Monday, 29 September 2014

Lush 'No Drought' Dry Shampoo

Lush 'No Drought' Dry Shampoo- £3.75


I am a big fan of Lush and my latest purchase from there is this dry shampoo. What first drew me to this is that it is in powder form rather than a spray, as I have not seen anything like this before. The best way I find to use this is to place the amount you want in the palm of your hand, rub it into both hands, massage into the scalp area, and then brush out any excess. 

I know some darker haired people struggle with white coloured dry shampoo as you can see it in the hair, so I cannot say what it would be like if you do have darker hair, but I can say that for those like me with lighter hair it blends in really well and residue cannot be seen. As for whether it works or not, I can honestly say it does a very good job. I can notice an instant difference as soon as I apply this on my hair, it looks fresher and cleaner. 

My favourite thing about this dry shampoo is without a doubt the smell! You can always rely on Lush products to smell absolutely amazing and this doesn't disappoint!  It contains grapefruit oil and lime oil which is a wonderful combination. This leaves the hair not only looking noticeably fresher but also smelling so refreshing and lovely. 

Another great thing about this is that this little bottle lasts absolutely forever. I have been using it about every other day for a month now and I'm not even a quarter of the way through. This is a great bonus for me, as I often find I run out of the dry shampoo sprays so quickly which is always disappointing as they are never cheap. So, with this being £3.75 a bottle it is great value. It is also great for travelling as it is very light, small and therefore easy to pack. 

The only down side about this dry shampoo is that it is quite messy. It has a tendency to go everywhere when you are putting it into your hands/hair. Although I have noticed it is quite easy to clean up and can be rubbed off clothes easily so this is not too much of a problem.

Have you tried this dry shampoo? What do you think? Are there any other dry shampoos in powder form you know of?

Jenny

 x x x


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

GOSH Eyeshadows- LA and Vegas


A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win Sammy from Dainty Owl's blog giveway. The prize was these two gorgeous GOSH Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes and a handmade necklace from her online jewellery shop. First things first, how AMAZING are these colours?! I was so drawn to them when I saw them on Dainty Owl and they look even better in person. I love the packaging of these eyeshadows, and the fact that they are themed- these two are 'LA' and 'Vegas'. The palettes are very compact, sturdy plastic and come with a big clear mirror. 

9 shades... to have fun in LA

Above is the LA palette. This features nine shades of gorgeous shimmery aqua like colours. They are so creamy in texture and smooth across the eyelid effortlessly. I also find that the colours go so well, and blend very well with each other. I love how different these colours are as there are so many neutrals around at the moment. I am excited to try some eye looks with these colours and I think they will be great for the Autumn and Winter months. 



9 shades... to play with in Vegas
I don't even know where to start with the Vegas palette. I am so drawn to bright colours especially pinks and these are just beautiful. Again, the quality of these is amazing, they are so pigmented and having tried a few already I think they actually look much better on the eyelid and less intimidating. Although they are a bit bright for everyday use, and I can't say I will be using them as often as the LA palette, I think these will be great to create some really fun looks, either for fancy dress, festivals in the future or halloween. 

Over all, I am really impressed with these eyeshadows, the colours in each palette really compliment each other to create a wide variety of looks. GOSH have another palette in 'New York' which looks great, I hope to add this to my collection soon.



Finally, this is the necklace from Dainty Owl's online shop. It is so pretty, I have already worn it a couple of times and definitely will be checking out more from her shop!


Has anyone else tried these GOSH palettes? What do you think?


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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

My Thoughts After Graduation








Yesterday I graduated from university. Just writing that feels scary! Four years ago this week, I made my way down to Plymouth as a nervous fresher moving almost a four hour drive away from home with no idea what to expect. The thought of graduating felt so far away I never even thought about it and I still can't believe it is all over.

If someone had told me then I would be graduating with a first class degree in Business Studies I would have laughed and said 'I wish'. But it happened! I did get a first and it still feels surreal saying that. I am not telling you all this to brag, I am telling you this to make the point that anything is possible and no dream is too big. As cheesy as that sounds, and as much as I would of been the first to say 'whatever', I genuinely believe this now.

It wasn't the smoothest of starts into university life. I have always got pretty average results throughout school and I didn't get the A Level results for my first choice University. Results day was pretty much spent in tears and disappointment. However, I got over this and decided to be happy that I was actually going to University which is what I always wanted. 

First and second year pretty much flew by in no time at all. My third year was spent doing an industrial placement at a Pharmaceutical company. It wasn't long before I worked out this wasn't the area I wanted to go into in the future, it wasn't a great job and it was a difficult year. Despite this, working in the real world was such a great experience to have and make me much more confident as a person. Also, sticking out that year has made me a much stronger and determined individual. 

