Thursday, 28 November 2013

Dirty Looks Hair Extensions: Butterscotch Blonde Highlighted

Dirty Looks Hair Extensions 16-18" in Butterscotch Blonde Highlighted*

Clip in hair extensions are something I have been wearing for around 3 years now, after coming to the foregone conclusion that my hair isn't going to grow to the length it once was, after trying for what seems like forever. So clip in's have really come to the rescue, I have gone from trying cheapie eBay ones to Sally's to now Dirty Looks hair extensions. The lovely folk over at Dirty Looks kindly sent me a pair of their 16-18" extensions in Butterscotch Blonde Highlighted

The extensions come in a really cute purple/lilac box which makes the perfect storage for not only you hair extensions but also other accessories such as bobby pins. In the box you not only receive your extensions, but also a care/instruction guide and extra clips.

From one of the images you will see that the hair is separated into two different compartments, a sample weft and the full set of hair. The sample hair I find is a great addition as with many companies as soon as the seal or packaging is opened you can't return the hair. However with this sample weft you simply pop it out and can compare to your own hair to see if it's a match, if not simply exchange your hair for another shade.

Each weft is numbered 1-8 which reflects on where you extensions should be placed, and this is described in the instructions guide. Weft 1 should be placed at the lowest part of your head near your neck and wefts 5-8 higher up on your head. There are 10 wefts in total, however the one clip pieces are not numbered as these go right at the top of your head to help blend. 

As soon as the hair came out the packaging I couldn't believe how great the hair looked: with a healthy shine, and the ends were really thick meaning that they don't become some straggly things at the end, something I have found with cheaper extensions. The thickness remains throughout the weft which is great for blending with my natural hair.

I don't even need to put all the clips in purely because there is too much hair, the combined weight of these is 160g - one of the heaviest sets I have come across. In total I only put around 6 wefts in including the 2 singular ones and they still blend perfectly. The horrid photo of me above (I do apologise as I'm makeup free) shows what 6 wefts look like and as you can see they still look lovely and thick.

Because the hair extensions are 100% remy hair this means that they can be treated like your normal hair, allowing you to style them with curlers, straighteners - anything you want. I tend to keep mine slightly wavy as I think they blend a lot better as my hair has a natural wave.In terms of holding a curl I find these work really well, I curled them last week and are still holding the same curl really well.

Overall I'm really happy with these hair extensions, they are really easy to apply and takes 10 minutes maximum. They retail at £85.99 which for me is a moderate price for hair extensions, and depending on usage they will last anywhere from 3 months to a year. If you find you get closer to the year mark these make a great investment to give your hair a makeover.

What are your thoughts on clip in hair extensions?

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Real Techniques Sam's Picks

 Real Techniques Sam's Picks

Some of you may know that it was my birthday on Thursday and I was lucky enough to receive this as a present from my mom (thanks!). She knows I am a huge fan of the Real Techniques collection and a little while ago I hinted to her that this collection may be released and as soon as it was, I was giving her the links ready to buy it.

So their latest launch comes in the form of this special collection created by Sam Chapman, titled Sam's Picks. This set contains a range of Sam's favourite brushes with the added addition of a set exclusive crease brush, I love how the set contains two brushes from each range: foundation, eyes and finishing giving you the opportunity to try a range of their products. 

Sam's Picks consists of: a multi-task brush, a buffing brush, the set exclusive essential crease brush,  a pointed foundation brush and a fine liner brush.

Multi-task brush

Use for effortless application of powder, blush and bronzer

This was one of the brushes that I was looking forward to using most, as I was in the need of getting another of their blusher brushes for bronzer. However I need look no further, as this brush has perfectly filled the void. As with any Real Techniques brush the bristles are so soft however I find this a little more denser than the blush brush which is perfect for applying bronzer. The tapered shape makes it perfect for applying product in the apples of the cheeks, and works wonders for blending brusher.

Setting brush

Complete any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter

The setting brush is my go to for applying highlighter, especially under the eyes just above the cheekbone. The super soft bristles means that it is a great brush to use for powder as it picks up just enough product to avoid looking cakey and the tapered edge means you can apply powder in pesky areas such as around the nose and by the eyes.

Buffing Brush

Ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation

One of my all time favourite Real Techniques brush is the buffing brush, and after already owning this (from the Core Collection) I was in desperate need of a second however did not want to fork out on the whole set again. This is possibly one of the best brushes I have used for applying liquid foundation, and no matter which brand I find it blends effortlessly. I find this possibly one of the quickest tools for applying foundation as it can literally take a couple of minutes to perfect my base.

