as a firming and anti aging product sounds pretty ace to me with Nuxe Body Firming Fondant Cream
Facial skincare wise being a huge lover of rose products I would love to try the following delicious sounding products.
Remove make up from face, eyes and lips with the refreshing sounding Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals
Treating my face to a purifying face mask once a week Clarifying Cream-Mask with Rose Petals
I love using serums as part of my skincare routine, improved radiance and plumpness of the skin are always a plus sign and not to be sniffed at .. however I am having a little trouble deciding which serum would be best suited for my age as I don't want to apply anything too rich so NUXE I would welcome some advice
Would it be Sérum Merveillance
Finally, my eyes are my biggest bugbear, they age me far more than anything else due to years of being ravaged by hay fever and the constant rubbing that I did, so a good eye cream is pretty essential to ward of any further damage and make my peepers pretty and bright. I would love to try the Prodigieux Eye Contour
|Nuxe Summer Travel Kit|
Browsing beauty on the internet I cam across this brilliant value travel set or great introduction to Nuxe - The Nuxe Travel Kit £12.40 so if you only buy one thing this week, make it this!
- Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals 30ml
- Nuxellence® 15ml - Face Cream
- Huile Prodigieuse® 10ml - Multi Purpose Oil
- Rêve de Miel® Hand and Nail Cream 15ml
- Nuxe Body Fondant Shower Gel 30ml
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Today I am reviewing probably the most curious looking mascara I have ever seen. Introducing Avon Mega Effects Mascara. Small, compact, travel friendly packaging that is quite different from the usual barrel wand. The wand is also different as it resembles a paint brush and has a flexible handle
Take a look
Brush close up
The Wonderbrush that's going to change mascara history
Provides panoramic volume and corner to corner coverage for dramatic definition. Flake-proof and sweat-proof.
How To Use
Grip at the sides and remove cap.
Step 2 - Rock it
Rock brush from side to side to pull out and bend to desired angle.
Step 3 - Brush it
Comb through from root to tip.
Step 4 - Lock it
Insert applicator until it locks in place.
I like the packaging and the design, it is, bright, innovative and a major shake up of something a bit more traditional. However, I used the mascara 3 or 4 times and I just couldn't get to grips with the best way to use it. I followed the instructions but I wasn't wowed with the end result.
It may be that my eye area is too small for the wand and it was all a bit too straight for me, even though I did try to use the flexible wand to change angles to see how best to get coverage on every lash. I found that it was really hard to capture the smaller inner lashes. I also found that one coat was all I could do without it getting too clumpy and it was really messy to apply in the first instance as I applied.
The plus points - a decent rich black colour and it does stay in place all day without smudging.
Overall, this mascara wasn't for me.
Before and After Shots
If you are looking at the screen, on your left the lashes have two coats and on the right my lashes are the result of just one coat.
I think that this really is a one coat mascara but for me although it lengthened nicely, there wasn't quite enough impact. Ps I did try and clean up all the mascara mess before taking the photo!
Avon Mega Effects Mascara in Blackest Black costs £10
Monday, 3 March 2014
Chanel's Spring Makeup Collection for 2014 is beautifully understated, I was immediately drawn to the stand from its images and couldn't resist a swatching a few of the lipsticks and glosses. As a makeup lover I do find myself choosing to update my collection with a lipstick or a gloss. It is such a simple thing to do but it can make the world of difference and take your look from Winter to Spring etc. Also it is a fairly inexpensive way to embrace a trend.
This Spring, maybe predictably, there are a lot of pinks and corals on the stands but Chanel was one of the cosmetic brands that made me stop in my tracks. A fresh flawless skin with a pinky/coral lip is a real statement and one that I adore. Light and wearable, it is just utterly gorgeous.
Below, I have swatches of
136 Melodieuse Rouge Allure Lip Colour,
60 Triomphe Rouge Coco
and the two complimenting glosses
Lèvres Scintillantes, Sonate - the sheer one
and the creamy peachy one that you can see in the pic next to 60 Triomphe that I am afraid I didn't get the name of!