26 November 2014

Review: COLAB Dry Shampoo London/Rio

I use dry shampoo very frequently (probably more than I should admit..oops). My usual go to is Batiste, I love how it gives my hair volume and also helps to make it look and feel clean and refreshed. However, I hate the residue it sometimes leaves at my roots (I'm not quite ready to embrace grey hair thankyou Batiste..). When I heard about the 'Sheer Invisible Formula' offered by the COLAB Dry Shampoo I knew I had to give it a try.

COLAB Dry Shampoo London/Rio

COLAB Dry Shampoo is the first range of products launched by Ruth Crilly of A Model Reccomends. Whilst I have enjoyed some of Ruth's YouTube videos and blog posts I bought this product because I liked the sound of it,not because of who's name was on it. The range currently offers five different dry shampoo scents-London,Tokyo,Rio,Paris and New York-which are all available in big 200ml cans or 50ml travel size cans.

 I purchased two of the big cans in the scents 'London' and 'Rio'. On the can 'London' is described as being "A classic yet contemporary fragrance of bergamot,musk and magnolia"  whilst 'Rio' is described as being "A carnival of tropical notes with papaya,pineapple and a heart of cassis". Now I'm no expert in fragrances but I can tell you that both of these scents smell bloomin' amazing but 'London' is my favourite out of the two.

Not only has this dry shampoo has really impressed me with it's amazing scent, the "sheer invisible formula" is pretty damn good too. When I apply the dry shampoo there is no annoying chalky residue at my roots, or infact anywhere in my hair. Once applied the product doesn't weigh my hair down,gives my hair the right amount of volume whilst leaving it looking (and feeling) refreshed in between washes. I can see this product becoming my new 'go to' dry shampoo (sorry Batiste).

I purchased the COLAB Dry Shampoos from Superdrug where they're currently on offer for £2.32 for the 200ml cans and £1.32 for the 50ml travel size cans. They are also available from feelunique costing £3.50 for the big can and £2.00 for the travel size.

Have you tried any of the COLAB Dry shampoos?
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17 November 2014

UK Magazine Freebies November 2014 (December 2014 Issues)

This month there are lots of fantastic freebies with UK magazines. The current issues are dated December 2014 and are available throughout November. 
Glamour,£2.00 - The December Issue of Glamour magazine comes with a 20% off H&M giftcard valid throughout November and a full size Nails Inc nail polish (worth £11) in a choice of 4 Autumnal shades - Tate,Hanover Square,Marylebone Mews and Wigmore Street. Unfortunately I am unable to show you any of the nail polishes as I am a Glamour subscriber I have to visit a Nails Inc counter to pick up my freebie. 
Elle,£4.00 - The latest Elle magazine comes with a free sample size Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner, I've been wanting to try out this liner so this was the perfect opportunity to do so. Also how beautiful does Emma Watson look on the cover?!
Harper's Bazaar,£4.50 - The latest issue of Harper's Bazaar comes with a sample size Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara (worth around £7).

Other magazine freebies I spotted on the shelves:
Tatler,£4.30 - The December issue comes with a 50ml sample size Cowshed handcream (worth £8.00).

Will you be picking up any of these magazines this month?
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14 November 2014

Review: Yes To Cucumbers Face Wipes

Recently Megan from Thumbalina Lillie held a Twitter giveaway which gave her followers the chance to win a travel size pack of Yes To Cucumbers face wipes. I was lucky enough to be one of the winners and I was excited to give these wipes a go.

Yes To Cucumbers Face Wipes
I know in the beauty world make-up wipes are frowned upon. Although I have a confession to make.. when I can't be bothered to take my make-up off at the end of the day I will use make-up wipes (shock horror!). 

The Yes To Cucumbers wipes contain natural ingredients are cruelty free and biodegradable, so they are very kind to the environment. 

When I used the wipes I was surprised at just how soft they were. Despite being so soft when it came to removing my make-up at the end of the day the wipes did a pretty good job at removing my face make-up. However trying to remove my eye make-up with these wipes was a whole different story, I had to scrub fairly hard to get my eye make-up to budge (even then there was still some left on my eyes.) I'd definitely recommend using an alternative product to remove your eye make-up.

