Friday, 8 August 2014

Rimmel Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara

Rimmel Kate Rockin' Curves Mascara £7.49 - Link

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the Kate Moss range for Rimmel, so when she extended her impressive collection I couldn't wait to try out the new products. Whilst on the hunt for a budget friendly mascara I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone with the Rimmel Kate Rockin' Curve mascara. 

The Rockin' Curves mascara is the first to be created by Kate Moss, and features a broken heart-shaped brush which is designed to twist and curve to hug the lash line whilst reaching those hard to reach inner lashes. The mascara is designed to leave your lashes looking bigger, bolder and gorgeously curled. 

When I popped the first coat on I noticed how it visibly coated my lashes to give the impression of longer lashes - which for me is always a good thing! On the second and third coats I noticed that the mascara was curling and lifting my lashes whilst adding volume. After several coats I found the mascara giving the look I craved, which is fuller and longer lashes. On a random note I have to say this is probably one of the blackest mascaras I have owned, and is just as tough as the They're Real mascara to remove. 

The wand itself I find to be quite strange, when I opened it I had a serious WTF moment and to be honest it does take a little getting used to due to the shape of the brush as I found myself poking the wand in my eye a few times. With saying that I find that once you get used to it the brush is quite good at applying mascara, meaning that you can reach right into the corner of your eye and applies to the lower lashes easily.

However the problems with this mascara started after application, I find that the formula is quite dry which means that your lashes can sometimes look quite flaky and it's not always the easiest mascara to apply. Within minutes of application I find that this smudges really easily, and I end up looking more like a panda than anything else. So if you do plan on wearing it I'd definitely advise keeping a mirror close by, as I end up rubbing my eyes and my mom will say to me have you seen your face - major oops moment!

Overall this is an ok mascara, it has both positives and negatives, but for me personally the negatives outweigh the positives. For a mascara costing £7.49 I was honestly a little disappointed and my hunt for the perfect drugstore mascara continues - so do let me know what your favourite mascara is!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Set

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Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Set - £53.50

So it's official, I finally caved and got my hands on the gorgeous Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury set. As a fan of makeup brushes I knew that I needed to one day own these in my collection. Technically James bought them for me as an early anniversary present (what a babe!). 

The Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Set contains 8 essential brushes for your daily brush set, which are perfect for when on the go. The set contains both high quality natural hair and synthetic taklon bristles, which means that they are perfect to use with cream and powder based products. Did I mention they come encased in a gorgeous travel clutch - which is a shame to just use for makeup. 

Honestly these types of sets are my favourite, as I love how basic they are, yet completely usable. Inspired by the dazzling explosion of pink and gold these stunning brushes are a rose gold lovers dream. This set really stands out amongst my other makeup brushes, purely for the fact that they look really pretty on my dresser. 

In the set you get 5 face brushes which include the: 106 Powder brush, which is designed for applying loose and pressed powder. The 102 Silk Finish brush which is used to apply and blend foundation, and has quickly become my favourite brush from the set. The 110 Face Shape brush is perfect for contouring the face shape with both cream and powder products. The 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek brush is design for applying powder blush, and finally the 142 Concealer Buffer does what it says on the tin: applies and blends concealer. 

The three eye brushes in the set include the 227 Soft Definer (a great MAC dupe) which is designed to softly blend and smooth eyeshadow. The 231 Petit Crease brush, which is perfect for accentuating and blending in the crease, and lastly the 317 Wing Liner brush which is great for creating the perfect wing and detailed eyeliner.

These brushes are perfection, there aren't any in the set that I dislike and the stand out brush for me personally has to be the 102 Silk Finish brush which has knocked the RT Buffing Brush out of the ball park (sorry RT's). There are a couple where I question their original use such as the 110 Face Shape Brush, as it's a little small for contouring so when I do use this it's literally used for my bronzer line and that's about it. The 227 is perfect for blending eyeshadow and has been compared to MAC's 217 and I can see why - this is a great dupe for a fraction of the price. 

