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Garnier Moisture Match Goodbye Dry Cream

Garnier Moisture Match Goodbye Dry

Garnier Moisture Match Goodbye Dry

I have realised along with my mascara addiction, I have a face moisturiser one too. Well, you can never have enough moisturiser can you? Its a skincare necessity really. Garnier have not long realised 5 new day creams, each suited for the different skin needs with different levels of moisture, welcome Garnier Moisture Match Goodbye Dry Cream. Honestly why has no one thought of this before? 

Being on offer at £3.99, there was no way I wasn't buying it and picked up the dry skin offering. Plus I was happy that my skin type was in a pink bottle, thanks Garnier you matched my dressing table nicely! The (pink looking) cream formula is only lightly scented by the ingredients that include Camellia Oil, Shea Butter and Omega 3 and 6 so the smell is pretty divine. The texture is very thick, totally unexpected but firm so you only need to use a small amount which I guess is a bonus as I won't need to repurchase so soon.

This sinks in very quickly and I wasn't left with any residue or a greasy face and this has a very cucumbery smell, quite rare for a moisturising product. I normally associate cucumber with cleansing products, but it works so who I am to complain. At first, I wasn't overwhelmed by this, and practically forgot I owned it. However, I couldn't be more glad I purchased this now. It is so underrated, and even on my very dry eczema skin this little pink tube is a saviour, and has banished my dry patches, and keep them at bay. For the price I can not rave about this enough, let alone even believe a high street face works so well. Just need to purchase the rest of the range now...

Garnier Moisture Match Goodbye Dry normally £5.99, but £3.99 in Boots currently.

Have you tried Garnier Moisture Match Goodbye Dry or the others?

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The Urban Decay Naked Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Palette

I am majorly jealous of all my friends at Global Gathering right now...thanks work...Oh well, its given me time to write todays post.

And I have done gone and done it, jumped firmly on the Urban Decay Naked Palette bandwagon, admittedly way behind, well everyone. Least I got there in the end. After being on my July lust list I thought I would treat myself. I have never really spent that much on eyeshadows as that is one area of my makeup routine I neglect just down to pure laziness. I have a few Dior eyeshadows that I love. So creamy, but the shades I have are rather sparkly and very christmas party-esque. You don't have to be a makeup geek to see the buzz around the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and I read too many rave reviews to ignore and this fitted the bill perfectly the sort of all in one palette I was after. I know there are thousands of reviews on this by now, but there is room for one more right? 

Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette
First off, this packaging is one of the best out there in my opinion, so gorgeous and elegant covered in velvet. Little things eh. The added extras that you get with this - Shadow brush and Primer Potion - are brilliant quality also and help justify the hefty price tag. The Primer Potion is to be used pre-shadow to prime and smooth, it claims to help shadow last '24 Hours' with no fallout or fade. This is a fantastic product and accompanies the palette perfectly, I'm considering buying the full sized Primer Potion when I run out thanks to the little sample.

The brush is perfect for sweeping across the entire lid, a double ended brush would be more convenient I feel as the Shadow brush is quite thick so isn't useful for creating those intricate details. Featuring a row of 12 high quality, long-wear shades, with a good mixture of matte and glittery textures and a range of colours, all staying the 'neutral' range. I love how the shades are suitable for highlighting, covering the crease and contouring the eye, whilst adding colour; the shades are buildable and blendable making it a effortless makeup job.

On to the good part, the colours. A quick run down of the colour, in my own words not that of Urban Decays, so totally my opinion of them.

A shimmery vanilla colour with pink tones 

♥ Sin
A frosted shimmery pale pink 

♥ Naked
A uude matte colour

♥ Sidecar
A frosted brown, it almost verges on maroon because of the slight red undertone

♥ Buck
A matte mid brown 

♥ Half Baked
A shimmery light bronze-brown, comes out less gold than it looks like

♥ Smog
A shimmery mid/dark bronze

♥ Darkhorse
A deep brown, with a slight green  undertone.

♥ Toasted
A rose gold shimmery colour, possibly my favourite 

♥ Hustle
A medium/dark brown with a very slight purple undertone

♥ Creep
Like the midnight sky! black with a blue hue and shimmery.

♥ Gunmetal
Exactly that - deep grey with a blue tone.

Below I've created a very subtle smokey look, you might not be able to see it well but I'm going to do a proper tutorial soon instead.

Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette

There's no shade which I wouldn't use in the Naked Palette, each shade alone I really like, looking incredible alone and once blended and used together the shades become even more wearable and enjoyable. Experimenting with this palette provides endless different looks, I'm still developing my skills with using eyeshadow in that process; and I have everything I need in this one palette.
I am actually surprised how much I love this, normally when a product is surrounded by so much hype, something in me takes a instant dislike to it, guess thats reverse psychology for you! But this is by far by best purchase in a very long time. I have never been in love but I reckon that this is what it feels like.

 Urban Decay Naked Palette - £36 (Also the Naked 2 palette is there)

Do you own the Urban Decay Naked Palette?

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Bourjois Liner Stylo Eye Liner in Brun

FOTD: Bourjois Liner Stylo Eye Liner in Brun Review
When I was around 13 I was so addicted to eyeliner I would often look like I'd either been in a serious fight or spent the entire day crying. But at the time I liked to believe it was my 'emo' phase...hmm. Since I grew out of that, I literally hadn't touched any kohl eyeliners, a brief dabble with Benefits Bad Girl Eyeliner, but I just hated the smudged messy look I always ended up with.

So you may be think how on earth, and maybe why, I am doing a kohl review? Well I won't lie, I basically saw a very pretty girl randomly on the escalator with brown eyeliner and she looked so stunning that I wanted to look like that. Yep not at all realistic and very immature but hey ho.  I picked up Bourjois Liner Stylo Eye Liner after I was amazed at how soft this felt when I draw a quickline on my hands in Boots, due to it apparently containing carnauba (?!) and beeswax. A rich chocolate brown but with a gold shimmer in, but this is very subtle and not noticeable when applied really. 

Bourjois Liner Stylo Eye Liner in Brun

The Bourjois Liner Stylo Eye Liner in Brun on
This really works well to create a smudgy/smokey look, same with a more precise line. Handily it comes with a tiny built in sharpener (it's in the little grey part in the top photo) so when it does go blunt it's easy to sharpen! This stays put all day too, and not once have I had any trouble with it running or leaking, even in England's heat wave.

Once you have applied its staying there. Yet easily removable too so a all round winner really. This has very much relighted my love for kohl eyeliner, and whilst, I hope, I don't go for the same look I did in my early teens, I absolutely love this. I did try a fair few different brands on my hand before purchasing and while its one of the more expensive drugstore brand it's worth it and this was by far the softest and the last line standing on my hand.

Bourjois Liner Stylo Eye Liner £5.49 from Boots

Have you tried Bourjois Liner Stylo Eye Liner?

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L'oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan Moisturiser

L'oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan Moisturiser

L'oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan Moisturiser

L'oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan Moisturiser

As I don't sunbathe at all I do like to look like I've got a bit of colour about me so normally opt for Fake Bake Mousse - which I love. I was on the lookout however for a product I could build up during the week, and something a bit more durable than a 'normal' fake tan. So enter L'oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan Moisturiser. 

Designed as a everyday moisturiser to build up and give you a tan.  As you can see below it's a white cream, so I didn't have high hopes for much colour as I'm used to my tanning lotions and potions to be (dark) brown. The smell is fairly subtle for a tanning product too which is always a result, and it didn't leave any smell on my skin. I just smelt like I had moisturised - I hope. I applied this at night, as recommended, and it didn't say to leave it to dry so I got straight into my pjs. 

In the morning I was shocked what a golden colour my skin was. Much more than I ever expected for a gradual tan, plus no streaks or any flaws that I could notice. This wonderfully rich colour stayed on my skin for days. I'm talking 5-6 days of good colour. People kept commenting how tanned I had got... I didn't have any removal issues either, no flakeyness or patches formed and this just came off with a bit of exfoliating. 

I still love the deep colour of Fake Bake bit if your after a gradual tan I really can't recommend this enough, it's worth the money and I completely love it.

L'oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan Moisturiser - £4.66 on offer at Boots

Have you tried L'oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan Moisturiser?

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No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm

Boots really do need to stop with those vouchers, as I have no self control.  I always find something to try. I love their day cream and this is as far as I go with No7, I don't get on with anything else from the range. I decided to try the Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm.

It says to apply it to a dry face and then massage in for a few minutes. I then remove it with this a flannel and warm water. And this doesn't sound awfully like the famous Liz Earle hot polish cleanser so I was intrigued to see the comparison. It's a rich cream texture that feel more of a moisturiser rather than a balm, and although I do manage to remove a lot of my daily foundation with this my skin doesn't feel clean at all really, leaving me to do a second wash. Tad annoying. This does make my skin feel soft, smooth and doesn't have any kind of drying effect; it's just a shame that it's not the best cleanser I've tried. The smell in my opinion is much better than Liz Earle's strong scent, but even still I'm not overwhelmed with this cleanser at all. 

