Category: Beauty

Product reviews, new products I love.

Eyebrows are big game. A product review.

Sometimes I hate mine and sometimes I adore them. I’ve never known what to do with them. They were always my pet-peeve of personal maintenance and make up. I’d rather cut my toe nails any day! Most days I’d ignore my eyebrows. Which, looking back now, probably was the best thing I could have done. I’ve seen so many of the thin 90’s ‘brows. That thin line of lost hairs trailing over an eye – scary. I remember as a kid we once had a babysitter who had drawn on pencil-thin eyebrows. Oh the nightmares. In truth the poor woman probably had alopecia, but we were shit scared of her, and her angry eyebrows.

Scouse ‘brow

The fashion is definitely now leaning towards the fuller ‘brow which I’m keen on – but not too full. Nor that scary Scouse ‘brow trend that’s popular here in the UK. Mine are quite full and thick at the middle of my face, but spread out to bugger all at the end. I was getting them shaped and waxed, but have since decided to give them a break and try and grow back a bit of thickness.  I like to colour and ‘set’ my eyebrows and previously used Benefit’s Gimme brow (this eyebrow stuff clearly bothers me, two posts in one year!). I came across a new product by Maybelline, Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil, and it has changed my make up routine. I’ve had people COMMENT. On my FACE. Not so direct as, “woah, did you get new eyebrows?”, but they have mentioned my face looks “lifted”. I know right, cheap face lifts all around. A lot of my friends have always said eyebrows are their thing – a part of their face they always pay attention to. I guess, once again, I was just slow on the getting the memo.

my new ‘brows in action

From this photo I see I next need to work on my frown lines. Hello, botox! Anyone tried it? I’m too nervous – but I feel like using it now would prevent any deep lines. If I wait too long, surely it’s too late?!

Product review: NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls

I recently wrote about splurging out on Aesop products and loving how clear they made my skin. Turns out they were too harsh for me. After a week my skin was dry, scaly and stung when I put some jojoba oil on to try and rectify the problem. I’m heartbroken because I love the Aesop products and because I spent a fucking fortune on them. Gutted. I hope we’ve all learnt a lesson from my mistake. TESTERS, people.

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Should I squeeze my spots? And other such beauty questions…

In October I asked a few questions around beauty myths and found the answers. It’s time for another round of such questions. If you’ve got a question for future posts – let me know. Let’s all learn together.

This time we look at spot squeezing, hair washing, homemade versus store bought face masks, and teeth whitening – because we all know those teeth whitening toothpastes do jack shit.

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Birchbox: December review

I received my December Birchbox surprise in the post last week and was thrilled with the contents.

I’ll admit I can be useless with these packages – I think I’m most excited about the opening of the box and looking to find out what’s inside. I’m absolutely rubbish at actually using the products. This month though I have already made a conscious effort to use everything.

Top of the list for me is the Percy and Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, it does wonders on your hair. I have mentioned before that I have fine hair – this Wonder Balm does what it says on the package. It’s wonderful. My hair looked full, thick and stayed styled the whole day and night. I did get caught in a rain shower and my hair became lank and heavy and a little greasy. But I can’t blame the balm for that – that was the rain.

Next favourite is the LAQA & Co. Eyelighter, which under your eyebrows, under your eyes or even used on your cheekbones gives you an instant lift. I’ve not savvy with the whole contouring malarkey – God do I wish I was – but this is an easy cheat to get a similar result. Especially around this Christmas period with lots of late nights out, it does wonders for dark circles under the eyes.

The full size product this month is the Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. While I myself do not partake in the eye flicks style – because of how it’s designed it’s very easy to add a thin or thick line without very little skill. You also get a dramatic line the first time, no need to go back over it and hope to get it right with each stroke.

Another winter Christmas requirement is a touch of golden fake tan – great to touch up your arms and décolletage in these cold weeks when you want to add a healthy glow. This month I was sent Benefit’s Hoola Zero Tanlines. I love that this tanning product comes with a sponge applicator attached to the tube, so it’s hands free and no one ends with orange palms. Winning!

I’m confused by the final product I received as it is a moisturiser for oily skin, even though I registered on the website that I have dry skin. But a bottle of Amie Skincare Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser showed up and I used it anyway. I did notice it dried out my skin so I haven’t used it again since. Which is a shame because it smells delicious. But having dry skin means if I don’t lather on a lot of moisturiser or oil my face can feel tight and dry all day.

All in all I’m happy with the overall package – I can see myself using the first three products every week, and the tan applicator on special occasions. When I’m not covering up my arms in on of my many seasonal Christmas jumpers.

Pampering and a product review: hair mask

neon-sign-465x345One of my good friends and I went for a bit of pampering this weekend in Clapham. We hit the London Grace nail bar and spoilt ourselves with shellac nails. Well actually, she spoilt me with shellac nails as a thank you for them staying with us. I’m a very lucky girl! The nail bar is beautiful and the staff are so friendly – I definitely recommend if you’re in London. Of course, I had to behave and order a black Americano, not a glass of prosecco. But that didn’t dampen my spirits – I was still thrilled for some R&R time. I haven’t been for a manicure in ages!

Fresh nails and fresh pressed juice (carrot, apple, lemon and ginger)
Fresh nails and fresh pressed juice (carrot, apple, lemon and ginger)

After our pampering and nail tidy up we walked through the markets in Camden and picked up some fresh pressed juices. Markets can be the hardest thing to wander while you’re trying to eat healthy. All the cheese, baked sweets and pastries and fresh baked bread can be very tempting! We managed to stick to the pressed juices before hitting the Common to extend our walk and chat. It was nice to be outside – breathing in the fresh air you often don’t expect in the city but the parks are just beautiful.

On the way back from our park walk we spotted an Oliver Bonas – my most coveted store. EVERY time I go in I purchase something. It’s a drug. I can’t help myself. Even if my boyfriend is with me telling me I don’t need something – less face it, when a man 1077469_oliver-bonas_gift_oh-k-hair-masksays that it only fuels your determine to buy it. I will not be told! On this occasion, being with a girlfriend, you only spur each other on – “oh you totally need that, it’s an investment”. So with her wiping the guilt from my mind I bought Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar – investment. As well as an Oh K! Hair Mask for us each. Now I have used a lot of hair masks in the past – I have blonde hair (not all of it natural, shush) but this means it dries out easily. Not to mention the awful, hard water in London that strips your hair of anything it has left. I followed the instruction on the packet – was hair with shampoo (no need for conditioner), towel dry and then add the conditioning treatment. Once you have rubbed it in from roots to tip you pop on the mask and massage that on your head for a couple of minutes. Then you wait, 10-15mins. You can actually feel the cap warming up on your head. Once baked, take it off and rinse you hair. Holy cow, it’s like silk. I was so impressed – I just can’t stop stroking it. The test of time will be how long it lasts, if it feels dry and crunchy after one wash I will have to re-write this post, but currently I’m over the moon and hoping the silky, smoothness lasts.