Hair Favourites

There are a variety of hair care products and tools that I use on a regular basis to keep my hair healthy and styled. I often mix up the hairsprays and styling products I use, however there are a few things that I go back to time and time again.

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I always alternate the shampoos and conditioners I use as it is said to prevent hair from becoming dull and lifeless. I incorporate a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner into my routine at least once a week, as it keeps the hair fresh and removes the build up from the scalp and hair. The one I often use is from the Herbal Essence Naked range, as it’s really affordable and smells amazing. Sulphate free hair products are often highly priced, so it’s great to see a high street alternative.

I try not to wash my hair every day, as it strips the hair of its natural oils and can actually make your hair oilier in the long run. So dry shampoo is an absolute must have for me. I always use Batiste dry shampoo as it is really affordable and works really well at keeping hair fresh and bouncy. A tip for those of you with dark hair, you may notice that dry shampoo leaves a white cast on the hair. I recommend spraying dry shampoo on your roots before going to bed as it gives the hair a chance to absorb the product and also minimises any white marks!

Something I never thought I needed, but now I wouldn’t go with without, is my Tangle Teezer. These brushes claim to glide through tangles, prevent hair breakage and damage whilst encouraging the growth of shiny, healthy hair. This works on all sorts of hair, including wet hair, hair extensions and children’s hair. The standard brushes come in a huge variety of colours such as neon orange, leopard print and plain black. They also have travel brushes that are fab for carrying around in your hand bag. The standard brushes aren’t recommended for use while heat styling, however I have noticed Tangle Teezer have just released a range of styling brushes, yippee! You can pick up a Tangle Teezer at your local boots store for £10.99. It may seem a little steep for a hairbrush, but it’s well worth the investment!

When I’m not straightening my hair with my faithful GHD’s, I usually opt for some kind of curl. The Remington Pearl CI95 Curling Wand is by far the best curling device I have ever used. I have a large collection of tongs and wands all of which have a slightly different variation in the curl they produce, but this one is super long lasting. It is a conical wand, which means it tapers in towards the end of the wand, and it also doesn’t have a clip so you simply wrap your hair around the wand to create a curl. You do have to be careful not to burn yourself, which is why the wand includes a heat proof glove to protect your hands while curling. Depending on how you use this, it can create a variety of looks including beachy waves and vintage curls. The RRP for this wand is £25.99, but if you do a bit of shopping around you can get this for around £15 as it is often on offer, which I think is a seriously good deal. This wand is available in Boots, Argos, Debenhams and also Amazon.

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FOTD: 10 Minute Makeup

Face of the Day

A quick make-up look for busy mornings, featuring a bright lip and simple eyes

FACE

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Milani Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze

EYES

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

Sugarpill eye shadow in Kitten Parade

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara

Mac Charcoal Brown for brows

LIPS

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Urban Decay Naked Palettes

I have a whole range of high street and high end makeup products in my collection, and while most of the time I try to find more affordable alternatives, some higher end products are just worth the investment.

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Some of my favourite eye shadow palettes are from the brand Urban Decay. You may have heard of their famous ‘Naked’ palettes, and if you are looking for a worthwhile and versatile palette they are worth considering. Urban Decay has now released three Naked eye shadow palettes, each centred around a tonal theme while still staying neutral. Each of the palettes contains a combination of 12 matte and shimmer eye shadows that are suitable for everyday use, as well as for more special occasions. They also come with an eye shadow brush and either eye shadow primer (Naked 1 and 3) or lip gloss (Naked 2).

The original naked palette contains warm toned shadows including highlight colours, a variety of shimmery lid shades, matte crease colours and a deep black. One of my favourite shades from this palette is Toasted, a warm pink toned brown. The Naked 2 palette contains cool tone shadows, again with a wide choice of shadows to suit any occasion but more on the taupe end of the spectrum. A fond favourite from this palette is the shadow Pistol, which is a light gunmetal silver shade. The third palette is more focused around rose toned shadows including pink, rose gold and maroon shades. Nooner is a great mauve, matte crease colour in this palette.

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Each palette is of excellent quality and is highly pigmented. You can create a number of looks from just the one palette, which means you don’t need any additional eye shadows. I personally love all three of these palettes, so when making the choice of which one to buy it is all down to personal preference as they are all as good as each other. While I don’t usually opt for a smoky eye on a day-to-day basis, the imminent arrival of Naked Smoky means I may have to purchase in order to complete my Naked collection!

As always, I would recommend using an eye shadow primer with these shadows. The high street offer a great range of affordable options including Essence I love stage primer, Maybelline colour tattoos and E.L.F eye shadow primer. The Naked palettes retail for £38, but Debenhams often do 10% off beauty sales, which is often when I do my high end makeup shopping as you can get a bit of a discount.

A cheaper alternative to the Urban Decay Naked palettes come from the super affordable brand MUA. They have dupes for each of the first two palettes – Undressed (Naked 1) and Undress me too (Naked 2). MUA have really good quality eye shadows at affordable prices. So if you aren’t ready to take the plunge and invest big bucks then check out the MUA palettes for only £4 a piece!