But then it is £9 for 150ml so a much nicer price than Liz Earle, but I much prefer The Body Shops version. Another disappointing buy from No7.

Have you tried No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm?

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VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo vs Batiste Dry Shampoo

 Batiste Dry Shampoo

VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo

VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo

Off the back of my lasted dry shampoo purchase I decided to pitch my new treat off against a trusted favourite and see which ones comes out on top...

VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo

There are two different types of dry shampoo VO5 have to offer, I decide to go for the one for normal to oily hair. The product comes in a bright pink tin so obviously I love it and it does make a nice dressing table addition.

First off what really impressed me actually is the scent of this dry shampoo, it's sweet without being overly powdery and smells like shampoo, rather than a dry shampoo if you see what I mean? I think it's strawberry scented but I could be totally wrong! Unlike most dry shampoos, this one didn't leave me looking as though I had a talcum powder fight, so didn't have to bother about rubbing it in/brushing it out thoroughly and could really just spray and go, I tend to spray this, do my makeup and most of the time forget to brush it out because I forget it's there.

I love using this is my hair is just looking a bit flat and in need of a boost but still can leave my hair feeling a bit greasy. This normally retails for £3.50 but I got mine for £1.62 currently on offer at Superdrug so it's a good time to go grab one.  

Batiste Dry Shampoo original review

Batiste Dry Shampoo review
Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo

As I mentioned in my previous review Batiste is my saviour for my flat fringe syndrome, I do suffer with my fringe wanting to attach itself to my forehead so this comes in handy not only to freshen up but boost my fringe and hair. What I love about Batiste though is the variety, I won't bore you and list them all but Paisley, my current favourite, has got fruity hints to it but for me its the vanilla scent that really stands out, I would happily use it as perfume.

The only downside is the fact you do need to rub in/brush this one out or you will be getting done rather odd looks. But to me it's totally worth it as my hair always feels cleaner, plus; more volume and general va va boom. Batiste is cheaper too retailing for £2.99 unless you lucky enough to nab this whilst on offer. So take your pick which one you fancy.

Verdict? Batiste without a doubt. VO5 is good but it does have tough competition trying to beat Batiste.

Have you tried VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo vs Batiste Dry Shampoo?

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Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation Review

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation

Okay. Ive found the one. The one who you completely love and can't live without. Yep, good old Max Factor have introduced me to their Max Factor Lasting Performance FoundationThis was purchased on a total whim as I do love their Colour Adapt foundation, but I had never batted a mascara-d eyelash at the Lasting Performance before. I was in desperate need of a full coverage foundation and my past few buys just haven't quite cut it so back to my trusty Max Factor and voila I found my foundation.

This has been around for years and it's not dressed up in shiny packaging claiming to be the new miracle foundation, but simply states to be full coverage foundation with lasting performance, oh and Max Factors number one seller. Not sure what they are basing that on but hey ho. The packaging is very simple and does look slightly cheap in my opinion, and has a nozzle tip for a dispenser. I love these kind of tip because I can control the amount of the foundation and, it is hygienic. The consistency of the foundation is slightly thick; it wont run off your hand but it blends in incredibly easily and is very creamy in texture. It offers a medium to full coverage and covers all the annoying spots I've decided to get now I'm out of my teens.

Surprisingly this doesn't have a cakey feel, as you can hopefully see in the picture below, or look about it and doesn't feel at all heavy on my skin. I absolutely love the finish, matte but with a hint of dewy-ness and I can honestly say I am in love with this foundation. It even lived up to it's name and lasted me around 6 hours before I had to even consider any touch up. Plus, for only £9.99? Bargain for such a fantastic product that you wouldn't think at all was purchased from good old Boots.

I've read a couple of reviews on this and several have compared it to Cliniques Everlasting Foundation so just goes to show you don't need to buy high end products to achieve that look! This is on par with my all time favourite Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation too, and as you can tell I can't sing its praises enough.

Have you tried Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation?

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Sleep in Rollers Emergency Curly Blow Kit

Sleep in Rollers Emergency Curly Blow Kit
Sleep in Rollers Emergency Curly Blow Kit

Sleep in Rollers Emergency Curly Blow Kit

I decided to add to my hair extension collection with the sleep in rollers emergency curly blow kit. I do love the Sleep in Rollers and I've used them for years since a girl I worked with started selling them. This emergency curly blow kit is designed, yes you guessed it, to give the curly blow dry look. Not sure why though they have missed 'dry' out the product title?

