Sunday, 30 August 2015

Lush 'Damaged' Hot Oil Treatment | Review


I am always on the look out for products to help keep my hair in good condition.
I don't get it cut even nearly as much as I should so I try and keep it as healthy as I can in every other way (I know, it's not the same but shhhhh!)

Treatments, masks and leave in conditioners are important in my hair care routine and so when I saw this from Lush a few weeks back, I picked it up without a second thought.

This is one of their new hot oil treatments which were launched with the Oxford Street store.
I picked up 'Damaged' which has vanilla and avocado oil and is supposed to really nourish dry, damaged hair.

There are 3 different varieties available; Tangled, Kinky and Damaged which are all catered towards different hair types and needs so there's something for everyone.
 
These are a similar concept to those hot chocolate on a spoon things which you melt in hot water and stir with the spoon. An all in one job sort of thing.
I thought this was a really good idea because it saves on packaging and space and is generally just more eco-friendly I'd say!

To whip this up, you just need a mug or a container and some hot water.
The instructions suggest adding a little water at a time and when I made mine it took about half a mug to get it to the consistency that I wanted which was like whipped cream.

I have very, very long hair so I used all of it in one go and it was just about enough to coat it all in a nice thick layer but if you have shorter hair then you could maybe cut it in half and save half for another treatment.
Or, the lady who I spoke to in the store suggested that you could leave it in the fridge once it's all mixed up for about a week if you don't use it all in one go.

You apply this to dry hair before shampoo and leave for 20 minutes although I always leave treatments for as long as possible so I had a bath, chucked my hair into a top knot and left it in for about 45 minutes to really work into the hair.
I did find that when I came to wash it out it had hardened a bit but as soon as I got the water and shampoo in there it was fine and it washed out so easily.

Sweet niblets and mother of all things holy, THIS STUFF LEFT MY HAIR FEELING LIKE FREAKING SILK.
It's so manageable and sleek and just feels and looks healthier after only one use.


They are priced at £6.50 which for a one use product for me is a little pricey, but if you have less hair than me which most people do then you can definitely get more than one use out of these, making them a bit more economical.
That being said, I would absolutely buy this again because my hair has never felt this soft and beautiful.

Some great news to end the post with...
These are now available in all Lush store, not exclusively the Oxford Street store anymore so they are super easy to get your hands on and I would definitely recommend picking one up.

What's your favourite hair treatment?
Have you tried any of the Lush hot oil treatments?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x


Saturday, 15 August 2015

Book Corner: Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan


Sometimes you just need a book which is lighthearted and feel-good and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is exactly that.

After my last book review of Me Before You by Jo-Jo Moyes I decided to move onto something a little more easy-going which wasn't going to affect my life forever; if you haven't read my review on that then you can read it here.

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is a story about a woman named Issy whose one passion in life is baking.
I immediately connected with the idea of this as I myself have a deep love for baking and an obsession with cupcakes and I hope to one day open up a baking business myself!

This is just a really lovely read. The characters are easy to connect with and the story is easy to follow and there are real-lifey moments which you can really relate to which is nice.
I really, really loved the emphasis on the close bond between Issy and her grandfather, making this a heartwarming story which just filled me with joy during every conversation between them.

What I really, really loved about this though is that each chapter starts off with one of Issy's recipes which are written is though they've been passed down and it's just lovely. They're also quite good recipes too so I want to give them a go!

I love the way that Colgan writes, also. It's just so easy to read and you don't have to put too much thought into it which was particularly great for someone like me who picked this up to relax before going to sleep after work.


And, I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover and all that Jazz but just look at it.
It looks beautiful standing on my bookshelf and even the tiny details on the pages are just so beautifully executed that it's one of the most beautiful books I own.

I'd definitely recommend giving this a go if you're looking for an easy read which will make you smile but not take over your life in any way.

Have you read any of Jenny Colgan's books?
What's your favourite?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Lush Oxford Street Exclusives | Intergalactic Bath Ballistic



I had planned to do a Lush Oxford Street haul of all of the amazing things that I picked up a few weeks ago but I thought it might be nice instead to do individual posts for each of the items and make a little series out of it!

First up is probably the best bath ballistic Lush have ever created in my opinion; Intergalactic.

This bright blue bath bomb contains peppermint oil, cedarwood oil, grapefruit oil and popping candy and let's be honest, any bath bomb which has popping candy in it is a winner.

In it's bomb form I couldn't really identify any of the main scents individually, to me it just smells really fresh and light.

As soon as you drop this into your bath, swirls of bright blue shoot out through the water and very quickly you are left with incredible, deep blue bath water. It's stunning. 


