30 June 2013

Turtle Bay Nottingham Review


I love going for food with friends. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, even an impromptu cup of tea and cake in the middle of day, I'm in my element where there's food involved! Back in April I shared with you all my thoughts on a recent visit to the very popular The Diner. I actually really enjoyed sharing the post with you and if it's alright with all of you, I think I might make sharing my thoughts on places of foody heaven a regular thing... well, as regular as my stomach and purse can handle! It's nice to change things up from beauty every once in a while and who doesn't like food? 


A few weeks back when I popped into Nottingham for my Origins Touch of Youth Facial and Bobbi Brown 10 Step Lesson, I met up with the lovely Tori from Tori's Tales for lunch. Well I say lunch, we soon ended up indulging in three scrumptious courses at Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay is a Caribbean resturant that creates mouth-watering authentic dishes in a resturant which looks and feels like you could have just stepped into it from a Caribbean beach. I absolutely adored the layout of the resturant, it had a true Caribbean feel to it and it is definitely somewhere I'd take friends for a tasty meal. Turtle Bay uses ingredients sourced from the Caribbean islands as well as here in the UK and the food is made to be rustic and full of flavour. 


So what did I have? To start I had the Jamaican Fried Bait (£2.25) which was basically fried squid and octopus deep fried in a crispy batter. It came served with a sweet chilli dip and a slice of fresh lemon, and has to be one of the best fried seafood dishes I have had in a long time. For main I opted for the Jerk Chicken Roti (£6) which was way taster than I expected. Hand-torn jerk chicken in a wrap with Caribbean coleslaw and fries, the perfect light lunch. The jerk chicken tasted amazing! To finish I had a dessert I wouldn't have ever figured was a favourite of those lucky enough to live in the Caribbean, the Rum & Raisin Bread Pudding (£4.85) which was actually so delicious that even writing about it is making me crave it. The perfect bread and butter pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (that I'm certain had a coconut twist to it too) was a scrumptious way to finish off our 'light' lunch. Cocktails were buy one get one free... So it was only natural that I ordered two! I opted for the classic Caribbean mojito (£6.65) and just like the food, this was absolutely delicious. Very strong, full of flavour but really refreshing too.

Overall I really enjoyed our visit to Turtle Bay and I will definitely be going again! You can find out more about Turtle Bay on the official Turtle Bay website and you can find Turtle Bay resturants in Nottingham, Southampton, Bristol and Milton Keynes. 


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29 June 2013

Brand spotlight | Apivita

A picture of Apivita Skincare

You might have seen me mention once or twice that although I am British, my families background is Cypriot. Technically, I am a quarter English and three quarters Cypriot. Whenever I come across a Greek or Cypriot brand, I get so curious! I am a big fan of Korres, a brand which originates and produces it's products in Greece. I've shared their products here on the blog before, such as the coveted Korres Lip Butters and the Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening and Illuminating Face Mask and a few more products you can find in my Product Directory. But today I am going to share with you a different brand from Greece that I have been excited to try. I was completely drawn into Apivita when I found out that Greece is where they create and produce their products. Cyprus is one of the Greek Islands so anything to do with Greece instantly gets my interest. Apivita has only recently become a brand you can easily get hold of in the UK and they recently released some of their extensive beauty ranges in Marks & Spencer beauty halls. You may have noticed Apivita cropping up on a few blogs lately and they certainly seem to be going down well with beauty adorers and novices alike. I was kindly sent a package of products to try, all of which I have been trialing and testing out over the past four weeks. As the majority of these products are skincare products, I wanted to get a good idea of how they positively or negatively affected my skin so I could give you a thorough opinion on them. I have to say now, some of these products have become staples for me in my everyday routines, although there's a couple which I wouldn't miss tremendously. Let's get into the products shall we? 

