Saturday, 31 May 2014

May Favourites + Giveaway


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Thursday, 29 May 2014

This Week's Wish List

Benefit Dandelion Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

This little sample came with a magazine quite a few months ago now. I really can't even remember which one it was, it has been that long. And it has taken me until now to get around to trying it because I didn't really think it would be my cup of tea. 

The glosses you usually find in little squeezey tubes can be very thick, jelly like and extremely sticky - none of which I have a hankering for wearing. Bad experiences with glosses in the past have lead me to wait months before trying this, when really I should have just given it a quick go. Turns out, this product is absolutely stunning.

Once applied to the lips from the tube, it gives a nice sheer pink glossy coating. The product feels extremely comfortable on the lips without feeling heavy. It almost feels like applying a very glossy balm. Rubbing my lips together I felt no stickiness and this lasted until the moment I took it off. Usually glosses get extremely tacky after a long time wearing them but this just kept its comfortable feel and looked lovely right until the very end.

I couldn't recommend this product enough - specifically this shade too. It's perfect for amplifying a fresh-faced dewy skin look for spring and summer, or just giving you that extra oomph to an already put together face.

Benefit Dandelion Ultra Plush Lip Gloss - £13.05 from John Lewis

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hen Do's and Don'ts

Summer is approaching, believe it or not, and so the wedding season is upon us. Now is the time when many brides-to-be are planning one of the most important nights of their pre-marriage and wedding-planning life, the Hen (aka Bachelorette, Stagette) party.

Personally I've never given too much thought to what I'd do on my Hen. But many of my friends have either got engaged or got married in the last 12 months and it's become increasingly apparent in my mind that I don't really know what would make up an ideal Hen party.

There are certainly many misconceptions about Hen "Do's" and I'm sure Stag Night's as well. What everyone got up to is generally a hot topic of discussion. Did he have a stripper? Did she drink a lot? So I thought it would interesting to get my lovely friends opinions on what's hot and what's not for a couple's last 'single' outing before the big commitment of marriage.

After giving it some thought, just like my friend Becky above, I too would love to have a girlie spa weekend with my friends for my Hen. There's nothing a girl loves more than to be pampered with all of her best girl pals, right? And perhaps in the evening we would go out for a few cocktails at a bar and generally dance the whole night away. What I do know is that I would probably keep it local. Planning a wedding can be an expensive business and whilst having a good time is key, spending lots of money isn't always necessary.

A recent survey by Ladbrokes noted that most men think women would head to either London, Barcelona or Blackpool for their weekend away, but I think I'd just keep it to a nice UK country setting - perhaps not too far from a town so that it would be easy to get a quick taxi out to throw some late night shapes. After speaking to my friend Amy who got engaged in January, she told me that it's important to her that family and friends can attend, so keeping it in the country and not jetting abroad would be the most ideal. Interestingly enough the same survey showed that 4% of women actually want to go to Blackpool.

But what's probably most interesting and controversial of them all about then Hen and Stag weekends is whether to have strippers and if there's a last kiss with a perfect stranger before walking down the isle. According to the same survey, 38% of women said that they wouldn't have a stripper. Many of my friend's agreed with that and yet it's quite a stereotype for both males and females to have one as part of their party. Films like 'Bachelorette' are perfect for representing a very obvious idea of what women might get up to on their party weekend. It's completely understandable that there are common misconceptions about what everyone wants to do and what they feel they should do on their weekend. In addition, 32% of men believe that the bride will kiss someone else on their Hen - again, another topic which is up for debate. Personally I wouldn't feel comfortable with a stripper, nor would I be thinking about kissing someone else just before my wedding day, but that's not to say it isn't done or that it's unacceptable to all. These choices are down to personal opinion and I think the couples relationship and personalities need to be taken into account.

It should come down to one thing, which is that the Hen and Stag parties are a celebration of marriage and what is about to come. They are a chance to celebrate with those closest to you and prepare for the new journey ahead. Regardless of what you get up to on your special weekend, if you're walking down the isle and making that commitment to someone, that speaks volumes.

 I definitely want to wish all my engaged friends good luck for their future and all the happiness in the world - and to Becky, who appears in the pictures above, congratulations on her happy marriage and the birth of her bouncing baby boy.

