Monday, 1 September 2014

Moroccanoil Luxury Moisture Repair and Style Travel Kit | My Thoughts

You gotta love Moroccanoil, if you don't, then your opinion, is just not acceptable in my little world. I first tried the cult treatment oil last Summer (review here) and I have enjoyed a continuous love affair ever since. There is absolutely, no other oil, that matches up to this.

Having been experimenting with other hair oils and styling treatments, I had forgotten to repurchase my beloved, so when  I got to try out this fantastic Moroccanoil Luxury Moisture Repair and Style Travel Kit*, I was delighted. Out of all the products I tried first, it was the oil, and oh boy could I tell the difference. My hair has never felt softer, smoother, sleeker. It is just a ruddy marvellous creation. Hallelujah.

I took this set away with me to Zakynthos recently, it was the perfect companion for a few days away. The shampoo and conditioner smell amazing and pack your hair full of essential fatty acids, keratin and of course argan oil. I swear my hair even grows faster using these in conjunction with the hair oil. Having only gone abroad with hand luggage, I had forgotten to pack a cleanser, and desperate times call for desperate measures my friends - the shampoo replaced my face wash for the 2 days and yes it was not great for my eyes but it did the job. You never know when you will be in a similar situation so thought I would enlighten you. 

These pair are free from nasty sulphates, parabens and phosphates so your hair is only getting what it really needs to look and feel great. 

Literally cannot praise this treatment oil enough. 

It says kapow to frizz, even when I was in humid Zante, any frizz was eliminated. Detangles, conditions, protects .. it is basically a super hero in a bottle. 

I would tell everyone to pack a bottle of this whilst going on holiday as it is jam packed with antioxidants and UV protector. It is so important to not only protect your hair against heat but from environmental damage too! 

Just try it. Enough said. 

The hairspray is something I had never previously tried and was looking forward to trying it out. I love a good styling product and hair spray is something I am quite fussy with. It has a non sticky, weightless texture which promises to give great hold and shine. Most hair sprays that promise great hold, tend to feel heavy, or dry, where as this is undetectable but indeed holds your hair style in place. Do not worry about it drying out your hair as this has key ingredient argan oil in it too! 

Always have been a huge fan of this brand, and I am glad to have it back in my life. Next up on my wish list is the clarifying shampoo and styling gel! You can get all of your Moroccanoil essentials from LookFantastic, you can find this travel set and much more over there. 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Love Me Beauty Box | August Edition | My Thoughts

Love Me Beauty* took my beauty box subscription virginity.  I had never before subscribed to or tried a beauty box. I have always sat on the fence on whether to try them out or not. I am so fussy with my make-up and skincare it has always deemed a pretty pointless concept for someone who is so picky about what she uses. Saying this, now that I have tried the August Edition, I think they may have just won me over. All of the brands featuring in this monthly box, I had never heard of any of them, but after trying each one out - I love them all! Had I never got the chance to try this box, I might not have tried these brands. I have since warmed more to the idea of the beauty subscription box after this, so thank you Love Me Beauty

So, what are my thoughts on my first ever beauty box?

The packaging is awesome, I mean just look at all that fun, springy blue stuff. I opened up the compact cardboard box and was pleasantly surprised to see bright, colourful packaging and a little menu to accompany the contents. You are onto a winner when a product puts an instant smile on your chops. 

Having already chosen from 1 of 3 menus I already knew what products to expect. This, I think is what makes this beauty box different to so many others I have seen. I love the idea that you can pick the products you are going to receive, plus the fact they are full sized products not just samples, makes it even better. 

I love multi use oils and this one smells amazing. The Oriflame Swedish Spa Beauty Wonder Oil* is jam packed with antioxidants, as well as containing coconut oil, sweet almond oil, ginger and vitamin e. My boyfriend spotted it can be used as a massage oil. If he thinks I am trying it out on him first, he has another thing coming. Jog on sunshine. It can also be used as a hair oil, or even be used in your bath. I have tried it as a pre-shampoo oil which I really like, as it smells amazing and my hair felt squeaky clean after including this in my hair routine. RRP £8.45