A picture of Apivita Skincare

I'll start with my favourite of the bunch - The Apivita Shampoo for Oily Hair with Rosemary & Proplis*. This shampoo has an almost water-thin consistency and smells very refreshing with the scent of rosemary really pulling through, which I find quite invigorating. As I use this shampoo to wash my hair it leaves a slight tingle-like sensation; sort of the feeling you get when you use a mint or lemon/lime shower gel. I actually find the way it makes my hair feel is really quite lovely; it's therapeutic massaging this into my scalp and hair as it has a soothing, relaxing scent whilst also soothing my scalp as well which can sometimes be sensitive due to use of heated tools. I really like the packaging for this shampoo, which is a sturdy and uniquely shaped 250ml bottle with a cap lid which makes using it easy and mess-free. Apivita have a huge range of hair care products for both adults and children and each variety of hair type and hair concern. The Apivita Shampoo for Oily Hair with Rosemary & Proplis is yet to be added to the UK range, but you can find all other Apivita hair care products which start from a reasonable £13 each on the Marks & Spencer website

A picture of Apivita Skincare

Another product I have really adored using is the Apivita Lip Care with Pomegranate*. I am a bit of a sucker for a ripe pomegranate and if I could find a way to eat them without ending up with completely stained hands and clothes, I would have them all the time. As well as the taste, pomegranate is one of my favourite scents; it's sweet but not sickly and it smells fresh and fruity, I love it! I'm no stranger to a pomegranate lip balm and a firm favourite of mine is the Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil. The Apivita lip balm is firmer in consistency and I've found this means it takes longer before needing to re-apply as it doesn't slide over my lips or come off easily. The scent is beautiful; a true pomegranate scent and it's a lovely summery lip balm that I just can't seem to put down. Apivita Lip Care is available in six flavours/scents on the Marks & Spencer website and retails for £5.

Apitiva have an extensive skincare range and I am a big fan of their face masks being available in both sachet, travel sizes and full size varieties. A lot of the time I find myself curious and wanting to try a particular face mask but wanting to try it first or at least find somewhere where sachet travel sizes are available to buy to try them out before committing to a full size. Although Apivita is what I consider to be a very purse-friendly brand, it's still nice to have that option there. I've been trying out three sachet travel size face masks and eye masks. The Apivita Express Gold Moisturising and Revitalising Mask with Prickly Pear* smells oh so lovely and contains 92% natural ingredients. Prickly Pear works to moisturise and revitalise your skin whilst also enhancing the firmness of the skin, leaving you with soft, fresh and supple skin. This is a mask I have enjoyed on a morning when I've not had much sleep, as it's great at giving you that boost you need to wake up and get set for the day ahead. Another mask I have enjoyed using in the morning to waken and freshen up my eyes is the Apivita Express Beauty Dark Circles and Eye Puffiness Mask with Ginkgo Biloba* which just gives that boost to your tired eyes, making you look and feel more alive. It's a mask which works to diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness and leave you looking and feeling more awake and bright eyed. The Express Beauty Anti-wrinkle Eye Mask with Grape* is the final of the three sachet sized masks I have been trying. Containing grape seed oil and wild oat, these little wonder masks work to diminish fine lines and wrinkle. All of these masks along with the other sachet masks available from Apivita are available on the Marks & Spencer website and retail for between £3-£5.

A picture of Apivita Skincare

For the past few weeks I've really been enjoying using the Apivita Natural Serum with Aloe and Hyaluronic Acid* which is a hydrating serum. I love using hydrating products because although my skin is oily/combination, I also have a few dry patches pop up every now and then and over the past few weeks this serum has kept those nasty dry patches at bay, lovely! In a wonderfully bright blue glass bottle with ingredients such as geranium essential oil which moisturisers and heals the skin as well as aloe and triple action hydraluronic acid which moisturise and improve skins elasticity with a helping hand from chaste tree extract. It smells lovely and refreshing - almost very much like cucumber, and it feels lovely on my skin. No greasy feeling, no sticky product residue in the morning. I can't wait to use this for longer and see what it can do for my skin, but it's definitely helped keep away any dry patches! The Apivita Natural Serum with Aloe and Hyaluronic Acid is available on the Marks & Spencer website and retails for £29.50.