When I use face wipes my skin usually tries to make me feel guilty for doing so and I break out. However I haven't found that I've had a breakout as a result of using these face wipes. *Update.. I let my Mum use these wipes when we recently went away and sadly she wasn't a fan at all.. she found that they stung her face a little.. now this isn't something I've experienced personally but it just goes to show that not all skincare products are suited to everybody* 

This travel size pack of face wipes (or travel towelettes as the packet states) can be purchased for £1.99 from places like Boots or Feel Unique. The full size pack costs £3.99.

This post contains a competition prize. 
This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

Have you tried anything from the Yes To range?
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12 November 2014

Review: Balmi Coconut Lip Balm*

At this time of year the cold weather really starts to take it's toll and my lips become very dry and are in need of some TLC. My usual lip balm of choice is Maybelline Baby Lips but I was wanting to try something different.It's as if somebody could read my thoughts as I was recently lucky enough to be sent the Balmi Coconut Lip Balm* to try.
Balmi Coconut Lip Balm
I really like the packaging of the Balmi Coconut Lip Balm*, the outer is a off-white cube which I find is sturdy enough to throw into my bag on a morning as I rush out of the door. The lip balm also has a little string attached which I suppose you could use to attach it to your keys.To my surprise the lip balm itself isn't shaped like a cube, it is actually what Balmi describe as a 'unique concical' shape applicator. 

The lip balm contains Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E to hydrate and moisturise lips. It also contains SPF 15 to help to protect from harmful UVA rays.

When I first apply the lip balm I find it can feel a little bit waxy, but once it has been on my lips for a few minutes I no longer find it to be a problem. The lip balm itself smells amazing! Unfortunately it doesn't taste quite as nice as it smells but it doesn't taste horrible (obviously I haven't been eating the lip balm, but I'm sure you understand what I mean.) 

Overall I'm really impressed with this lip balm, so much so that I've actually gone out and bought another one.It leaves my lips feeling moisturised and hydrated which is definitely what I need now we're into Autumn/Winter. 

 The Balmi lip balms are available in a range of scents and can be bought for £4.99 in Boots.

This product was kindly sent to me for review by Product Testing UK. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

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9 November 2014

Review: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 'Trooper'

Forget about Cheryl Cole or Kylie Jenner,my celebrity make-up crush is Kat Von D. Her make-up look is definitely the one that I'm always trying to recreate, especially her trademark winged liner.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 'Trooper'
 Whilst visiting the US last year I was able to pick up the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in the shade 'Trooper' (I actually bought a couple of them). Ever since then this eyeliner has become a staple within my make-up routine, hence the branding rubbing off.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 'Trooper'
The Tattoo Liner is a liquid eyeliner in a pen form, which is my favourite type of eyeliner to use as I find it's the easiest to apply.Unlike similar products I've tried this product actually has a brush tip, rather than the traditional 'felt pen' tip. This helps to prevent the eyeliner from drying out whilst also providing a much more defined line and cat eye flick.

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5 November 2014

Review: The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

The Body Shop Beautifying Oils are scented multi-purpose oils which can be used on body,face and hair. The beautifying oils come in a range of scents; mango, shea, moringa, satsuma, olive, mango, pink grapefruit, strawberry, coconut and cocoa butter. As coconut is my all time favourite scent I obviously had to go with the coconut option.

When in the bottle the scents can be a little bit overpowering, but don't let that put you off because once applied the scent fades somewhat leaving a lovely subtle scent. I tend to apply this product on a day-to-day basis as an alternative to perfume.

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

The oil has a lightweight,hydrating formula so it doesn't feel greasy on the skin. When I used the product as a body oil it left my skin feeling soft and looking healthy (the oil leaves a subtle sheen on the skin). 

I don't really tend to apply oils to my hair and face as naturally my hair and face get oily quite easily, however I decided to put this multi use product to the test and I was pleasantly surprised. I applied a small amount of the oil to just the bottom of my hair and it was much softer and easy to manage, oh and it smelt lovely too. 

When I applied a small amount of the oil to my face my face was left feeling soft and hydrated and to my surprise (and relief) the product didn't seem to encourage my skin to product more oil or breakout. 

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil comes in a generous 100ml size and can be picked up for £10 in store or online.

Do you have any favourite products from The Body Shop? 

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