LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

My skin is feeling really aggravated and unhappy right now and this is the product I've been reaching for to make it happy again. LUSH Mask of Magnaminty is a face mask which fights break-outs and troublesome skin. Unlike the Fresh masks, this one has a much longer shelf life which is perfect for me because I always end up wasting some of my Fresh masks by forgetting about them or not using them up before they go 'off''. As you can see, this is a bright green face mask and the consistency is thick but it glides onto the skin quite easily. It contains ground aduki beans, so I like to scrub as I'm washing it off to get a wee bit of gentle exfoliation. The peppermint oil in the mask makes it so refreshing to use and it also stimulates the skin to revitalise dull and tired skin, whilst helping to treat any blemishes. This doesn't dry out my skin at all, which I find can happen when trying to treat break-outs, but instead leaves my skin feeling refreshed, cool and any blemishes are calmed down.

It's not a miracle worker - ie, my spots haven't miraculously disappeared after using this - but it does help to calm break-outs, minimize their appearance and I really do feel like it does something positive to my skin. I bought a smaller 125g pot which costs £4.95, but I'll definitely be investing in the larger 315g pot at £8.75 because of the longer shelf life! I've used the mask maybe 5-6 times already, and my tub is still 3/4 full. You don't need to use a lot of the product, and I tend to use it just on my problem areas (chin, jawline and t-zone).

What do you reach for when your skin is throwing a tantrum?

Blanx Intensive Whitening Treatment

Saturday, 15 December 2012

I've always suffered with having off-white teeth but as I've gotten older, they seem to be getting worse - something I can only attribute to smoking and too much caffeine. I've considered getting my teeth professionally whitened, but it's quite costly and I decided to give this product a go first. I've heard good things about Blanx toothpaste, so when I saw this Intensive Whitening Treatment in Boots, I thought it would be a worth a shot.

It comes with a "Blanxometro" so you can compare any difference in the shade of your teeth. Mine are currently a middle 1, which is the darkest shade on the meter. I'm going to trial this until New Year using it morning and night in place of my usual toothpaste, and I'll post an update then to see if it has worked and what my results were.

Have you tried any teeth whitening products? Did they work?

Monday Wishlist #6: Xmas Special

Monday, 10 December 2012

Today's wishlist is a Christmas special from me and a quick run-down of what's top of my Christmas list this year! Now that I'm older, I don't expect a lot at Christmas and there wasn't really anything that I needed this year so I dropped my mum a few hints about some skincare items I've been lusting after all year, as well a much-needed brush set!

The first item on my list is this Topshop Studded Biker Jacket. I've been after one of these for ages, as this type of jacket is something that can be worn with nearly everything - a great wardrobe staple. I like that the studs are matte black on this particular jacket, as most of the ones I was looking at had shiny silver or gold studs and I wanted something a little more understated.

Next is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bolero. I remember the first time I saw this pencil months ago and I've wanted it ever since but I haven't been brave enough to splurge on it as I've since acquired quite a few similar lip colours. This will be my first NARS product, so I really hope it lives up to the hype I've created in my head for it!

The cult beauty product Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair has made it onto my list this year and is probably the item I'm most excited about! My mum probably thinks I'm mad to be asking for an anti-aging serum at 20, but I've heard amazing things about the effects that this product can have on acne scars and generally on your skin. And it's never too early to start the anti-aging process!

This beautiful MAC Perfectly Plush Brush Kit is next on my list, and something which is definitely needed in my collection! I only own about 3 make-up brushes, and I'm ridiculously excited to try some MAC brushes. The actual kit is just the prettiest thing, I love the leopard print and the colour schemes - it looks super luxurious!

Another skincare product which I've been lusting after is Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment. I saw Kate from gh0stparties raving about this product, and it sounds like a miracle in a jar. I'm keen to try some more of Origins skincare after purchasing my very first product a few months ago.

