Thursday, 25 September 2014

Salon Science Haircare


Haircare is something that over the years I haven't been too fussed about and would go about my day using any old product. However it is only until recently that I have noticed I am no longer able to do this, and some products have had really bad affects on both my hair and scalp - which means I am a lot more careful in picking haircare products. So I was excited when an email popped in my inbox to try the new Salon Science range. 

Salon Science are a new haircare brand which has just launched in Boots, and the collection consists of 18 products that use plant stem cells and bio-active technology within the formulations. The range is split into four different collections, each devised to tackle specific hair or scalp problems by using one key active ingredient. I have been trying a mixture of their AquaCacteen range which is designed to help with scalp relief and their Swiss Grape range which is designed to help repair and add radiance to the hair. 

The Hydrasorb Intensive Masque* is an intensive scalp purifying treatment which contains anti-irritant actives and compounds of a rare organic cactus to help saturate the scalp with high levels of moisture, allowing your hair to feel instantly radiated. I only popped this on for 10 minutes and after the first use it began to soothe my scalp, and once washed out it left my hair looking really glossy whilst my scalp and hair felt nourished without a hint of flakiness. On another note you only need a small amount of this in your hair, which means that the tub will last quite a while - always a bonus. 

The Hydraluxe Shampoo* and conditioner* are soothing and refreshing cleansers that are formulated to target dry, flaky and distressed scalps. The hydraluxe shampoo is actually one of my favourite products from this range, as a sufferer of a dry, sore and flaky scalp this shampoo is a miracle in a tube. First things first, you only need a pea sized amount of both the shampoo and conditioner to fully cover your hair and scalp so once again the bottles are going to last a good while. There are hints of mint in this shampoo, which is nice as this acts as a cooling stimulant and it never leaves an unpleasant or irritating feeling. After a couple of washes this really helps curb my flaky scalp and leaves my scalp feeling great - no pain or dandruff in sight! All in all both products are very similar in what they do and their results, and when used together give amazing results to what was once a very sore scalp.

Onto the reprotectant thermal creme*, which is another must have item for me. As an avid user of hairdryers/straighteners and curlers a thermal creme or spray is a must have! The thermal creme contains a powerful antioxidant complex that binds to the hairs surface for advance protection, whilst using vitamin E antioxidants and UV filters for protection against daily environmental stress. This was my first experience of using a thermal creme and to begin with I was a little worried incase it made my hair greasy, but that wasn't the case. Instead my hair felt really soft and protected when using heat, as those with damaged hair will know it's lovely to feel soft hair after blasting the heat. It's a little weird to get used to as if you don't press the nozzle down completely it will release a little bit of creme just on the nozzle which is quite thick, and you have to swipe it up and then massage it into the hair. Other than that since using this my hair has felt a lot softer and in some cases a little thicker, however I put this down to the creme being a little heavy in the hair. 

Lastly we have the reglosse smoothing serum* which is a smoothing serum which contains tocopherol and grape seed extract to tame and nourish dry, frizzy and uncontrollable hair. The serum is designed to repair split ends and smooth flyways for an ultra soft finish. Now I will start by saying that I'm one of those lucky buggers that has hair that looks lovely and wavy until a brush goes near it, and then I tend to style the bushy look - never good! I think this works perfectly on second day hair where it's a little dry and it just needs that pick me up to stop it looking worn, and it really helps keep the frizz to a minimum and more manageable. The major difference I have noticed with this product is that it has helped with breakage as once again I suffer from really brittle hair and it does have the tendency to break easily, and this has really help with this. 

Overall I think that this is a fab range, these do tend to sit on the pricier side of haircare ranging from around £13 to £39. However for me personally I have come to learn the hard way that sometimes you do need to spend a bit extra on haircare as it can really work wonders for your hair. 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Finding the perfect red for your skin tone


I hate to admit it but up until recently I was scared of red lipsticks, no matter the look I always felt I could never pull a red lip off. Trend after trend red lipstick has remained a classic shade, however the search for the perfect red has not been an easy one - I've gone through just about every phase and yes that includes the horrifying clown face - that is until recently. I've been on the search and to my surprise I have found some reds that suit, which made me want to do a post on finding the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone. You could probably search this until the cows come home but I figured I'd put a little guide together of what I've found out.

Are you cool or warm toned?

The main rule of thumb is to work out your skins undertones, and once you have mastered this it should help choosing the perfect red. Undertones are described as the natural tones in your skin, and you will fall into either the cool or warm category. An easy way to determine your skin tone is by looking at your veins on your wrist, if your veins appear blue in natural daylight you will more than likely fall into the cool undertone category. If your veins look more green then you will fall into the warm undertone category. Once you have figured which tone you fit into, this will help determine which type of red lipstick will suit you better.

