Thursday, 5 March 2015

Schwarzkopf got2b Mind Blowing

A few weeks ago I was picked to be a VIP Tester for Schwarzkopf where I get to try out new products to review. I was incredibly happy to be chosen as I use their styling and colouring products all the time, and I believe they are one of the best high street hair brands out there. I was sent their xpress dry styling spray*, fast dry hairspray* and quick shape mousse* from Schwarzkopf's brand new Mind Blowing range which are meant to speed up tiresome blow drying time.
The first product is the styling spray which I really like, it doesn't knock loads of time off blow drying but I would say it was definitely quicker. I love how it is also a heat protestant and a detangler as well, this means you are only spraying on one product and not laying them up which can create product build up. It seems to protect well but obviously this is hard to tell, my hair is normally very tangled when wet and this spray really did sort that out so it was easy to brush through. £4.05
I am not sure how the mousse and hairspray are meant to speed up blow drying time but I do like them anyways. The moose is a good formula, very similar to most other mouses I've used. It helps to create curls/waves which hold and last, its not overly sticky and spreads well throughout the hair. It also offers heat protection and a flexible hold which is an added bonus. £4.05
The hair spray formula is again similar to most however it is more of the spray diffuser which is different. It's meant to disperse better out of the can and more evenly which I agree it does. When spraying, a nice thin coat comes out which means that hair isn't overloaded with hairspray and doesn't feel crispy. The hairspray drys quickly, the hold feels light but even and it lasts all day. This isn't a strong hair spray so if your looking to hold your updo in place so it doesn't move this isn't the right product. However it does provide a nice natural hold so is more suited for holding curls or hair-down styles. £4.05
Here is how I use the products:

1. After I towel dry my hair I spray on the styling spray and brush through.
 2. Once my hair is tangle free I run some mousse through my hair
 3. I then french plait my hair and spray with hairspray, ready for bed!
 4. When I wake up I take out the french plait and I am left with gorgeous soft waves!
I really like all the Mind Blowing products compliment each other and work together to make drying your hair quicker and easier. They are available now in Boots and Superdrug.

Lots of love

Chloe x 

P.S. Do you have any tips to reduce blow drying time?

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Hot Hair 3/4 Wig

Hot Hair* is a website that I have recently come across which sells glamorous hair piece's and wigs, helping you get an amazing new look. Whether you want hair like Angelina Jolie or Pixie Lott, Hot Hair has a product for you. They sent me their Brianna 3/4 Wig in Sandy Blonde which I couldn't wait to wear, one problem was that it doesn't match my hair colour. However I shall be reviewing this for you anyways as one day hopefully I shall be able to wear it. Currently £55.20 Usually £69
By all means I am no expert on hair pieces as this is my first however I do own a fair amount of hair extensions. First impressions on this one from Hot Hair is very thick, great quality and looks great. It's made from synthetic hair but doesn't look it at all and feels good as far as fake hair goes. It secures to your own hair well with 2 big slides which you push through your hair and 2 side clips. I was wearing it around the house for a while and it didn't feel loose at all nor did it feel like it was going to fall out. When brushing the hair piece it feels quite strong and barely any hair came out.

Having quite thick hair myself I don't think a hair piece is for me as it just sits onto of my own hair and the layers look a bit strange. But if you have thin hair and are looking for volume rather than length this is the product for you. It really give your natural hair a boost and looks very glam for a night out. This hair piece is perfect if you want to change up your style every now and then but are not looking for a permanent change. Hair pieces give you so much more freedom to change your hair, giving you the long locks you have always wanted or the high ponytail you never thought you could have. At the end of the day you can just take them off and not have to deal with the hassle of long hair. 
Hot Hair have loads of fantastic hair pieces including extensions, ponytails and buns. They have some really good discounts at the moment so check them all out here

Thanks for reading

Chloe x

P.S. Are you a lover of a good hair piece for a night out? 