Quite a modest Christmas list I think, I usually get carried away but this year I've tried to stick to things that I've wanted for a while and would really get a lot of use from. I've only just realised that it's nearly 2 weeks until Christmas and I'm currently having a little freak out. I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet as I don't get paid until the 22nd so it looks like my shopping will be getting done on the 22nd/23rd/possibly even 24th December - help! What's on your Xmas list this year? I'd love to see some gift ideas too, so if you've seen any great gift guides then leave a wee link below!

November Favourites

Thursday, 6 December 2012

I've been trying lots of new products in November, and this is a selection of my favourite products that I was reaching for most last month. First is the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment which is basically a treatment to be used in between shampooing and conditioning. I've only used this a couple of times so I can't comment on the hair growth aspect, but it does leave my hair feeling soft, strong and super shiny! I'm using the whole hair growth range at the moment, so I'll update with that in due course to see if it's working. Another hair care product I'm loving this month is the TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Plump Powder. I'm not really one for hair styling products as I usually just let my hair do its own thing, but recently I've been loving a tousled, slightly messy look and this product is perfect for just adding a touch of texture and volume without feeling like my hair is weighed down in product.

I recently bought a few MUA eyeshadow palettes, but the Undressed Palette is the one that I have been reaching for nearly every day. The quality of the shadows are amazing, and I rarely stray from a neutral eye so this is perfect for me. I finally succumbed to the Real Techniques Stippling Brush which has been calling my name every time I'm in Boots! It was on a buy one, get one half price deal so I couldn't resist any longer. I use this to apply liquid foundation and find it gives such a lovely finish, I can't imagine applying foundation without it anymore! I also use it to buff in cream blusher. Another highly blogged about product is the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick 107 which completely embodies Autumn/Winter for me. It's the perfect berry shade, and I love the matte finish. It has a creamy formula, doesn't highlight imperfections and has amazing staying power. Lastly, I've included LUSH King of Skin which is a solid body butter applied when skin is wet, rinsed off and gently patted dry. This has been my saviour recently with the harsh winter weather, and it smells lovely - full of moisturising cocoa butter and shea butter.

Quite a few favourites from me this month, I found it really difficult to narrow it down for this post! What products have you been loving recently?

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Time for another disappointing product review! I rarely write bad reviews because I do research products a lot before I buy them, but this is one that didn't live up to its hype. It's the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover. This sounded like the perfect solution for someone like me who is lazy when it comes to nail polish. I hate applying it and I hate removing it because it's messy and nail polish remover stinks. It's basically a pot of nail polish remover filled with sponge which has a hole through it, so you pop your finger in, swirl it round for a second and remove it - ta da, free of nail polish! Except for it doesn't take 1 second, it doesn't even take 5 seconds. It might just be me, but I end up having to swirl my finger for a good 10 seconds, take it out, have to swirl it again and by then it's usually removed the nail polish. Definitely not a magic 1-second remover, then. I'd say it takes me about the same amount of time, perhaps even longer, using this as it does using good old cotton pads and a bottle of remover. As for glitter polish, do not even attempt to remove it with this. Not sure if you can see in the photo, but the glitter got caught on the foam and ripped it a little. That might be my fault, as I didn't know how difficult glitter was to remove so maybe I shouldn't have attempted it with this.

It leaves a nice-ish smell after the remover has dried, and it leaves my nails somewhat nourished but it makes them feel so greasy that I have to go and wash my hands 3 times to get rid of the greasiness. I'm not a fan! I think if Bourjois had marketed this as a 10-second per nail remover, then I might be able to get past it and like the stuff. But saying it's a "magic 1-second nail polish remover" is ridiculous. I'd love to hear from you guys on this one, though! Have you tried this and, if so, what did you think?

November Empties

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Happy December, everyone! I know it's clichéd to say this, but how fast is this year going?! Christmas is looming and I'm trying to get through as many products as I can to make room for new things this month. I'm really rubbish at finishing products, I've lost count of the amount of half-used products lying around my flat. I think I get bored too easily and always want to try something new, unless I really really love something!