Survey results from Ladbrokes Bingo.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Blogger Of The Month - Helen from The Lovecats Inc

I don't know whether I am constantly late to the party or whether there is always going to be incredible blogs I find every month which I feel everyone already knows about bar me. The Lovecats Inc is just another one of those sites I stumbled across after seeing the blogger, Helen, tweet about one of her most recent posts.

You know the drill if you've been following my Blogger Of The Month series which I started in January. Basically I dedicate these posts to people who inspire me and make me want to blog. Instead of telling you that I like the design of the blog or the photos (which is usually the main contributing factors to my reading of the blog), I try to focus on three specific posts which that blogger has produced that I really admire. From there I can explain to you exactly why I love reading the website and hopefully get some of you to check it out too so we can all enjoy and support each other's passions and writing.

So here goes.. to start off we have Helen's addictive food posts.

Goodness me. If that photo doesn't make you click the follow button, I honestly don't know what will. This post captured my heart in about 0.25 seconds. I can't tell you how much I want to make that cheesecake and gobble it all up in one mouthful. 

My absolute favourite type of blog to read is beauty with a slice of baking thrown in there for good measure. Helen just hits the nail on the head every time with her heavenly recipes that make your mouth water right from the offset. I love that this is her own creation and the recipe is super simple and easy to follow. Don't even get me started on the posts about Malteaser Cookie Bites or Frosted Cookie Bars. NOM. I'm definitely going to be getting my bake on very soon.

Everyone loves a good 'Tips and Tricks' post and this one is pretty much on the money. If you search those key words on her blog you will find countless posts on how to blog at your best and some fabulous beauty posts too. I love the one above as it covers grooming, makeup and skincare all in one short, snappy and easy to understand post.

My personal favourite tip is about facial oils and how they will help with spots and blemishes. It is often a misconception that oils are the demon when it comes to spotty skin but they can actually help to reduce redness, soreness and even heal the spot without leaving unsightly scarring. This definitely makes me want to try the new oil I have which has been sitting on my nightstand, staring at me for weeks.

And finally, it will come as no surprise that I loved her post on her skin history. Her journey seems to be quite similar to mine with regards to having a pretty spotty time during teenage years and then it settling to a more combination type of skin as university kicked in. I like that she focuses her skincare and treatments on what you can use at night as this is what I prefer to do too. Therefore I got some great tips about what products I could try out to help even out my skin and generally make it a bit happier and in turn make me happier too.

In a nutshell, Helen's style of writing is simple to digest and her blog is very easy on the eye. She comes across as such a genuine person. Her style is absolutely gorgeous and I love flicking through her OOTD posts for fashion inspiration. I hope that you can all stop by and check out her blog and no doubt fall in love with it as much as I have over the past month too.

Schwarzkopf Got2B Rise 'N' Shine Soufflé

I think I've really misunderstood this product which is why I'm a little disappointed in it. But I feel like lots of people could misunderstand it as well, and it's not just me being a little, well, dense.

I expected that this would work like a volume mousse, but instead of blowdrying it in, you would style your hair afterwards with the lightweight formula to build incredible volume and mirror shine. Where I generally want most volume is at my roots which is where a mousse would be applied, so you can imagine my surprise when I read that this was actually meant to be applied to the lengths and ends.

The clue really should have been in the textured volume but this is certainly more of an after-styling product rather than a work-while-wet product. I thought it would be a soft whipped texture, and while it is still whipped, it's quite a hard product and completely the opposite to what I expected. I generally just get a 10 pence piece amount on my palm, rub my hands together and then tossle my hair with my hands to distribute the product evenly and try and get some volume.

But this is what I don't understand... volume in the mid lengths? No..

It does give my hair a little bit of body but not the body I was thinking. It's frustratingly hard to get my point across but I'm sure you can imagine where I'm coming from. Basically, not having that much volume at your roots and then having a little body further down. Not exactly what I had planned for to be honest. It doesn't even make my hair that shiny. There's a little something going on there but I wouldn't necessarily call this the shine soufflé. It's a little misleading.

Having said all that, a plus point would be that this product really is lightweight. You can't feel the product in your hair but at the same time it makes it incredible soft. Strokeability factor is at an all time max. Haha.