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Clearing Up My Acne

I am going to cut straight to the point here and say that about 6 months ago my acne completely broke out as I came off of the combined pill (not to have babies). For quite a while I hated my life and was so tempted to give in a go back on the pill. However I finally have it under control and I believe it is all down to my current skincare routine. I have been using Salcura Antiac Daily Face Wash, Origins Out of Trouble MaskPalmers Cocoa Butter Lotion and Skinetica Toner.
I know that these products are all a bit random but it's just what I have been using and they work for me. The first product I will talk about is the Origins Out of Trouble 10 minute mask. This is not a product I would normally buy as it is a bit out of my price range, £23, but I was sucked in by the sales assistant in selfridges and I couldn't say no. I am so glad I bought it, I try to use it twice a week when I remember and it seems to have helped really clear up my face. I am actually applying it as I write this blog post. The texture is thick, smooth and creamy. It is very easy to apply and feels great. It isn't artificially fragranced which is a big bonus, it just sort of smells like clay so isn't too bad. After the mask has dried and you wash it off, it can leave my skin feeling a tiny bit dry, therefore a moisturiser is essential afterwards. This mask has been amazing, it's not strong or overpowering, feels gentle on the skin and is brilliant for acne sufferers. 
The next product I will talk about is the Salcura Antiac Daily Face Wash, this is a brand you probably have never heard of. I bought this as I saw an advert on YouTube stating it was good for acne sufferers and you could buy it for a trial price of 99p. I ordered it straight away as you can't really go wrong for that amount of money. The first time I tried this face wash I did think it was a bit harsh on my skin and quite strong. It left my skin feeling dry and tight, however not flaky dry and it did feel very clean. I decided to persist and try it for a few weeks and I am very glad I did. This face wash really cleared up any break outs I had and stopped any new breakouts from appearing. I have had only a few spots since which is brilliant. The texture is very thin and liquidy, so is easy to apply and fast working. The whole Antiac range sounds amazing so I really want to give some of the other products a go.
As I said above the other two products left my skin feeling particularly dry and I couldn't find my moisturiser one night before bed. Being very tired I just grabbed my small bottle of Palmer Cocoa Butter, which I am sure is meant to be for your body, and put a load on my face anyways. I know that this is probably going against everything every beauty guru as ever done but let me just say that I woke up and my face had never felt so soft. It was completely moisturised, not dry or flaky at all and as soft as a babies bum. Palmers cocoa butter has always been a product that I have loved, mostly because of the amazing chocolate smell, but I had never thought to use it on my face. I don't think it has any harsh ingredients and they do not say that you can't use it on your face so I don't see the problem. The results were great for me so I have been using it as my daily moisturiser ever since and it's completely inexpensive. 
My final product is Skinetica, which I won't go on about for ages as most people know all about it. Basically Skinetica is an anti blemish toner and makeup base, a good all round product. It seems to do the job well and is a nice product to use in your daily skin care routine. I used it first a few years ago as there was a lot of hype about it and then stopped for ages. As I had this recent breakout I decided to give it another go and I would say it did help clear my spots and keep my skin clean. However one thing I would say about Skinetica is that it doesn't last long and gets used up very quickly. I enjoyed using it again but it only lasted just over a month, it actually ran out a few weeks ago now and I haven't repurchased. My skin hasn't really changed much therefore I will only repurchase if my skin gets very bad again. 

Touch wood my face has been clear for a couple of months now, the scars are healing slowly and I have only had a few spots. 

Thanks for reading

Chloe x 

P.S. Please let me know any holy grail acne prevention products you have tried.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Jerome Russell Bblonde Platinum Toner

I love having Blonde hair however there is a lot of upkeep to keep it looking pristine. One thing that most blondes suffer from is brassy yellow tones after dying, therefore you need to use a toner to get rid. I have recently been using the Jerome Russell Bblonde Platinum Toner* and in short my hair has never looked so bright.
Since I have been dying my hair blonde, the yellow tones have gone up and down. Sometimes they are bad, sometimes it hasn't bothered me. Most of the time you won't really notice until you see a nasty photo of you with bright yellow hair. Using a toner every so often doesn't really take too long so is worth the effort. I am the most laziest of people when it comes to my hair and will often let my roots grow beyond belief, however using this toner was very easy and I would definitely carry on.
I applied the toner to damp hair and left it covered up in a shower cap for about 20 minutes. I didn't use any heat on it which it does recommend you do but as I said before I am a bit lazy. After washing the product off I didn't notice too much of a difference so was originally disappointed and thought I should of followed the instructions and left it on longer. However the next day I took a nice long walk in the forest with the dogs, took a selfie obviously, and my hair looked amazing. It has never been such a brighter white/platinum shade and I bloody loved it. I couldn't wait to post up my selfie and show everyone. Basically I think in unnatural lighting hair never really looks any different, but as soon as you step outside its a whole different ball game.
The day after toning
About 3 weeks after toning
The product is a bright purple liquid, there is a lot in the bottle, easy to apply and doesn't smell bad at all. It contains no ammonia or peroxide and is non permanent so I actually think it is that bad for your hair. It is meant to last upto 8 weeks and I would say that it lives upto that as I used mine a couple of months ago and is still a nice cool blonde. It's not as platinum as it turned at first however there are no signs of brassyness which is most important.

