Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Pure argan oil

I have always had very dry, dull hair and lately I have been experimenting with hair oils to see if it can sort my hair out and make it softer/shinier. So when I was contacted by the people at Mevrea to test out their pure argan oil, I was excited to try it!

When the sample arrived I was a bit confused because it came in roller ball form and I wanted to use it on my hair. I knew that because it's pure argan oil that I could also use it on my skin, so I started to roller ball it onto my elbows and knees to see if it made my skin soft but after reading through the leaflet that came with the sample, I saw it could be used as a pre-shampoo treatment and decided to start using it in that way instead.

I started to apply this onto my hair around an hour before washing it to give it a chance to soak in. I then washed, dried and styled my hair as I normally would. My hair felt softer but I didn't see a massive difference. I would be more interested to see how this works on my hair with continuous use to see if I noticed any bigger changes to my hair and how it feels.

I also tried applying this to dry hair; either through the ends hoping to add shine or running a teeny amount over my hair to try and tackle my crazy fly aways. I noticed you need to use a very light hand when applying it to dry hair and need to use the tiniest amount otherwise you're left with incredibly greasy looking hair (although this is a problem with almost all hair oils).

Have you tried pure argan oil?
If you would like to check out Mevrea's website and read more about the benefits of using a pure argan oil, you can do so by clicking here. Their oil starts at £19.95 for 100ml


Thursday, 25 October 2012

25 things you might not know about me tag!

After seeing so many #bbloggers say how they always enjoy to read 'About Me' pages on blogs and getting to know the person behind the blog, I've wanted to make an about me type of page but then I saw this tag floating around and decided to do it this way instead!

1. I'm a fussy eater. I wish I wasn't but I am.
2. I HATE being late but when I am I refuse to rush and get flustered.
3. I have never dyed or done anything with my hair.
4. I've never really wanted to get married.
5. I didn't finish high school. I have anxiety/panic disorder and had a breakdown when I was 15. This isn't
something I will probably ever talk in detail about on my blog though.
6. One of my favourite places in the world is a town called Redbank in New Jersey.
7. I pretty much live my life by the Desiderata poem  and 'If you compare yourself with others you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be lesser and greater persons than yourself' is one of my all time favourite quotes.
8. I absolutely love cherries and cherry flavoured things.
9. I hate when it rains and the fronts of my jeans get wet.
10. I have absolutely no patience. With anything.
11. I have a huge interest in psychology to the point where it's like I go to my psychology class for fun.
12. Last year I had to get stitches on my forehead and inside my top lip.
13. When I hand write something it has to be super neat and tidy otherwise I will write it again.
14. I can't stand people who don't have manners. Especially simple manners like saying please and thank you.
15. I've lived in the same house my entire life.
16. This might be sad but I believe in the quote 'The only time you know if you can truly trust someone or not is when they break your trust'
17. I absolutely love music and can't go very long with out it.
18. I think Alan from the Hangover movies is my favourite ever movie character.
19. I hate all the variations of the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters - They take away from the real meaning behind the original.
20. I'm really fussy with putting things near my eyes.
21. I never use public toilets.
22. It annoys me when I see people on their phone while driving or when people don't wear their seat belt.
23. I have a hard time throwing clothes away.
24. One of the things that make me most angry is when someone is in the wrong and they shout at you/act as if it was your fault. Ugh..
25. I love dragonflies.

If you have done this tag too, I'd love to read your 25 things so please leave me a link in a comment to your post!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

NOTD: Essie - School of hard rocks

Since I now have quite a collection of nail polish, I have started to look at swatches of the colours before I decide to buy them to make sure I don't already have anything like it. When I looked online at the swatches of School of hard rocks, I took it to be a very dark teal colour. As as you can see from my picture above though, it looks like a deep forest green colour (which might just be due to the shoddy light/weather right now). 

As it stands, I'm not too sure how much I like this colour but we will see how I go.
Would you wear it?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Essie's Ridge Filler

I’ve been wanting to try OPI’s ‘Nail Envy’ for a while now but while I was recently looking at the £1.99 Essie polishes on Fragrance Direct, I came across Essie’s ‘Ridge Filler’ which was only £2.50 (RRP £10.50). I’ve always had pretty strong nails, which grow fast and that I’ve been happy with but ever since I started to wear nail polish on a regular basis, I’ve started to notice that when I take it off with nail polish remover, my nails sometimes peel a little bit and have also noticed a couple of ridges on my one finger nail, so the ridge filler sounded perfect!