Pointed Foundation Brush

Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage

The pointed foundation brush aims to build coverage in problem areas especially around the nose and eyes. However I tend to use this as more of a concealer brush due to its pointed end, and is perfect for applying concealer in those tricker areas such as around the nose.

Fine Liner Brush

The ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner

Now it's a rarity that I apply gel eyeliner mostly because I am a fan of liquid, so I wasn't too bothered about this brush. However I cracked it out to give this brush a shot and was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked with gel liner. The bristles are really soft and when applying eyeliner I find it doesn't leave me with any jagged lines which would need correcting. It's easy to create a sharp thin line and flicks are really quickly to create.

Essential Crease Brush

Soft, tapered design for effortless contouring

The essential crease brush is exclusive to this set, I haven't read anywhere that this will be released separately so looks like it could be limited. Now to apply eyeshadow I have always relied on my trusty Sigma brushes, however I have found this a lot better. The tapered end means that it fits perfectly into the crease of your eye and can be used to not only apply eyeshadow but to blend the colour also. I like to use this for darker eyeshadow colours that I want to blend into the eye whilst giving definition just above the lash line.

The set retails for £29.99 which depending on how you look at it is real value for money, if you take into consideration the price of the Core Collection than it may seem a little expensive. However I am looking at the fact you get 6 brushes and the retail value of the individual brushes making it a great little set.

This would be a fab Christmas present for someone who either wants to build their collection of brushes, or just wants to try the range out. Even if you own a couple of the brushes I always find it so handy to have one spare as I tend to be lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes - oops.

You can actually get this from LoveMakeup where they are giving a free Expert Brush with all orders, Something I kindly donated to my mom telling her she'd love.

Have you tried this set out? Or will it be on your Christmas list this year?

PS. I apologies for the quality of the photos I've recently got a new camera and I'm still getting used to the functions and generally how to use it.


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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Winter Wishlist with Joules



As of recently I have undergone a huge obsession with decorating and are currently picking a few bits and bobs before I redo my room in the new year - yes I can't wait. Naturally this has meant I have turned to the Internet to find some gorgeous new bed linen, and with the winter months ahead all I want is a nice snuggly bed to get into on a night. 

Joules range of duvet covers are absolutely gorgeous, ranging from bright and bold florals to delicate floral prints, both of which are among some of my favourites from their collection. I know this may sound cliche but I always opt for a floral duvet, I don't know why but I find there is just something really cute about it and really adds that bit of home to my bed. I am especially loving their Cambridge floral duvet which would match my room perfectly.

Depending on the size of duvet the prices range from £37.50 to £90.00 which is slightly high but I have seen similar prices in other stores.

One style of coat I have been debating since Autumn, is the quilted jacket. I'm forever seeing them, whether it be styled on others or in shops and have me in a bit of a muddle - I love the style of them but don't think they'd suit me so it's always put me off. I am however tempted to get one over Xmas and fell in love with a couple of Joules ones.

Joules range of quilted jackets are lovely, I can't decide whether I'd opt for the hooded version or not hence why I have two styles of the jacket in the post. I think the pink coat is lovely, it's just a colour I'm not sure could be used for everyday purposes. However the blue hooded jacket has me head over heels, I think there is something about a navy quilted jacket that I just love. An added bonus is the floral print lining, whilst it won't be seen by many I love the added touch to the overall design.

The Moredale jacket costs £89.95 and the Marcott £99.95 which I think is a reasonable cost for a good winter coat that will hopefully see me through many winters to come.

What do you love about Joules? I'd love to know some of your favourite items from the brand!

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Real Techniques Powder Brush

 Real Techniques Powder Brush

I think it's safe to say that I am a huge fan of Real Techniques, and are yet to come across a brush that I haven't liked. To apply powder products I usually use my trusty Sigma powder brush, however I figured I'd give this a try after loving the fluffiness of the blush brush and just wanting to add another brush to my collection. It's safe to say after using this I have fallen head over heels in love with this brush.

Having oily skin popping powder onto my T-Zone is an important step of my makeup application, which is another reason for the need for a second powder brush. I have always been a fan of bigger powder brushes and that is what tempted me to this, while I thought my Sigma powder brush had a big head I have found the Real Techniques one is actually slightly bigger and more dense meaning that application I find is a lot easier. 

The biggest positive of this brush for me is the tapered shape of the brush, not only do I like the size of the brush but I adore its circular head, it makes applying powder really easy especially if you like to pop powder on to certain areas of your skin, like your t-zone.