This month, I've gotten through 7 products which is really good for me! First up is a sample of LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner*. It has the same concept of hair conditioner, you apply it to clean, wet skin and then rinse off. I've never come across a product like this before, but I have to say I am in love. This has the most divine scent, and that's coming from the girl who hates rose-scented things! It's a gorgeous sweet, rose scent and most importantly, it does its job and it does its job damn well. I got 2 uses out of my sample, and I am definitely buying the full-size tub ASAP.

Next is LUSH American Cream Conditioner. I won this back in September at a LUSH event, and it took me ages to use it up. It's marketed as a double strength conditioner, but I still felt like my ends needed that little bit extra moisture. It smells bloody gorgeous, but I don't think I'll repurchase because it just didn't have that 'wow' factor for me.

To round off my LUSH empties, I also managed to use up a fresh face mask this month called Cosmetic Warrior. This is packed full of fresh garlic and antiseptic tea tree oil, and is a more potent version of the popular Cupcake. It's basically Cupcake's big sister, perfect for battling breakouts and troublesome skin. I'm on the fence with this one, the smell was a massive turn-off for me and I don't feel like it did great things to my skin. It felt a little drying, but my normally oily skin has been a bit weird with the weather recently so that might not be the face mask's fault! I won't repurchase it any time soon because there are lots of other face masks I want to try, but I may well try it again in the future.

Much to my disappointment, my lovely wee bottle of The Body Shop Vanilla EDT ran out this month. I bloody love this scent, it's the perfect pure vanilla fragrance that lingers all day. And it's been discontinued. So I'm not a happy bunny, but luckily I do have a back-up bottle that I'll be using very sparingly now! If anyone has any suggestions for something which is similar to this, please let me know!

I finally finished up my État Pur Micellar Water which I received months ago in a Latest in Beauty box. I liked this when I was going through a cleansing water phase, but I now use an oil-based balm cleanser which I much prefer in the colder months. I probably would repurchase this because it really does its job, but I prefer it more in the warmer seasons.

Finally, a couple of make-up items! I finished up the much raved about Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, and I have already bought a back-up to replace it because it is probably the best concealer I have tried and for its £4-something price tag, well, it'd be rude not to. I also used up my MAC Eye Brows in Lingering which was a good eyebrow pencil, but I have been using a cheaper alternative which I'm getting along fine with, so I don't think I'll repurchase.

So, those are my November empties! I'm now on a mission to use up more products before I buy new ones, but we'll see how long that lasts...


L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer

Friday, 23 November 2012

I've been on the hunt for a new primer ever since my tiny wee sample of Benefit's Porefessional ran out. I really didn't want to splash out 20-odd quid right now, especially with Christmas coming up, so off I trudged to Boots with high hopes of finding something amazing! Lucky for me, they had buy 1 get 1 free across all cosmetics, etc so I picked up this L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer, along with a nail polish and Real Techniques brushes (finally!).

I actually regretted buying this as soon as I got home. I swatched it on my hand, and nearly dismissed it straight away. I have oily skin, and this leaves quite a dewy, luminous finish - something which I have strayed away from in the past in favour of a matte, oil-absorbing finish. But I tried it, and I've completely changed my mind. The consistency is super light and it feels hydrating on the skin, but not overly so. I use this along my nose, my cheekbones and forehead and it leaves such a gorgeous, luminous glow. Once I apply my foundation, the glow is minimized and it turns into a very subtle, natural sheen. I'm still on the hunt for something oil absorbing to use on my t-zone, but for days when I'm after something to emphasize my highlighter, this is definitely something that I would reach for.

This primer retails at £9.99, and can be found at Boots and Superdrug. There is usually some sort of offer on in both stores, so keep an eye out!

NOTD #1: MUA Nail Constellation

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Today's post is a little different for me - a Nails of the Day post! Now, I'm definitely not the best at applying nail polish - as you can see from the photos. I'm a little heavy-handed and messy, especially when it comes to dark colours like today's. I used Nails Inc in shade Motcomb Street (free with December's issue of Glamour - go!) which is a dark navy. This was opaque in one coat which I found amazing, as I usually end up applying 3-4 coats with other polishes. I used two coats here.