I've also been trying out some full sizes masks. Apivita masks come in tubes which are very light-weight, so great if you need a mask for your travels. Each tube is 40ml and the masks cost £13 each. I've been trying the Apivita Firming and Regenerating Mask with Royal Jelly* and the Apivita Hydrating and Cooling Mask with Sea Lavender*, which is unfortunately not yet available in the UK, and the Apivita Deep Cleansing Mask with Green Clay*.  I'll tell you more about that one, as it's my fave! is right up my street, as I adore deep cleansing masks. Usually always clay based, deep cleansing masks are great for unclogging your pores and getting rid of all the nasties on your skin which have built up and outstayed their welcome. With green clay which deeply penetrates the pores removing excess oil and dirt, unclogging pores and preventing future blackheads and propolis which helps to regulate the skin's oiliness, this mask has proved a firm favourite which I need a quick skin pick me up. Just pop it on for 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water and a muslin cloth and you're left with clean, clear and brighter skin. Really like this mask! You can find the Apivita full sized masks on the Marks & Spencer website.

A picture of Apivita Skincare

Have you tried Apivita? I'd love to hear your thoughts on their products if you have, and if you haven't, why not give one of these a go? 

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25 June 2013

Favourite Drugstore Lipsticks - MAC dupes

A picture of Maybelline ColorSensational Vivds Lipsticks

This year I have found myself in a bit of a love/hate relationship with drugstore lipsticks. I used to adore the Rimmel lipsticks, but after delving more into high-end lipsticks and expanding my MAC lipstick collection, I realised that actually, I didn't like the Rimmel lipsticks at all (although I am besotted with their Apocalips!) There are very few drugstore brands whose lip products I like anymore, and that isn't meant in a snobby 'I only buy high-end' way, as the majority of my beauty buys are drugstore, but I just find drugstore lipsticks lacking. I find drugstore lipsticks to be very drying on my lips and even if I've used a lip scrub and an intensive lip balm or salve before applying, they cling to every last dry patch or crease in my lips. I also find drugstore lipsticks don't usually stay on long, meaning I have to re-apply often. I adore the Revlon Lip Butters, but they aren't really a 'proper' lipstick, are they? I also love the Revlon Kissable Lip Balm Stains, but again, not really a proper lippy. After a lot of research, a lot of Googling swatches and a chat with the lovely Carlyn who runs Smoking Peaches, I decided to take her up on her recommendation and give the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipsticks a go. And boy am I glad I did! 


These lipsticks are blooming fantastic. They glide onto my lips effortlessly, with massives of colour payoff and pigmentation that lasts, and lasts, and lasts. I only have to re-apply if I've eaten and drank a fair amount, other than that these babies last an age. They have a gorgeous creamy formula that doesn't slip and slide on my lips but leaves my lips looking full, supple and I also find these pretty hydrating. They are definitely not the drying formula I am used to from many drugstore brands, in fact I think I am starting to favour the formula of these of my MAC lipsticks, yes, really. For me, the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids are one of the best lipstick ranges I have ever come across in the drugstore and every time I pop in to Boots I can't help but pop over and go a little swatch crazy. I only own three shades from the range so far, but I genuinely want to add every single shade to my collection and I'm just waiting for the perfect 3 for 2 offer to pop up so I can splurge and add some more to my collection. 

Each of the three shades I have in my collection are very, very close dupes for some of my MAC lipsticks. MAC lipsticks start from £14, whereas the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids are just £7.19 and considering Boots always has some offer or another on, that's quite a price difference and saving you can make. 422 Coral Tonic is a very red toned coral shade, not too dissimilar to MAC Vegas Volt but just a touch more depth to it. 912 Eletric Orange is my favourite of the three as it's one of the most wearable orange shades I've found. It's MAC partner is Saigon Summer which has a Cremesheen finish, so you actually get more colour pay off with Electric Orange although they are almost identical in colour. 906 Hot Plum is the latest addition to my collection and an absolute, spot-on, without a doubt dupe for Daddy's Little Girl from the MAC Archie's Girls Collection which was limited edition. So if you missed out on Daddy's Little Girl, Hot Plum is the vivid, bright fuchsia purple you're after! If you can't tell, I'm besotted. I love these lipsticks, from the vivid shades to the dreamy formula and the long lasting power these highly pigmented shades have to offer. I will definitely be adding more to my collection soon, how about you?