When my extensions did arrive I was shocked with their weight and even more surprised that it was a single weft on four clips; I worried that they wouldn't be sturdy enough for the weight of the extensions but I was wrong. The clips are very sturdy, far more so that traditional clip-ins and the thick band doesn't show. It didn't slip around either, even when I got it caught in my handbag - don't laugh. I do have ridiculously thin hair though, and you can't see it at all, well I am trusting my mothers words here.

The weft of hair is pre-curled and thick and approximately 16 inches long (based on my measurements) depending on how tight/loose you keep the curls. I've found the hair blends in well with my own which is at least 4 inches shorter and doesn't make my many layers obvious. You also get some of the famous 'Sleep in Rollers' which hence the name, you pop in before bed, sleep, and wake up with some big hair. These I can not recommend enough, I was very unsure of the rollers but honestly they are great and go well with the hair. 

It really couldn't be easier to use. The fact it's one weft rather than several means you don't have to section and re-section your hair and clip layer upon layer in. A few application tips:

♥ Prepare your hair by adding a few curls or waves just for some texture.
♥ Create a parting in your hair from the top of your ear lobes. Use a hair clip to clip up the top half of your hair.
♥ Back comb your hair at the roots slightly or spray a bit of hair spray to give extra hold to the clips of the hair extension.
♥ Clip in the hair, and let the top half of your hair down.
♥ Run your fingers through your hair to loosen and make it look natural, and voila big hair.

My only gripe with these is the lack of colour choice, mine is quite light compared to my hair, yet the darker shade would be just too dark. I was left with it quite hard to blend in and match up perfectly. I didn't photograph the top of my head as my roots are in major need of some lightening/covering so it doesn't show off the hair in the best light. But overall, this is such a good value for money and it is very much recommended. £24.95 from Sleep in Rollers.

Have you tried the Sleep in Rollers Emergency Curly Blow Kit?

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Headkandy/Dirty Looks Hair Extensions Review

Headkandy/Dirty Looks Hair Extensions paparazzi highlights box
Headkandy/Dirty Looks Hair Extensions paparazzi highlights packet
Headkandy/Dirty Looks Hair Extensions paparazzi highlights ClipsHeadkandy/Dirty Looks Hair Extensions paparazzi highlights hair

I've been wearing extensions since I was 16, and I was blessed with thick hair but after getting ill in my final year of school my hair just fell out and has never made a appearance back. And I've tried so many types and different hair extensions so I feel I can offer a pretty decent review. Clip in are by far my favourite purely as I can take them out for work and pop them back in whenever suits (all the time). After much research last year I purchased a set of Headkandy extensions and I fell in love. So a few weeks ago when I went a lot blonder new extensions where needed, back to Headkandy I went.

Headkandy/Dirty Looks Hair Extensions Review Hair
Dirty Looks Hair Extensions are Grade - A, Remy Human Hair. Meaning they are pretty much the best on the market, you only have to look at other companies whilst buying to see they don't offer this quality. 

I brought the 20-22inch in Paparazzi Highlights after a quick colour match by the Headkandy/Dirty Looks team. They are more at 20 inches, but at 180grams this was more than enough. In the set you'll get 10 pieces each with numbers so when you read the styling guide, you know which piece of hair goes where in your head. Obviously you don't have to stick to it, but you do get a much better result. One piece, number 3, is so thick and seems to have several rows in one section. They are quick to apply to (5-10 mins), much quicker than you would expect and once you're more experienced you will have them in no time.

Once they're in they don't feel heavy or irritable, and they clip in well with no slipping later on in the day. The only time I've had trouble with them staying put is on a night out, but maybe the several (large) glasses of wine and interesting dance moves are too blame. But generally they stay put perfectly. Headkandy have really done well here as they are the softest extensions I've ever felt and they just feel so thick. As they are thick right to the ends you don't get that straggly look plus they are really easy to style and blend.

As you can tell, I honestly can't rave about these extensions enough, and think my repurchase shows that! If you're looking for some clip in extensions that you've found your ones! 20-22 inches cost £98.00 so not cheap, but cheaper than 'proper' ones, but if your into your hair and extensions then they are totally worth it. But now of course since the re-brand they are coming up a £1 more expensive...hmmm annoying.

HK Full Head Hair Extensions - £69.99


Have you tried Headkandy/Dirty Looks Hair Extensions?

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