Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Beauty Favourites!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas eeep! This time next week it will be Christmas Eve and I just cannot wait, I have so much to do before then, but I'm very pleased to say that my Christmas shopping is almost complete! To prepare you for the rest of the winter ahead and the upcoming party season I've put together some of my favourite winter beauty products that in my eyes are essentials to keep yourself ticking by. Your face is one of the places that gets hit by the harshest conditions in the winter so taking care of your skin and looking after it is definitely something that should be at the top of everyone's priorities. I've recently discovered some amazing new brands that I really don't know what I did without before. Cue some gorgeous beauty products that you may just want to purchase after reading this...
Whilst at uni Benefit makeup was off the cards and being able to afford it again is such a luxury. Benefit is one of my favourite beauty brands and I adore testing out their newest products. Fakeup came out about last year, sooo behind the times I know, I will probably do a full review on this at some point. It's definitely a winter essential as it is the least drying concealer I have ever used. It has hydrating crease control with vitamin E and apple seed extract. It really helps to cover my dark circles and does indeed help to brighten up my under eye area. It doesn't provide the best coverage but this product does not dry up or look cakey on my face at all throughout the day and that's definitely a huge benefit whilst battling the cold weather.
A hand cream is without a doubt one of the essentials in winter. I was lucky enough to find this one inside the Lookfantastic November beauty box. A brand I hadn't previously heard of but now seriously love. It is one of the best hand creams I have used in terms of properly nourishing my skin. The smell is like sherbert sweets which is quite unusual but not unpleasant, and it makes a change to the standard cocoa butter smells that you get. For an extra treat I pop a good layer of this underneath some cotton gloves whilst I sleep and let it do all the magic!
Seriously.. BEST MASK EVER!! I reviewed this in full last year if you want to read that here. I have had this for a year now and there is still plenty left which really makes the price justifiable. If you do suffer from dry skin in winter then this mask is your answer. Leave it on for 10 minutes and it allows your skin to literally drink up the moisture. The dryness seems to disappear after one use and it leaves your skin looking much more plump. With the party season approaching it is an absolute essential to your makeup routine before a night out as make up applies much more easily to the skin, giving you a really flawless and dewy finish.
This cute little lip balm came in the goody bag from the Sotonmeetup and I've only just got round to testing it out. It really is love at first slick with this product, its so easy to apply with the applicator and the product glides on really easily without being greasy, it's much more moisturising than a standard lip balm as it just seems to stay on the lips and sink into the skin much faster. The smell is gorgeous too, anything containing honey will be a favourite product of mine. I am so impressed with this product though and I am tempted to try out some other products from the Bee Good range.
This was another product from the sotonmeetup goodybag. I have used many Witch products in the past but this was one of their newest releases I believe, I also love the new sleek packaging of their products. My skin seems to get worse and worse as the winter goes on, my skin is crying out for some help or sun to help dry my spots out. This stick is really easy to use, I usually apply it with a cotton bud though so I don't spread any bacteria around the whole stick. The smell is not too strong either which is a bonus and it's not drying at all like many spot products can be. I haven't seen any breathtaking results yet but I'm determined to keep on using it to help prevent further spot outbreaks.
 Glam Glow Youthmud Tingleexfoliante Treatment*
Another amazing product that was in the Lookfantastic beauty box. I seriously wish it wasn't because I have fallen completely head over heels in love with the product and looking at the price tag of the full size makes me cry inside a little bit!! This exfoliating facemask leaves my skin feeling amazing and so soft, it really helps to get the rubbish deep inside my skin to the surface. It instantly brightens my face and I try to use it once a week but I think there's only about one use left in it now *boo*! This product has brought quite a few spots to the surface though but at least I know that it's doing it's job! I will definitely be treating myself to the full size in the new year.
Mini benefit samples make me so happy and I try to stock up on these when I can. Samples are a great way to try out products and in the hope that customers will then buy the full size and it works, because I will definitely be buying the full size of this when my samples run out. I've only used a powder highlighter before this and I do find it quite drying. This is a liquid highlighter and it's so easy to apply to your skin, It creates the most perfect dewy look and really helps to make your skin look much brighter. It really is the most prefect highlighter for winter as again it stays put on the skin all day and doesn't go dry or flaky.
I really loved sharing my Winter beauty favourites with you, it's amazing what unique products I have discovered from blogging. I'm definitely poorer for it but I wouldn't change it for the world! I would love to know what all your winter beauty essentials are...