I topped it with my favourite top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri which really does what it says on the tin! The main reason I rarely paint my nails is the hassle of waiting on them to dry, as I always, without fail, manage to smudge them whilst they're drying and ruin them, so then I get frustrated and don't bother painting them again! But this wee thing is an absolute saviour for me.

Finally, the much-raved about MUA Nail Constellations... A much cheaper dupe to Ciaté's Caviar Manicure, these only cost £3 from MUA. They're basically tiny wee coloured beads which you press onto wet nail polish to give a textured effect. This was the first time I used these, and as you can see from the bottle, quite a lot are missing already and that's because they are ALL OVER MY FLOOR. I pulled the lid off and they literally flew everywhere. Even as I was pouring them on my nail through the very small funnel, they were falling all over the place and some have already begun to fall off of my nail. I set them with the Insta-Dri carefully, so I'm hoping they'll stay intact until tomorrow at least. They look super pretty, but I'm not sure I can be bothered bringing out the hoover every time I want to use them.

Have you tried Nail Constellations? Any tips for not covering my entire flat in them?!

MUA Artiste Collection Palette

Monday, 19 November 2012

Nearly everyone and their mums have heard of MUA Cosmetics by now. They're a super affordable high street make-up brand, and you can find their products online or in most Superdrug stores. Their eyeshadow palettes are hugely raved about in the blogging world, and so far they have definitely lived up to the hype for me. Their products are a little hit and miss, as I found with their lipsticks - but with prices starting from £1, you might as well give something a try!

MUA recently hit 35,000 'likes' on Facebook, and they are currently running a 35% off offer AND free delivery! So naturally, I took this as an opportunity to stock up. I bought the Artiste Collection palette which contains 6 marbled eyeshadows, 2 powder blushers, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. The eyeshadows look ridiculously pretty, I really didn't want to use them and ruin the marbled pattern! As with other MUA eyeshadows, they are soft, pigmented and easy to blend. The lighter shades like Mocca and Cookie are less pigmented, but they would make good base colours. They are mostly shimmer shades, which I much prefer especially for creating a dramatic smokey eye.

As for the face products, I actually really love the blush colours. I need to build them up quite a bit to get a good wash of colour, but I like that because it gives more versatility to the product, so if you just wanted a light flush of colour, you could easily get that. Pink Sparkle is a shimmery (but not overly so) coral pink colour, whilst Primrose is a slightly darker matte dusky pink. I'm not a huge fan of the bronzer because I tend to sway away from bronzers in the winter, BUT I do think that the colour of it is great because it's matte and not orange! The highlighter is also lovely, just enough shimmer to give a healthy looking glow, but not enough so that your face is a discoball.

The Artiste Collection palette costs just £6, which I think is a great price considering the amount of products in it! It's a great thing to take on-the-go, because it does contain your face essentials in one convenient palette. 

Don't forget to take advantage of the fab 35% off offer on the MUA website using code MUA35 - expires 23rd November!

Monday Wishlist #5

Monday, 12 November 2012

I feel like I've been super reserved with my wishlist this week, just 4 things that have really caught my eye. Since it's coming up for Christmas, I'm trying my best not to lust after much, and concentrate my shopping lust on presents for others - honest!

The first thing on my wishlist this week is this dark red studded shoulder top which I actually saw on my friend Holly's fashion blog. It's from River Island and costs £22. It looks like the perfect top to throw on with a pair of jeans, winter boots and a cosy jacket for some effortless autumn style.

Another thing on my wishlist this week is the Bumble and Bumble Curl Reactivating Mist which retails at £14.25 on LookFantastic. I've heard amazing things about Bumble and Bumble, but I haven't tried any of their products. I recently decided it would be a great idea to cut my own hair, but I ended up hacking away at it with blunt kitchen scissors and funnily enough, it ended disastrously. My friend managed to salvage what was left of it and I'm now left with shoulder length hair so I feel like I need to get some tousled waves in it to give it some volume and life, so I really want to try this mist!

