19 Apr 2014

April Purchases

It has been a while since I treated myself, since moving I’ve had to adjust to having a lot less space and as a result I’ve been trying to use up products before repurchasing new ones and one the whole I’ve been doing well. Im getting creative with my storage solutions & how I organise my makeup. I thought I would share with you what I’ve bought over the past few weeks.

MUJI Acrylic Storage MUJI Acrylic Storage

After much procrastination & whilst I had a hire car I visited MUJI at The Trafford Centre to buy some of their infamous Acrylic Storage. Its not a full MUJI shop but a concession in Selfridges. They do have a good selection of the storage however so I was pleased as punch. I didn’t want to go OTT buying lots, as I do like to store my makeup in a few different ways. It took me ages to finally pick the Narrow 2 Drawer & Wide 5 DrawerI’m taking my time to organise them and the products you can see stored in them isn’t how they will stay.

I love them and like how tidy and pretty they look on my dresser, I will be showing you how I organise them when I make a final decision on what to put in which drawer. Its a time consuming task, but I am looking forward to it.

April Treats April Purchases

Next up I went to John Lewis armed with some Vouchers I won in Sandra from The Black Peal’s giveaway back in December & I bought the gorgeous Clarins Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF25 and their Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Champagne. I adore them both. I’d tried a sample of the BB Cream and had my heart set on buying it. These make a very good duo, I have a feeling they will be my Spring/Summer go to bases. They make my skin look healthy and so smooth. Its love.

Eyeshadow Quad

I seem to have an addiction to neutral eyeshadow quads/quints. I have bought a few this year but these two are the newest additions to my collection and they are NYC Cupcakes & Coffee Quad and Maybelline Big Eyes in Luminous Brown. I’m yet to use these but when I do I will let you know what I think.

I also bought 3 nail polishes from Poundland, utter bargains. Rimmel Lasting Finish in Strawberry Fizz – its a pretty girly pink. Maybelline Forever Strong in Dark Denim – this is a deep blue and lastly Revlon Scented Perfume in Raspberry Scone – this is a purple toned pink, it’s meant to be scented but I can’t make out a scent. All 3 colours are very pretty.

Nail Polish

Babylips

Lastly I went a little crazy for Babylips in B&M, £1.20 each I couldn’t leave them. I think they’re from China / Japan. I haven’t opened them yet so I’m not to sure what flavours I bought. I will try and find out.

So they’re all my April purchases. Have you treated yourself to any new makeup/skincare in April? Let me know & also let me know if you have spotted any bargains, I love hearing about them.

10 Apr 2014

Avene Skincare

Avene

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

I like using a serum and enjoy this step in my skincare routine, I use one morning and night after cleansing but before moisturising, I think being in my mid thirties it is a step my skin really benefits from. I’ve used quite a few over the years and have a few favourites I call upon when needed. This Avene one came at the right time for me as I was told about 6 weeks ago that my skin was quite dehydrated, so I have been using products this past month or so to try and hydrate my skin. It has worked a treat. I was excited to try this Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum* as I have heard lots of positive reviews of this brand and also of French Skincare in general.

Avene use their Thermal Spring Water in each product which is clinically proven to be naturally soothing and have a calming effect on the skin so with this added benefit this serum is perfect for sensitive skin as it is gentle, calming and protects the skin. I used it in the morning before applying the rest of my skincare, The serum is very lightweight and it felt cooling on my skin. I would apply it before my moisturiser and let is absorb in to the skin for a good few minutes, then apply the rest of my lotions & potions.

‘The thermal water is carried by lipsomes in a patented system to ensure an optimum long lasting diffusion of moisture  in the upper layer of the skin. The glycerine improves the skin hydration, suppleness and comfort. Thanks to the delicate formula of the Soothing Hydrating Serum the skin is silky smooth and rebalanced.’

I found after a few weeks my skin looked brighter, smoother and generally healthier. I do suffer from quite noticeable redness, from some broken capillaries so this wouldn’t stop that but I will say that it helped calm redness around a few angry blemishes I had and helped my skin heal a little quicker after the blemish had gone.

Avene Serum

I like to layer up my skincare but I don’t like to feel that I have applied anything to heavy or greasy, and this Avene Serum slotted into my routine well, as I said its lightweight, almost gel like in texture and non greasy so once absorbed it left my skin feeling instantly smooth and ready for my moisturiser. I have dehydrated skin but suffer from a terribly oily t zone and this serum worked well for me. I had no problems with excess oil and it really helped give my skin a boost of hydration and helped make it look plump and less dull.