Overall I will start with the obvious, this brushes are stunning! The combination of rose gold ferrules and matte handles create a beautiful collection that will take pride of place. I purchased the set off Love Makeup for £53.50 which may sound a little steep but when you consider the fact that you get 8 brushes and 2 bags this works out as a steal. I really would recommend these as a great starter set for your makeup collection as they not only look stunning but work a dream. 

Have you tried Zoeva brushes yet? I'd love to know what you think!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Birmingham July Meet

LtoR: Sam, Tash, Laura, Mish, Ellie, Char, Becky, Me, Jess, Katrina, Chloe, Zoe, Jemma

So I will admit I have fallen off the blogging bandwagon a little over the past couple of weeks with one thing and another. However my lovelies I am back, and I thought what better way to get back into posting that blogging about the Birmingham July Meet that I attended last weekend, hosted by the lovely Jess and Katrina

I was really loving forward to the day as this was my first ever blog meet up, so to say I was excited was an understatement. The meet itself was fairly small, which meant that it was a great way to get to know one another and honestly it felt a lot less intimidating. For the first part of the day we went shopping and this meant hitting up Selfridges, the Bullring ect, and honestly we all did very well in not spending a lot - I was on a spending ban at the time, so had to be on my best behaviour. 

After our mini shopping spree we all headed to Pizza Hut for a meal, where we were greeted by gift bags bursting at the seam, boomf marshmallows and macaroons (my first time trying them). After the meal Becky who runs the company Harlequin Cosmetics gave us a little chat about the company and the products. Honestly it was lovely to hear about the company, which she runs with her mom and the products were delicious! 

I've added a photo of the amazing goody bag which has a whole host of treats! I was amazed at how much effort had gone into these, as the products included are fabulous. The necklace is so cute, and one I will be packing for my hols next week, and as a fan of the Stylfile I was uber excited to see a set included in the bag. I won't go into too much detail as I plan on reviewing quite a few of the products!

Overall I had a brilliant time at the meet up, and has left me eager to attend many more. Thanks again to Jess and Katrina for hosting such a fab meet up and to all the girls who attended - Chloe, Char, Sam, Zoe, Becky, Mish, Jemma, Ellie, Laura and Tasha - who were so lovely, and already looking forward to meeting them again!

Have you attended any meet ups lately? Let me know!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Haircare Routine: Maintaining Oily Hair

LtoR: Asda Little Angels Shampoo, Johnsons Baby Conditioner, Kerastase Oily Roots Sensitive Ends Shampoo, VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, L'Oreal Malt and Messy Sea Salt Spray, Batiste Dry Shampoo

One of the things I have wondered for many years was can you train your hair to be less greasy? The 16 year old me would think not, with washing my hair everyday and applying dry shampoo in a morning I was worried I would be living the greasy life. However I have found that over the past few months I have been able to get my hair into a condition that I thought was impossible, and thought I'd share with you some of my tips on maintaining greasy hair.

Don't wash everyday

I always used to be under the impression that washing your hair everyday was good for you, and whilst some people still believe this others don't. I have found that by shampooing my hair daily actually causes it to create more oil, so I started to wash my hair every other day and then once I was comfortable with second day hair I would try at three days. I have found that because I have fine hair my hair can only last around 3 days before it needs washing. I do tend to do mine every other day whilst I'm at work, and then don't wash it at all on the weekends, it's crazy but I have kind of developed a washing schedule meaning that I wash my hair on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - this may sound lazy but continue reading to see how it's helped my hair!

Give your hair time

Most importantly give yourself time, it's going to take a little while for your hair to adjust the amount of oil it produces. It may sound a little weird but to train your hair into producing less oil, you need to let it go oily - not a nice site but honestly it will help. I started by washing my hair every other day, so would do this on a weekend or when I wasn't in work so that no one would see the state of my hair. After a few weeks you will start to notice a difference in the amount of oil your hair is producing, meaning that you will be able to out your two day hair. 

