Friday, 18 April 2014

Why I'm Never Using Coconut Oil On My Hair Again

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There seems to be a real craze at the moment with coconut oil and all the benefits it has to to you hair, nails and skin. The blogging world went mad for coconut oil hair masks to treat dry and damaged ends as well as promoting hair growth. I gave it a go and as you can tell from the title of this post, it didn't go well.

My hair has always been in pretty good condition considering its length, (about 20 inches!) as I rarely ever use hot styling tools on it, and has always been relatively frizz free. I recently decided to change up my hair to an ombre which required using bleach on the ends. I have noticed my ends are drier than usual which I was expecting so I decided to treat my hair to a nourishing coconut oil hair mask.

I decided that I was going to do an over night treatment so I covered my hair from root to tip in the oil. Some of you may ask why I covered my whole head if my ends were the only problem. Coconut oil is apparently meant to promote thicker hair growth so I thought why not cover myself in it!

When it came to washing it out the next morning I was horrified by how difficult it was to remove. I was expecting it to take a few washes of a good clarifying shampoo but I seriously under estimated it's stubbornness. After about 8 washes of shampoo my hair still felt disgustingly greasy. I then read on a forum to try use conditioner only and leave it to sit in the hair for around 15 minutes and still no success. I was left with no other option but to reach for the fairy liquid to get it out! After 2 washes with that, the oil finally lifted. As you can probably imagine my hair felt so dry and brittle using dish soap which completely reversed any benefits of using the coconut oil in the first place.

After this ordeal, it's safe to say that coconut will not be going on my hair again. I had no idea it would be that difficult to remove and after using dish soap on my hair, made my hair drier than it was before. I don't know if it was the amount that I used, where I applied it or my hair type but I just didn't get the amazing results everyone else did. I am going to try using the coconut oil I have left for other things like a face mask or an intense moisturiser. I will let you guys know how I get on with that.

If you are considering using coconut oil on your own hair I would suggest using a very small amount on your ends and see how you get on before going all the way like I did! I would love to know your own experience with coconut oil and how it worked for you, so please leave your comments in the section below!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Sleek | Full Fat Lash Mascara




Sleek's Full Fat Lash Mascara * £6.99 claims to supersize your lashes without weighing your lashes down or clumping giving you length and volume. I have been in search for a mascara that can deliver both of these attributes without clumping which is a very difficult task!

First off, I love the square black tube of this mascara. I have really fallen in love with the way Sleek have such simple and understated packaging which really appeals to me. The actual wand was a real surprise when I opened it up for the first time, the flexible rubber bristles form a tear drop sort of shape. I haven't seen a wand like this before so I was definitely intrigued with how it would work on my lashes.

When it came to applying I really loved how the brush worked for me. It coated every lash perfectly with just the right amount of product without going clumpy. I was able to get right to the root with the thinner bristles while the longer gave my lashes the length. With just one coat my lashes had length and volume (see picture). The brush also worked really well with my lower lashes. I can't stand it when my bottom lashes clump up so I was so excited when I saw how separated they looked.

This mascara lasted all day on me and didn't flake under my eyes which sometimes happens when I apply mascara to my lower lashes. When it came to washing off I thought it would be really stubborn as it lasted so well but again surprisingly came off effortlessly with an oil based makeup remover.

This is a great little mascara with a really black formula. It gives my great length to my lashes and as well as volume with no clumps and lasts all day! With such a little price tag, I can't fault it! Sleek have done it again!

The Full Fat Lash Mascara is available online and in Superdrug stores.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sleek Contour Kit | Light









Contouring and highlighting have become a really big trend in the makeup world with everyone trying to recreate Kim Kardashian's signature sculpted look. There are so different products you can use to contour and highlight from cream to powders as well as many different techniques. Sleek Makeup kindly gave me their Contour Kit in the shade light to try out.

The Sleek Contour Kit* £6.49 is a powder duo with a matte bronze shade to contour and a shimmery champagne shade to highlight. The kit comes in a simple slim black compact with a full sized mirror which is perfect for travel. The packaging feels really sturdy and strong and has a higher end feel with the matte finish to it. I really like a matte finish to products although they are notorious for getting really dirty quickly so it will need a constant wipe down to keep it looking clean. It also comes with a really useful leaflet that explains how to use the kit. I think this is a really great idea from Sleek, the instructions are really simple to follow so this is a little added bonus if you're a beginner. 