This serum comes in a nice glass bottle with a good sturdy pump dispenser, this is so handy and hygienic. It dispenses just the right amount of product in two pumps for my face and neck. Only using 2 small pumps a day this bottle will last a fair amount of time. Which is always great, I hate it when skincare lasts all of a month. It never feels like good value for money.

If you’re looking for a serum to hydrate, calm and protect your skin then this Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum would be a good fit for you. Have you tried any French Skincare? Let me know what your must haves are.

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum 30ml £17.00 available from www.escentual.com 

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

8 Apr 2014

Unknown Territory

Urban Decay

I love to wear eyeliner, especially black eyeliner I feel a little odd without it on. My go to weapon of choice is liquid liner, I like the ease of a pen like nib and have mastered my flicks using this method but that was before I discovered this Urban Decay Supersaturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner*.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeliner

Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

What I like about this Cream Liner is that you can really smudge it out to create a sultry smokey eye look. I thought I’d struggle to get used to applying this, as I’m used to the pen nib and this is applied with an angled brush, but after a few shaky and heavy handed mishaps I got used to the ease at which this applies. It only takes a light hand as the formula is creamy and glides on with no dragging. Perversion is a deep intense black shade, the deep rich colour lasts all day and my gosh does it stay put once it has dried. This is heavy duty. It does take me a little longer to apply than my liquid liner but I think this has more staying power and it can be built up to a more dramatic look so if I have time I do like to use this.

I used the Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush, the brush is light and easy yo use, it is nicely angled to give ease of application and doesn’t pick up too much product at once which is good for achieving a more subtle look but you can use the brush to build up the product to make the line thicker and more dramatic. The brush is soft to the touch but the bristles are stiff enough to make sure the liner goes exactly where you want it. It’s easy to control how thick/thin the line is and they make a great team. The brush is made of synthetic bristles.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeliner

Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

This swatch is just one stroke of the brush, no rubbing or going over & over. It is very intense.

This eyeliner comes in a nice glass pot with a screw lid, its slim and travel friendly but you get a good amount of product in there & boy does a little bit go a long way! This is going to last me a very long time.

Urban Decay say ‘this features triple black pigments for the purest, deepest, most intense black colour’ and I have to say this is the most intense black eyeliner I have used to date. Its as black as night. (Now I am singing Rolling Stones). This eyeliner also contains nourishing Jojoba Oil which is moisturising and makes the liner creamy and easy to apply.

Do you use any of the Urban Decay Eyeliners? If so let me know which ones you would recommend.

Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner £16 and can be found in Debenhams, House of Fraser. Online at beautybay.com, lookfantastic.com and hqhair.com

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

6 Apr 2014

Big Sister

This is a different post for me today, but I thought I would share this with you all.

I’m one very proud big sister, my brother Gary is one of the kindest, most selfless and humble people I know. Our dad had a massive stroke 2 years ago which changed him in so many ways, not only physically but mentally and its a daily struggle to keep life on track. I now live 300 miles away from them so I’m not able to help as much as I’d like to although I do travel up every four weeks to support my brother and see my dad. My dad now lives alone in sheltered accommodation (he used to work full time in a Private Hospital). As a result of this Stroke he will never work again and at 56 that is hard to deal with. Just functioning day to day is a struggle.

Dad and Me

Gary along with my Aunt are my dads main care givers & they are incredible in the way they look after him and improve his quality of life. I burst with pride when I think about what they have done to insure my dad’s day to day life is as stress free and safe as possible. It has been a long road and incredibly difficult, sad and at times frustrating. You would never know Gary has this stress in his life or that he has dealt with some very difficult situations, he never lets my dad feel like a burden or that he takes up most of his time. My dad’s Stroke was so severe he needs assistance to do the most basic of tasks, he struggles mentally to plan, listen to instructions and complete the most basic of tasks. It is an ongoing recovery and he has made improvements and we all hold out hope that we will get to be a little more of the man we used to know. My dad Eric Bruce used to be so active, healthy and served 28 years in the Royal Medical Corps so it is hard for me to see him in this position.

Gary

Marathon Medals

Gary

My brother Gary is running the London Marathon for the 5th time and he raises money for The Stroke Association which as you can imagine is a charity that is very close to our hearts. He trains so hard and is going for a personel best time of 3 hours this year. I wanted to write a post just to highlight how proud I am that not only does he look after our dad but that he also finds time to raise money for other families that are affected by Stroke. He makes me so very very proud.