I don't hate the product, I just feel that I misunderstood what it was going to achieve. Had I known it was an after-styling product, like a wax, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. But now I have I'll certainly find a use for it. Just maybe not the use I had originally intended.

Have you tried this product? Let me know your experience in the comments below.

Schwarzkopf Got2B Rise 'N' Shine Soufflé - £3 from Boots

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Dove Intensive Repair Self Warming Mask

After seeing this product on my friend Emma's blog and hearing about how much she loved it I knew I had to give it a try. Plus, with all the hair masks I have been trying out recently, it only seemed fair to give this one a go too. 

The Dove Intensive Repair Self Warming Mask aims to repair hair at the deepest level by using 'Keratin Repair Actives'. These penetrate the hair and help to restore it to it's natural strength with extra shine. The mask also claims to help hair be more resilient to future damage.

Sounds lovely to me!

The mask works in two stages. After washing your hair you simply apply the sachet of product to the mid lengths and ends of your locks. Once this has been applied you can then snap off the top of the liquid serum and apply this straight on top of the mask. You leave both of these products on for 3 minutes before throughly rinsing them off.

The mask in the sachet is just like a conditioner. There is a generous amount given which I absolutely adored as I felt like it could really cover each strand of hair. Considering my hair is incredibly thick, I was impressed that it actually managed to cover all of it. The serum I struggled with a bit. Turns out that the cap on the top isn't that easy to snap off when you've got wet hands. I almost lost all of the serum when the top finally snapped back. 

When applying this serum, I instantly felt the heat as soon as it touched my skin. It was more of a warming sensation that lasted 2-3 seconds before returning to a normal temperature. It was really nice and relaxing when I applied it to my hair as the heat felt very welcoming and made me feel like the mask was actually going to do something.

After I rinsed out the product when the 3 minutes were up, my hair felt addictively soft - almost similar to the feeling after using the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 60 Second Treatment Shot. 

My hair felt so smooth and definitely looked shiner, though perhaps not as shiny as it could have been. However running my fingers through it felt a lot like cashmere. I don't think I fully appreciate how amazing this mask is because I've been giving my hair a lot of treatments recently but it certainly is one of the better ones I've tried.

Having said all that, I do wish that it left my hair looking a little bit healthier. Although it does look sleek and have a nice sheen, I feel like it could certainly look a lot healthier. Especially considering the mask aims to repair the hair.

I found the 3 minutes wait a little inconvenient but this was my only annoyance. I know it's a short amount of time but I felt like I had to count the three minutes to make sure I didn't run over which meant that i'd be in the middle of washing my body and would have to rinse the mask out. Therefore I ended up standing in the shower waiting. Either way, the TRESemmé shot provided similar benefits to this one for half the price and half the waiting time so I'd definitely consider using that one on a more regular basis and this Dove version as more of a treat.

Dove Intensive Repair Self Warming Mask - £3.49 from Boots

Friday, 23 May 2014

Lip Product Addict Tag!

Yay! A video where I get to talk to you about the best and worst products in my lipstick bag :)
Let me know yours in the comments below!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Beauty Wish List #28

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Playboy Perfect Kiss Intense Lipstick in Pink Candy

Regular readers will know by now how much I've been loving testing out the new Playboy range of makeup since I attended their launch in London last month. My favourite product so far has to be the Kitten Eyes Liquid Liner which is both jet-black and long-wearing. Now, I've had the chance to test out one of their wide range of lipsticks. I was super excited to see what the formulation was like and how it wore throughout the day.

Just like all the other Playboy makeup, the packaging is pretty cute. It's matte and ever-so-slightly rubberised which I love as it reminds me a little of Nars packaging. The design is really simple and chic which I appreciate as it makes the product feel luxurious and expensive, whilst being very affordable.

Many of the shades are quite bright to fit with a launch for both spring and summer. As you can see, Pinky Candy is no exception. This is the epitome of a barbie pink in my eyes and whilst I thought it wouldn't suit me on any level, it actually surprised me a little and I ended up liking it quite a lot.