The matte bronze shade in the kit is good mix of warm and cool tones. The warm tone gives your face a nice glow and the cool tones give you the perfect shadow to sculpt your face. Even though it has a matte formula, it has a buttery soft texture that isn't too powdery. When I apply it to my face, it blends out beautifully with minimal effort. It has just the right amount of pigmentation and even if you apply too much its really easy to blend out. Considering the is lightest shade of contour powder, I still think this would still work really well for medium skin tones too. If you are very pale I would probably recommend using a light hand and then you can build up to your desired intensity.

The highlight shade in the duo is a beautiful shimmery champagne shade with a slight pinky undertone. Its a nice neutral highlight that will suit any pale to medium skin tone. The formula is frosty and has a really pretty sheen to it as the shimmer is so finely milled. This highlight has really great pigmentation too without you looking like a disco ball. This also blends out beautifully on the skin, and the two shades together compliment each other so well.

It safe to say I'm obsessed with this contour kit and I really feel like I've been missing out for not trying it sooner. The powders are so smooth, look so natural on my skin and give me the perfect highlight and contour. Sleek have got all skin tones covered with the contour kit coming in three shades. Even the highlight colour is different in each shade to perfectly compliment the bronzer. I urge my readers to try this out if you haven't already!

The Sleek Contour Kit is available online and in Superdrug stores

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Sleek CC Cream | Light


I have never found a BB or CC creams that I have fallen in love with. With a lot of them I find they are way too sheer and greasy which even for my dry skin makes me look oily and gross. For a more natural everyday look I have just always sheered out my foundation with moisturiser to create my own tinted moisturiser. There are also so many out complexion correcting creams on the market these days that it can be really confusing trying to pick one to try out! Sleek makeup very kindly sent me their brand new CC cream to try out so I was very excited to see how it would work for me.

Sleeks CC Cream* is intended to boost your skin's natural radiance and mattify shine whilst concealing imperfections with medium coverage. The moisturising formula contains vitamin C to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and improve elasticity whilst nourishing the skin. This cream has a unique colour adaptave technology that can adjust to your skin tone. It also works to brighten dull and uneven skintones with the added benefits of SPF 29 to protect skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

One of the things I love about Sleek is their packaging. Their products are always clean and simple looking and this CC cream is no different. It gives their products a higher end feel which is great for such an affordable brand.

The cream itself has a thicker consistency than I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise, as some other CC creams I have experienced are much more watery. The formula is super creamy but not greasy and blends like a dream into the skin. It instantly mattifies as you blend it but doesn't set powdery, instead it has a beautiful satin finish which looks just like skin!

In terms of coverage this CC cream really impressed me too. I used around a pea sized amount and got a good medium coverage for my whole face. It feels really moisturising and on the skin and looks really  radiant and natural. I'm a little more tanned than usual and was unsure if the shade light would make me looked too washed out, but it blended in really well with my skin. As I have quite dry skin I was able to wear this for around 5 hours before I noticed a little bit of oil on my t-zone which is better than some foundations!

All in all I have absolutely fallen in love with this CC Cream which I never really thought would happen. The coverage is fantastic, it lasts really well on me and gives my skin a natural glow without being oily. In the upcoming summer months this will be perfect for days when you want the coverage of a foundation but something light on the skin. With added bonus of SPF29 you could even wear this on holiday when at the pool or beach.

There are four shades in the range from Fair, Light, Medium and Dark. For a CC cream its a good selection of shades and because the formula adapts to your skin you should be able to find one that matches you best.

The Sleek CC Cream is available online and in Superdrug stores for £8.99

Friday, 4 April 2014

NYX Wonder Pencil | Light




A good flesh toned pencil is an essential item in my makeup collection. When placed in the waterline they can instantly brighten up your whole face and make you look like you had a good nights sleep (even if you didn't!).

This NYX Wonder Pencil does just the trick in the waterline and glides on like a dream with its super creamy texture. I usually have trouble with pencils smudging away and making my vision slightly blurry. This happened when I tried a similar pencil from Sephora last year, however this lasted really well and did't irritate my eyes at all.

This pencil also has other uses, some of which you would really expect from a pencil product. Its great for cleaning up the edges of lipstick, especially bold shades like red that a notoriously difficult to put right when they smudge...we've all been there! Just outline your lip and blend with your finger and you're good to go! On a night out this is so handy to throw in your bag and is a lifesaver for touching up. You can also use it as an invisible lip liner for those times when you don't have one to match the lipstick you want to wear.

