Monday, 22 September 2014

My Hair Care Routine

Hello lovelies! Today's post is going to be on my hair care routine. I have recently bought these products and I thought I would share them with you as they have changed the way my hair looks and feels, and not to mention, I am soo happy with the outcome. 
These products work amazingly well, and in order to confirm to you guys that they do I thought I would do a comparison between two hair types which these products have worked insanely well on. My mum and I both tried out these products. My hair type is normal, it's not very dry - it is a bit dry towards the ends of my hair, but it's not rough or anything. I have wavy/curly hair. My mum's hair type is very curly and as she has been dying it for over five years her hair has become quite dry and rough towards the ends. After this routine my mum and I found these results to be amazing, especially my mum as she has tried every hair product in the shops to help with renewing her hair and these ones worked the best. 

The products:

The routine:

*This coconut oil step only applies for every two weeks*
Firstly, I like to take my Tangle Teezer and I like to brush my hair thoroughly so that the next step will be easier for me. 
I then take my Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (I bought mine from Tesco) and I scoop out some of the product with a spoon into a small metal pan. I then put the gas on so that the coconut oil can turn into a liquid. The coconut oil comes as a solid, so you need to heat up the product, so that it can turn into a liquid, so that you can put it in your hair. 
After that, you should definitely wait for it to cool down. So once it has cooled down take your spoon and pour the product into your hands. I will then rub the product in evenly to my hands and I will then begin to evenly distribute the product throughout my hair. Remember to avoid putting a product like this to the roots of your hair, as it can clog the pores and possibly prevent hair growth there. 
After I apply the product to my hair, I then take my brush again and I brush through my hair, this step helps to distribute the product even more. 
After that, your hair should then look quite damp. You'll then want to tie or clip your hair up into a bun. Now, this next step sounds really weird, but trust me, without this next step you probably won't have the best outcome. You'll want to put a bag over your hair, so that the bag can keep in all the moisture from the coconut oil.
I leave the product in my hair for about two hours.
After two hours, I take out my hair clip and this step is when you can see and feel the instant change in the texture of your hair. My hair felt extremely soft!
I then wash my hair with the new range of shampoo and conditioner from Garnier called Ultimate Blends. My mum and I absolutely love these products as well! The shampoo is in a sort of oil formula, which I thought was quite peculiar - but then my mum and I both found that this shampoo moisturises and conditions your hair rather than stripping your hair dry like a majority of what other shampoos do! 
*I prefer not to brush my hair again after washing my hair as I have quite curly/wavy hair so my hair tends to poof up if I brush it, so I stay as far away from any brush as I can!*
I then wait for my hair to dry so that it becomes fairly damp. I then apply my Garnier Ultimate Blends Oil. I found/bought this product before I found the shampoo and the conditioner, this product is my favourite hair product ever. This product lead me towards the shampoo and conditioner. And my gosh, it was one of the best buys in my life. I use this oil nearly every day (on the ends of my hair), it really depends... Ohh, I also forgot to mention, but this hair range also smells flawless. 
Anyway, this oil makes your hair soft, shiny and it also makes it smell like coconuts, obviously, haha. If there was one product in this post that I would recommend it is by far this one! But then again...I really like the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil just as equally...Oh dear.
The last step isn't extremely necessary but I find that it works rather well for the days when I plait or curl my hair. This Aussie Curl Definition product also smells gorgeous and it also softens and gives shine to your hair whilst defining and holding in the curls of your hair.

The outcome:

*Please excuse how messy my hair looks, I took this as soon as I woke up, literally*
I did this full routine exactly this time last week, and since then I have just washed my hair with the Garnier products and added the Garnier oil, and the pictures above are from the outcome two days after doing so. The picture above is also taken a couple of minutes after taking my hair out of a plait which I did the night before (yesterday.) 
I am currently feeling my hair as I am writing this and my hair still feels smooth and looks shiny. It still smells great and I can actually run my fingers through my hair fairly well, which is great considering that I've been outside with my hair down since I washed it, and it's pretty much knot-free.

And...That's my routine! I hope I helped you all out with finding some new products. I believe these products will work on practically any hair type, as they worked on mine and my mums and we have quite different hair types!

What are your favourite hair products?!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Beauty Wishlist | September 2014

Hello, how are you today? I thought I would share with you some products that I want to get my greedy paws on! I've wanted a majority of these products for over a month, and I'm still craving them. And I know that I really don't need these items, but I'm a make-up collector sooo, I do kind of need them, but I probably won't ever get round to buying them... (well, maybe item number three!)

1) Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ~ £56 Space NK ~ This item is a definitely collectors item! Apart from the only downside of this item being extremely expensive, I have actually heard amazing things about these powders. (I have nothing else to say about this item...Oh dear.)
2) Anastasia Brow Wiz ~ £15.50 BeautyBay ~ I'm pretty sure a lot of girls know how important brows are these days, which is why a majority of the girl population (except me) have turned to this holy grail item. I've heard amazing things about this item, and not only that but I've seen the transformation it has done to some people's eyebrows! I would really love to give this item a go and see what all the fuss is about.
3) Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume ~ £69.50 Boots ~ Out of all the products shown above, I would choose only this one out of all of them. I went and smelled this perfume a couple of days after it came out, and my gosh, it is such a gorgeously scented perfume! P.S. Boots have currently reduced this item by six pounds and ninety-five pence.
4) MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ~ £23 official MAC site ~ Yet again, Nicole has been hearing people rave about this product. I've heard pretty great reviews about this item. People say that it's fantastic at setting your make-up whilst adding some extra coverage. Now, I honestly don't like wearing foundation or any face-covering-liquid for that matter (except concealer) because I hate having those sort of products on my face...So when my skin became bad during the summer of 2013, I was so embarrassed about it that I turned to foundations. To this day I have been left with red-brown, hyper-pigmentation marks that had been left behind from my pre-spots. So now that my skin is getting better (touch wood) I'm hoping to wear just concealer and maybe a powder with a bit of coverage, and this will most likely be the powder I turn to!
5) Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette ~ £21.88 Amazon ~ This palette has such stunning colours will I am practically dying to try out. And let's all talk about the packaging of this product, it's really cute! I swear I wouldn't buy it just for the packaging...!

What is an item on your wishlist?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Review: theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer

Hello lovelies! Today I'm giving you a review on a very popular product among the beauty community which I actually got round to buying very recently. *Drum roll please* 
theBalm products can be bought on Amazon or on the Superdrug website (I'm unsure if they sell them in stores, but they do sell them on their site) for if you're living in the UK.

Please welcome theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer!

So as you can see from the pictures above, the packaging of this product is very cute and rather fascinating. This product also comes with a mirror - which is always a plus in a product. From the last three pictures above you can see that this highlighter is more of a yellow-champagne tone, which looks very natural looking on pretty much any skin tone! I really do love this highlighter (maybe even a bit more than I love my MAC "Soft & Gentle" highlighter - shhh! The reason I say this is because this item doesn't have as chunky glitters in it, which is what I've found with the MAC highlighter, and I also find this highlighter to be quite a bit more natural than the MAC one.) This product retails for around £16, which is not the cheapest but it's also not the most expensive. However I do find this product to be amazing quality yet with just the right amount of pigmentation and I've also noticed that it's got a nice creamy and smooth consistency. In my opinion I think this item is very reasonably priced in comparison to higher end products that would most likely have the same quality and colour pay-off as this product. I also think this highlighter is very appropriate to wear on an everyday basis as it's not one of those in your face products. 
What is your favourite highlighter?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

What's In My School Bag?

Hello everyone! Today I thought I would show you what was in my school bag, as I find these type of blog posts/videos extremely interesting. As some of you may or may not know, I did get offered a place at my secondary school's sixth form but I wanted to go to college instead and study specialist and theatrical make-up (which is make-up for films and make-up in general.) 

My school bag:

This backpack is actually from Tesco and it's by someone called Anna Smith. This bag was only around £16! I really love the design on this bag and I also love how many secure compartments it has. On the front you can see two pockets, they have a buckle and magnetic button clasp, but when you open the clasp, there is a zip all the way around the pocket which is amazing. I usually don't like backpacks because I'm really scared that someone will just go into your bag and take something, but the way that this bag was designed really makes me feel more reassured that it will be a lot harder for someone to steal something from my bag. 

In the main compartment:

In the pockets:

Items shown:

 Polka Dot Folder ~ £1.60 ~ Tesco
• A4 Pink Notebook ~ £2.50 ~ Tesco (I honestly don't know why I chose this one...)
• Pukka Pads ~ £1.99 each (on offer) ~ Sainsburys
• 2014 - 2015 Adjenda ~ £1 ~ Poundland
• Purse ~ £19.99 ~ Newlook
• Pencil Case ~ £2/£3 ~ Amazon
• Stationary ~ Tesco
• Vouge Glasses ~ Local opticians
• Make-up Bag ~ 3 euros ~ Jumbo, Cyprus
• Soap & Glory Lid Stuff "What's nude" ~ £10 ~ Boots
• Blending Brush ~ £1 ~ Ebay
• Zerocream ~ Prescription
• MUA Matte Eyeshadow "19" ~ £1 ~ MUA/Superdrug
• Baby Lips "Cherry Velvet" ~ Gift 
• Cherry Carmex ~ £2.69 ~ Boots
• Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream ~ £9.99 ~ Boots
• Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer "3" ~ £4.19 ~ Boots
• (Very battered) Rimmel Stay Matte Powder "Transparent" ~ £3.99 ~ Boots
• Maybelline The Falsies Drama "Black Drama" ~ £7.99 ~ Boots
• Big Powder Brush ~ Set from Amazon
I also carry my phone and headphones in my bag but I forgot to capture them in this picture as I was just on my phone. When I actually start college (as of next tuesday) I will also be putting in some make-up remover into my bag.
You may also be wondering, why I carry a full make-up bag in my bag...Well, as I am going to college to study make-up, that usually involves you having to take off your make-up and have someone apply dramatic or different make-up on you, and I would like to take off that make-up afterwards and apply some more wearable make-up haha.
In the pockets of my bag I keep things that I tend to reach for my often. I have my keys, travalo (which is a perfume atomizer), plasters, nail file, mirror, flossing stick and an extra battery for my phone.

What's your favourite item in your school bag?