I spent most of my time in my fourth and final year at University in the library, sacrificing many nights out and socialising. This was really hard at the time, but I tell you now it is so worth it at the end. 

Finishing exams in May this year felt like a bit of an anti-climax, so much revision and hard work and then suddenly it all stops and I started thinking 'what do I do now?'. I'm sure any other graduates out there know this feeling and know that it is very scary. 

The job hunting began, and with quite a few rejections I was starting to lose hope of getting a job in the industry I wanted. However, in August after a lot of searching I found a job in the area of Business I want to go into. I have been doing it now for six weeks and I can honestly say I like the job. 

Looking back, even only a few months ago I never thought I would be in this situation. I was struggling my way through final year and hadn't even thought about what I was going to do after university. Now I have got the degree I dreamed of and a job I am happy in. 

I am also just managing to accept the fact that I am know longer a student, I'm now an official adult and entering the real world. Although this is a scary thought, I am embracing this and so excited for the future. 

So I guess this is just a little bit of motivation for anyone who feels they won't get where they want to be and might be losing hope. If you are a fresher, it is possible to get the degree you are hoping for. If you are a graduate, you will get the job you want, it just takes time and perseverance. 

Graduation has really made me appreciate everything in my life, shown me how quick time passes and made me realise that if I put in the effort, it is possible to get where I want to be.  My next aspiration is to move to London and secure a job there. It feels so far away now but I am positive this will happen and will not stop until it does.


 
I hope this post has been worth reading, I haven't written anything like this before so I'd love some feedback. Have any of you had any big changes or experiences in your life recently? Have you got any posts like this? I'd love to read them :)

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

OOTN #2 River Island | Boohoo | Primark

Top - Boohoo
Skirt- River Island
Shoes- Primark

Lipstick- MAC Pink Nouveau 
Eyelashes- Eylure 107
Extensions- Cheeky Chica


Hey all! Hope everyone has had a good weekend :) I'm enjoying this Sunday evening a lot more knowing that I don't have to go to work tomorrow! I am going to be heading down to Plymouth for my graduation which I am so excited for. This Saturday I went out with my friends from home, it was really nice to catch up with them all, as it's so hard finding time for everything with a full time job and everyone having different routines.

This is just a quick outfit post to show you what I wore. I haven't done many outfit posts on my blog as I have been focusing on beauty related posts, but I am hoping to do more so I hope you enjoy reading :).

I purchased this River Island skirt a couple of months ago, but have only just got round to wearing it! It is such a beautiful silver colour, and the material is such good quality. I can see myself wearing this a lot during the Autumn and Winter months. I teamed it with this black crop from Boohoo. I recently bought a couple of these crop tops in different colours from Boohoo, they have so many and are around £4 each. They are quite basic but I think they are great for styling with a detailed skirt and a statement necklace. I am wearing my trusty black Primark wedges. I have had these for awhile and always wear them on nights out, they are so comfy. They still sell them in store and I really recommend them if you like quite a high heel but without the pain! 

I never go out without eyelashes or my extensions, they make me feel much more dressed up and happy with how I look. These Eylure eyelashes are great and last all night, and I have reviewed these extensions here.

Lastly is my statement necklace, I fell in love with this in a jewellery store in Portugal and was lucky enough to get bought it as a birthday present while I was there. I wish I could remember the name of the shop but unfortunately I can't!  When I bought it I had this skirt in mind, I think they go great together and I will definitely be wearing this combo again.

What do you think of my outfit? Have you got any recent outfit posts?

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Nails Inc. Save The Nail- 45 Second Top Coat


45 Second Top Coat- £6.95


After trying the 'Bridge The Ridge Base Coat' (review here) by the Nails Inc Save The Nail range and absolutely loving it, I knew I had to try another one of these products. I recently bought the '45 Second Top Coat' from Boots for £6.95. I am one of the worst at waiting for my nails to dry, I literally just can't keep still for long enough and always end up with some kind of smudge! So, when I spotted this it really appealed to me and I was really intrigued to see what it was like. 

This nail varnish contains UV absorbers to protect from colour fading (hence the blue colour), and also contains acrylic resin to help provide a chip resistant coating. This sounds brilliant already, add in the fact it claims to dry nails in 45 seconds and it sounds  like the perfect top coat. 




I am really impressed with how quickly it drys my nails. I have really noticed a dramatic difference in the speed in which they dry, I am finding myself relying on it now whenever I paint my nails. However, I will say I do think it takes a little bit longer than 45 seconds. I do think it depends a lot on how thick the layer of nail varnish is that you have on, so I don't really think they should claim it only takes 45 seconds because this likely will vary. 