Due to wearing so many different colours on my nails, they have become really stained and the first thing I love about the this product is that after the first time I used it and removed it when I was ready to repaint, I already noticed a difference in the staining of my nails. It doesn’t claim to remove stains but I definitely saw a difference. The second thing is the way it looks on the nail; I would definitely be okay with having just the ridge filler on if for some reason I didn’t get the chance to go ahead and paint them. It makes your nails look whiter and all around just healthier. It also dries incredibly quickly which I something I really like. The product itself is white and depending on how much you apply, depends on how opaque of a base you are left with, which I feel acts in the same way as if you were to paint your nails with an actual white polish to make your nail polish colour ‘pop’.

The only complaint I have with this product is that it is pretty unforgiving on the cuticle area or if you don’t happen to have the best/smoothest skin around your nails. I’m someone who can’t seem to stomach pushing my cuticles back and the thought turns my stomach upside down, so I just leave mine how they are and I’ve noticed this product emphasises any imperfections in this area. This is easily managed though by not painting it too close to the cuticle. Also, I have to mention if you were to buy this hoping for it fix any ridges you have in your nails then I think you might be disappointed since it didn't really seem to make no difference to mine.

Have you used this or OPI's nail envy?

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Highstreet picks: Jumpers!

Ever since the weather has started to get cooler, I have become more and more excited about winter fashion and in particular I have been looking forward to getting a few cosy knit jumpers to wear. I'm pretty small and often feel like jumpers that are either oversized or have a chunky knit drown me but I'm determined to find some this year. The highstreet has a huge selection of jumpers in all styles, colours and lengths including trusty old Primark who have a really big selection in store right now.

£28 Dorothy Perkins | £25 Dorothy Perkins | £37 Miss Selfridge | £19.99 New Look | £37 Miss Selfridge | £36 Topshop | £36 Topshop | £38 Topshop | £40 Topshop | £40 Topshop

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Clean and Clear spot treatment gel

I originally decided to buy this because I saw that it contains Salicylic Acid which I heard is good for acne. It claims to reduce spots within 4 hours and to keep spots away if used daily. Honestly, I don't think it really did much of anything for me but so far I've just been using it occasionally when I feel like I need it, so I'm not sure how it works with a more long term use. 

It's a whitish gel which turns clear when you blend it out and has a really nice clean/fresh scent to it. It doesn't dry sticky and instead feels really soft and smooth. 

I'd be interested to hear what you think of this product if you have used it!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

MUA mosaic blush in ' English Rose'

I am someone who is generally a little bit scared of blush; I either think it puts too much colour on my face and looks silly or I think I put it on unevenly and end up with one cheek looking different from the other. However, I heard someone mention this blush and they said that it gives you a pretty subtle (key word subtle) flush to your cheeks and after thinking how pretty it looks when I went into Superdrug to check it out, I decided to give it a go.

MUA's Mosaic blush in 'English Rose' is a pretty mix of neutral brick toned colours with the odd lilac chunk thrown in to mix it up a little bit. 

Depending on how you want it to look, you can focus your brush more on the darker colours to get a more vibrant pinkish flush on your face or you can use the lighter toned parts to get a more natural looking colour or you can simply swirl your brush over the entire thing (which is what I do) to give your self a more subtle flush of colour but also with a pretty natural glow. The colours can look a little frosty when you build them up but personally, since I only use it very lightly I don't find it to be a problem.

I really can't say how much I love this blush. I believe it was around £2.50 from Superdrug but I can't find it on their website - I hope they haven't discontinued it because this is a product I would definitely like to repurchase!

Have you tried this blush?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

September 2012 favourites

I'm sorry about the light/quality of this picture!

I didn't really have many favourites during the month of September but the few things that did stand out to me  I really enjoyed (and still am!)

Essie's Ride Filler base / St Ives apricot facial scrub / Balance Me's citrus and spice hand and body lotion / Barry M's raspberry nail paint / Bath and Body Works' body spray in country chic

I will be doing more in depth reviews of some of these products soon!
What were your favourite things during September?

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

NOTD Essie - Jamaica me crazy

I don't know about anyone else but I find that when I'm trying to choose a nail polish to buy and there are whole lines of the same colour in various shades (and I'm talking about when there are 10+ bottles of pink polish all varying ever so slightly from each other), I just find myself overwhelmed and I find it very difficult to pick out the one I like the most. This is exactly how I felt while I was standing in front of the Essie stand in Boots. So I tend to gravitate towards the colours that stand out most to me because they aren't grouped with other shades that are basically exactly the same colour.

This is how I came across and decided to buy 'Jamaica me crazy'. It's a beautiful purple colour which has a very deep pink tint to it and has silver micro-shimmer . I like that the shimmer transfers well enough on to the nails that it can be noticed and because it's just a shimmer, it isn't a pain to get off.

What are your favourite Essie polishes that are perfect for Autumn?