All the Jerome Russell blonding products are fantastic, check out the range here

Thanks for reading

Chloe x 

P.S. What are your tips for keeping away brassy yellow tones? 

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Nanshy Marvel Makeup Blending Sponge

If you haven't heard of Nanshy then where have you been? They are a brand which makes cruelty free makeup brushes and tools, which are all 100% vegan and PETA approved. Following the Bloggers Love Twitter Party I was sent their Marvel 4 in 1 Makeup Blending Sponge to try out. I have only tried one other blending sponge before which I didn't really get on with nor was I that impressed. However this one from Nanshy has completely has changed my life. £5.95
Let me just start off by saying this is probably the best product I have used to apply and blend in my foundation. It was incredibly easy, made a tiny bit of foundation go a very long way and left a flawless finish. I used the sponge damp with my Mac Studio Fix fluid and my Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish which are both full coverage foundations. I just run the sponge under the tap, it soaks up a lot of water so doubles in size and then you ring it out so it's not dripping wet. The foundation then doesn't sink into the sponge and spreads effortlessly across your face. I don't wipe it, I use more of a dabbing motion. This spreads the make up well into all areas of the face and I love the finish as it creates a very thin layer of foundation but completely full coverage. As the sponge is damp I feel that it is a lot less harsh on the dryer area's of my face, where a brush can sometimes make dry skin flake off. Honestly after application it barely felt like I was wearing foundation, I really do love this sponge and now do not want to use anything else. 

I cannot comment on how it feels using different foundations or on different skin types however I don't think it would change much. I think this sponge is a brilliant tool and you will find it difficult not to get on with it. It has different shaped area's like a flat edge, round, point to get into different area's of the face however I don't really take much notice of what side I am using as you can just press it into these area's. This sponge is a bargain at only £5.95, so much cheaper than a lot of brushes. I know that sponges do have to be replaced more often but at that price I will definitely be purchasing another one after. 

For more information about the sponge and other products check out the Nanshy website here or on Twitter


Chloe x 

P.S. What is your opinion on makeup sponges? 

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Lush Valentines Event

Last week me and 3 other bloggers attended a small event at Lush* in Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex, to have a look at their new Valentines Day collection. You may remember I attended their Christmas range event a few months back, so I was very excited to go to this event. I also vlogged this event which you can watch below. 
What can I say? All the products look absolutely beautiful, the epitome of love and valentines, and they also smell very nice too. They are all quite floral which is not something I would normally go for. but now I have smelt them all I can't wait to try out the products. I love how beautiful they look, red and pink, glittery and very girly, they can make you feel very special. Whether you are staying in, going out or spending the day with friends, these products will make your bath time before or after very special. 

The Love Locket was my favourite bath bomb as it was huge, smelt amazing and fizzed like crazy. Inside is a secret little heart and loads of heart confetti so is the perfect treat for a romantic bath. Heart Throb is also a favourite of mine, I love how it looks like a little red heart sandwich squishing heaps of gold glitter together, it also contains shea butter to make your skin silky soft!
The cupids love soap shape is such a brilliant idea, I love Lush's creative idea's as they make the products very quirky. The soap smells great and also has white heart running through the middle. Check out my vlog below for a funny photo of me holding the arrows!
Let me tell you the lip products are to die for, they smell like fresh fruity strawberries and good enough to eat! 

We also had a look at their new massage bars which are perfect for a valentines night with that certain someone, I will definitely be forcing my boyfriend to give me a long back massage (although knowing him it will never happen and I will be the one giving the massage *sad face*). They all smell absolutely incredible, my favs are Soft Coeur (which smells like white chocolate and honey) and Strawberry Feels Forever. And the staff at Lush also gave us a quick cheeky massage which was lovely!

Lastly they showed us their new shampoo bars which are brilliant. I bought New a few months back and think it's amazing, I will do a blog post soon. I have to say they smell amazing and last for ages, upto 100 washes! I picked up lullaby as it's meant to help you sleep, which I think is great for meas I mostly shower in the nighttime. I also love the smell of the coffee one, Copperhead, which I am tempted to by next when I change my hair colour as it contains henna and is better for dark hair. 
If you haven't already get yourself down to Lush and check out their valentines day range to give yourself a nice little pamper before or after you go out. Or if your looking for a present for a loved one, I don't think any girl would be unhappy if you bought her something from this range!!!

Watch my vlog here:

Lots of love and kisses

Chloe x

P.S. Have a great Valentines Day, let me know what your plans are!

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