After drying, this top coat provides such a lovely shine and glossy finish, similar to what you get with a gel manicure. As well as this, when I use this I find it does provide protection from chips in the nail varnish for a few days and makes them feel stronger and more protected. 

Overall, I am really impressed with this top coat, it speeds up drying time and gives a lovely finish. Another thumps up for this Save The Nail range!


Have you tried this? What do you think? Are there any other Nails Inc products I should try?

Jenny

 x x x


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Monday, 15 September 2014

Tartan Wishlist


Last year when tartan seemed to be taking over, I never really got on board with the trend. I'm not really sure why, it just took me awhile to decide if I liked it or not, and by the time I had it was too late and the summer trends were coming around! So, I am very happy that tartan is back for another year! After a trip to town last weekend I was completely in awe of all the tartan prints appearing everywhere and lusting after so many pieces. This year I will definitely been on board with the trend, and for this post I have picked out some items I have currently got my eye on. 

1. This Misguided tartan dress would be so great for everyday teamed with some warm tights and boots during winter and I love the gorgeous red colour.

2. These ASOS nail transfers look so fun, I love trying out different nail designs and I think a tartan print would look great and they don't look too hard or fiddly to use.

3. This River Island scarf looks so warm and cosy, it would be perfect for the cold months ahead and would go with almost any outfit as its a simple black and white.

4. I absolutely love two pieces at the moment and this tartan one from Topshop looks lovely. I could see myself wearing this a lot to the office or even for a smart evening outfit.

5. I love cami tops and the print on this River Island one so pretty, this would be perfect for an evening out with a skirt or leggings.

6. Another piece from River Island is this playsuit. I have always been a huge fan of playsuits and this style is so pretty, I love the cut outs on either side.

7. When I came across these Vivienne Westwood boots on ASOS I was instantly in love with them! I love Chelsea boots and this added tartan detail is just gorgeous. Shame about the high price tag!

That's my current tartan wish list, I'm sure as all the A/W styles are filling the shops my list will continue to grow.

What do you think of these tartan pieces? Whats on your wish list?

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

OGX Moroccan Argan Oil





Now we all know that Argan Oil is probably one of the best things to happen to hair care in the last couple of years, unless you have been away with the fairies you will have noticed it is taking over! It is now appearing in shampoos, conditioners and all kinds of products, I’ve even seen it in a lip balm now (which I really want to try!). With all this choice though, it may be hard to know what product is actually best to buy, I know I have struggled with this. There are so many reviews around which are really helpful, but you still never know what is going to be right for your hair until you try it. I know there are many higher end Argan Oil brands which sounds AMAZING, but my hair is naturally quite oily so I didn’t want to take the risk and splurge in case they aren’t right. With this being said, I chose to go for OGX’s Morrocan Argan Oil which I purchased from Boots for £6.99.

Now I’m obviously not trying to tell you that this will solve all your hair problems but I will tell you that it has solved most of mine (big statement I know!) Although I am a natural blonde it is quite dark, and every 8-12 weeks I have a full head of highlights. I know bleaching my hair this often is so bad but I’m just not happy unless my hair is a light shade of blonde. Bleaching my hair has left me with very dry ends that are very weak and can break off easily. So, obviously I have been looking for solutions to this.

After washing my hair I rub a few drops of this Morrocan Argan Oil between my hands and then massage onto the ends of my hair. I believe you can put it all over the hair on the scalp as well to nourish the roots, but I tend to avoid doing this as I think it could potentially make it become greasy quickly, as my hair is prone to greasiness.

From what I have read, some of the benefits of using Argan Oil include promoting the growth of healthy, strong hair and it can even reverse much of the damage done by artificial chemicals and dyes on the hair.

I can instantly see results when I use this, my hair is less frizzy, has a lovely shine and gloss to it, as well as feeling much softer and manageable when styling it. Long-term, the condition of my hair has really improved as well. I have noticed I can go a bit longer with my hair, before I have to go to the hair dresser and get those split ends cut off. It feels much softer and not very dry at all, which is great to achieve on bleached hair. Overall, my hair is much healthier and my hair dresser even commented on the good condition of my hair, saying there is not really any damage to it at all. This is a change from a few months ago when she was worried about putting bleach on my hair and drying it out.

This change in my hair is definitely down to the use of Argan Oil, as I have not changed anything else in my everyday hair care routine. I now rely on it most days to give me that lovely shine and softness.

I really recommend this product if you have experienced any of the same issues with your hair, it has proven to me that you don’t need to spend crazy amounts on a higher end brand of Argan Oil, they probably all do the same job at the end of the day!

Have you tried this? What do you think?