The synthetic taklon hair on this brush makes it extremely soft and fluffy to touch, which is always a great bonus. The bristles are packed tightly making the brush slightly denser, helping to ensure that you pick up just the right amount of product allowing powdered products to apply on the skin with ease. You may find that you have to put slightly more pressure on to the brush if you like a bit more powder on the skin, but this is something I have never had trouble with. 

Whilst I'm on the subject of the brushes bristles, I find that this has never once shedded whilst applying powder, something that happens quite regularly now with my Sigma. So you don't have to worry about applying product and then having to go and remove those pesky little hairs that are attached to your face.

This brush is fantastic value for money retailing at £12.99, and for me is a must have for your brush collection, whether you are just starting to build your collection or adding to a much loved range of brushes; either way you won't be disappointed with the Real Techniques Powder Brush. 

Have you tried this brush yet? I'd love to know your thoughts!

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Skin Saviours: Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks

Winter really likes to wreak havoc on my skin, which means that it needs that extra bit of pampering to keep my skin feeling hydrated and cleansed. You may have spotted a range of Montagne Jeunesse beauties in Boots/Superdrug, or even in the aisles of your local supermarket. I will admit, I was a little put off by the low price rag, as I was worried that these wouldn't be very good, as this is a trap I have fallen into plenty of times when it comes to cheap products. However when curiosity got the better of me I picked these up whilst they were on offer in Asda, and are so glad that I did as I have fallen in love with these since. 

Their generous range is comprised of products made from natural ingredients and that are paraben free. I love popping one of these on during a Sunday afternoon whilst I wind down and give my skin a little treat.

I can honestly say that I haven't come across a bad face mask from their range, each with different properties and uses. However I tend to opt for the deep cleansing masks as these are designed to not only cleanse your pores but to also remove any traces of trapped oil or dirt in the process, leaving skin feeling super soft and clean. 

It is recommended to keep these masks on for around 10-15 minutes, but saying that I have left them on a little longer in the past purely for not keeping track of time. When these start to dry on the skin you get a weird tightening sensation, but I always think it means that they are doing something to my skin. I always find it funny to see yourself in the mirror and look at where you have managed to crack the face mask whilst on.

As soon as I have cleaned my face, these masks always leave my skin feeling great even a couple of days after application. My skin always feels soft and smooth, looks more even and there is absolutely no shine on my face which is a major bonus as I have combination skin. 

Some of the masks smell absolutely gorgeous, however I will warn you there are a few that don't smell as fruity and lovely as others. Some of my favourites have to be the smoothie range as these always smell edible, they are that lovely.

Best of all these masks are super affordable, many stores do have offers on these as well. Ranging between £1.00 - £1.50 and are often on offer so these little beauties won't break the bank, especially when you think one sachet will last you up to 3 masks. 

My only gripe with these masks are the packaging that they come in, as each sachet is suggested to last around 2-3 masks, it can sometimes be hard to store if you don't have a spare pot lying around to scrape the rest into. However if not these are a great product for sharing, and I normally do this instead of storing it for another day. 

I will not only apologise for the low quality photo of me, but also the scary face mask photo. The one I have on in that photo is the sauna mask which is a whole new experience compared to the others, but a great one at that.

What are your thoughts on the Montagne Jeunesse face masks? I'd love to know your thoughts!


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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Winter Skincare Essentials

Winter Skincare Essentials

I always find that you know Winter is here to stay when you find yourself reaching for those certain products that you haven't used in a while, and yes I'm looking directly at my trusty lip balms when saying this. So with the cold months upon us I thought I'd share some of my must have Winter skincare essentials, that help keep my skin hydrated, glowing and overall looking fresh. 

Anne French Deep Cleansing Milk

This is something that I have used since my early teens, thanks to my mom, and honestly still to this day is one of my all time facial cleansers. Its milky formula gently removes any makeup and oil from your skin, and afterwards leaves my skin feels really smooth and moisturised, best of both words really. With my skin suffering from dry areas especially in this winter this soft cleaning milk is a must have amongst my skincare regime.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel

One of the major issues for skin when winter begins is the drastic change in temperature, and because of this we are more prone to breakouts. Hence the need for this product, their anti-blemish spot treatment gel is a gem when fighting those pesky breakouts. I find that by applying this a couple of times to spots, it will naturally shrink, redness will reduce and it will disappear in around 3 days which is fabulous. I always find as well if you can feel one of those pesky blind boils (as my mom calls them) it's always best to pop this on before it rears it nasty red head and try and reduce it before it fully comes to an head. 