The first thing I noticed was that the formulation was very thick and that was partly it's downfall. Once applied to the lips it looked a little cakey and fake. The fact that the colour is quite a powdery yet vibrant pink wouldn't exactly aid an au naturale look, but the formulation somehow made the lipstick stand out even more. Needless to say it certainly didn't look subtle. In fact, it looked rather plastered on - up to the point where I didn't really like looking at it in the mirror. The pink pigment clung to any dry bits I had on my lips which only added to the unsightly look.

However, through the day the lipstick wore off and the product melted onto my lips more. Amazingly a gorgeous transformation started to appear. My pout look more perfected and pretty rather than uncomfortable and messy. I grew to like it and hoped it wouldn't wear off because it looked so flattering.

The lesson I learned was that the Playboy Lipsticks are probably more 'dabbers' than 'swipers'. What I mean by this is that I would more likely pat a minimal amount of product onto my lips in future, rather than swipe it straight from the stick like I would with a usual lipstick. Less is certainly more when it comes to this product, with both shade and formulation.

Over all I have to say I did like the fact that it was so creamy, which meant that it wasn't remotely drying. My number one turn off with lipstick is that it's too dry and leaves me with flakey lips. Not something that anyone would wish for. Yuck!

 Yes, it did make any dry bits on my lips more obvious to start with, as I had clearly applied far too much. But as with any statement lip colour, make sure you use a lip scrub before hand so that your pout is primed for any product you put on. It will probably make your overall look 10 times better.

I would certainly pick up another lipstick from Playboy, but perhaps one that wasn't so bright and obvious next time.

Have you tried any of the Playboy makeup yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Playboy Perfect Kiss Intense Lipstick in Pink Candy - £3.95 from Direct Cosmetics

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Dove Intensive Repair 60 Second Treatment Shot

Please excuse the ever so slightly dodgy picture. I realised I hadn't photographed the packaging just as I was jumping in the shower, so had to snap one quickly with my iPhone.

I've been testing out a fair few of these treatment shots recently. It all started when I was recommend the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Treatment Shot by a hairdressing friend. Since then I have gone on to try the Keratin Smooth equivalent and now this Dove Intensive Repair Shot too.

Honestly, they are all very similar and all do a pretty good job. This Dove one was great at making my hair feel super soft and leaving lasting results for days on end. My hair genuinely felt in better condition so it really did do what it said on the packet.

Out of all of the shots I've tried so far, I would definitely lean towards the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth one as being the best. That would be followed closely by the other two, with this is one maybe edging the Platinum Strength shot slightly. But in general both of them are verging on the same thing. One of the initial reasons I was so interested in trying them both out is because they are packaged exactly the same and marketed quite similarly so I was interested to see whether there was any real difference between the two products. As I say, I would recommend them both but this one perhaps pips the other to the post because of it's long lasting results which you can feel just by touching your hair.

Have you tried any of these treatment shots? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

Dove Intensive Repair 60 Second Treatment Shot - £1.49 from Ocado

Monday, 19 May 2014

Birchbox Review - Beauty Protector Daily Shampoo and Conditioner

It's fair to say I was a little excited about testing out this shampoo and conditioner set. After loving the Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle Leave In Conditioner from a previous Birchbox, I had high hopes for anything else that the brand could offer. This shampoo and conditioner shot straight to the top of my 'to try' list and I couldn't be happier.

Beauty Protector reminds me a lot of 'It's a 10..' which is a popular brand in the US. Just like 'It's a 10..', Beauty Protector aims to give multiple benefits from using just one product. The shampoo enhances volume, adds shine, seals the cuticle, provides UV protection and is moisture reviving. The conditioner does many of those things too along with giving a weightless finish that's Paraben free and Vegan. Over all it's just general goodness for your hair. It doesn't hurt that it smells like a candy shop either.

The samples weren't very full so I only really got two washes out of the shampoo but I know for sure that these are products I would certainly purchase again. Initially I was a little worried as the shampoo didn't lather up as much as my usual Herbal Essences. I get a little uneasy with shampoos that don't lather fully as my hair, being extremely thick, usually gets in a big knotty mess and my locks never feel clean afterwards. However there was just enough soapiness to get me through the wash and the end result was amazing.

The weightlessness that was created in my hair was incredible, and just what I needed at this time of the year when it's getting hot and sticky. My hair honestly felt clean and lightweight for days on end. It smelt phenomenal and left me with some subtle volume and shine too.