Thirdly, I'm eyeing up these Crest whitening strips like there's no tomorrow! I've never had white teeth and, being a smoker and caffeine lover, my teeth are suffering. I can't find a direct link to these, but they retail on Amazon for around £11-15. I've heard that they can make your teeth sensitive, but I've also heard and seen some great results from them so I'd be willing to put up with a little sensitivity if they work!

Lastly, I'm after yet another Topshop lipstick, this time it's Beguiled. I'm slowly but surely getting more adventurous with my lip colours - I even came home from work with a bright red lip last week! Now that it's cold and icy outside, I'm really not feeling my corals and pinks, and I'm feeling brave enough to try a deep red/wine/berry shade. I love the formula of Topshop's lipsticks, so I think I'll have a wee swatch of this next time I see it. My only worry is that because I'm so pale and my hair is dark now, I'll look like a goth/vampire/dead. Only one way to find out!

As well as lusting after things for myself this week, I've been desperately trying to hunt down some Christmas present ideas. I think I've settled on buying lots of Lush goodies for my family to try and convert them.

What are you eyeing up this week? Do you still treat yourself in the run-up to Christmas?


YonKa Pamplemousse

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

This is the first post in my evening skincare series of posts. I received this YonKa Pamplemousse moisturiser in a JolieBox and it has slowly become a staple in my evening skincare routine, especially now that cold winter weather is taking its toll on my skin. The moisturiser is available in 2 formulations - one for normal to dry skin, and one for normal to oily skin. I have the normal to oily formulation, as my skin is oily throughout the day, but also dehydrated. I need extra hydration at night, and this is perfect for providing that! It's a really rich cream that smells absolutely gorgeous. It smells like fruity, citrus-y, fresh pure loveliness. That was an awful description, but I'm sure you get the jist!

YonKa claim that this moisturiser will enliven and brighten your skin, protect from environmental aggressions and help to tighten pores by using highly concentrated fruit extracts. It's pumped full of gorgeous essential oils like grapefruit, lemon, orange, pumpskin seed oils and vitamin C. YonKa also market this as a lightweight moisturiser for daytime wear, but I do find this too heavy to wear under make-up, so I do just use it as a night cream and I find it works really well this way. It sinks in fairly quickly and doesn't leave a greasy film, which I find tends to happen with rich, thick formulation moisturisers, so I really love that. It leaves my skin baby soft and every time I use it, I wake up with really nourished feeling skin. It almost feels like I'm feeding my skin when I use this!

This is definitely my go-to evening moisturiser when my skin is needing that extra moisture boost. I can't find a link to buy it online, and I'm not sure how much it costs as I did receive it in a JolieBox. Let me know if you can find a link and I'll pop it in here!

LUSH Colour: Drive lipstick

Monday, 5 November 2012

Hello! It's been quite a while since I posted, and I do apologize but I don't have much of an excuse apart from life being a bit rubbish and taking over completely. I've been busy and stressed, but I feel like things are settling down now and I'm excited to be able to get back into blogging again. I promise I won't slack off this time!

As most of you will know, Lush recently launched their Emotional Brilliance cosmetics range back in July. As part of this, there is a colour range called Word Up which contain eyeliners, lipsticks and eyeshadows. The great thing about these is that they are multi-purpose and super versatile, so you can use the liquid lipsticks as cheek colour, etc. I won't go too much into the rest of the range or I'll be here for days but if you're interested, then take a look here to spin the wheel and discover what your colours mean.

Now, I'm really not one for bright or bold lip colours. I never ever thought that I would wear a purple lipstick, let alone like it! Drive is quite a vivid purple, but on the lips it is much more wearable than I originally thought. The formula is gorgeous! Because these are fresh, handmade colours they do not contain preservatives and the main ingredient is jojoba oil, meaning that the colour is super hydrating. To me, it feels like applying a lip balm because it's so hydrating, but the colour is highly pigmented and once it dries, I forget that it's there which I love. It's also really long-lasting, I find it wears really well even through eating and drinking. The one downside is that it costs £14.50 for 5g of product, which is quite pricey! But I think the fact that it's a multi-purpose product does justify the price, for me at least.These are also 100% vegan, which is great.

