Thursday, 30 October 2014

CoLab Dry Shampoo

I have never really been one to experiment with dry shampoo and the only one I use is the batiste dry shampoo. However I recently saw that Ruth Crilly aka A Model Recommends launched her own dry shampoo range and I rushed out to my local Superdrug and brought the scent New York Fruity. When I brought this dry shampoo I thought why not do a first impressions mini review type post so here you have it...

The packaging is amazing and really makes it seem more expensive than it actually is. I think this is because of the metal sliver look and the pattern. However this dry shampoo only cost £3.49 which is a great price! When I was looking for this product in Superdrug, the packaging actually caught my eye before I noticed that it was actually the dry shampoo I was looking for. 

Onto the product itself. It is meant to be a sheer invisible formula which is great for me as I have darker hair and I would agree with this claim because it doesn't leave any white powder that I have to rub or massage in. I also love the fragrance because it is fresh and fruity and isn't over powering which is great. This is because I can't smell it all day which is something I can't stand. 

The dry shampoo isn't heavy and doesn't weight down your hair which is great and is very light which I love. However I don't think it fully gets rid of the grease or fully cleans the hair which is slightly disappointing but I think this dry shampoo would be great for refreshing the hair during the day however I wouldn't use it on three or four day old hair. 

Have you tried this dry shampoo before? What do you think?

Emily <3 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Autumn Edition: What's In My Make Up Bag?

I am currently relaxing with family as I have got a week off from University and decided to head home for a few days and I thought it was the perfect time to do a 'What's In My Make Up Bag?' post. I am calling this post my 'Autumn Edition' because I'd like to think that these products are more autumn themed but anyway if your like me and are nosey, then here is a peek into my Makeup bag...

For bases I brought a Tinted Moisturiser and Foundation. I brought the Tinted Moisturiser with me because I love using it for more relaxing days when I don't need as much coverage and if my skin is feeling dry. I also brought the MUA undress your skin with me as well because its my birthday during the time I am away so I need a higher coverage for the birthday dinner. 

In terms of compacts, I brought a powder and a mirror. I brought a compact mirror because I normally apply liquid liner which requires me to use a compact mirror to bring up to my eyes. The powder of course is the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder which I have talked about loads and even wrote a review on it so check that out. I use this powder to control my shine and set my make up. 

Bronzer & Blusher 
The bronzer I have picked to take with me is the Rimmel Compact Bronzing Powder which again I have talked about loads. I love this powder because it is matte and isn't too red or too dark which is great. The blusher taken with me is from Sleek and is in the colour 'Rose Gold' and is a new blush in my collection. Please excuse the dent in the blusher where I opened it and my thumb slipped into the blusher! However moving on from this, I brought this blusher with me to try.

Eyeliners & Mascara 
For my eyes I brought a selection of eyeliners and my current mascara. My mascara is the Rimmel Lash Accelerator which is the one that I am currently using and I love it because it provides loads of length. I brought two liquid liners which are the Soap & Glory Supercat liner which produces a great thick dramatic line and the Rimmel| Scandaleyes which creates a thinner line. I also brought a brown pencil liner with me for a more natural look. 

I brought a couple of new eyeshadows and these happen to be from more high end brands. I brought a Urban |Decay Single Eyeshadow in the shade 'Toasted' which is a pink champagne colour and is perfect for a natural look. I also brought a new Nars Eyeshadow Duo in 'Bouthan' which contains a light pink colour and a brighter pink glitter colour which I am planning on wearing for my birthday dinner. 

Eye Bases 
Because I'm bringing eyeshadows, I also needed to bring some bases and of course I had to have my favourite Urban Decay Primer Potion which is my staple and just makes my eyeshadow so much better. I also packed my Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Mangarick Purple which is great for parties and is perfect for dinners. I also brought my Colour Tattoo in 'Metallic Pomegranate' which is the perfect autumn eyeshadow. 

Lip Products
As you may be able to tell, I brought a selection of lip products with me. I brought a Rimmel Lipstick in 'Nude Delight' and Rimmel Lip Liner in 'East End Snob' for those days when I want to rock a 90s lip. I also picked up the L'oreal Lipgloss and a Miner Matte Factor Lip Paint in a red colour for my birthday dinner and of course I can't live without my Nivea Lip Butter. 

And thats all the products I stuffed into my make up bag! These products are just products that work well for me and they may work differently for you. I hope you enjoyed this sneaky peek into my make up bag and found it interesting.

What do you carry in your make up bag?