Make Dry Shampoo your best friend

Dry Shampoo is an old favourite of mine, not only does it help to absorb excess oil but I find it a great way to style second day hair by giving my hair both texture and volume. I have a couple of ways that I like to apply this to stop a build up of oil, the first way is applying this in a morning after my hair has been washed on a night and then on the same night I will apply it before going to bed to refresh my hair so that the oil doesn't have chance to accumulate by the morning. This is actually a new technique but I have found that this works better with my hair. 

Second day styling

An obvious thing for me is styling my hair differently in between washes, I like to keep my hair down on the first and second day hair. However sometimes on the second and third days I will pop my hair up, this means that there is less chance of me messing with it and adding to the oil production. So this means that hairspray and texturising sprays are a must have for me. 

Changing my shampoo and conditioner routine

A big thing for me has been changing my shampoo and conditioner routine. Recently I have had a big issue with a high street brand leaving my scalp sore and very flaky to the point that combing my hair was very painful. This meant reverting to baby shampoo to help soothe my scalp, and from there I have invested in Kerastase shampoo and conditioners. The combination I have found to be very effective, I am loving Kerastase Oily Roots and Sensitive Ends shampoo, it helps to prolong the oils produced in my hair. 

The condition of my hair

So has this worked? Honestly it has, I don't know if it's due to washing my hair less frequently but I have noticed a visible difference in the condition of my hair. Most noticeably its started growing again - miracle? Yes! As an avid hair extension wearer a lot of people have commented asking if I'm wearing my hair extensions, which is when I can gladly say no. I hope it will continue to grow to a length that I'm happy with. Secondly I've noticed my hair get a little thicker, not a lot but I can really tell when I style my hair or pop it up. Lastly my hair doesn't produce as much oil as it did, which is the biggest thing I am happy about. 

I'd love to know what your hair routine is to keep the oil at bay!

Monday, 14 July 2014

BIC Soleil Secret

BIC Soleil Secret 2 in 1 Trimmer £3.99*

I will be completely honest when it comes to shaving my legs I'm more of an electronic girl, gone were the days of hacking bloodied legs and the underarm sting of spraying deodorant. So for me going back to a disposable razor was something a little different, yet I was excited to try as I haven't used disposables since I was around 17. 

The BIC Soleil Secret 2 in 1 Trimmer is the first disposable shaver and bikini trimmer in one. Both razors comes with three independent spring-mounted moveable blades, which provide a flawlessly smooth shave. The tip of the razors include a lubricating strip with Vitamin E to pamper your skin. Included in the pack is a slide on trimmer which is designed for safe, simple and even bikini trimming. 

So how did I get on? Well pretty well, this is your bog standard razor however it does the job. I did let myself go a little so that I could see how well this worked on my legs and I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked, my legs felt silky smooth and honestly it did do the job better than my electric razor. When I say this I mean that it was a cleaner cut, where my electric razor sometimes doesn't pick up smaller hairs this did - which is perfect! I love how this has a pivoting head as I think this helps trim the hair off your legs/arms ect easier. Now we all know that this razor has an additional attachment to neaten up your bikini area, and I'm going to keep this short and sweet because I doubt you want me to discuss this, and I don't really want to get in to too much detail - TMI possibly? Anyways, the bikini attachment is a painless tool which helps keeping certain areas neat - it does exactly what it says on the tin - and we are leaving that there. 

For £3.99 this is a bargain set, as you not only get one razor but you get two alongside the trimmer. I know this is currently on offer in a few places which makes an ever better bargain!

Overall I'm a disposable convert, and there was no hint of blood in sight. My unharmed legs would be happy to try this again, and I can see myself repurchasing in the future. For something that is so cheap, it works wonders and leaves my legs smoother than my previous shaving tools.

Are you a disposable or electric kind of girl? Let me know!