I still cannot get over how pigmented and gorgeous this Mask Mineral Eyeshadow is! Lucky Penny* is the shade I got, a rich bronze copper colour. Perfect for making my eye colour pop. You literally need the teeniest tiniest amount and it blends out seamlessly. I have started using more mineral make-up recently, and I am now keen to try more of these highly pigmented shadows. What I particularly love is the creamy texture and the fact you can build the shadow up to a deep intensity without it looking dry or flaky. I think I will be using this to create a night time glam look, with some black eye liner.... see I am getting excited about this so this shows what a great product it is. RRP £14.49

Out of the entire box, this A La Carte Smudge Proof Eyebrow Definer in Blonde* got me most excited. I do love a good brow product. Just look at that nib, it is a little bit sexy isn't it? I love how luxurious this brand feels and even though I was worried that the shade may carry too much of a red tone, it actually suits my skin tone perfectly. The brush strokes look so natural, even though you feel like you are using a posh felt tip. I definitely would buy this again even at the whopping price of £23.

Lip pencils are my secret obsession. I have become quite addicted to a good natural lip liner. I am so lazy and just prefer to pencil in my lip line followed by colouring my lips in without the need for lipstick and a gloss layered on top. I love this Mirabella Lip Luster Liner in "Shy"*, it is such a pretty pinky nude and enhances my natural lip colour. I have a feeling this will replace my usual daily go-to lip liner, M.A.C Cosmetics Boldly Bare. A super creamy texture, but not too soft so you can still create a strong line. I have found it to be really long lasting even after eating my lunch I can still see it on my lips. RRP £10.50

Love Me Beauty Box* has seriously impressed me and I plan to subscribe!! Here I have received nearly £60 worth of treats and it would have only cost me £10 to receive the box. It really is worthwhile! Have you tried Love Me Beauty ?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel | My Thoughts

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel
Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel
Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel

Organic Surge, a brand I had never heard of before, won me over with their Fresh Ocean Shower Gel. I rarely talk about my "Shower Routine" but come to think of it, it is just as important, if not more so, than my daily make-up routine. I shower every single morning - purely because I think I would fail to wake up otherwise, never mind trying to maintain high levels of personal hygiene, obviously

In the past I had never been bothered about what shower gel I would pick up, and usually would work my way through whatever was left over from the usual Christmas gift stash, then down to the cheapest bargain in my local supermarket. 

This last year however, I have become more savvy, and now I try to use as natural and as organic a product as possible. So you see, I knew I would instantly love Organic Surge. A brand 100% free from SLS, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances and Colourants, factors that are so important to me. I even use organic house hold cleaning products now (if any clean freaks would like to see a blog post on my cleaning routine, then this is something I am dying to discuss, don't judge me). 

The packaging, has to be on form, otherwise it will not ever escape my beauty cupboard. Organic Surge really have got it spot on. I love the blues, the metallic grey hues and the font, yup, I am a lover of a strong font. 

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel, really has become my skin's best friend, the fragrance is beautiful, packed with lemon, rosemary and lime essential oils, it is just the right combination of flavours to awaken my senses of a morning. It gently lathers up into a soothing foam which instantly feels hydrating on the skin. I love a good wash and love feeling super squeaky clean without the god awful dryness which usually follows. This beauty makes my skin feel divine. I love the scent so much I really want to try out the matching body lotion too. I love brands that pair up body washes and lotions, layering up your products is great to get the most out of your favourite fragrances. 

For only £4.75 you are hardly going to break the bank, so why not go ahead and treat yourself? I have a feeling I will have to buy a new one soon, the boyfriend just will not keep his pesky mitts off. 

SuperDry Beauty | An Introduction

SuperDry Beauty

Laura Lou from Laura Lou Beauty and I, attended SuperDry's Xmas event last month, where for the first time I got an introduction to SuperDry's Beauty Line. Pancakes and Spiced Apple ice lollies helped merge Summer into Winter - just for the evening of course. 

As Summer is sadly drawing to an end with this Bank Holiday weekend being the coldest August has ever seen, I thought it was about time I shared SuperDry Beauty with you, so you know what to expect when preparing your Christmas shopping lists. Can you believe it is nearly that time of year already? Where has this year flown?

Let's discuss the packaging. Bright, exotic colours. Flashes of polka dot and camouflage print. Industrial meets neon. Personally, I love it. It is so different from anything else I own, and the fact it stands out has great appeal.

With a wide range of make-up available, everything from highlighters, to lip crayons, and more, I thought it best to introduce you to some of the gift sets I have been trying out.