I will be cheering him along from Scotland with my dad & keeping my fingers crossed that he achieves the time he needs. If you’re able to spare even £1 I would be thrilled if you could sponsor him & send him some positive vibes on Sunday when he is running x

5 Apr 2014

My Spring Fragrances

I don’t often change up my perfume depending on season, as I tend to wear the same scents all the time. I have a small perfume collection which makes it easy to pick which one to wear each day, but I have three perfumes in my collection which I think will be perfect for the warmer months and they are:-

Spring scents

Roger & Gallet Eau Sublime Or Bois D’Orange* 100ml for £32.00

A floral heart of ylang-ylang, orange blossom and coconut flower make for a sensual signature, while a dry down of sweet and sunny Moroccan cedarwood, vanilla and musk create a feeling of pure pleasure.

This is gorgeous, I’ve been wearing this as my evening perfume because it not only has a beautiful fresh citrus scent but it also has a touch of glamour with delicate flecks of gold shimmer running through it. I like citrus, feminine scents and I love that it has something extra with the touch of glitz, the shimmer is subtle so don’t be put off by that. I think it looks pretty on the skin. The bottle also looks pretty on your dressing table.

If you’re not familiar with Roger & Gallet they’re a French Perfumery House founded in 1862 by merchant Charles Armand Roger and banker Charles Martial Gallet, their products have such a rich history & they are famous for their perfumes and body products. They have a wide selection of products and you can find them in larger M&S Stores and also at www.marksandspencer.com.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin 100ml £78.00

Our signature fragrance. Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. A modern classic.

This is a long standing favourite of mine, my husband even recognised the scent of this and has successfully purchased it for me on a few occasions. When I wear this so many people ask me what it is, even though I can no longer smell it on myself. I think this is my most worn fragrance and I feel like me when I wear this. It smells sweet but not overpowering it is so fresh and is the perfect scent for the warmer months. This 100ml bottle lasts me a year and I spray it liberally (no holding back). This is my little piece of luxury and I treasure each bottle.

If you haven’t been into Jo Malone, you must visit a store and test their range I guarantee you will fall in love with at least one for their many offerings. I go to their Liverpool or Edinburgh stores and both are very friendly and the staff take time to explain how to find the right scent for you, their stores are very pretty and instantly make you feel calm. It’s a lovely experience.

Spring Fragrance

Jane Packer Fig & Sandalwood Amber Eau de Parfum 50ml for £39.00

The green fig note brings freshness to the transparent white flower heart. The driftwood and sandalwood combination adds complexity and a sensual accent. The sandalwood and amber capture the attention in the moments after application.

Jane Packer is a world renowned florist and she released a fragrance line in 2010. The fragrance I have is the Fig & Sandalwood Amber, it is absolutely beautiful. If something has fig in it, I need to have it. I love Fig scented products they smell like my childhood (grew up in Cyprus). This is quite a heavy scent at first but it dries down to smell fresh, light and very soothing. It has been the perfume I’ve been reaching for day to day, it is very long wearing and I can still smell it on myself hours after first sprayed.

The bottle is sleek and feminine, the lid is shaped like a flower, it looks grown up and luxurious. Very simple but pretty. It is a lovely perfume to have in my collection and I enjoy wearing it very much.

What are you go to perfumes and do you change them up depending on the season?

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

3 Apr 2014

Luscious Locks

I don’t have a strict haircare routine, but these are a few of the products I’m currently using to style my hair. Some hits & a few misses.

Current Haircare

TRESemme Argan Oil Salon Sleek Straightening Spray 250ml for £4.99

This spray is meant to tame those stubborn fly away hairs and also to keep your hair straight and looking glossy. I have just got to the end of this and I have to say I really didn’t rate it. I still had so many fly away hairs & frizz. So I wouldn’t recommend it. It didn’t live up to the claims.

TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray

I bought this mini bottle in America as it was quite humid and my hair was BIG. A few sprays of this and it kept the majority of the frizz at bay. I kept it in my handbag incase I needed to tame my mane throughout the day. It gave my hair a good amount of hold too without it feeling crispy or giving me flakey bits. So it gave the perfect combination of hairspray & fighting the humidity. I need to get a full size bottle.

Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Leave in Treatment 30ml

This is a wonderful budget friendly hair oil. I apply it to wet hair but I’ve also used it on dry hair to add a little more shine and keep my hair looking healthy and nourished. It just adds enough glossiness without looking greasy or weighed down. I like that it has a pump, so you can dispense just enough product without wasting any. I’ve repurchased this 3 times now, so it is safe to say I am a fan. In fact I like this whole range from Avon and think it is well worth trying.

MoroccanOil Treatment*  25ml for £13.45

I do really like this and think it makes my hair look glossy and feel healthy and generally keeps it in great condition. I like to use this on day 2 hair as it makes it look clean and healthy and gives it a little bounce. This oil smells lovely too, always a bonus. It is pricey and after discovering the Avon one not too sure if I would buy this one, as the results on my hair feel the same.

TommyGuns Weather Protect Dew Drops Serum 50ml for £6.50

This is so good at keeping hair looking glossy and fighting frizz. I use this when I wear my hair up, to tame those fly away hairs at the sides that won’t behave. It is also really good on the ends of my hair, to stop them looking dry, I like to apply it throughout the day to keep them looking healthy.

Charles Worthington Balancing Act Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo isn’t something I use very often as I find it makes my hair feel more unclean, if that makes sense. In the event of a day 3 hair emergency I have been using this Charles Worthington Dry Shampoo. It does give a slight white cast to my hair, but if I leave if for a couple of minutes to absorb the oil and I rub away what white powder is still left and that seems to work. This adds volume to my hair which I like as I have quite thick hair which often gets weighed down. I bought this from the Poundshop and it is lasting me a long time. I have found with other dry shampoo’s they are empty after a few uses and that bugs me.

Neal & Wolf Smoothing Blow Dry Balm* 200ml for £12.50

This is a lightweight cream which I use each time I blow dry my hair, I use it before I add my hair oil and i find it doesn’t feel greasy or like I have used too many products. This balm makes sure my hair is nourished and doesn’t dry out. I find a ten pence piece size amount is enough, I apply it from root to tip whilst my hair is damp. My hair is thick and can feel course after using heat but this keeps it glossy, smooth and hydrated. Oh and have I said it smells so good ….. SO good! All Neal & Wolf haircare has the most wonderfully sweet uplifting scent. I can smell it on my hair throughout the day.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

1 Apr 2014

Not Another Tag

Skincare

The very lovely Becki from Life Looks Perfect tagged me to do this ‘Not Another Tag’ post & I have enjoyed doing a more light hearted tag! This tag was put together by Hayley.

The Rules 
 
You must include both Hayley & the person who tagged you (that’s me!) in your post (and the rules too). Once you’ve answered all your questions you need to tag 5 people. Also if you tweet me the link to your post (@LTBeautyBlog) and Hayley (@teapartybeauty), we will RT. 

You’ve made it BIG & bagged some VIP Fashion Week tickets. You lucky devil you. But in your rush to get there & get yourself noticed you forgot your VIP Passes. The guy on the door says he will cut you a deal, you can go in only if you sacrifice either your Front Row seat, backstage privileges or goody bag. What’s it gonna be? 

I’m not the biggest fashionista so I would prefer to be backstage to see all the goings on and especially the makeup being applied, the hair being styled and hear how the fashion designers came up with their looks. That would excite me more than seeing the show. I’ve never been to a fashion show but I can imagine Fashion Week is quite exciting but I would be more interested in the makeup & hair. So I would give up the Front Row Seat.

You’re making a new Subscription box, what 4 items & which dreaded perfume sample would you include in it? 

I feel like British Beauty Blogger making her infamous BBB boxes! I hate perfume samples, but would include Giorgio Armani Si as this was my perfume discovery of 2013. It is so pretty and the perfect Summer scent. The 4 products I would include would be

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer 

No7 Beauty Balm BB Cream

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum

Pixi Lash Line Ink

That was a tough question & I could have filled a box of 100 products. I couldn’t narrow it down to 4 products it had to be 5.

What’s your biggest blogging bug bear? The one thing guaranteed to make your blood boil & have you screaming/eye rolling at your laptop?

I think when people comment on what should or shouldn’t be blogged about, everyones blog is a personal space and if it’s something you don’t want to read just click off or don’t click through to begin with. Don’t pass judgement. Each to their own.

No more joining in Twitter chats only slightly relevant to your blog. You can only join in one blogger chat a week for the rest of your blogging days, which one’s it gonna be & why? 

I like the #bblogger chats although I always seem to miss them but if I do catch that one I do like to get involved and connect with other Beauty Bloggers. It can be quite a positive and inspirational chat.