I honestly can't fault these products and would definitely recommend them to anyone who's in the market for trying a new shampoo and conditioner.

Beauty Protector Protect and Shampoo Daily Shampoo - £14 from Birchbox
Beauty Protector Protect and Condition Daily Conditioner - £14 from Birchbox

Sunday, 18 May 2014

This Month's Instyle - NOTD - Nails Inc Nail Polish in Sugarloaf Sunset

I love me some nail polish at the moment and this one is no exception. I think I have come to terms with the fact that if I'm going to do a bright nail polish, it will most probably be pink, and this shade of pink to be exact.

Instyle magazine are giving away 3 different Nails Inc polishes this month. One nude, one coral and this gorgeous bright pink number. I'm not too sure I get the name, Sugarloaf Sunset, but I'm not sure I care either. Looking down at this shade on my nails gets me ready for summer and makes me happy in the meantime.

Nails Inc polishes are great for their quality. This shade was so opaque. After two coats I was ready to rock and roll. Sealed in with a top coat, this polish wasn't budging anywhere. It's nice and glossy with a hard-wearing finish.

I can't say enough good things. Just do yourself a favour - get to your local supermarket and pick up one of these gorgeous polishes before they're all gone!

Nails Inc Nail Polish in Sugarloaf Sunset - from Nails Inc

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Birchbox Review - Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil

This is the second product I have tried from the Aromatherapy Associates brand. The first one was the Revive Body Gel which aims to help skin appear more even and aid circulation. Personally I wasn't that taken by it. However, these bath and shower oils are meant to be the creme de la creme of Aromatherapy's products. They are often spoken about at Christmas time when the gift sets are released and my intrigue has always peaked at this time. I'm happy that I now get the chance to test one for myself and see first hand what the fuss is all about.

The Revive Morning Oil aims to help refresh and invigorate you for the day ahead. Interestingly enough, it is said to help with jet lag which could be useful for the months ahead when everyone is heading away on holiday.

My initial consensus was that you were to pour the oil into your bath before you got in it. Therefore you can understand why I couldn't see this working in a shower. But contrary to my belief, you actually apply the oil to your body before you take your bath/shower instead.

The scent is described as pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berry, but honestly all I smelt was Vicks (that stuff that helps you breath when you've got a blocked nose?). It was pleasant enough to be honest with you, but perhaps not something I would immediately pick for myself.

After applying the oil to my body from this lovely little glass bottle, I stepped into the shower and continued as usual with washing my hair and conditioning it before rinsing my body with a shower gel and a luffa.

What interested me was that I didn't feel terribly greasy. I expected the oil to make my skin extremely slimy but it didn't. Although it's not a dry oil, I felt it definitely leant more towards that side of things. Rinsing the product off was very easy and I was left with lovely soft feeling skin afterwards.

The choice of whether to moisturise after your bath/shower is optional. I decided to opt out on this occasion to see how hydrated my skin felt just using the oil. Over all it felt happy and healthy. The oil  wasn't the most nourishing product I've ever used when it comes to moisture but it was certainly comfortable.

In conclusion, I feel like this product is a bit of a luxury. It's not necessarily something I would rush out and buy because I need it in my every day life. But I can imagine it being a nice treat for those mornings when you need a little bit of a pick me up. In general I didn't find it that awakening but it certainly felt like a treat to use, which in turn made me feel a lot better. It's funny how little things like that work isn't it.

I can see why this would make a lovely gift and why it is so popular around Christmas time. It would certainly be the perfect treat for any bath and body lover.

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil - £39 from Birchbox

Harpars Bazaar May Birchbox 2014!

Find out what I got in my May Birchbox and why I thought it was the best one yet!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Birchbox Review - NOTD - Soigné Botanique Nail Lacquer in Creme Au Beurre

This month's Birchbox was inspired by Harpars Bazaar Magazine, featuring beauty products which they recommend and love. It has to be by far one of the best Birchboxes and beauty boxes in general that I have ever received. I'm sure you will see many more reviews of the products featured in the box in due course. But if you can't wait to see what I recieved, head over to my Instagram here where I have posted an instavideo revealing the contents.