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24 June 2013

The night I went to the Big Brother launch

Apologies for the blurry photo but yay! I'm in a diary room chair! 

On Thursday June 13th I was given an opportunity which made me squeal in delight. Big Brother, you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I adore it, and I indulge in both the summer Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother. For someone like me who studies psychology, a show like Big Brother is exciting, interesting. I love people watching and Big Brother makes people watching a piece of pie! I love watching people's mannerisms, body language and behaviours. I like noticing when someone is about to break, the way you can sense and read people's emotions no matter how quickly they change, the way personalities, friendships and romances develop. I love it! So imagine how utterly gobsmacked, grateful and excited I was to be given two VIP guest passes to the Big Brother launch. I've watched Big Brother from the very beginning, I've wanted to be on Big Brother for as long as I can remember and I've always wanted to go and be a part of the audience. My biggest dilemma? Not the fact I 'might' end up on TV, or the fact I would be on a live set. Nope, my biggest worry was what to wear. I went on the hunt for the perfect fashion inspired outfit... unfortunately it didn't arrive in time so I was left lumbered with an old ruffled navy blue dress from the back of my wardrobe! But at least that was the outfit sorted. So on Thursday 13th of June, me and Hayley from Wife Life xo began on our road trip to Borehamwood where the Big Brother set is over at Elstree Studios and had a night I definitely won't be forgetting any time soon...

When we arrived, at 7pm prompt (how we got there on time and managed to have a Nando's before hand, I don't know!) and were greeted with champagne and a room full of diary room chairs and canapes. It was all a bit ohh laa laa. Me and Hayley were a bit hot and bothered from our road trip so we spent most of the time outside speaking to a lovely security guy who works on the Big Brother set. We got to ask what his best memories from working on Big Brother were all whilst spying a few ex housemates that walked by. Before the show went live we were all escorted round to the set - it's so much smaller than I imagined, looking much bigger on TV. The main crowd and audience were down by the cat walk, where Emma was presenting, and we were all in stands by the stairs which lead into the house. We were so close to everything, it was just really exciting! I even danced and sang along to the music they played between breaks and took part in the audience games before we went live, I was just really enjoying being there and the atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation. 

Emma Willis did an amazing job. For her first year presenting the main Big Brother show opposed to her usual presenting job over on Big Brothers Little Brother, she was obviously nervous but she did a fantastic job. Also, can I just say, Emma looked absolutely phenomenal on the night. She was wearing the most gorgeous navy blue dress which hung to her pretty darn perfect figure perfectly and looked a million dollars. She's also really funny and despite the evident nerves at taking on such a role, she was wonderful. I know for long-time Big Brother fans, Davina will always be the mother of the house but I'm happy to see Emma presenting this year, I think she's done a fab job so far!
A picture of the Big Brother eye

I actually saw some photos of the house a few days before the launch night and I tweeted about how excited I was about the new house design, look and layout. I think of all the houses we have had so far, this has got to be my favourite. It has an old, rustic yet completely cosy feel to it. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find out the whole house has been kitted out by Very. I didn't realise Very did anything other than clothes, but nope, everything in the house is from Very! There's an awesome page on the Very.co.uk website actually which is dedicated to the Big Brother house and you can search each of the rooms, each of the items in each room, and find out exactly what they are, how much they cost and buy them yourselves! I love how the page lets you navigate from room to room, it's actually quite fun if you want to check it out on the Very Big Brother page.

So far my favourite house mates are Wolfy and Sophie, although Sophie has been a bit quieter than I expected her to be. I think Wolfy seems to be exactly the sort of person I could happily sit in a beer garden with. I was a bit gutted to see Sallie go at the first eviction, as I loved her attitude and zesty personality. I'd love to know who your favourite house mates are and what you think to the new house, the series so far and whether you have a favourite to win! I've been watching the show each night over on Channel 5 and of course, I've been checking the Channel 5 Big Brother website and official Big Brother Twitter @BBUK for all the latest news from the house! Also, if you fancy a chance at being in the audience yourself you can enter for eviction night audience passes on the this website.