Those with cool undertones will tend to suit berry tones of red and blue based reds, whereas those with warm undertones will suit orangey reds and brick reds. Theoretically true red shades are meant to suit all skin tones, but it's the kind of thing you would need to swatch in store. 

Over time I've found that the colour you choose doesn't necessarily determine whether or not it will suit your skin tone. However it is how you wear that shade and how bright it is against your skin tone. As my skin is fairly light I would have never thought in a 100 years that I could ever pull off an orange based red such as MAC's Lady Danger, however when I was speaking to one of the MAC assistants she noted how well it would look against my skin tone and to my shock it did. It really popped against my skin and in a good way! Again if I want to go for a blue based red I will tend to dab this on lightly, so that it appears more appropriate for day wear. 

Honestly as a rule of thumb I think the easiest thing is to try on as many as possible and see how they suit your skin tone. This is easier to do on more high end counters as the SA can sanitise the lipstick allowing you to apply. That way you can see which colours help brighten your skin and leave you looking radiant instead of a washed out mess. If you are browsing the high street, try popping the tester on your fingertip as this is the closest colour to your lip and you can hold it up to see how it looks - germ free!

When choosing your perfect red, you don't have to always abide by the rule of skin tone as these are a generalisation to help in the hunt for a red lipstick, and will give you a better idea on the tone of red that will suit your skin. However it is always a good idea to work with the undertones in your skin rather than against them, and by most importantly swatching the lipstick will allow you to gauge if there are any underlying shades that you can pick up on to see if they match your skin tone.

What is your favourite red lipstick?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Lip Balm Lovin'

LtoR: Carmex Lime Twist, Burt's Bees Lip Balm, Vaseline Red Lip Tint, Soap and Glory Smooch Operation

Brrrr, now that the temperature is starting to drop I'm definitely starting to feel the cold. The drop in the weather also means that dry flaky lips are coming into force and with a vengeance may I add, which let's face it never looks or feels nice. So I just wanted to do a little post on my favourite lip balms that help keep my lips soft and moisturised in even the coldest of days. 

Carmex's Lime Twist* is a new addition to my lip balm collection, and I have to say I absolutely love this balm. Not only does it smell like fresh lemonade - one of my favourite smells - but it also leaves my lips feeling super soft. I have the worst habit of biting my lips and ripping the flaky skin off, which results in my lips feeling sore - but I find that once I pop some of this one it helps to heal the skin and give them so much needed moisture. This is basically your standard lip balm, that is cheap and cheerful but does the job!

Next up is Burt's Bees replenishing lip balm, Burt's Bees are my favourite lip balm products. I think I own every balm possible from them - I know it's bad! Saying that I really do love the pomegranate flavoured balm, it not only smells delicious but it gives the lips a slight tint which leaving them looking and feeling healthy. 

I can't talk about lip balms and not mention Vaseline, I was introduced to Vaseline as a wee teenager and it was always the in thing to have a tin of Vaseline tucked away in your school blazer. Anyways several years later and I'm still loving Vaseline. One of my favourite releases has to be the Paint the Town Red Lip Tint (so much that I bought a couple for backups at Christmas), it not only leaves a subtle tint to the lips but it also adds that much needed moisture to my lips that is definitely needed for the autumn/winter months. 

Lastly we have Soap and Glory's Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm, this was something I tried at Christmas in one of their infamous gift sets. First things first this balm contains the signature Soap and Glory scent, which for me is a big selling point to their products - as I'm sold many times based on how a product smells. Secondly this is one of those products that over night can transform my lips instantly, I do find that with this I can often skip my Lush lip scrub as this will bring my lips back to their former healthy selves just on its own. 

So there we have it, these are my choices for the perfect winter balms. I'd love to know what lip balms you rate!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Kylie Jenner's Nude Lip - Mac Whirl

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MAC Whirl Lipliner - £12.50 - Link

One thing you may not know about me, is that I'm obsessed with the Kardashians. This means on a Sunday night I'm hooked on my weekly fix of KUWTK, I've played the Kardashian app and I'm always browsing their clothes / beauty lines online and in store. With saying that over the recent months I have fell in love with Kylie Jenner's style, and most notably those lips! After a bit of searching on the internet I found that Kylie re-creates her infamous 90s lips with MAC Lip Liner in Whirl. 

Obviously I went in search of this lip liner and luckily enough my local MAC counter had one left in store *lucky me*. MAC Whirl is described as a dirty rose, which I think is quite accurate - the only thing I would add about this shade is that I find it more on the deep pink / brown side. Once applied this is quite neutral on the lips, and just adds a bit of extra depth to the colour of my natural lips. 

