Feb 14, 2015

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Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Cream for Dry Skin

Winter has not been kind to my skin. Not so much the horrible rain and wind that bite away at my face and leave my nose resembling Rudolph, but more that terrible dryness, that makes me wake thinking my throat has closed up, with my nails all raggedy and my skin parched.
The Hydrationist describes itself as “maximum moisture cream” and when Chemist Direct sent me one, I leapt upon it like a woman finding an oasis. Though I hoped this would not be a deception and I’d actually regain feeling in my extremities again.

The packaging is lovely – hey, it’ Lauder, and the cream itself has a white, thick consistency and smoothes on like a cold cream. It’s quite heavy, which I liked, as it felt very nourishing to my parched skin and though it took a little while to absorb, applied between teeth-brushing and dressing gave it enough time to sink in. At night I like to wear it slightly thicker so it can soothe me while I sleep.

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Feb 8, 2015

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Product Review: Joico Color Endure Treatment Masque

I know, I know, I should be kinder to my hair, but I just can’t stay away from that bleach bottle. My hairdresser tries her best, but in between salon visits, straw is a fair comparison for my hairs texture. On a bid to get rid of that oh so prevalent crispy feeling I’ve been trialing hair treatments. This Joico Color Endure Treatment Masque was provided to me my Chemist Direct and I’m here to document my experience.

First off, it’s a thick white conditioning cream that smooth’s nicely onto the hair, making it feel weighted and heavy, like slugs of silk down my back in the shower. It washes off easily and my hair has that nice conditioned feel to it, but the big test – what would it feel like when dry.

Sure, the bottle has words like replenishing and “multi spectrum defense complex” (what? Yeah, exactly) but I cared about my blonde staying bright and y hair feeling soft.

I’d say it achieved that. My hair was bouncy but not fried and I like d that my blonde didn’t get muted with washing. It’s not the softest thing ever, but considering how I abuse it, I’m pretty happy. So long Herbal Essences.. I think this is a new staple.

It doesn’t seem to be listed anymore on Chemist Direct, but keep checking back and hopefully they’ll relist it.

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Sep 14, 2014

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Irresistible Me Hair Extension Review

I’ve been a big fan of hair extensions for years but due to my hair going through a delicate phase have been avoiding them. Clip ins seem the perfect compromise and I was thrilled when Madison from Irresistible Me offered me the chance to to road test their clip in hair extensions. They had a nice selection of colors and lengths to choose from and I opted to go for the Silky Touch 20 inch golden blonde clip ins.

The packaging: The hair came in a nice black box and I was impressed that inside the sealed bag was a mini pouch. This pouch had a color test for you to try before you opened the full sealed packages- as extensions are non refundable, the mini strands were a nice way to make sure you had the right color.

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Aug 23, 2014

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Lazy blogger Sure deodorant review: Your sweat won’t smell – Maximum Protection!

How does a beauty blogger review deodorant? Let me count the ways.

1. Take artsy Instagram photos of the product and refer to it in a third person way #nofilter

2.Go for the gritty close up shots of armpits, slo-mo GIF spraying it on and perhaps a gentle “aaah”.

3. Comedy moment: Take over a tube station and get disgruntled commuters to smell pits. Low cut top advised.

4.Think about rehashing the press release using spin words like “scientifically proven for wetness protection” (ugh) and “Body-responsive fragrance technology”.

5. Feels like too much effort. It’s a bloody deodorant. Leaves review alone and actually start using product. It is summer.

6. Discover that product works (minimal surprise, it is deodorant).

7. Product works and NO white marks. Also, the roll on has weird little white bubbles that appear as you twist base. Play a game to decide how many you need a day, wipe excess on kitchen towel, will blame that on the dog.

8. Happy to not scare strangers with BO, writes up said review. Takes 2 pictures of product, considers underarm picture and then eat a Galaxy Bar.

If this has sold you/ not sold you/ made you indifferent yet wistful/hopeful about clean underarms and think that the brand recognition will make you pick this up in Boots, details are as follows:

Sure Compressed Cotton Dry 75ml RRP £2.10, Sure Maximum Protection RRP £5.10 

If you want more science, read their website. If you want cats that look like pinup girls, go here.


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Jul 14, 2014

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$10 Coastal Glasses Review

Can you get a good pair of glasses for ten dollars? That’s what I wanted to find out. Coastal currently offers a First Pair Free offer fro glasses when you use the code “First Pair Free.

I was in the market for new glasses and due to feeling pretty broke this month though this would be a good idea. Technically they are not “free” as the title of the post explains, as around $10 should be budgeted for posting. You also need to have a prescription or this would be pointless. So first things first.

Picking the frame. The free versions are not as nice as the other options – obvious I guess.

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Jul 7, 2014

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Miss Dior Perfume Review

It sounds a little cliche to say that I’m a fan of Miss Dior, and to that end I was almost predetermined NOT to like the scent. It came in a small bottle that could almost be kawaii, but how can a a million dollar corporation really “get” kawaii with their polished golden edges and font choice that denotes luxury and excess.

You can see here that the odds were stacked against Miss Dior from the start but begrudgingly I was forced to admit, that yes, Dior really DOES know what it’s doing with the perfume and that brands get a good name for a reason. Sometimes I’m so caught up in the new indie brand that I don’t pay enough attention to the big boys and Miss Dior in its sweet, fresh, girlishness is definitely a keeper.

It’s a light feminine scent that whispers on the nose, rather than overpowers it. It has citrussy overtones a sweet jasmine like heart and a warmth spreading through its thats due to the patchouli base notes. It feels light at the offset and I wondered at its staying power but it develops on the skin, giving me wafts of delight throughout the day and scenting my hair and pillow in repose.

I’m not sure it’s strong enough to be a signature scent, but its fresh and light enough to be a happy addition to my fragrance wardrobe , a pick me up piece of pep for summer that’s wonderful.

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May 23, 2014

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Origins Night-A-Mins review: CULT Skincare at its best

Every day you hear a new buzzword in skincare. Whether it’s “biodynamic,” “alphabet creams,” “retinol”, CC cream, DD cream (yes a thing now) or more, the basic USP is the same. For the uninformed, USP stands for unique selling point and it’s the thing products all want to have; the key differentiator of “us not them,” why that brand is far better than its competitors.

Origin’s Night-A-Mins doesn’t really try to do that, it comes in an unassuming medicine-y like brown jar and the clinical labeling hints more old school than modern wonders, but that’s why it has achieved classic  CULT status. It’s simplicity and perfection is its USP, and ultimately what everyone aims for, a product which basic formula is so good and effective that there is no need for buzzy words or hyped up “science” that baffles most beauty aficionados. ( a personal pet peeve).

So why do I love Origins Night-A-Mins so?

This is a cream that has been a night staple to me for many years. As a beauty blogger I am unfaithful to creams,  regularly eschewing its thick milky goodness for “hot, buzzy” new serums and lotions, but every month I return for some skin loving goodness. It feels lovely on the skin, like you’ve doused your face in thick water, the type of imaginary liquid that soothes, nourishes and strokes you, with never a acne breakout or angry dry patch in sight. The packaging has changed- the image above is of the “old style” Night-A-Mins, the new version is more in line with Origins branding nowadays.

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