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Brand Spotlight | Paul & Joe

A picture of the Paul & Joe Beach Baby Summer Creation Collection

I've only recently started to dip my toes into Paul & Joe after I was kindly sent some pieces from the new Beach Baby Summer Creation Collection. I've already shared my thoughts on the nail polishes within the collection and you can read my thoughts on those in the full review, Paul & Joe Summer Creation Review. I adored the polishes so much I ended up buying the final shade in the collection from ASOS and it's just as beautiful as the other shades. They've been regular choices for me recently whilst doing my nails and I adore the gorgeous bottles in which the Paul & Joe polishes come in. Paul & Joe polishes retail at £12 each and you can find them on the Beautybay website. Today I will be sharing my thoughts with you on a few other pieces from this gorgeous collection.

Of all the pieces, I think the Paul & Joe Pressed UV Powder, which I think just comes in the most amazingly beautiful packaging. It actually took me a minute to realise that the image on the packaging is two cubs. I absolutely adore this powder and the packaging is a massive reason why, it is completely unique to any other powders I own and I love how it stands out and catches your eye with it's detailed design. The Pressed UV Powder is available in two shades; Beach Baby and Summer Sand. I have been trying out Summer Sand which if lightly applied with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush leaves a beautiful finish, it's a very light shade which can be almost transparent if lightly applied. If you like a heavier coverage with your powders, then I would say this was a shade more appropriate for paler skins than my Mediterranean olive skin. One thing I will point out is that this powder has a tiny amount of shimmer to it which can translate to the skin when on. So long as you don't overdo it, you should be fine though and I've barely noticed it when wearing this powder. This powder has definitely trumped any others in my collection, if not only for the packaging, it is also a super high SPF powder which keeps you protected whilst also leaving your skin looking radiant and healthy. It is also perfect for popping in your handbag for on the go, with a sturdy case, a mirror and compact powder puff. You can pick up the Paul & Joe Pressed UV Powder on ASOS where it retails for £28.

A picture of the Paul & Joe Beach Baby Summer Creation Collection

The Paul & Joe Eye Gloss and Lip Gloss Duos have been a complete revelation for me. I'm no stranger to lipgloss, but eye gloss? I have to admit at first I was dubious and I didn't have very high expectations for these, but I have been pleasantly surprised. So much so I even bought my favourite shade combo as a birthday present for Hayley from Wife Life xo who I thought would love the colours (she did!) There's five available in the collection, each with two shades; one for your lips and one for your eyes. I think the colour combinations have been put together beautifully, with shades which I probably wouldn't have considered teaming but now that I have tried them as duos, I can see how beautifully the shades go together. I have been trying Santa Monica; the lip gloss is a beautiful golden pale aubergine shade with slight shimmer that really livens up my nude lipsticks, the eye gloss shade is a pale rose gold shade with hints of warm browns running through it and a very slight shimmer. Nice is a bit more of a playful combination; the lip gloss is a beautiful, deep fuchsia pink shade, no shimmer, just a beautiful pink gloss, and the eye gloss is a sheer, iridescent lilac shade so sheer that although at first I was a little dubious, I now think it would compliment anyone, particularly brown eyed beauties like me. Maui is probably my favourite combination. The gloss is a beautiful coral with great pigmentation that I love wearing alone or teamed with a favourite coral lippy, and the eye gloss is a yellow golden shimmer. The glosses perform much like any other gloss, except I find their staying power to be just that touch better than my drugstore variations. The eye glosses are actually incredibly easy to use and dry very quickly, I think the shades are beautiful for warmer, sunny days where you want to add a touch of something-something to your look without going overboard, as the shades are so beautifully sheer (and easily build-able might I add) that they don't look out of place. The Paul & Joe Eye Gloss and Lip Gloss Duos can be found on the Beautybay website where they retail for £28 each.