Naturally the first thing I tried from the May Birchbox was this gorgeous nail polish. I've seen many other people receive a redish-pink version, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I opened up the Soigné packaging to reveal my peachy hue. At first sight I thought it was a nude pink with a subtle shimmer. However on further inspection and application it's certainly more of a peach and a lovely one at that.

This is the first nail polish I know of where it recommends you don't shake it as it can create air bubbles in the polish. I'll be the first to admit I shook it without reading the instructions and figured it was the right thing to do after hearing the ball inside the bottle rattle around (I assumed that was for mixing up the polish). 

Applying the product was relatively easy but ever so slightly streaky. The formulation is quite thick so it's hard to get the right amount on the brush to create a thin and even layer. On top of that, although it does dry quite quickly you must make sure the first layer is completely dry before applying a second or it will drag that first coat back up. Not a pretty look.

I've applied 3 coats in the picture above and although it looks very opaque in the picture, I would still recommend one more coat for the finish that I like. Other than that, the polish is remarkable. It's as glossy as you like and impressively hardwearing. I didn't have time to apply a top coat this time but it still survived an extremely battering time at work and a shower, which are normally two key factors in the chipping of my nails.

I am impressed with the product over all and really like the care and thought over the design and luxurious packaging. Apart from the black handle casing flying off when I shook the bottle by the lid (it's fair to say I nearly had a heart attack but it was easily fixed), I find the product to be really high quality and one I definitely recommend to girls who are hard on their hands.

Soigné Botanique Nail Lacquer in Creme Au Beurre - £11 from Birchbox

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Romance Recommendations List

The Time of Our Lives by Jane Costello - UK Publish Date: 24/03/14
Jane Costello started my love affair with reading. After randomly picking up Bridesmaids in Waterstones one day, I've never turned back. I got hooked on her writing and have since read every book she's written to date - apart from this one. Her stories eclipse the modern day woman and are really relatable. If you like Lindsey Kelk, you are more than likely to get on well with Jane's classic one liners and light-hearted style. I can't wait to curl up in a ball on the sofa one sunday afternoon and give this book a good read. 

Fall from India Place by Samantha Young (Part of On Dublin Street Series) - UK Publish Date: 03/06/14
Samantha Young is a new author to me, but one that fills me with hope for another author addiction. As soon as I like one book from a novelist, I feel the need to go and read all of their other books in the hope that they are all just as good. From what I've read up about her, she seems to write exactly the type of story I like, which is why I'm so excited and intrigued by this book. Fall from India Place is the 4th book in the On Dublin Street series. Each book in the series has reviews about it being steamy, page-turning, smart and sexy. These all sound very appealing, so I'm looking forward to whiling away a few hours getting engrossed in this book.

What A Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk (Part of About A Girl Series) - UK Publish Date: 04/07/14
You've got to have a bit of Lindsey Kelk's writing in your life or it can't be complete. I absolutely adore and laugh out loud at all of her amazing books. Obviously my favourite has to be the I Heart... Series. But Kelk came back with a new series that promises to start a whole new love affair. About A Girl was released a little while ago and although I have aquired it, I've yet to get the chance to read it. I've heard great things though and will definitely be grabbing this next book when it comes out. Published just in time for summer, this has to be your go-to beach book.

Someone For Me (Part of the Someone To Love Series) by Addison Moore - UK Publish Date: 01/07/14
Someone To Love was one of those books I bought on a whim. I was browsing through my Kindle when I first got it and there it was, shining at me with it's romance cover and the promise of an amazing story. Turns out I wasn't let down. It reminds me of American Pie meets The Ugly Truth. I remember tweeting Addison and asking her to do a follow on to it, to which she replied saying she would. Little did I know that during my book-lapse she had written another 2 to follow. Someone For Me is the third in the series, with Someone Like You coming before it. If either of them are anything like the first book, I strongly suggest all romance novel enthusiasts get their mitts on it asap.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks - UK Publish Date: 17/09/14
This post has to finish with a Nicholas Sparks novel or it wouldn't be a true romance recommendations list. Everyone knows he's a little bit of a king when it comes to writing brilliant best sellers. The Notebook, Dear John, Safe Haven and The Lucky One are to name but a few of his biggest hits. The Longest Ride is surely going to be another brilliant hit that we will see on our cinema screens in a few years time, no? I think so. This comes out in time for a little holiday I'm having too, so you know what I'll be reading abroad this year.