Then as the outer layer fizzes away it reveals streaks of yellow, white and bright pink which swirl through the blue and waves of shimmering gold flow through the water which make it look as though you really are floating in your own galaxy.







The popping candy in this really adds to the effect and I think that this is just as much about the visual as it is the scent.

When it's all dissolved and dispersed throughout the water, you can really pick up on the peppermint and the grapefruit which are both really uplifting and almost cooling on the skin once you've finished in the bath.
The gold particles also leave you with a beautiful shimmer which I love, but if you're not into glitter then it definitely won't be a bonus for you.
(It doesn't leave a mess in the bath though and washes away really easily for fuss free cleaning!)


Not only is this a really uplifting and soothing bath to soak in, I spent the whole time swishing my hands through the vividly blue water in amazement like a child. It's really an amazing experience, which is strange to say about a bath I suppose.

This is an exclusive product to the Lush store on Oxford street and retails at £3.50.
I think this is definitely the best bath bomb that I've ever used; from Lush or otherwise and I definitely recommend that you give it a try if you have access to the store.

Have you tried Intergalactic?

Keep an eye out for more of these posts coming soon!

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Chloé


Some people are destined to wear certain scents, I think.

For years and years, I've been on the hunt for mine.
I've smelled it on hundreds of people in this time but I've never been able to find out what it was until now.
It was perfect; sat by the Thames having a drink while the sun was low in the sky and the woman on the table next to ours sprit
zed herself with Chloé and my life changed forever.

I, like most others am absolutely useless at describing scents but this is described as having notes of rose, honey and lychee which just sounds absolutely beautiful, right?

And that's exactly what it is. It's stunning. It's sweet and soft and for lack of a more professional word, a really smooth, sexy scent. Does that make sense?

It's really, really feminine and dries down to a beautiful sweet floral scent. 
My boyfriend likes it too, which is always a plus.

Perfect for daytime, it's light and fresh but also strong enough to be worn in the evening without being a really in your face, heavy scent.
It wears really, really well too. It's one of those scents that you can put on in the morning and inevitably forget about it all day but get home in the evening and still get hints of it when you swish your hair and I can still smell it on jackets days after having worn it.

On top of all of that, the bottle is gorgeous!

It's a high end fragrance so it's not cheap, coming in at £61.50 for 50ml. But it's unlike anything I've come across and I would absolutely recommend going to give this a sniff if you haven't already.
It's one I'll be wearing for years to come.


What's your signature scent?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque | Review


Much to my own surprise, I never tried any of the Velvet Edition lip lacquers from Bourjois because mattes and velvets are my absolute love when it comes to lip products but when I saw these I was instantly drawn to them, although I usually steer well away from glossy, shiny lip products because I have a lot of hair - a problem shared by many of us.

I picked up Feeling Reddy which is a bright, orange toned red and Rose on the Rocks which is a dusty, neutral toned pink.

I quite like the mirrored top to the packaging to indicate that they have a glossy finish. I think this would be really helpful if you were to store all of your lip products together as you could easily identify them.

They have a really soft, cushiony doe-foot applicator which is pretty standard with liquid lip products but I do think that they pick up a lot of product which, especially with the red shade can be a little dangerous and make for a messy application unless you're really careful.



The swatches above are quite concentrated, but when on the lips the colour is a lot more sheer and less intense for both shades, which you can almost see around the outside of the swatches themselves, but there is definitely a great amount of colour pay off for something so glossy.

They apply really nicely and just glide across the lips but you do have to be careful not to over apply the product otherwise it'll get very, very messy.
The consistency is not sticky at all; it just feels wet almost like you're putting water on your lips rather than a lipstick. They're quite cooling aswell which is a strange sensation but it's not unpleasant.

They don't 'set' into place, due to the texture of them which means that the wear time isn't great but I do find that if I wear them over a lipliner or a lip pencil or even a matte lipstick then they seem to almost grip to that and the colour lasts for a lot longer than if just worn alone.

Rose on the Rocks is a staple everyday lip product for me now. It just adds something extra to a minimal make up look and I really like layering it over nude lip liners to give a little sheen to the lips.
Feeling Reddy is a bit more out there obviously but it's an amazing shade to wear, especially against my pale skin with a bold liner look and not much else going on on the face.
This, over a deep red lip liner is absolutely stunning.

These retail at £8.99 which for me I feel is a bit pricey but they are really lovely. The shade range isn't amazing and a lot of the shades seem a bit too similar to justify buying them all but I do really recommend picking up one or two because they have a beautiful finish.

Have you tried any of the Aqua Laques?
What's your favourite Bourjois lip product?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Top 4 pink lips for Spring/Summer!