SuperDry Beauty

This Pop Eyes Palette would make a great, yet unusual, make-up gift for someone. I love the polka dot print detailing throughout the blocks of colour. Velvety in texture, a mixture of matte and shimmer shades perfect for creating high impact looks. First glance, some of the colours may deem unwearable, but actually you only need a pop of colour to brighten up your usual daily routine. £15, keep it in mind for stocking fillers and Secret Santa.

SuperDry Beauty
SuperDry Beauty

Such a sucker for a fluffy brush, and even better when it is a red hot pink. Superdry's Kabuki brush enfuses Japanese culture with modern make-up application. The synthetic brush hair is ridiculously soft and I have loved using this to buff in my powder foundation and to sweep on my bronzer.

SuperDry Beauty
SuperDry Beauty
SuperDry Beauty
SuperDry Beauty

The SuperDry Neon bags are fab, with a variety of different prints and colours available, here is Camo Khaki Pink, they are stylish yet practical. I love the wipe clean PVC, as my make-up bag always gets so messy, plus the chunky zip fastener is super cute. All of the make-up products photographed above were packed inside the neon bag, which goes to show how much you can really squeeze in.

I am yet to test out all of the make-up properly but what I am loving is the Terracotta bronzer, the Highlighter and the Peppermint Lip fix. The packaging again, chunky but stylish. I really am impressed with SuperDry Beauty.

SuperDry Beauty
SuperDry Beauty
SuperDry Beauty

Unfortunately, I missed out on festival season this year, but how awesome is this festival ready kit for all of you that do go? A water bottle containing all of these gems. I personally love the Fresh Tabs, Expandable Wipes for Face and Body. Simply add water and the little tablets grow into a face wipe. Mascara, lipbalm and a lip crayon - all of the essentials and of course a hydrating mist. SuperDry really have thought of everything. SuperDry Beauty Festival Kit has to be a firm favourite.

Totally unexpected but completely won over by this beauty range. I am looking forward to having a real play with all of this make-up and I will be putting looks together so keep your eyes peeled for that. Have you tried anything from SuperDry Beauty yet?

Monday, 25 August 2014

A Bundle of Beauty | Currently Loving

A Bundle of Beauty

Recently I have been trying out lots of new and exciting beauty treats, some I absolutely adore, and others will probably stay in my beauty cupboard collecting dust. Nevertheless, I got to thinking about the ones that really stood out to me over the past few weeks and I thought I would share these utter delights with you guys today. 

Firstly, I would like to share with you my new Flamingo Candle, I know this doesn't necessarily fall into the beauty category, but having only discovered this brand earlier this month I just had to share it with you as I cannot get enough of my Tropical Coconut Milk & Honey Classic Square Jar Candle. If you haven't heard of Flamingo Candles, check out their website - they have so, so many amazing fragrances on offer and the fact they are organic and hand poured right here in Britain makes them even more awesome. I love finding British brands and will always try and support local brands where possible. I brought this home, and my boyfriend got a little over excited by its scent, and even licked it - yes it smelt that good. It now unfortunately resides on his desk, so I think I will have to buy another one for myself.

Leighton Denny Remove & Go Polish Remover

Okay, the Leighton Denny Remove & Go Polish remover, actually took me to whole entire new level of excitement, that I have not ever visited before. I know that sounds totally dramatic, but if you have not used this or heard of it, please, PLEASE, just trust me when I say that it is literally the best invention since the internet. One of the reasons I despise putting on nail varnish, is because the taking off process is just so monotonous, it drives me insane and I always miss a little bit, and almost always go through half a tube of toilet roll. Don't even get me started on the time I spilt a bottle of nail varnish remover over my laptop. My point, this invention right here, you stick your fingers in a hole - now now, in this sponge, twist, and wa-lah! POOF. Nail varnish gone. Just like magic. Now they need to get inventing one of these to clean make-up brushes.... steal that idea and I will come after you. 

Ballet Slippers, took my Essie Nail Colour virginity, now excuse my shockingly poor application for the purpose of this blog, I told you, I have little patience. When applied perfectly and neatly, this is absolutely gorgeous and I cannot thank Vivianna Make Up enough for introducing me to this beauty, amongst every other item she makes me lust after.. I digress. My point, Essie Nail Colours are remarkable and I must fast grow my collection. I urge you to leave me a list of must-have shades in my comment box! 