Emily <3

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Hair Heroes

I felt it was about time for a hair post and I thought why not write about the products that I have been loving recently and the products that have been saving my hair recently. I would say that my hair is fairly long and I am a swimmer so my hair subjected to a lot of hours in chloride and therefore my hair is fairly damaged and needs a number of products to help it. 

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Conditioning Spray 
The first product I use is a leave in conditioner which makes brushing my hair so much easier. I normally use this product after I have washed my hair and when it is still damp. I just spray it on and then massage it and brush my hair. I need to mention the smell of this product because it is amazing and really detangles and  protects my hair which is what I need in my hair. 

Batiste Dry Shampoo
As well as having damaged hair, I have greasy hair which means I am best friends with my dry shampoo. The one I am loving at the moment is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical which smells like coconuts. I just spray this dry shampoo in the roots of my hair and massage it in with my fingers and then I'm good to go. 

Vo5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Serum 
 When I have a spare couple of minutes, I straighten my hair and to do that I need a heat protector and I am just using one from Vo5. One thing I love about this product is that it not only protects my hair from heat but also gets rid of any frizz that my hair has and leaves my hair looking smooth and sleek. 

Tony & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturing Spray
 The last product is a sea salt texturing spray which is great for me due to the length of my hair. If you have long hair, your know that it can sometimes look like it has no volume and that's when this product comes in. It is perfect for a big high pony tail or bun because it gives your hair so much body, volume and texture. 

And that's all my hair heroes and I hope you found this post interesting and useful. These are just products that personally work well for me and may work different with different hair. 

What are your favourite hair products?

Emily <3 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Morning Skincare Routine

I'm back with my skincare routine which I perform in the morning. I didn't do this on purpose but all the products are from Simple which when I think about it isn't all that weird because I love Simple as a brand. For the last couple of years, I have been using Simple products and they just work well for me and help me maintain healthy skin. So if you would like to see my quick morning skincare then here we go...

The first step in my routine is to wash my face with the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. I like using this wash because it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and really wakes me up as I rinse the wash off with water. This wash doesn't string my eyes or upset my skin which is great news. 

Next up is the Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner. I'm not going to lie when I say that I had not idea what toner did when I started using it but I believe that it helps to level out the PH levels on the surface of the skin. Anyway I use this toner because it is alcohol free and is soothing. 

The last step is to Moisturise and I use the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Moisturiser. This moisturiser is amazing if you have dry skin and doesn't break me out or string my skin which is great. I just take a pea size of this moisturiser and just rub it into my face. This moisturiser leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. 

Told you it was a quick routine! These are just products that work well for me and they may work differently for you. You don't have to follow my routine but this is just how I do it and I hope you found it interesting. 

What products do you use in the morning?

Emily <3  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Best & Worst of MUA // Part 2

A couple of days ago, I post Part 1 of this post and I thought I would finish off this post with a part two. The reason as to why I split this post into two was because when I first came up with the idea I noticed that I had so many MUA products so I thought why not make two posts. If your wondering what MUA is then check part 1 of this post in which I explain everything. However if you want to see the second part than we go...

Best - Single Eyeshadows
In my last post, I talked about a number of different palettes such as the Undressed and Undress Me Two which I love but MUA also do some amazing single eyeshadows. The quality and pigmentation is amazing and for £1 each it is the bargain of the century. You get 2g in each eyeshadow which is a fair bit and they come in a range of different colours.  

Best - Intense Kisses Lip Gloss
I first heard about this lip glosses from Miss Budget Beauty and she said they were great dupes for the Rimmel Apocalips and  you know what she was so right! This lip gloss is so pigmented and leaves a stain behind which is great because then you don't have to keep reapplying it. The colour I own is 'Lips Are Sealed' and its a great everyday wearable colour. These lip glosses cost £2 each and come in a range of colours.

Best - Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm 
Another lip product from MUA that I am a big fan of is their 'Colour Intense Tint & Balm' which I have in 'Rendezvous'. Because I love my nude lip products, this is of course a nude colour with a hint of pink to it. One thing I love about this product is that it doesn't dry the lips out and really moistures them instead. These cost £3 each which I feel is very reasonable. 

Worst - Lipstick 'Bare'
There is one lip product that I didn't get on with very well and that was a Lipstick in the shade 'Bare'. I normally love a good nude lipstick however this one didn't wow me. This lipstick has got a weird formula because it goes onto the lips nice and smoothly but after a while it is completely gone and just leaves you with dry lips. I personally don't like these lipsticks but they were only £1 each so I can't really ask for great quality. 