Gosh Lip Lacquer in 003 Sweet Lips

I've already reviewed this formula once before when I swatched the colour 008 Dangerous Lips. That has to be one of the most beautiful, wearable, comfortable lip shades that I've ever discovered. This shade on the other hand just doesn't float my boat as much and I can't figure out why.

Maybe it's because it's so much lighter and therefore slightly more sheer. Maybe it just doesn't mix as well with my natural lip colour. Having said these things, I did think that this lip lacquer would be just as opaque as the 008 one - even though it is much lighter. Turns out that the line fluctuates with regards to how pigmented the product is. Therefore I'd highly recommend swatching all the shades before deciding which one is your favourite and which you think might suit you the most.

Overall, the general quality of the product is beautiful. It's still incredibly lightweight and easy to wear with no stickiness whatsoever. The doe-foot applicator makes it a doddle to apply neatly so you're left with a really pristine look to finish with. Without a shadow of a doubt this range is one to invest in and one I will certainly be getting more colours of.

Gosh Lip Lacquer in 003 Sweet Lips - £5.99 from Superdrug

Saturday, 10 May 2014

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 60 Seconds Treatment Shot

After testing out the Platinum Strength 60 Seconds Treatment Shot by TRESemmé on recommendation from a hairdressing friend, I couldn't help but get intrigued by the other 'shot' treatments on offer. The Platinum Strength version worked so well and that I figured the other treatments on offer would work just as well. Plus, they all retail for a bargainous £1.49, so who could ever grumble at that?!

The aim of the game is very similar to the previous treatment shot. Simply apply this product in place of a conditioner. Leave it on for 60 seconds before rinsing off and revel in the gorgeous feeling your left with.

Usually I notice a difference in my hair with treatments after I've got out of the shower and blow-dried my locks. But what's different about this product is that I felt it working from the moment I went to rinse out the conditioner. My hair instantly felt softer and smoother from the offset. There was no heavy residue feeling left. It was just simply healthy, full of life and hydrated.

Once dried, my hair looked a lot sleeker and more manageable. The difference in softness was incredible. I could literally stand there touching my hair all day if it wouldn't make it gross and greasy. It was an addictive change though. One where I could really notice the difference. I can't believe there's such a great hair mask on offer that works so quickly, for such an affordable price.

Can not recommend these treatment shots enough. If I had to pick one, this Keratin Smooth one is my favourite :)

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 60 Second Treatment Shot - £1.49 from Boots

My Brows 101

Find out exactly how I keep my brows in shape and how I fill them in :)

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

TRESemmé Platinum Strength 60 Seconds Treatment Shot

On recommendation from a girl at work who does part time hairdressing, I thought I would give this product a try. I've never really investigated too much into TRESemmé products before. It took me long enough to discover their gorgeous Heat Defence Styling Spray which I now use on a daily basis. Though having said that, you would think that would have been a big enough nudge to try some other products from the brand. Oh well. Either way, my friend told me that this was incredible as a quick treatment for your hair, to bring it back to life and smooth it down somewhat. Yes please to all of the above. I like the sound of that.

It's super simple to use. You simply twist the nozzle off at the top, squeeze out the products and apply it to the lengths and ends of your hair, focusing the majority of the product on the area of your hair with the most damage. I used all of the product in one go which I assume is the idea. I have very thick hair so it covered my locks nicely. Leave the mask on for 60 seconds and then rinse off. Voila! How quick and easy was that?

But what's better is that it's quick, easy AND it works. My hair felt so much softer and more manageable after using this treatment. Over all it looked a lot healthier too - more shiny. For such a small price-tag and such a quick fix, I find this to be a perfect pick me up for those days where your hair just doesn't want to behave.

I've already invested in the Keratin Smooth version of this which I'll be testing out in the shower next to compare. If it's anywhere near as good as this little lovely, these treatment shots could become addictive.

What's your favourite hair mask? Let me know in the comments below.

TRESemmé Platinum Strength 60 Seconds Treatment Shot - £1.49 from Boots
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