A picture of the Paul & Joe Beach Baby Summer Creation Collection

I don't know about you but I just don't feel right if I'm not wearing eyeliner. I had a little thing a few weeks ago where I decided I would try a few different looks without eyeliner and at the time I thought it might actually be a new thing for me, not wearing liner, but I just can't do it. Whilst I love how awake my eyes look without liner, I feel more confident and think I look better and that my look is 'finished' when I wear liner. I love the Urban Decay 24-7 Glide On Pencil liners and I turn to my Urban Decay 24-7 Smoked Pencil Set for a bit of something extra when my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner isn't cutting it. The Paul & Joe Eye Liner WP & Eye Crayon Duos are a beaut! In case you were wondering, WP stands for Waterproof Wonders. What's better than a gorgeous liner? A gorgeous waterproof liner, of course! Like the eye and lip gloss duos, these are available in five duo shade combinations. I have been giving three of the duos a go, Cyprus which has a beautiful khaki liner with tiny gold flecks of shimmer running through it and goes perfectly with the eye crayon shade, a deep mustard gold. Las Palmas comes with two beautifully bright yet sophisticated shades; the liner is one of the most beautiful emerald green I have ever laid my eyes upon and the eye crayon is a pale, shimmery silver blue. They go amazingly well together and I think this duo would look particularly fab on those with hazel or blue eyes. I've also been trying Santorini which yup, I can't help it, it's completely suckered me in and is a firm favourite not only from the collection but of all my eyeliners. The eye liner shade is a super pretty dark slate shade which you can just pick out hints of silver and deep purple in, and the eye crayon is a gorgeous green blue. Favourite combination by far. All of these are absolutely beautiful to use and you can find them on the Beautybay website where they retail for  £22 each. Just like the eye and lip duos, I liked these so much I picked one up from ASOS for a birthday present for Amiiee from Itsamiieeism

I love this collection and think it is one of the better summer collections we've seen this year. I am so impressed with all of the products I have tried and it's definitely spurred me on to take a closer look at the Paul & Joe range when next in Selfridge's. I think everyone will agree with me here when I say the packaging of Paul & Joe products is just breath taking, although it would be lovely if they could add the product shade names onto the packaging (which they currently don't do) I would love to hear your Paul & Joe recommendations, particularly lipsticks as I finally want to add one of their lipsticks, which have some of the most jaw-dropping gorgeous packaging I've ever seen on a lipstick, to my collection very soon.


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23 June 2013

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel review



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The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (or Bronze Universal) is a bit of a popular product in the beauty world. I've personally had my eye on it for a long time but it's one of those high-end products you lust after, swatch, lust after some more, swatch some more, but then you just can't part with the pennies for it. At £31, this is not a cheap product and although I really wanted it, I just couldn't justify it. Last month I went to the new beauty hall opening at John Lewis in Nottingham. It was a really lovely little beauty event with some great brands, talks and demonstrations. The event cost £10 to go and Tori from Tori's Tales managed to persuade me to pop along with her. The £10 it had cost us for the event and beauty hall opening was then redeemable on products, then on top of that all beauty was 10% off for the night in store. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to finally pick this beauty up. It should have cost me £30 and I ended up paying £17.90. Not bad I think! 

I've seen some pretty mixed reviews of the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, some people seem to love this and think it is an amazing must-have bronzing product whereas others think it doesn't quite live up to expectations. I've wanted to try this for so long that I was really hoping it would work for me, and thankfully, it has. With a much more solid consistency than I expected, the Soleil Tan De Chanel is firm to the touch, but buttery soft at the same time. It's like Chanel managed to find the perfect mix between a workable, easy to use formula that's firm enough to last a while and not disappear after just a couple of uses. There is a lot of product in the classic Chanel packaged pot, too. A flat, round and pretty 30g, this sits on my dresser almost like a prized position. The colour on me is just right. I could see it being a touch too orange for those paler beauties out there, but against my Mediterranean skin tone it gives a subtle tanned, glowing finish. I love using my Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply this and I apply it in one of two ways. If I am using it before foundation as a contour shade, then I apply this much like I would my MAC Pro-Sculpting Cream in Copper Beech. If I am using this after my foundation then I apply again with the Real Techniques Contour Brush but I then blend it in lightly with my beauty blender dupe. I love that this is a multi-purpose product which can be used different ways, I really love products that are versatile. Would I recommend this? Yes, I would. I know there are cheaper, high-street versions available, such as the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. But I really didn't get on with the Bronzing Primer, as I mentioned in a recent Products I Regret Buying post, and although it's been compared a tremendous amount to Soleil Tan De Chanel, I don't think it is anywhere near as good. This isn't a product which will suit anyone, I think it's better for medium skin tones and darker and probably easier to get to grips with for those who already use a few cream to powder products. It doesn't have the most obvious cream to powder finish and it certainly isn't advertised as that, but on me, as I only apply a small amount, I do find it has an almost cream to powder finish on me. This is a product I love, that I've used loads of (and it hasn't even made a dent) and a product I'm really glad I finally took the plunge and picked up. (John Lewis, £31)

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22 June 2013

Hair products lust list...