What do you think of my Winter beauty favourites? Do you like any of these? What are your essential products for winter?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Monday, December 15, 2014

OOTD | Dear Santa I want it all....

Shorts - Hollister (old)
Watch - Michael Kors
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I'm still feeling pretty down about my hair after last weeks drama, I've been reluctant to visit a hairdressers as they always cut way too much off but I'm going to pluck the courage up to go this week as it's really getting me down now, boo! Anyway, enough with the negativity for a Monday!! It feels like I haven't done an outfit post in weeks!! I sure do miss doing them but it's always hard to make sure the weather and lighting are just perfect, it's always too dark after work for me to take pictures too, but I really have been enjoying writing lots of beauty posts the past few weeks!

This has got to be my favourite Christmas jumper to date, if you remembered I featured this in my Christmas jumpers wishlist. It's the most understated Christmas jumper I have but it's so chic and I adore the colour. Teamed with my very old Hollister tartan shorts makes for a very christmassey outfit! I was also lucky enough to win these gorgeous boots in Jessica's (Blondeofcarbs) giveaway, they are super cosy and I love the shiny patent material to them which really makes a change to my standard boots!

I hope you all have a great Monday! What do you think of this outfit? Do you have a favourite Christmas jumper? Do you think tartan is a Christmassey material?

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas gift guide | For her

It may be a Christmas gift guide but I would literally be over the moon if I found a few of these bits in my sack this year (*hint hint*). I have rounded up a selection of some gorgeous gifts all priced under £40 including some beauty bits and accessories, what more could a girl want?!

I think Watches2U have a really great selection of watches ranging in prices and you can't go wrong with a standard white watch like the one above, they are much more slim lined than ice watches too! I'm sure most of you are aware but the amazing Soap and Glory gift set is currently £29.99 down from £60 - massive bargain! We all know they do this deal every year and anyone would be mad to buy it before!  The rest of the gifts are mainly stocking fillers under £10 which would make perfect little extras for your mum, sisters, aunties and friends etc and especially if you still have to buy any secret Santa presents! I hope you find this useful if you are going Christmas shopping this weekend but if not I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

What do you think of this gift guide? What things are you wishing for this Christmas? Is there anything you would love to receive from my gift guide?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Click N Curl Review - It ruined my hair...

A few weeks ago Hair and Whiskers sent me over a Click N Curl £44.99* to review, I'm always intrigued when I hear about new hair brands and different appliances to curl your hair with. Although my hair is super long it means it can be uber flat and I rarely curl my hair because it just takes so long to do. Anyway.. Click N Curl is a new product on the market which promises to help dry, style and set your hair all in one go to provide you with gorgeous flowing curls which also help to add body and volume to your hair - something I am definitely in need of! What I thought would be a lovely curling appliance ended quite disastrously...I am always honest in my posts regardless as to whether a product has been sent to me to review or not and I am extremely upset and disappointed with this product. However, I will tell you all about the product start to finish and then you can decide for yourself whether you would try this out...
The Click N Curl set was beautifully packaged in a very executive looking box. If the packaging of a product is great you're almost half way there with winning me over, well that's where it stopped. The set includes 3 boxes which include mix and match sizes of barrels to suit your particular hair length, the sizes available are 4 small rollers, 6 medium rollers, 4 large rollers and of course the universal handle which can be attached to each roller. I was slightly worried before opening the box that there wouldn't be enough large rollers to cover my hair so I really think they have done well in offering this product for people with all lengths of hair.
The box comes with some really great instructions as to how to use these barrels to get the desired result and the best thing is it can be achieved in 3 easy steps, but is it really that easy?
My hair before!
1. Prep -  They recommend washing and towel drying your hair first, then to attach one of the rollers to the handle and blow dry your hair as normal. For best results they say to blow dry until it is 90% dry. I skipped this step as I very rarely blow dry my hair due to the damaging heat, I try not to wash my hair too much either as it takes an age to dry! Instead I dampened my hair down with some water and of course a heat protector spray, I use Loreal Elnette which is amazing!
2. Dry hair and place rollers - Quite simply you just need to wrap a barrel (any size you prefer) starting from the end of your hair and wrapping it in toward your roots. Once it is 'tight against the scalp' you use the hair dryer over the barrel to heat the barrel and hair. When the section is finished you simple press the release button on the handle and then repeat with the rest of your sections of your hair until you're finished,

