Jul 7, 2014

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Burn your hair to treat split ends?

There are many things that I do on the hunt to long lovely locks but hair burning has never been on that list. Yes, hair burning, the act of turning tresses into smokey smoldering singed locks. Ummm, nope.

But apparanely this isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Fialho said that she likes to use a candle to burn her hair to keep it looking good. Not convinced? There’s a proper name for this- “Velaterapia” and it basically just means using a flame to burn off your split ends. Cos scissors are so last year right?

I’m not the only one to be shocked by this.. or to question it’s veracity.

Trichologist Iain Sallis commented on Safety in Beauty, “In all the 12 years as a Trichologist, I am shocked to read this story about a naked flame being used to cauterize hair. Hair is not only incredibly flammable (thanks to the abundance of sulphur in it) but the theory that it somehow opens channels for nutrients to seep into is incorrect.”

So why do women get this done?

Elle.com reported that this so-called split end savior gets devotees hooked by its promises.”The burning supposedly opens up the hair follicle, making it more receptive to nutrients, in turn making the conditioning treatment even more effective. It takes three and a half hours, and loyalists get it done about every four months.”

I understand desperately wanting better hair, but with so many great options put there this just seems like a recipe for disaster.

(via The Gloss)

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Jun 8, 2014

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Beauty Blogging Love June 2014

What’s new in the blog-osphere?

It’s a polish photo-fest over on Makeup Morsels this week. Check out these bright new launches from Morgan Taylor, just in time for summer.

This week at theNotice, a Clarisonic skeptic gives the Mia 2 a try. Come see how it’s going so far!

Phyrra tells all about the Makeup Geek Makeup Brushes! Find out which ones she loves and which ones to skip!

Where big is beautiful – Addicted to Beauty checks out the elephant, yes, elephant beauty pageant.

Jenn from Spiced Beauty shows you her favourite summer collection from the Body Shop! Do you like Early-Harvest Raspberry?

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection is a gorgeous summer collection with the packaging that makes FabDiva20 so excited! Check out her collection haul!

Pammy Blogs Beauty has found the perfect concealer to help her tired Mommy-of-an-infant eyes: Laura Mercier’s New High Coverage Concealer!

Beauty Reflections is reliving the 80s with Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara in Blue!

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Jun 4, 2014

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Consumer Reports finds the Best Nail Varnish for longevity – but can you guess who it is?

There are a lot of Nail varnish brands in the world, and a lot of companies telling you theirs is the best. We love select “hot” colors of the season and crave the latest metallic shimmers. But which is ACTUALLY bona fide the best value? By this, we mean which brand will make your talons look best for longer?

Consumer Reports put this to the test and the results were surprising. Chanel, despite its cult status, chipped for most testers on day 1. The brand that came top was Sinful Colors, Professional Range, followed by CND Vinylux Weekly Polish. I’ve never tried the CND Vinylux, so I’m now keen to give that a go. I have wornSinful Colors a lot before, and do love their array of shades, but to be honest I’ve often sidelined them, taken in by buzzier brighter brands and now I’m thinking more fool me. Sinful Colors average at around $2 a bottle, while Chanel is about $27 – that’s a gap  so wide it doesn’t even compute.

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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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May 23, 2014

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Elephant Beauty Pageant Where Big (Animals) Are Beautiful

When you hear the term “elephant beauty” you either think Dumbo Disney cuteness or some plus sized extravaganza. What you don’t think is actual elephants fluttering eyelashes and wearing rouge on their trunk. More fool you. Well, not the rouge part (animal cruelty is no joke).

In Chitwan National Park, Nepal, the elephant beauty pageant has been part of the Chitwan Elephant Festival celebrations since 2010.

The park holds around 100 elephants and in the inaugural 2010 competition, six took part, scrubbed, smoothed and covered in colored cloths and face paint. Even their nails were painted.

The BBC reported that the chosen elephants were used for their “discipline, obedience and experience” and the judges examined the animals to see if they were up to scruff. For example, sores in their mouth would mean that their handlers had to chastise them, and the winner should be an elephant with a sunny disposition.. and a way with eyeshadow.

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Apr 10, 2014

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Chanel and Dior Nail Varnish iPhone cases. Yes, really

There are many weird and wonderful iPhone cases out there.Glitters, diamonds, snakeskin, Chanel nail varnish clones… Erm, what? I just stumbled across a range of Chinese imported iPhone cases designed to look like supersize versions of Dior and Chanel nail varnishes. Yes, nail lacquers. I don’t really know what to make of it, I get the whole lets stay on brand and support what we love thing but these are so insane an ridiculous that I don’t really have any other response than incredulous laughter and to snort up my cola.

 

I guess it’s good that you can have a giant nail varnish phone that replicates your face nail color, especially if it’s one of the ultra desirable sold out shades that  Dior and Chanel are so fond of doing every year but.. really? Meh.

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Apr 10, 2014

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Frozen Nail Art from Disney’s Frozen

I loved Frozen and these lovely nail art designs from Deviant Art’s Inga-Na make me feel all happy and gooey inside.

Do you want to build a snowman…

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Apr 10, 2014

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Balm Chicky Balm Balm Is Puntastic Seventies Porn Star Inspired Lip Balm

Lip balms are wonderful things, gorgeous beeswax tubes that leave lips looking lush, feeling soft and odeally smelling somewhere between Katy Perry and a strawberry field. Well, for me anyways. I’ve just discovered the Balm Chicky Balm Balm lip smacking lip balms and they’re making my beauty senses go tingly.

The lip balms comprise of a variety of porn – yes PORN – tastic flavors, inspired by classic porno flicks with a twist. You get the likes of Hot Chocolate Love, Huge Cucumber and Sweet Baby Ginger. Juicy Melons might be my fave though…

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Feb 21, 2014

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The King Edison Lamp is the World’s Smallest Chandelier : LOVE

The prettiest most original chandelier I’ve ever seen is the King Edison lamp, a chandelier that sits inside a light bulb. For real. Hung on a woven silk cable every part of this is so pretty it hurts.

Designed by Young & Battaglia, it’s made of brass fitting placed inside a hand blown glass casing. It looks simply stunning, I can’t stop looking at it and thinking wow.

480 GBP from Mineheart

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Feb 19, 2014

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Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Mascara Review

Today I’m getting my my mascara hat out and going a little gag over this beauty by Guerlain. What’s really interesting about the Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash mascara is just how narrow the brush is as I’m used to hefty brushes that place a large amount of product on my lashes.

But the skinny brush of part of why this mascara is interesting. It’s less about giving you giant volume and more about letting your lashes stand independently, as the brush is really great at getting every little lash, even those awkward corner ones- coated and luscious looking. Apparently this is all down tot the science and Guerlain waffles on about polymers and oil etc, but really you don’t care about that, you want to know if its worth it.

Well that depends on what look you are going for. I found this great for lash definition and separating, and it gave really nice lengthening results. But for me, as someone who really wants volume overall, this fell a little flat.

$30 from Nordstrom

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