You might have noticed a few hair posts cropping up lately. I've been sharing my favourite hair products a lot more often with you all because I've found myself using more and more products over the past few months. You might have also seen me mention that I've recently had a bit of a hair chop, although not so much a bit and more quite a bit, like a lot. My hair was almost to the middle of my back and it is now sitting nicely on my shoulders, it's a lot of hair to lose. But the great thing about having shorter hair is experimenting with products and having to learn how to style my hair again. The last time my hair was anywhere near this length was when I was working in a salon as a hairdresser and I had a few firm favourite products that I couldn't live without back then, which I am very much so lusting over now. Old faithfuls, these products do exactly what they say they will and were my most reached for products 'back in the day', and they might be about to make a return...


A picture of a hair care wishlist

001. Matrix Biolage Smooththerapie Conditioner. You can give me all the high-end conditioning treatments you like, nothing, and I mean nothing, comes close to this bad boy. I actually have about two uses left in my current tube and this will be an instant repurchase. Matrix is an amazing professional hair care brand and there probably isn't a Matrix product I don't love, plus their products smell a-m-a-zing! Nothing makes my hair smoother, softer and easier to manage than this conditioner. I use it as a conditioning treatment - once I've shampooed my hair twice I pop this on for 15-20 and when rinsed out my hair feels heavenly. (Capital Hair & Beauty, £12.75

002. L'Oreal Tec Ni Art Volume Lift. This is an old favourite of mine and one I can't wait to get my hands on again. I apply this at the root throughout my hair when it's damp, sectioning my hair properly to make sure it gets to as much of my roots as possible, before massaging it in and blow drying. It gives me a subtle root boost which can easily be exaggerated for a more volumised look, I love it. (Capital Hair & Beauty, £6.50)

003. L'Oreal Tec Ni Art a-Head Clay. Sometimes, you just can't beat a good product and this is one of them. I love this for adding texture to my hair, for giving my usually sleek and straightened looks a bit more life, volume and style. A sticky, waxy clay, you need the tiniest amount of this. You can use it as is on your ends for definition or I also like to add a pea sized amount to the palm of my hand, mix with one or two drops of water and then use my fingers to lightly apply threw my hair giving me volume and a bit of a messed up look. (Capital Hair & Beauty, £7.70

What hair care products will always be a favourite for you? You can find a whole host of beauty and hair over on Capital Hair & Beauty if you fancy some professional products at reduced prices, I'm off to check out the professional beauty products... 

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21 June 2013

Color Wow review

A picture of Color Wow Styling Products

Recently my hair has been getting a real treat with amazing product after amazing product. Teaming my KMS California Tame Frizz Kit with my Top 5 Hair Care Products, I've found my hair is left looking and feeling healthy, strong and easy to style. But there are two more products I have been using which I just had to share with you as they have captured the hearts of my thin lifeless locks. For the past five weeks I have been trialing two products from Color Wow. I don't use both of these products everyday, but they are constantly reached for and the more I use them, the more I adore them.

What is Color Wow?
Color Wow is a new brand which has been created by Gail Federici, co-founder of the much loved and well known brand John Frieda. Color Wow products are made with ground-breaking formulas with frizzy and lighter hair in mind, but whose products are suitable for almost anyone to use. Color Wow is a complete range of products using new technology which works to target colour treated hair and give it that 'wow!' factor every day with as little work as possible. Receiving two finalist places at the CEW awards for Best New Brand and Best New Product, Color Wow is taking the UK by storm. Color Wow has everything from root touch up products to hair styling and hair care and their products are available in Space NK and on the Space NK website, on the QVC website and on the official Color Wow website.