Burt's Bees Lip Balm and Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm

Burt's Bees for me is a brand that I cannot rave enough about, I adore their balm range especially the two featured. Their replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil being my favourite product, I find that this works wonders to soften the lips. Not only does it smell divine which makes you constantly want to apply, but your lips do instantly feel replenished and soft. 

However if you are suffering from painful dry lips I do recommend the Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm for extra moisture. This particular formula glides on really smoothly and instantly your lips feel better and more moisturised. If you are after conditioned lips I think this will have better effects than the first.

L'Occitane Rose Petals Shea Butter Hand Cream

I adore the L'Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream, as it not only leaves your hands feeling super soft and moisturised but the product smells lovely. The formula does not leave your hands feeling greasy and absorbs really quickly into the skin, which is perfect whilst on the go. This is a great product for the colder months as it adds a dose of hydration to the skin, and leaves your hands feeling soft throughout the day. 

Sudocrem

A miracle product for quick skin fixes, as mentioned previously the cold can wreak havoc on your skin and make it more susceptible to pesky breakouts. I find that by popping this on spots over night can have great effects the morning after, instantly redness is reduces and spots are less visisble. I know this is a marmite product for many as for some it works and others it doesn't but I know personally for me this has brilliant effects. A must have if you are after a quick skin fix for blemishes.

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream

This sample pot was something I actually picked up last month, whilst I was in London and the sales assistant actually told me how this was one of her favourite products. It's Potent is designed to help fade dark circles and smooth fine lines, unfortunately I can't comment on the fine lines aspect of the eye cream. However there is something after the winter that always leaves my eyes looking dull and faded, and popping this on both day and night really helps brighten up my eye area. When applied underneath makeup it hydrates the skin leaving it looking fresh and ready to battle the day, the formula is extremely moisturising and smells amazing which is always an added bonus. 

Vaseline

I have included Vaseline not as part of my lip care routine but rather as part of my skincare routine, I quite like using the Aloe Vera version on dry patches on my skin. I particularly suffer from dry spots around my nose and chin and find that by popping this on the problem areas over night for a couple of nights really works wonders on the skin, and leaves these areas feeling smooth. I figured with Vaseline being so hydrating to try it on my skin, and so glad that I have - a miracle product that doesn't cost a bomb. 

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Winter for me always means dry, chapped lips which is a big no no, lipstick is a pain to apply. It never looks good nor does it feel nice, so this is a little miracle product that I came across last year that helps when lip balm doesn't. The Lush scrub is designed to exfoliate the lips leaving them in tip top condition, and best of all you can lick the scrub off afterwards with its edible flavours. I will admit it may hurt when scrubbing if you're lips are exceptionally dry so would recommend lip balm after exfoliating. However it will help leave you with kissable lips for the winter. 

Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturiser

Lancome's Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturiser is one of my favourite facial moisturisers, especially when my skin decides to have a breakout. The formula is really smooth and soft which means it glides on effortlessly and instantly skin feels revitalised and nourished. Not only does skin feel hydrated but I find it gives this healthy glow once applied, despite the premium price tag I really believe that this product is a winner in the battle against winter-prone dry skin. 

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter

So it's all well and good talking about facial skincare essentials but the body needs nourishment as well. This is where Soap and Glory's The Righteous Butter comes in, this lightweight body moisturiser works wonders on dry skin and smells gorgeous. The butter is extremely easy to apply and sinks in within seconds and doesn't leave skin feeling greasy or oily. Some of the main ingredients include aloe vera and shea butter which lock in moisture allowing skin to stay soft. 

So these are my winter skincare essentials, I'd love to know what yours are!

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

OOTD: Windy Chic


Jumper: Oasis
Skirt: Topshop
Scarf: New Look
Shoes: Red Herring
Watch: Casio via The Watch Hut*
Tights: Primark

Wowza, it has been quite windy this weekend hasn't it? I didn't actually realise until I was trying to take an outfit photo and this was the result, whilst I love how it's blown the skirt I must apologise for the mess in my messy bun. 

Since the buckled boots have become a big trend I've found it difficult to come across a pair that I have really liked, anyway this was until a few weeks ago when I spotted these on the mannequin in Debenhams and fell in love. The leather is so soft and they are very comfortable to wear, what's better is the fact that I got £20 off the £55 retail price - talk about a bargain!

I love my Casio watch, it has a real retro feel to it and the red face is absolutely gorgeous for the autumn/winter season. It's so light and effortless to style. 

This is actually my first outfit post in a while, what do you guys think? Should I do more of these in between beauty posts?

PS. You may have noticed a slight change in my blog layout, what do you guys think of the new look? Let me know!!

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