The cult face mask of the moment. Glam Glow. I kindly received a miniature sample of the Glam Glow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment, and I regret using it, I really do. Why? As now NOTHING else will ever compare to this mask, and I need the full sized hero in my life immediately, my bank balance is wincing as I type. I left this on as an overnight treatment, and oh my giddy ant, may the lord strike me down if I am lying to you, but my skin REJOICED on waking. My dehydrated skin retreated to the shores and I danced with beautiful, glowing skin. I am dying to try the other masks now by Glam Glow, as I am sure I will not be disappointed. 

Two fabulous hair products, the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Deep Conditioner has been wonderful to use. My hair has been getting lighter and lighter over the Summer, whilst using this over a course of 4-5 weeks I can still say I am happy with my locks. For once, I actually love the colour my hair has faded out to and I swear it is down to regularly using this. My hair feels super soft and in the best condition it has been in in a while. As for the V05 Give me Texture Dry Texturising Spray, I bought this on a whim. I was bored of using my usual hair styling products and thought I would give this a try. It's pretty radical stuff. I forget any product is even in my hair as it feels so lightweight yet turns my hair into this texturised, surfer-esque bombshell. The only downside being I get pretty carried away using this and no doubt will run out of it sooner than necessary.

So guys, this Bundle of Beauty post, is a little different to my usual product reviews. I hope you enjoyed reading and if this is something that you would like to see more of I would love to know!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday Musings | I Pressed The Blogging Pause Button...

All of last week, yes that is right, one entire week, not one blog post went out. Strike me down Blogging Gods.

Until this morning, I had been constantly worrying about having not scheduled any posts to cover last week. Even whilst distracted by a completely fun and amazing week spent with friends and family, right at the back of my mind had been a niggling thought - What if I lose all my readers? Will all my hard work be diminished having not posted for one week? 

In my last Sunday Musings post, I discussed my struggles working full time and having a blog. I explained that I had wanted to schedule posts for the upcoming week but with failing to get the right balance, it left me quite unorganised, and well, pretty tired. Hence, why last week I fell off the blogging radar. As to the response to this post, it was so comforting to hear a lot of you feel the same way and in some way even found my post helpful. It was great to come back and read all of  your comments and for that I thank you.

For the first time in seven days, I logged onto my laptop and into Blogger. Guess what? The blogging world hadn't ended. My blog had not gone on strike and deleted itself. Traffic was still stopping by and comments were left. Even so, had there been no comments or little traffic, that would be okay. We are all human beans and we are entitled to take a break out of blogging or be it any hobby or passion of ours. 

I pressed, unintentionally, the pause button on my little blogging world. Sitting here, I can look back on how I dealt with that and how in future I can do it again, but with less stress and more appreciation. 

Where have I been might you ask?

Last weekend I flew to the island of Zakynthos, to celebrate two of my best friend's getting married. They had a "no photographs/no phones" rule of which I thrived off. It was such an awesome feeling, sitting there, in the most beautiful setting, enjoying such a special moment knowing I would not miss a second for the sake of capturing a Pinterest worthy photo. 

I read a book. Late to the party, but The Fault in Our Stars is a magical and emotional story of which I could read again and again. I finished it in two days, simply could not put it down.

I then flew into Manchester and traveled up to my boyfriend's sisters wedding in the Yorkshire Dales. Followed by a beautiful tea party with cake and sandwiches EVERYWHERE. Spending quality time with my boy and his family was absolutely wonderful and I have decided we need to do it more often. 

What have I learnt?

It is important to take time out for ourselves, and to enjoy moments without having to share them on the internet. I purposely have not included photos of my trips away in this post, as they are personal to me and it is nice to preserve memories privately - sometimes. 

There is indeed more to life than work and blogging, and even though I love both of these parts of my life so much, just eating cake, having a giggle with friends and family is more than enough to keep me happy. 

So guys, what I am trying to say is, sorry (not sorry) for taking an accidental step back from my blog this past week, and I am happy to say I am back down in Reigate, at home, with my laptop on the sofa; preparing posts for the upcoming weeks. 

Just remember, don't put too much pressure on yourself, take your sweet time and live a little bit more, you know, outside

One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart | My Thoughts

One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart
One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart

At the end of July I was invited to attend a gorgeous Mad Hatter themed Afternoon Tea Party at the Sanderson Hotel by this brand: One Love Organics. 