I think Drive is the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter nights, and I'll definitely be picking up more of these fresh, handmade colours because I just find the formula to be so lovely!

Have you tried any of the emotional brilliance range? What do you think?

Monday Wishlist #4

Monday, 17 September 2012

1, 2, 3, 4, 5
This dress from Miss Selfridge is making me seriously want to go shopping! I love the collar detail, the colours, the style, everything. I feel like it could be a great transitional piece for Autumn too - I'm picturing ankle boots and a leather jacket! I've heard that Hydraluron is great for dehydrated skin, which I feel that I have since my skin feels dry and flaky once I've washed it, but gets really oily throughout the day. I'm still venturing into using eyeshadow more often, so I'm sticking with neutral colours and this Stila In the Light Palette seems right up my street! I did want the UD Naked palette, but I can't justify shelling out £30-odd quid at the moment. I still don't own a MAC lipstick but I spied Vegas Volt and I'm in lust. Do I really need another coral lipstick? Yes, the answer is always yes. Finally, I made my very first Origins order last week and I want to try so much more from this brand already. The Clear Improvements mask is definitely next on my list because I do suffer from clogged pores and again, I've heard great things about this mask.

What are you lusting after this week?

MUA Lipsticks

Friday, 14 September 2012

It seems like everyone is going mad for budget beauty brand MUA recently. With most of their items priced at just £1 and receiving great reviews, it's hard to resist! I picked up a couple of their lipsticks in shade #15 Juicy and #4.

First off, the packaging doesn't excite me. The lid on shade #15 is very loose and keeps falling off - not great! They have black plastic packaging with silver writing - not the most glamorous, but what can you expect for £1? The one thing I do like about the packaging is that at the bottom there's a small pot of the lipstick which screws off, and you have a little extra product there! And it means you can see the actual lipstick colour rather than a label representation.

On to the actual product... I have to say, I'm disappointed. Maybe I hyped these up too much from reading such great reviews, but I'm really not a fan. Shade #15 is much more pigmented than #4 and it's a gorgeous colour, but the staying power isn't there for me. This barely lasts an hour for me and if I eat or drink anything - forget it. However, I do love the colour so this one is worth the constant retouching just for that.

As for #4, I'll probably never use it. The pigmentation is non-existent. It looks okay swatched on my hand, but I tried it on my lips and it just looked like a balm. I could see no colour at all on my lips which was a shame as it looked like a gorgeous colour in the tube.

I hate to write a negative review, but I really was disappointed! The difference in pigmentation between these 2 lipsticks was massive, and it does make me a little hesitant to try more of their lipsticks in case I come across another #4! I feel like I shouldn't complain because they were only £1 after all. It does have to be said that MUA have some star products like their eyeshadow palettes, and perhaps some of the lipsticks have better pigmentation than others and I just got unlucky with #4!

Have you tried any of the MUA range? What do you think?

New Haircare Range @ Lush!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Once again, I'm sorry for the Blackberry photos - still haven't managed to bring my camera back to life!

Last Friday (07/09) I attended a haircare launch night at my local Lush store. I'm a huge Lush fan, but I've never actually tried any of their hair products so I took this as a great opportunity to see what I'm missing out on - quite a lot, apparently! There are 8 new products that have been added to the haircare range, so I think there's definitely something for everyone.

1. Sea Spray Hair Mist £9.95/100g - I've tried so many sea sprays, but this one seemed different as it contains essential oils such as grapefruit oil which gives a lovely scent to the product. It claims to give body, volume and hold so it's more of a styling product than anything else.

2. BIG Solid Conditioner £9.00/100g - BIG Shampoo is one of Lush's biggest selling haircare products, so I can imagine this solid conditioner will be a big hit! It's absolutely loaded with coconut oil and smells divine. We were shown a demo of how to use this, and the creaminess of it is unreal. It also contains sea salt for volume and lemon and lime juice for shine.

