Hair Care · Makeup

Favourites So Far, This Year: Hair Care Edition

Staring off with shampoo. My hair is prone to dandruff. Having dark hair, it shows up a terrible amount and with that I tend to get an itchy scalp. For any of you that share the same problem, then I highly recommend the brand Head and Shoulders. I became a lover of the Anti-dandruff shampoo; however, it didn’t stop the itchy scalp I’d get after 2 days of not washing. Until I discovered the Head and Shoulders Itchy Scalp Shampoo. Since discovering this shampoo my scalp and hair couldn’t be better. My scalp no longer feels itchy at all, even 2 days after washing and it still tackles the dandruff. This product is a game changer for me.

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Next I’d like to talk about the conditioner I’ve been using. I was never really a fan of TRESemme products but now some of them are in my main hair care routine, including their nourishing and replenishing conditioner with coconut milk and aloe vera. This conditioner leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and gives it a beautiful shine that lasts until the next time I wash my hair. Aloe vera is good for skin that has broken away (peeling from sun burn), so with the shampoo I use, it gives my scalp a strong hold against dandruff. For the best results, leave the conditioner to sit in your hair for at least 3-5 mins and if you have longer then go for it.

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My hair is very thick and frizzy at the ends which I do not like. My sister recommended an oil/serum to put on the ends after I shampoo and condition. The one that had the best views was the John Frieda Frizz Ease (Original). You apply to wet hair and then dry your hair as normal whether that be letting it air dry or by using a hair dryer. For my thick and frizzy hair, I really notice a difference, it’s definitely tamer now than it was before; however, I have to use about 8 pumps to get this result and these bottles are not big at all which is disappointing.

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I am highly partial to curling my hair a lot, which I know is very bad for my hair but I prefer my hair curly. Before I begin curling I spray the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray. This spray doesn’t make your hair wet or sticky, it glides through and dries into the hair quickly. It says it is a shine spray and I can happily say that my hair is still super shiny even after putting heat to it. This spray is often on special off which is a bonus.

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fashion · Makeup · skin care

Sukin Skincare: Thoughts and Opinions

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I just want to have a little rave about this brand I found in Boots called Sukin. This is an Australian brand of skincare and the products are suitable for all skin types. Can I also mention they don’t cost the earth, which is their slogan at the bottom of each bottle.

I’ve tried so many products to help clear my skin but nothing seems to work quite like Sukin does. These products are all 100% vegan and carbon neutral. They are made with natural, organic ingredients. They 100% DO NOT contain fragrances and other chemicals which some skin care products that I have tried in the past have had in.

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I have been using their cream cleanser in the morning and at night. It applies so smooth onto the skin and it washes off so easily as well. It leaves my skin feeling so soft. It really reduces any bumps and spot scars, making my skin appear more even and clear.

After using the cream cleanser I apply their moisturiser. It glides on as smooth as the cleanser does and sinks in so quickly to my skin, leaving my face feeling even more soft and smooth like a cloud. It doesn’t feel greasy at all.

I know this may be biased but I feel like my skin has really improved since using this natural brand and I hope that it could help some of you as well.

Gabby xo

Makeup · skin care

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion: Thoughts and Opinions

If you are like me and you don’t seem to get a very good tan in the sun, you just burn and go red, then you may want to find something to give your skin that sun kissed glow. I’m not a massive fan of fake tan as it is not the nicest smelling product in the world so I’ve been using tinted moisturisers to hydrate and darken my skin. My holy grail tinted moisturiser is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula in Natural Bronze and you see results on your skin in the first couple of days.

I was in my local supermarket and I walked past the magazines when I noticed that Marie Claire had a sample of the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion. I picked it up as I had heard some amazing things about this brand.

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The front of the bottle states that it gives an “INSTANT HEALTHY GLOW.” Is this true?

I swatched it on my arm to test if it was true and sadly it wasn’t. Nothing had showed up and my skin. So, I swatched it again over the top and the faintest mark came up. I’m guessing I would have needed to lather myself in it to get that instant glow they were talking about.

I wasn’t ready to give up on it then, so I continued using it daily for a week and it seemed to show up a little better. However, it wasn’t reaching the same level as the Palmer’s one by this stage.

The one thing I do love about this tinted body lotion is that it smells perfumed and not like fake tan. This is something the Palmer’s one lacks in as it smells quite like fake tan and mixed with coconut it makes a strange smell. I was so hoping this product would work for me and I’m gutted that it didn’t. However, my hat goes off to them for making it smell so amazing as I have yet to smell one this good.

Gabby xo

fashion · Makeup

Daily Makeup Look

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Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation £30

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Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £3.99

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Powder: NYX HD Finishing Powder (Translucent) £9

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Bronzer: L’Oréal Glam Bronze La Terra Tribal Powder £12.99

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Brows: Zoeva Graphic Brows Pencil £7.50 + Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Kit £3.99

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Mascara: L’Oréal Miss Baby Roll Mascara £7.99

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Highlight (Inner Corner): Jouer Powder Highlighter Ice £19

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Lipstick: Disney Cinderella Lipsticks by MAC (Royal Ball) £16

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Gabby xo

fashion · Makeup

Makeup Revolution: Thoughts and Opinions

I’m sure everyone in the United Kingdom has heard of the brand ‘Makeup Revolution’. It’s sold at Superdrug and can also be found at TamBeauty.com. Their makeup is affordable, ranging between £2 – £10. I own a handful of their products and would like to give you my honest opinion as best I can.