Another great use for this pencil is concealer, I dab a few times over a troubled area and blend out the edges with my finger or a small concealer brush. This pencil has really great pigmentation so it really helps with cancelling out the redness. I also use it to highlight clean up underneath my brows once I've finished filling them in. This works so perfectly at polishing them up and conceals stray hairs.

This pencil truly does live up to its name as a wonder pencil! With so many uses it has become a staple in my everyday routine and for just £4.50 you can't go wrong! I know other brands like NARS and MAC have very similar products but at nearly four times the price this is a great budget friendly alternative that works great.

The NYX Wonder Pencil is available here in three shades light, medium and deep.

Friday, 21 March 2014

NYX Liquid Illuminator | Gleam





Highlighters have to be one of my favourite beauty products. I love the look of glowing skin and how fresh and healthy a highlight can make you look. The newest highlighter I have added to my collection is this beautiful liquid highlighter from NYX in the shade Gleam

Gleam has a beautiful peachy rose tone to it with a stunning gold sheen. This highlighter looks like liquid rose gold! Some highlighters can have quite chunky glitter content to them, Gleam however has a finely milled shimmer to it which is perfect for a more natural looking highlight that can be worn day or night. As it has has a warmer tone, this shade is perfect for more tanned skin and will give you such a sun kissed glow. I can't wait to wear this on holiday!

Being a liquid, this highlight blends beautifully onto the skin with minimal effort and sets to a beautiful natural finish. I love that this highlight keeps its dewy look even after it sets and doesn't turn powdery at all. Gleam has lovely pigmentation which has just the right amount of intensity to it. One drop of this stuff is enough to highlight each cheek for me so this 18ml tube should last me a while! My favoruite ways to apply this is by stippling onto my cheekbones with a small duo fibre brush or just by tapping it on with my fingers.

On me, this liquid illuminator can last around 5 hours before it begins to fade which is fabulous for a creamy product. Cream and liquid face products are perfect for anyone like me who has dry skin but loves the dewy look.

I have become absolutely obsessed with this highlight and I can already tell this will be my favourite highlighter for this spring and summer! The peachy tone adds warmth to my face as well as a beautiful natural glow. NYX also have another shade in the range which is more of a champagne shade which will be perfect for paler skin girls. If you love a dewy highlighter that gives you a beautiful warm glow you NEED this in your life!

NYX Liquid Illuminator in Gleam is available online for £7.00

Monday, 17 March 2014

NYX Cream Blush | Glow


While on NYX Cosmetic's website recently I saw this beautiful cream blush called Glow and I had to have it. I have really been loving cream face products recently and I decided I needed to own a cream blush (I even shocked myself that I don't own any!).

Glow is a warm bright pink shade with hints of coral to it.  I usually wear more coral and peach shades on my cheeks so I was excited to try something a little bit out of my comfort zone. This shade to me epitomises spring and summer!

Being a cream blush you obviously expect it to be creamy, but this blush feels like butter! The pigmentation of this blush is amazing so you only need the smallest amount to give your cheeks a beautiful flush of colour.

My favourite way to apply this blush is with a duo fibre brush. I first stipple the colour onto my cheeks and then go back and blend in a circular motion. This blush blends like a dream and has such a natural dewy finish to the skin. Even once set, this blush doesn't go powdery.

Cream blushes are great for people with dry skin and who love the dewy look. Which is why I am in love with the way it looks on me! I managed to get about 5 hours wear from this blush until it began to fade, but it didn't go patchy at all. If you have oily skin, the longevity of wear may be less unless you set it with either a powder blush or translucent powder.

I don't know why its taken this long for me to purchase a cream blush, but its safe to say I'm now hooked! I love the natural flush it gives my cheeks as well as the dewy finish which I particularly love in the spring and summer months. Glow will look even more beautiful when I have a bit of a tan later on in the year!

NYX have such a good shade range of cream blushes to choose from, with a total of 11 in the collection. For only £5.50 each I am amazed by the quality of them. I am yet to be disappointed by any of their products. I will no doubt be picking up more of these blushes in the near future as I already have my eye on the shade Orange!

NYX Cream Blushes are available online now in 11 shades

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