‘Fess up, do you actually own any MAC? If so what don’t you like about the product? 

I own a few Mac products, mostly eyeshadows, MSF and Paint Pots. I only treat myself to Mac if I can get it Duty Free at the airport. So thats not too often. I love my MSF Natural and wear it at least 3 times a week. It makes me look healthy and my base a little less shiny and more glowing. Its a product I repurchase over and over. I think if I was to say what I didn’t like it would be the Price but part of me thinks it is worth it as the MSF lasts so long.

The blogging Gods ban arm swatching, which body part will you swatch on now?

I guess it would be the back of my hand, but my hands get so dry products look like I have swatched them on Crocodile skin. I need to take better care of my hands.

You can no longer have Yankee Candles & Perfume Bottles in the background of your shots, what other inanimate object will you choose?

This made me laugh! I would put photo’s and pretty fresh flowers in the background. No one wants to see a messy background.

Your blogs Instagram is it for cats or meal shots?

Meals, I could eat all day long and really like to see what people eat. I know it annoys some people too but I like food instagrams.

I tag these lovely ladies Jennie May, Sandra, Katie, Catherine and Amy.

30 Mar 2014

Hydrate * Firm * Brighten * Refresh

DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips

DHC are a Japanese brand renowned for their great skincare, I really like their Cleansing Oil and have blogged about that numerous times. These Revitalizing Moisture Strips* are quite a popular way of reducing puffiness and hydrating your under eyes. I have used some from YSL which I loved. These DHC ones come in a box with 6 individually packaged sachets, which makes them perfect to put in your flight bag, or use the morning after the night before or if you just want to relax and enjoy a pamper session. Really for any situation you feel you will need to look your best or when you feel you need a little TLC.

Eye Strips

These adhere to your skin really well, they don’t slip about they stay in place so you don’t have to stay still whilst you have them on and they feel lovely and instantly cooling on your skin. They give your skin a concentrated flow of nutrients including Mulberry (calming), Alpha Arbutin (helps brighten), Olive Leaf (Antioxidant) and Soy (condition and protect). I found the strips easy to apply and they tell you to leave them on for 20 – 30 minutes or if you want a more intense burst of moisture & nutrients then to leave them on over night (I’ve not tried this yet), but can imagine this would be a great thing to do in the run up to a big event.

I’ve used 3 sets of these so far and really like them, they’re instantly cooling but feel tight at first but I think thats just the stickiness, this does wear off and I found them quite comfortable. I like to leave them on for as long as I can so about 45 minutes and they really do refresh, brighten & hydrate but I couldn’t say that they firm so much. As I use them a little more I might be able to notice a more firming effect, especially when I use them overnight

DHC

I suffer from terrible dark circles, probably from all the time I spend looking at the computer screen. I do notice after using these my under eye area looks brighter, feels smooth and the skin is less puffy. Very effective little masks!

When you remove them, they come away from the skin easily so no need to tug and the don’t pull the skin. They leave behind no sticky or greasy residue so if you’re using them whilst travelling you don’t have to wash that area which is handy.

DHC

In action

I really enjoyed using these & my mum even pinched a pack and said she thought they were great (she is 56). I will always have a box of these in my stash now as they’re a perfect quick fix for puffy / dark under eyes and for looking your best at an important event.

Have you used any eye strips? Did you find they helped brighten and refresh? These DHC ones are a great under eye pick me up. They’re available from DHC online store, a box of 6 sachets  for £6.95.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

28 Mar 2014

March Empties 2014 Pt2

Empties

Soap & Glory Foam Call Body Wash 500ml for £6.50 – these big bottles last for ages! I really liked using this and will be getting another one. I used it in the bath as I found it great for shaving my legs, very moisturising and is lathers up well too. We all know how sweet and lovely S&G products smell so I won’t go on about that but this was really nice to use & lasted me months.

balance Me Super Toning Body Wash 100ml for £9.00 – I really like this for in the shower as its more luxurious and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I have been through a couple of these and would repurchase it over and over again. Its a perfect uplifting morning shower gel

Merumaya Luxury Face Wash* 100ml for £14.50 – Another wonderful product from Merumaya, this introduced me to the double cleanse and I haven’t looked back. I used this before their Melting Cleansing Balm and it keeps my skin blemish free, clean and looking bright. I have fallen for this brand in a big way as most of you already know.

Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml for £16.00 - I was sad when this ran out as I noticed they have since changed the packaging and I really like the pump on this as you don’t waste any product. The product itself I found to be a very good brightening toner, it worked well for me to clear old blemish scars and keep my skin looking its best. For the price I can’t fault it. I went down to using it a few times a week in the evening and that worked best for me

TRESemme Argan Oil Straightening Spray 250ml for £4.99 – I don’t often use heat on my hair but over the past few months I’ve used this spray when I needed to straighten my hair. I used it on damp hair after applying my hair oil. I’m not 100% sure this was all that effective as I still had quite a few flyaway hairs and this is also meant to control frizz also after a couple of months it didn’t spray very well. Not overly impressed. I wouldn’t buy this again

March Empties

Nivea Express Hydration Primer 50ml for  £3.33 – I was quite surprised at how good this was as both a primer and a moisturiser. I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis so this tub lasted me almost a year, as I only used it when I wore makeup. It’s very hydrating but not greasy, I’ve enjoyed using it and would repurchase it. It is very budget friendly.

Dove Shape Up Firming Body Cream 250ml for £3.99- It took me ages to use this up as I really didn’t like it. It was very sticky and I could feel it on my skin hours after applying it. I don’t think it helped firm my skin in any way. Not a nice body lotion at all.

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream 40ml for £13.50 – By accident I got the Normal / Dry skin formula & I have quite an oily t zone but I have to say this still worked well on me. I love the coverage and the finish of this. It isn’t too sheer and it gives a very nice glow to the skin. Its one of my favourite bases, especially on those day’s when I only want a touch of coverage. This makes me look alive & evens out my complexion. I really like it. Whenever I have a No7 voucher I stock up on these.

Moroccan Oil Extra Volume Shampoo (travel size)* 70ml for £6.85-  I used up the conditioner from this set too but seem to have thrown it away. I preferred the shampoo on its own as when I used the conditioner too my hair felt weighed down. The shampoo did give me volume from the roots and my curls looked bouncy and healthy. This was a lovely shampoo but not sure I would repurchase. I think almost £7 is expensive for such a small bottle.

Clarins Lotus Facial Oil Treatment 30ml for £32.00 – I have to say I shed a tear when I used the last drop of this, it has been one of my favourite skin care discoveries for a long time. It really helped with my combination skin, my t zone was less oily and my stubborn blemishes cleared up much faster when I used this at night. It is such a hydrating and balancing oil. When I get the money I will be repurchasing it & hope I can do so before my skin misses it. So if you suffer from oily skin I highly recommend adding this to your skincare regime

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

27 Mar 2014

Apivita Shampoo Review

Apivita Shampoo

Apivita are a Greek brand known for their skincare but I never knew their range incorporated haircare. I have been testing out a Almond and Honey Shampoo from their Propoline range since Christmas.

Propoline Shampoo For Dry – Dehydrated Hair 250ml £13.00* – This shampoo is 90% natural and this formula is aimed at nourishing and hydrating  dry – dehydrated hair. It contains honey, aloe vera, almond & olive oil and wheat protein it also contains Rosemary infusion to offer antioxidant, toning, antiseptic and anti-irritant action. These ingredients also give hydration, prevent split ends and shield against environmental damage. Since using this I have noticed my hair has a lovely glossy sheen to it and it feels soft to the touch. It is easy to wash out but does contain SLS so foams up to a lather, It has a sweet smell  (which is very nice) and the formula is quite thin in consistency.

Apivita Shampoo

The only gripe I have is the packaging it looks pretty but when you get down to the last few uses it is so hard to get out when you’re in the shower, hands are wet and you have to turn it upside down and hit it like a ketchup bottle. Its a bit of a pain. If they added a pump the packaging would be perfect. The shampoo itself is good quality and I think it actually works, I haven’t noticed if it helps with split ends but it certainly hydrates and quite often I don’t use a conditioner when I use this as I feel like it gives my hair enough moisture that I can miss that step out (and that makes me quicker in the shower = more time in bed). This 250ml has only just ran out & it lasted me over 3 months using it at least twice a week. So that is pretty good in my book

Free of: silicones, mineral oil, propylene glycol, ethanolamines, colorants, phthalates, polycyclic musks and nitromusks

Let me know if you have tried any Apivita shampoos, I have liked using this one & would recommend it to anyone that has dry, dehydrated or even dull hair.

Apivita is available from selected Marks and Spencer stores and online from www.marksandspencer.com

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

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