Worst - Heaven & Earth Eye Shadow Palette
The last product I'm going to be talking about is the Heaven and Earth Palette which is weird because all the other eye shadow products from MUA I have loved but this one just wasn't as good. The pigmentation just wasn't there and there was a lot of fallout and sadly this palette hardly gets any use. I don't know whether I got a bad batch one or if they are all like this because I have enjoyed all the other palettes.  

And that's my best and worst of MUA! I haven't tried every product from MUA and these are just my own options. I hope you found this post helpful, useful and interesting. 

What's your favourite MUA product? 

Emily <3 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Best & Worst of MUA // Part 1

A couple of months back, I did a post about the best and worst products from Rimmel London and I thought that I would try the same for Make Up Academy which I often refer to as MUA. If you have never of MUA before, they are a UK based brand and are a budget make up brand. Their prices start from £1 and are often referred to as the UK version of Elf. Anyway over the last year or so, I have collected a range of different MUA products and I thought I would share with you my 'Best & Worst of MUA'. 

Best - Dusk Till Dawn & Ever After Matte Palettes 
One thing that MUA is well known for is their cheap but amazing palettes and of course being the eyeshadow lover I am, I have tried a few. I couldn't agree more with the bloggers and youtubers that love these palettes because they are amazing. The 'Ever After Matte Palette' is the perfect palette for people who just want to basic colours without the glitter and shine. The other palette I love is the 'Dusk Till Dawn' palette which is full of  shimmer shades and is perfect for a party or a night out. 

Best - Undressed & Undress Me Two Palettes
These palettes are two of the most popular palettes from MUA and this is because they are dupes of the Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2. If I am honest, I don't feel the need to buy the actual Naked palettes because these ones from MUA are so good and give great colour pay off and pigmentation. They cost £4 each which is just unbelievable and worth a go!

Best - Undress Your Skin Foundation
I am not the biggest foundation wearer however this foundation is truly amazing. I love wearing this foundation because it is a very light coverage. This foundation really even outs the skin tone and makes my skin glow and look very healthy. I haven't found a foundation that is as good as this and to add to this, it only costs £5 which is amazing. However it doesn't come with a pump but if you can get past that it is such a good budget foundation. 

Best - Cream Blusher 'Dolly'
Before buying this, I hadn't ever thought about trying a cream blush but this one only cost £2 so I thought why not try one. Believe it or not, I actually love this blush. It has a cream to powder formula rather than cream to liquid formula. I personally prefer the cream to powder formula and this blusher is great and has the perfect everyday colour to it. It doesn't fade or slip off my oily skin which is great. 

Best - Powder Blusher 'Bonbon' & 'Candyfloss' 
Their powder blushers was just as good as their cream blushers. I am being honest when I say that I use these powder blushers almost everyday because they are so good. They have great colour pay off and only cost £1 each which is the bargain of the year. 

Worst - Bronzing Powder 
It's not that I don't enjoy using this bronzing powder because I do but I don't like the fact isn't fully matte and it does contain a bit of glitter. I personally don't like using bronzer with glitter in but other than that I like this bronzer. Another thing to add is that, this is the lightest shade they had and still is fairly dark. 

Worst - Eye Shadow Primer 
As a person with every oily eye lids, I tried to find the best drugstore eye primer around and this one didn't make the cut because it didn't make a difference to the eyeshadow and if anything it made it worse. However this product did just cost £1 so I can't really expect amazing results but it was still disappointing. 

I have decided due to the amount of products I own from MUA, to split this post into two. So don't miss part 2 of this Best and Worst of MUA. I hope you found this post useful and interesting and these are just my options on the products. 

Have you tried MUA before? What's your favourite item?

Emily <3  

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Max Factor Glossfinity 'Red Passion'

One of my favourite things to do is try new nail polishes and one brand that I have never really tried is Max Factor however while shopping I noticed the colour 'Red Passion'. I don't really own a rich red nail polish colour so when I saw this colour I couldn't help but buy it. 

I had heard a number of different bloggers talking about the Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish and I really wanted to try it. This nail polish claims to stay glossy for up to 7 days and I am not going to lie when I say that I am so impressed by the glossy. This is because I have had this nail polish on for 2 days and have gone to swim training and there isn't a chip and still looks glossy. Amazing!

I love the colour of this nail polish because it is the perfect cherry red and is great for this time of year because it is a darker colour but still gives it a hint of colour and of course is very glossy indeed. This nail polish cost £5.99 which isn't the cheapest nail polish around but is worth a try if you want a glossy and long lasting nail polish. 

Have you tried this nail polish before? What did you think?

Emily <3