3 Cool and remove - The final step is to let your hair cool down, for best results leave the barrels in place until they have completely cooled down, the remove the rollers slowly one by one by unrolling them and you should hopefully have beautiful bouncy curls!

The verdict  - The bit you have all been waiting for!
Whilst attaching the barrels to the universal handle and detaching I did find this incredibly easy, however I experienced a lot of difficulty with the barrels staying in place as they kept rolling out, they stayed in much better when I rolled the hair under and upwards instead of outside and up. My hair is definitely far too long and heavy and with the barrel as well it just wasn't happening. I used less hair from then on in the barrels and I found the smallest barrels held my hair the best. It wasn't a total disaster but I did find the whole thing time consuming - it took about 20 minutes of putting them all in. It definitely wasn't the easiest and fastest thing to do and I definitely wouldn't have time for something like this before work. However, I know my hair is extremely long and can already say it would be a lot easier for someone with shorter hair to use.
What happened next...
I couldn't even look at the camera as I was in tears at this point..
The worst is yet to come... After removing the barrels I was left with one that would just not come out, I am always scared about using things like this as long hair can get easily tangled, I had a similar experience with bed hair rollers. I thought it would be something that could be removed within a few minutes... I have never come across anything like this in my life, I have experienced tangles around hair bands etc but they have always come out. I spent ONE HOUR untangling this, the instruction guide states to 'wrap it tight to the scalp', well mine weren't even staying in!! Yesterday was the worst day of my life I was in tears because I knew what the only way to solve this would be. After finally removing it from the barrel I was left with a massive ball of hair, as you can see above, I spent a further half an hour with conditioner, tangle teezer and my mum helping to untangle it, but it was a lost cause. As you can see I had to cut a massive chunk out of my hair, having to cut a substantial amount from hip length to bob is the most gutting thing I have had to do, especially when it is against my will, I would have gone to the hairdressers if i wanted a cut. When  I started using this yesterday I never imagined this to happen and I am so upset and disheartened at what happened for the sake of a few curls. If you have long hair I would not recommend using this at all. I am now having to go down to the hairdressers today to get it sorted, albeit I do have a lot of hair so it's not noticeable but it is the principle of it and I do not expect to have to cut a huge tangle out of my hair from using a few rollers in my hair. I think any girls can vouch for me when something like this happens to your hair, it is truly upsetting.

So overall I spent 2 hours using the whole thing, I didn't end up with curly hair and ended up cutting a huge chunk out of my hair so, forget Click N Curl it should be renamed called Click N Cut....

*I have since received a very sincere and well thought through apology from Click N Curl and Hair and Whiskers on twitter in the form of a series of pictures, head over to my twitter to see the whole apology! They have also said that they will be changing the product description and will state that it is not suitable for people with very long hair. I think the company have approached this sensitive matter very well and it has certainly cheered me up :)*

Has anyone else used the Click N Curl before? Would you buy it after seeing this?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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