A picture of Color Wow Styling Products

The Color Wow One Minute Transformation Styling Cream (30ml - £9, 120ml - £16.50)* can be used on wet or dry hair and has a lovely, light-weight feel to it. The One Minute Transformation Styling Cream aims to improve the style and condition of already dried hair. You can apply a five pence piece sized amount of One Minute Transformation Styling Cream to puffy, parched, frizzy or colour treated hair, and you'll soon be left with hair that is soft, silky smooth and super healthy looking (and feeling!) As I said I use this on both wet and dry hair. On dry hair it works as a perfect finishing product (although avoid the root area if you are prone to oily roots) and on wet hair it helps blow dry my hair beautifully smooth and very rarely after using this do I feel the need to use my straighteners. 

The Color Wow Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac (£14)* very nearly made it into my Top 5 Hair Care Products post, it's the product out of the two Color Wow products I've used the most and also the product which I enjoy using the most. Created with a prescriptive formula which creates a protective shellac coating on the surface of your hair, it works to make your color pop! Sealing the cuticle in to lock in colour and keep out dryness, the Color Wow Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac is an absolute favourite of mine at the moment for my ends. I apply this on both wet and dry hair and find it just makes my ends feel incredible, soft, almost like they've been freshly cut. It actually has a lot of glitter in it, but thankfully this doesn't translate onto your hair. Instead the very small pieces of glitter catch the light making your hair look healthy, glossy and strong. A real firm favourite for me. 

A picture of Color Wow Styling Products

Have you heard of Color Wow before? Are they a brand you'd like to give a go? Let me know!

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Bargain beauty wishlist...

All I seem to be doing lately is lusting after new products. It's been more than a few weeks since I went shopping last and well, what can I say? I'm not a beauty blogger for no reason; I love buying new beauty products. These are the latest products to be added onto my beauty wishlist. What products are on your wishlist?

Beautysets - Bargain beauty wishlist

001. Urban Decay Roller Girl Nail Polish Set. I don't know about any of you but I have never tried any Urban Decay nail polishes and if I'm honest, I didn't realise they did them! Whilst browsing the Cosmetics Fairy website I found a whole array of reduced Urban Decay beauties! I love the look of this Roller Girl set, which is full of girly, bright and summery pinks, nudes and sunkissed bronzes. (Cosmetics Fairy, £14.50)

002. Essie Smooth Sailing. I've not had much luck with Essie polishes lately but I love the look of this slightly shimmery blue, it's such a pretty shade for summer. Plus on Cosmetics Fairy the Essie polishes are so much cheaper! Everyone loves a beauty bargain, right? (Cosmetics Fairy, £4.49)

003. Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask. I've never tried anything from Manuka Doctor but I adore my face masks and I've recently read some pretty good reviews of the Rejuvenating Face Mask. I'd love to give it a go and seen how it fairs to my favourite masks. If you've tried this yourself, I'd love to know what you think to it. It's the kind of mask I'd only get as a real treat, as it's not exactly cheap, but by the reviews I've read, it's worth it. (Manuka Doctor, £49.99)

004. Maybelline Dream Mouuse Blush Coral. I've never tried a Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush but I do know that one of my uni friends absolutely adores them. She's a big fan of all the Maybelline mousse type products actually, but mousse isn't something I've ever really tried before. For just a few quid I can't say no to giving something like this a go really, plus who else is with me on the coral overload lately? (Cosmetics Fairy, £2.25)

005. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencil Eyeliner. Another fab Urban Decay buy I found on Cosmetics Fairy is a whole array of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencil Liners! Considering these can be quite expensive to buy direct from Urban Decay, I think Cosmetics Fairy have done a bit of a bargain deal! (Cosmetics Fairy, £3.75

006. Tarte Powder Eyeshadow Rosie the Riveter. Can we over look the shade availability for a second and all take in the fact we can get Tarte Powder Eyeshadows in the UK? I might pick up these two shades just to see what their like (and then keep wishing that Tarte makes a full move over to the UK!) (Cosmetics Fairy, £8.49 each)

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