Now I will say I have never considered buying a lip pencil purely to use on its own, however I was really surprised at how this applied. I have only used them previously to outline the lips never fill them in completely. I will say this, Whirl is quite matte which means that once applied this is drying to the lips and is a little difficult to apply, but you do get the hang after a little bit. 

I can understand how Kylie is able to outline her lips further to give the impression of larger lips as this is one of those shades that allows you to exaggerate the natural lip line without looking too weird. Obviously I haven't tried going completely OTT with this, but natural adjustments here and there, and I can see how this leaves your lips looking very flattering. Whirl is a stunning shade, one that I would have never thought to lay my hands on if it weren't for Kylie Jenner, and honestly makes me want to venture into more brown / mauve shades. 

I was really surprised at how long this lasts on the lips, with being a lip liner I was expecting a couple of hours max. However I popped this on today and noticed that it lasted an afternoon of shopping, and then through my tea. It was only when I had an ice cream that it did start to fade slowly, but I would say I got a good 5 hours of solid wear, which I think is pretty impressive for a lip liner. £12.50 may be a bit excessive for a lip liner but I think this is probably my favourite lip liner to date and worth the price. 

Are you a fan of the 90's inspired lip shade?

Monday, 8 September 2014

My 7 Beauty Sins

Image courtesy of: Careerealism

Let's be honest we have all picked up bad habits over the years, and I know for me despite being a beauty blogger I have quite a few that lurk around during my beauty routine. I think I have fallen into a quick approach when it comes to applying my makeup on weekday mornings when getting ready for work, which also means I've become a bit lazy and I'm hoping I'm not alone with my sins - otherwise I will feel bad when I've finished writing this. 

Morning skincare routine - or lack of

It's a weird thing really, I will always make an effort to cleanse, tone and moisturise of a night time before going to bed. However when I wake up in a morning, forget the whole fresh as a daisy and instead think more Addams family, and yes I'm being honest! Literally on a morning I will be out of bed at 8 and out the house at 8.15 so you know where this is going. I don't even moisturise my skin of a morning, instead I prime and slap the foundation on - yes you can imagine a quick buffing and I'm done. This is my own doing - I do like an extra 10 in bed. 

Touching my face

We are always told that when we touch our faces during the day we transfer the bacteria, oils and everyday grime from whatever is on our hands and onto our skin. Which in theory sounds disgusting, but still I find myself doing it. I do this mainly while I'm at work, and this may be feeling for flaky skin or a random poking, which means that you remember that makeup that I apply within 2 minutes is practically gone during the day. 

Picking Spots

This I find is kind of a taboo subject, we all know that we suffer from spots but people don't often talk about squeezing or picking spots - I know, not a discussion to have over breakfast, but we all do it! Again this is just asking for trouble, by breaking the wall of the pore we allow bacteria to leak out and spread underneath the surface of the skin, whilst damaging the skin. So whichever way you look at it, we are making the breakout worse and damaging our skin while we are it. Need I continue?

Sleeping with eye makeup on

So let's ignore what I said a few points back about how I always try to remove and clean my face on a night, but you know there are some nights where I'm that tired I just about manage to cleanse my face, others well let's not go there. This for me is the ultimate sin, and in all honesty I have got a lot better over the years, making sure I remove my makeup and then tone ect. However I may void all my good work but letting go and leave my mascara on - yes the most cardinal sin and I am guilty of sinning. 

Picking nail polish

So we spend all that time perfecting the perfect mani, avoiding pillow nails (yes that is a thing) and all kinds of issues that can arise when painting your nails. So why is it, I find myself picking at my nails quick enough? I know I shouldn't but sometimes I see a bit of a flaky nail appearing and I just can't help myself, I begin peeling and that's it the mani is ruined. Picking nail polish can be damaging to the nail itself, as you can remove the top layer meaning the nail becomes weaker, but that still doesn't stop me. 

Not washing my makeup brushes frequently

Honestly when I have time off from work this is the last thing that comes to mind, and I know the idea of brushes clogged with makeup sounds pretty disgusting but I live by the rule if they feel alright they are ok to use on my skin. Which let's just say is completely wrong, but I'm a little lazy. I honestly don't want to think about the bacteria that could be on these brushes, so maybe I need to start a routine. 

Not getting enough sleep

Lastly I am completely guilty of this one, unless it's a Friday/Saturday night then you know I will be sleeping a good 10-12 hours (if not more). However I just can't help it, I go upstairs at 11pm and then find myself mindlessly watching E! until midnight, and then have to be up between 7.50-8am. I will just add if I'm watching something when I go up it could half 12 before I finally get to sleep, and I can only blame myself. It's not called beauty sleep for no reason, and I should really try and get enough sleep so that my body will feel more refreshed and healthier. 

So there we have it, my beauty sins all laid out bare for you to see. I'd love to know what you are guilty of when it comes to your beauty regime.