So how have I been getting on with the products? As expected, I have fallen head over heels in love. Everything from the packaging, to the ingredient lists, to the names of the products... yeah you can tell I am a happy bunny. 

Before I get onto the products, a little introduction to the brand. One Love Organics are an American skincare company, and have recently launched over in the UK. A totally natural & organic brand, using high quality ingredients that directly benefit your skin, it really is quite unique. As I discuss the products with you I am certain  you will get to love them just as much as me.

One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart

The Cleansing Sponge, I spotted this bad boy on the table during the afternoon tea and having seen konjac sponges floating around the blogging world I instantly knew what it was and was very keen to test one out for myself. Konjac sponges, are awesome, and they are slowly replacing the classic flannel in my bathroom cabinet. Sorry flannel. If you haven't yet used one of these cute little inventions, I urge you to get your hands on one sooner rather than later. Made from 100% plant fibre, ran underneath a warm tap, they expand and change from their stiff exterior to something soft and squidgy. There are different types of konjac sponges available depending on your skin type, infused with types of clay depending on whether you are oily or have tired skin. The one photographed above is the original konjac sponge, suitable for all skin types. 

You can use this alone, as in without any cleanser, and it will still be efficient in removing dirt and grime blocking your pores, however I do love using a cleanser and have been using the sponge in place of a flannel. I can honestly say my skin has never felt softer or smoother since using this sponge.

One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart
One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart

I had been contemplating repurchasing the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, and then this Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque came along. I LOVE THIS. SO FREAKING MUCH. Containing unusual ingredients such as Sweet Pea Flour and Fresh Pineapple enzymes, providing a gentle, daily exfoliation suitable for every skin type and can be used all over your bod-ay too. All you need to do is add warm water to a small teaspoon amount to form a paste and then massage all over your skin. It feels so gentle you would barely know it is indeed a scrub. 

I love the fact you can also make your own face mask with this, you can add more powder to create a thicker, tightening mask, but you can also add ingredients such as organic greek yoghurt to clarify or manuka honey for a more hydrating mask. I tried this with honey and left it on my skin for 10-15 minutes, it felt a little bit messy but the result was great. My skin looked very happy.

I have here the larger size, which is £34 but if you just fancy trying it out then the smaller travel size is £9.00. A great starter price for a 2-in-1 product!

One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart
One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart

Next up, Skin Saviour Waterless Beauty Balm. Now you all should know I do love a good cleansing oil or balm so I was looking forward to trying this out. However, this is no ordinary balm. The cold pressed plant oils and extracts break down the make-up without stripping the protective layer of your skin. Not only does it melt away your make-up, making removing make-up effortless, it can also be used all over the body. A moisturiser, a hair tamer, skin soother and even a primer for mineral powder, this really should be awarded cult status - everyone needs to get on this. I originally saw the price tag of £52 and immediately placed it next to Eve Lom, and though pah, would not buy you in the future, then I gave my head a wobble and reminded myself that this is not just a cleanser. This is an extremely ethical, versatile product that has every right to carry such an expensive label. My skin has felt so soft since using this and have been reaching for this over my trusty coconut oil more often than not.  A little goes along way, so this will be on my bathroom shelf for a wee while.

One Love Organics, Beauty from the Heart

Morning Glory, probably the best name ever for a beautiful little serum. After cleansers, I would say serums are next in line as my favourite part of my skincare routine. Key ingredient Raspberry Leaf stimulates and wakes up your skin by tightening and toning. Peppermint and Lemon deliver refreshing anti-inflammatory antioxidants to brighten and depuff. Vegan sourced Omega 3 fatty acids smooth out any fine lines. Overall, your complexion is given an instant boost and prepares your skin for the day ahead. You may also use this during the day or at night, don't be confused to just use it of a morning, the idea is it gives you that rosy "movie-star" radiance we all dream of waking up with. I love this, everything from the smell, to the texture right through to the makings of this formula. I would say it is up there in my top 5 favourite serums - ever.

Having a personal preference of reaching for more organic, vegan friendly skincare - the good stuff - this brand has definitely struck a chord. One Love Organics has worked it's way into my daily skincare routine and it is definitely here to stay.

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