I’d like to start off with their eyeshadow palettes. I have two of them.  One has matte shades and one has shimmer shades. Initially they are both the same shades but in two different styles. I believe they were £8 each and you get 32 shades in each palette. The first palette is the matte shades palette. You get some beautiful neutral shades from light to dark to create various eyeshadow looks. They are really pigmented. They have a slight fall out so I’d advise putting the eyeshadow on before you put your base makeup on and it will be fine. So, for the matte palette I’d give it a 4/5-star rating.

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As for the shimmer palette, there is a significant amount of fallout and the palette itself has become very messy. However, the shades are so sparkly and they pack on well to the lid. Again, I would advise the same as the matte palette. Overall, I’d give it a 3/5-star rating.

Highlight. I have a small highlight palette with three pans in for £8. you have a very white highlight on the left, a peachy one in the middle and a purple one on the right. They are all very shimmery and they swatch very well on your hand or fingers but when it comes to applying it and blending it, you can tell how chalky they are. I don’t know whether it is just my skin but they don’t seem to apply nicely on my cheeks. However, they show up beautifully on my inner corners. I’m sad to say that I’m going to have to give this one a 2/5-star rating.

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Finally, onto their blushers. I have two of their palettes, both £6. One of the palettes is called ‘Blush Goddess’ and it has 4 very pinky matte blushes on the bottom row and 4 very peachy – yellow toned shimmer shades on the top row. I must, say I am a massive fan of the pinky shades in this palette. They blend nicely and don’t look to overboard. They give a natural pop of colour to the apples of your cheeks. I guess you could use the top 4 shades as natural highlights but I personally do not use them. I would give this palette a full 5 stars but it’s because the top four shades aren’t really considered blushers and I don’t use them. So, I will give this palette a 4/5-star rating.

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As for the second palette, which is called ‘Blush Queen’, it has 8 beautiful baked marble blushes. They remind me very much of the iPhone colours as they are all very gold and rose-gold. They too, all look very pretty and are slightly shimmery. They also blend very well and because I use all of the shades in this palette I will give it a 5/5-star rating.

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Gabby xo

 

 

 

Makeup

Miss Baby Roll Mascara by L’Oréal Paris (Overview & Opinion)

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Finally got my hands on one of the mascaras from the new L’Oréal Paris: Miss Baby Roll collection, after it being sold out in every shop I went to. This included the  waterproof one, which seemed to be another completed sold out favourite. Despite it being sold out, I managed to get my hands on the Mega Volume mascara a few weeks back, where they had the offer of getting a sleeping mask for free. I wasn’t surprised that they were trying to get rid of the sleeping masks, as they were not the best quality but I’ll admit, it does look very cute as décor in my bedroom.

When I first saw the advert for the Mega Volune mascara, featuring some of the lovely YouTube girls, I was intrigued. It was amazing to see the difference in their lashes before and after applying the product, especially with the results they were advertising. Though, I had to keep in mind that it may not be as effective for me. Nonetheless, the packaging itself is gorgeous, it has a sweet pastel coloured lid and is bold at the bottom with a black casing.

In terms of the wand, which is what a lot of people look at when purchasing a new mascara, it is ~2.5 cm and has thin bristles all the way round. For me, personally, this is good size to cover the width of your eye. Using the wand, the product goes on smoothly but does clump slightly (barely  noticeable). However, this can easily be fixed with a spoolie brush. The product also  gives your lashes that extra curl and lift to make your eyes really stand out. While one coat is usually enough, I did find that it can be layered to suit your preference. So, it is surprisingly as effective as advertised and has now become an everyday staple for me in my make-up bag.

Overal star rating out of 5: 4

Gabby xo

 

fashion · Makeup

Favourite’s So Far This Year: Makeup Edition 

Starting off with the Disney Cinderella Lipsticks by MAC (around £14 – 16). Now I know this product has been out for a while but I’ve never owned a single product from MAC and when I discovered these I fell in love. I picked up the shade Royal Ball. 

It has a beautiful bullet shaped casing in a pale, elegant blue shade like Cinderella’s dress in the live action movie. But when you open it, it appears to be a brown shade which is lovely. However when you apply it it shows on your lips more as pinky toned brown which is so pretty.

It glide’s on like a dream. One swoop and it’s applied. The formula is so creamy. I CAN’T BELIEVE I’VE NEVER OWNED MAC PRODUCTS BEFORE!!!

Moving on to foundation next. Now this foundation is by Charlotte Tilbury (around £30) It’s the “Magic Foundation”. When I first looked at reviews, it was a half and half love and hate so I took the risk and went for it. Needless to say it is now in my every day box of makeup. It’s a medium coverage but it is buildable. Great for covering pores and left over spot scars. It has both a pump and a stick(wand) so you can apply straight to the face. 

What I will say though, you shouldn’t purchase online. As the shades in the pictures look lighter than they actually are. So go in store and get someone there to help. 

It also has SPF 15 in it which is great for this time of year!

Thirdly there is the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette (under £20). 8 beautiful shades to work with. 4 highlights and 4 contour/bronzing shades. This palette has been my go-to, but mainly for bronzing. They don’t come up on the skin as muddy, they are nice and they blend well. I use the lightest highlight for highlighting my inner corners and brow bone. As you can probably tell its the most used of the palette.

The best part about this palette is when you finish one of the pans in the pallete you don’t have to buy the whole thing again. You can click out the old one and buy individual pans to replace!

Finally the last product is also a NYX product. It’s the HD Finishing Powder (around £6). This is a white, pressed powder to mattify your foundation. By using a light dusting of this you’ll instantly be matte. It doesn’t show up white, you can’t even tell you are wearing it! It’s so cheap and so amazing. I was using loose powders before this one and I will say that I will never be reverting back.

Gabby xo