FOTD: Summer Shades

Face of the Day

Summer inspired makeup featuring coral and lavender tones

FOTD

FACE

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

City Color Blush Quad – Collection 4

Mac Lightscapade highlighter

EYES

Benefit Stay don’t stray

Mac Pro longwear eyeshadow in Uninterrupted

Mac Extra dimension eyeshadow in Smoky Mauve

Bourjois Pinceau Liquid Liner

Max Factor Clump defy mascara

Anastasia Dipbrow in Medium brown

LIPS

NYX Matte lip cream in Ibiza

Urban Decay Summer Collection 2015

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Urban decay has come out with a whole range of new products for summer 2015. The brand previously had a limited number blushes available. However their new collection brings us a range of 12 brand new matte and shimmer Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes (£19.00).

The luxury packaging is gunmetal with a cut out on the lid so you get a peek of the shade inside. They have a finely-milled formula which means they apply smoothly and blend out well. They have great pigmentation and a shade range with something to suit everyone. I have the shades Video (a neutral nude brown) and Fetish (a pink-nude). I definitely want to give Crush and Rapture a try though.

Urban Decay has also released their Revolution High-Colour Lipglosses (£15.00). This collection contains 14 highly pigmented lipgloss shades. They apply super buttery and smooth, last a long time on the lips, while not being sticky or tacky. They are available in crème and sparkle formulas. I currently own the shade Liar, which is an everyday medium nude in a crème formula, but I do have my eye on Punch Drunk and Scandal.

In addition to the blushes and lipglosses, Urban Decay has added to their already extensive eye shadow collection. They have released eight new eye shadow shades (£14.00) which contain six duo chrome shades and two mattes. They are incredibly pigmented (as expected with Urban Decay!) and apply smoothly to the lid. I love that they have released more duo chrome shades, as I really felt there was a gap in the market for duo chrome. I have the shade Sideline which is a rich yellow gold with an olive green shift, but I definitely want to try more of the duo chrome shades!

Have you tried any of Urban Decay’s new products?

I’m looking forward to the upcoming release of their Matte Revolution Lipsticks!

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June Favourites

For a bit of beauty inspiration, take a look at the products I have loved during the month of June…

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation (£14.50)

I hadn’t tried any of the Boots No7 foundations until recently. After having a £3 off No7 voucher I decided to give them a whirl. This foundation claims to last up to 24 hours with a natural and lightweight feel. The product gives good medium coverage, and while it lasts a long time, it doesn’t dry to a matte finish so it still manages to look luminous and fresh. Sometimes, long-lasting foundations can tend to cake up and cling to areas of the face during the course of the day. However, I actually think that this foundation looks better as the day goes on. It’s great for those with normal, dry or combination skin. If you prefer a more matte finish maybe try out No7’s Beautifully Matte.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow (£25.00)

I have been using this highlighter for the majority of the month as it’s just so easy to wear. This highlighting powder contains two different shades in a compact. Half is a pale shimmery pink that counteracts any dullness in the skin. The other half is a white gold shade that adds a luminous ‘candlelight glow’ to the face. I usually swirl the two shades together to give a fresh glow to my cheekbones. It does contain shimmer, but doesn’t give an ultra-metallic sheen, so it’s perfect for everyday wear.

Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick (£4.99)

These lipsticks come in a chunky pencil form, which means you get a bit more precision than a regular lipstick. The finish is satin matte, but doesn’t dry lips out and has a creamy texture. They last a really long time on the lips too, so I don’t need to think about reapplying throughout the day. There is a good selection of shades available ranging from everyday nudes to fluorescent pink. I have been wearing ‘Nude Perfection’ a medium nude and ‘Berry Much’ a deep plum.

May Favourites

Here are my very favourite beauty products from the month of May…

Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Serum (£14.99)

This overnight serum has totally transformed the texture of my skin! I apply this to my face before I go to bed and wake up with super smooth, fresh feeling skin. The product promises to improve the surface texture of your skin in two weeks, and I definitely agree with that claims!

NSPA Hot Cloth Polish (£6.00)

I picked this up in Asda on a whim, and this used in combination with the Nip Fab Glycolic serum works wonders! I’ve wanted to try a hot cloth cleanser for ages, as it exfoliates your skin without being too harsh and this one is great value.

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Body Shop baked blush in Coral (£12.00)

On one of my regular trips to the Body Shop outlet in McArthur Glen I came across their baked blushes, and this one is beautiful! I’m a big fan of baked blushes, as I find them less powdery than traditional blush formulas and they last a very long time. £12 seems quite expensive for a blusher, however when you buy four items in The Body Shop outlet you get 40% off, meaning you can get some really good bargains!

Nivea Lip Butter in Coconut (£2.00)

On a recent shopping trip to Tesco, I was delighted to discover that Nivea have come out with two new lip butters to add to the collection- Coconut and Cocoa. I love these lip butters, they’re so smooth, moisturising and they have the most amazing range of scents (highly addictive!) And at only £2, they are a makeup bag essential!

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