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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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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March Favourites 

I have a number of makeup products that I have reached for over and over again during the month of March, most of which are new discoveries. Take a look at my list of March favourites for some beauty inspiration!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (£29 from Boots) – I had heard so much about this foundation previously and this month I finally took the plunge and invested in it. First off, I went to my local boots counter and asked for a sample. The range contains around 30 shades so there’s a shade to suit everyone. They colour matched me perfectly and after two days of wearing the sample I decided to purchase the full size foundation. This foundation provides totally flawless coverage while not being heavy in the slightest. It has a satin matte finish, so oil is kept at bay while still looking natural and not clinging to dry patches. I wouldn’t wear this foundation every day, as I feel that it probably doesn’t let your skin breathe quite as much as other lighter foundations or BB creams, but it is a must have for a long-lasting flawless complexion. 

Rimmel Provocalips (£6.99 from Superdrug) – I have mentioned these briefly before, but these lip colours continue to amaze me. I put them on in the morning before work and they are still perfectly placed by tea time. They dry to a matte finish but the balmy gloss that comes with them can be applied throughout the day to keep lips shiny and hydrated. They are available in a range of bright and more neutral shades. My favourites have been ‘Make a move’ and ‘I’ll call you’. Rimmel often have 3 for 2 or 2 for £10 offers on, so it’s worth taking a look in your local Boots or Superdrug store for any bargains!

Essence Lip Liners (£1 from Wilkos) – These lip liners are great for prepping the lips for lipstick or worn alone. The creamy formula glides smoothly over lips making them really easy to work with and doesn’t dry out the lips. They have a whole range of shades, and the best part is they are only £1!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks (£4.49 from Boots) – These pencils come in a whole range of vibrant colours and have a super long-lasting formula. They can be used as a quick all over the eyelid colour when in a rush, or as a base for shadows. I’ve been really enjoying using them on the lower lash line instead of an eyeliner or applying shadow. It’s super quick and easy to apply, doesn’t create a mess and gives plenty of colour pay off. The two shades I have been loving are Rose Gold (from the Kate collection) and Bluffing. 

 

2014 Beauty Favourites!

The run down of my favourite, most loved products of 2014!

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Revlon colourstay foundation
Max factor 3 in 1 foundation
Garnier BB cream
Nivea lip butters
L’oreal lumi primer
L’oreal infallible eyeshadows
BH cosmetics galaxy chic palette
Too faced chocolate bar palette
Kat Von D monarch palette
Maybelline the nudes lipsticks
Mac velvet teddy lipstick
Milani bella eyeshadows
Wet n wild Megalast lipsticks
Nyx Xtreme lip cream
Max factor clump defy mascara
Mac tan pigment
Bourjois healthy mix foundation
Maybelline Superstay foundation
Collection lasting perfection concealer
Milani luminoso blush
Benefit Rockateur blush
MUA highlighting powder
Elf pinktastic highlighter
MUA single eyeshadows
Mac soft ochre paintpot
Mac Indianwood paintpot
Anastasia dipbrow
Real techniques brushes
Elf stippling brush
Nyx taupe blush
Mac Melba blush
Bourjois liquid eyeliner
Sally Hansen nail varnish
Barry M gelly nail varnish
Essence express dry nail oil
L’oreal cleansing oil
Lush let the good times roll
Eucerin aquaphor
Simple moisturiser
Vo5 hairspray
Dove oil care shampoo and conditioner
Herbal essence naked shampoo and conditioner
Original source skin quench watermelon and jojoba oil body wash
Garnier oil beauty body lotion
Kringle candle watercolours
Yankee candle magarita time
Yankee candle sugar apple