3. Superbalm £12.00/45g - This is a hair treatment aimed at those who suffer from dry, irritated scalps. It doesn't appeal to me particularly, but I did have a little feel of the balm and it felt so nourishing so I can imagine it will really help those with troublesome scalps. It contains lots of lovely, good-for-you ingredients like lavender oil and extra virgin coconut oil.

4. Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioning Hair Perfume £9.00/100g, £18.00/250g - Now this is right up my street. I love when I use a product and I can still smell it on my hair hours later. It smells so good! The main scents are neroli, rose and grapefruit so as you can imagine, it's a really lovely fragrance, not too overpowering - very subtle but gorgeous.

5. Shine So Bright Hair Balm £4.50/10g - This is a super nourishing balm for split ends - we all have them, right?! It has quite an oily consistency, but we were told that a tiny little bit goes a long way so if used correctly and just on the ends of your hair, it won't weigh down your hair or make it look greasy/oily. Again, this is packed with amazing ingredients like shea butter and lots of lovely essential oils!

6. Fair Trade Honey Shampoo £7.00/100g, £14.00/250g, £23.50/500g - I'm not going to lie, I ran for the hills when I saw this. The smell of honey makes me so nauseous, I absolutely hate it! But I do know that honey has some great benefits, and I can imagine that if you like the scent of honey, you'll love this and I'd love to hear if anyone has tried it and what they think!

7. Roots Hair Treatment £9.95/225g - This is a treatment for fine or thinning hair. I have super fine, flat hair so I might have squealed a little when I spotted this product! I bought it, but haven't tried it yet so expect a full review when I do. The treatment is infused with fresh mint and peppermint oil and it smells so gorgeous. I can't wait to use this!

8. Blousey Shampoo £18.00/240g - The final product in the new haircare range - and one which I incidentally forgot to photograph - is the Blousey shampoo. This is aimed at those of us who have bleached, colour damaged or naturally fragile hair. It's crammed full of fresh bananas which really come through in the scent of the product, and they're an amazing ingredient for restoring nourishment and shine to lack-lustre hair!

I also entered a raffle on the night and I actually won! I was in complete shock because I don't think I've ever won anything in my life. I actually said out loud "I never win anything!" before my name was called out, cue me shouting in the middle of the shop "shut uuuup" in true TOWIE style. Slightly mortifying. But it was worth it, as I had a full hair consultation and got to pick some lovely goodies which I will be trialling and reviewing very soon!

I'd like to thank LUSH Dundee and all of the lovely girls working there for a great night, and I'm looking forward to the next one already!

Have you tried any of Lush's new hair care products, or anything from their hair care range at all? I'd love to know what your stand-out products are!

Sleek Blush in Pixie Pink

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Swatched lightly on left, swatched heavily on right
I feel like my blog is turning into the ramblings of a lip product junkie, so I thought I'd better not do yet another lip product review today! This was a pretty bold choice of cheek colour for me, as I usually stick with my trusty Benefit Sugarbomb. I've already tried Sleek's blush in Rose Gold (review here) which I do really like. I saw this in Superdrug and was feeling adventurous, so I took the plunge and I'm so glad I did.

This blush is quite a cool pink colour, it's completely different to anything else I have blusher-wise and it's a matte shade, again something which is unique in my blusher collection. I don't find this to be quite as pigmented as Rose Gold, but it does give a lovely rosy pink colour when applied and I really really like it! I just swirl a little bit on the apples of my cheeks and it gives such a nice flush of colour. I can imagine it being easy to go overboard with this and end up looking like a clown, but applied lightly it looks gorgeous.

As always, the packaging of the product is lovely. I do love Sleek's packaging, I love the matte casing and the little compact mirror which really comes in handy. The only issue I have with it is that I find it difficult to open, but that might just be me. I always end up having to force it open and my finger ends up in the blush in the process - I made a huge dent in my Rose Gold by doing this but again, it's probably just clumsy me.

Sleek is such an affordable, great quality brand and this is another product which hasn't failed to impress me. It cost £4.49 and can be found online here or in most Superdrug stores.

Sleek Makeup also have 20% off until the 9th of September, so I'd definitely recommend picking up a few bits and pieces before then to save some pennies!


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