Jenny 

x x x


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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser




When I first saw that Nivea had released an in- shower moisturiser I was so excited at the concept, and a bit sceptical at same the time. I mean it just doesn't seem right rubbing moisturiser into the skin and then rinsing off straight away.. Surely it would just all wash off I thought. Despite this doubt, I knew I had to try it and find out for myself.

I picked up the normal to dry skin cocoa butter moisturiser. It also comes in almond oil or sea minerals but I couldn't resist the amazing smell of cocoa butter which is one of my favourite scents. The smell really is amazing, and it can still be smelt on the skin after rinsing off and towel drying which is great. 

It is basically a conditioner for the body instead of the hair. You wash your body with your normal shower products and then as a final step, apply this moisturiser into the body then rinse off. I have been switching off the water to give my skin a proper coating in this before switching on to rinse off, otherwise I found it wasn't having any chance to rub into the skin properly, I recommend doing it this way if you are going to use this. You also do not really need to leave it on long, you can rinse off almost immediately. 

On to the results... Even after rinsing off and drying after the shower, every time I use this I can really feel the results, my skin feels so soft and silky. I can really notice a difference when I have used it and when I haven't. If you are wondering how this works, Nivea states:   "NIVEA In-Shower Body Moisturiser is activated by water and immediately absorbs into the skin. It leaves a nourishing and caring film on the skin surface without a sticky feeling"  on their website.

This is perfect for occasions when there isn't much time to spend moisturising the skin and waiting for it all to dry on the skin. I have been using this in the mornings and have made this part of my everyday shower routine now, I can't see how I ever showered without it now! Just remember it doesn't contain any cleansing properties so using normal shower gel is a must as well to wash the skin. It can also make the shower floor slippery so watch out for this!

Have you tried this? What do you think?

Jenny x x x


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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

MAC Gel Eyeliner - Blacktrack

MAC 'Blacktrack' - £15.50
For the last few years I have sworn by gel eyeliners, with my favourite being Maybelline's 'Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner'. This product is great and for £7.99 you can't really go wrong. I have stuck to this product for so long mainly because I love it and also because I haven't really seen much hype about any other gel eyeliners in pots (maybe I've just missed it!).

Anyway, for my birthday a few weeks ago one of the presents I received was this MAC gel liner. I hadn't ever thought about trying this product before but seeing it in my possession I was so excited to try it!




As you can see the colour is an intense matte jet black. I have used this quite a few times now on my upper lash line and also on my waterline and I am very satisfied with the results. You only need a tiny amount to get enough pigment on the lids and the formula is very smooth and easy to spread. It is also very smudge proof which is great if you are like me and a bit clumsy/ not very patient when it comes to applying eyeliner! 

I have been applying it with my Topshop eyeliner brush (which I absolutely love) as you can see in the picture above, and it glides on effortlessly with its lovely creamy texture. 

It lasts on my lids all day and particularly on my waterline it lasts a while longer than the Maybelline gel liner. So, although the product is quite pricey at £15.50 it does seem to be worth the investment. I am also very convinced that it will last me a long time as I have hardly made a dent in it yet.

Although I do absolutely love the Maybelline gel liner and think it is such good quality for the price, it seems I have a new favourite for the time being!


Have you tried this? What are your thoughts?

Jenny :)

 x xx 


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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Garnier Moisture Match: Mattifying Fresh Cream

Garnier Moisture Match- £5.99

I always find it hard choosing a moisturiser for my face as they can be so general which can sometimes make it hard to choose a suitable one. So, when I first came across Garnier's range of Moisture Match creams  I was really excited about the fact that they are each different to match specific skin types. There was only one that really stood out for me and that is the mattifying fresh cream for combination/skin.

This moisturiser is oil free and suitable for sensitive skin which I aways look out for, so I was instantly expecting good things! Then when I continued to read that this cream claims to reduce the appearance of shine and provide a fresh matte effect finish I was very excited to test if this is true. 

I have been using this cream in the mornings when I wake up before putting my make up on. The first good thing I noticed about this is how quickly it absorbs into the skin, which is very convenient when I am getting ready for work and don't have much time for a beauty regime in the mornings. 

This cream has definitely been reducing the appearance of shine on my face throughout the day and providing more of a mattifying effect. However, by the end of the day there is some visible shine. I think this is inevitable though with combination skin and especially when my make up goes on to my face around 7am and doesn't get taken off until I go to bed, it would be too good to be true to expect the results to last all day. 

Over all, I am really impressed with this cream, I have been reaching for it everyday as I can see clear results. It is definitely something I will be repurchasing and for £5.99 you can't go wrong!

Have you ever tried any of this Moisture Match range? What do you think?

Jenny

 x x x

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