Spring is definitely upon us and with this sudden heatwave it seems that Summer is hot on it's heels!
I think it's time for me to put away my red lips, save them for those special occasions in which only a red will suffice and bring out the pinks!

I've picked out 4 of my favourite pinks to help take you through Spring and Summer feeling bright and confident!

Left to right:

1. Clinique Chubby stick in Whoppin' Watermelon - £17.99
These will always be a classic.
I love this because on the lips it's subtle and so easy to wear, perfect for the days where you're going for a more natural look.
It's super moisturising which is especially good in the heat because its important to keep your lips protected and it's perfect to just chuck in your bag when you're out the door in a hurry and super easy to apply - just twist the product up and slap it on with no worries of getting it all over your face!
It would be a good one to use if you've forgotten to take care of your lips in the sun and they're a bit dry and cracked, too!

2. Avon Ultra Bold Lipstick in Starburst Pink - £7.50

I wrote a post a while ago about breaking the stigma attached to Avon products and this is just another reason as to why Avon is literally rocking things in the make-up world!
I was sent this by a fellow blogger a while ago and fell in love with it and wore it non-stop throughout the summer last year.
It's a very opaque, bubblegum or as the name would suggest, Starburst pink with a satin finish on the lips.
The colour you see in the bullet is exactly what you get on the lips with this one!
It has an SPF of 15 so again, will protect your lips from the sun a little and this has a perfect sweet, fruity summer scent and lasts for ages on the lips due to the intense pigmentation.
It looks great on pale skin but I think it would look amazing with a tan, too.

3. Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch - £2.99

Another classic, here.
This is another easy to wear, more moisturising one like the Chubby Stick.
It's a very baby pink with a fruity scent.
The colour pay-off isn't as intense which makes it great again to just throw in your handbag and top up when and if you need to.
Super balmy and moisturising so even though the colour doesn't last too long on my lips the feeling that my lips are being hydrated sticks around for hours!

4. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Hot Plum - £6.99

Last but not least is one of my favourite lipsticks of all time.
Maybelline really brought it with the Color Sensational Vivids collection and Hot Plum is the perfect bright summer pink!
The finish is beautiful; it dries to a silky matte finish but there's still some movement there and it doesn't feel drying or uncomfortable at all.
The colour is so intense and lasts a good few hours before needing to be topped up. When it does wear off, there's no nasty line of colour around the lips either, which I can't stand.
Best of all is that it's very blue toned which does wonders for making your teeth look whiter!


These are the pinks I'll be rocking this Spring/Summer?
What are your favourite pink lip products?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Max Factor Wild Shadow Pencil | Review

A few weeks ago my boyfriend surprised me after work with a few treats from Boots and these two Max Factor Wild Shadow Pencils were something he picked up for me.
Apart from it being a super cute thing to do, it's also a really good way for me to venture out of my comfort zone when it comes to make up and try new things.
I'd never seen these before, not even throughout the blogging world so I was really excited to try them.

They claim to be both a gel shadow and liner in one, which isn't something I've tried before so I was keen to see how they fared against other gel liners I have used.

The two colours are Savage Silver which is a grey with small glitter particles throughout, and Ice Fury which is a shimmery, baby blue.


As you can see, the glitter running through Savage Silver isn't overpowering or chunky, it just adds an extra dimension.

The texture of these is really interesting... I expected it to be a lot smoother than it actually is, perhaps a gel formula but it's definitely more of a creamy formula.
However, it glides on absolutely amazingly that it's unlike any cream stick I've seen before. There's no tugging or dragging at all which surprised me, given the glitter etc.

They blend out so incredibly easily, using either a finger or a fluffy brush and when blended around the edges, the silver shade almost looks like a different shade altogether making it look like you've put a lot more effort into creating a look than you actually have! I'm pretty lazy when it comes to eyeshadow sometimes so this is a huge plus for me.

My main concern given the texture was that this might crease on my lids, as most things do which is really frustrating!
But Savage Silver worn on it's own all over my lid lasted all day, through a shift at work and was still pretty much the same when I took it off as when I put it on. I think that's pretty darn impressive...

The only thing I'm not too keen on is the size of the pencil itself... it might just be me but I find it a little bit difficult to use as a liner with it being so chunky. That's something I can get over though!

I haven't had as much wear out of Ice Fury yet as I have Savage Silver, simply because very light blue is a shade which scares me a little, but I'll get there.

These retail at £5.99 in Boots or Superdrug and there is a really lovely variety of colours which I love and definitely want to try  more of, especially the greens.

Something I don't usually mention but I absolutely love with these products is the names of the shades.
'Vivacious Moss' and 'Fierce Lime' are just the coolest names!

Have you tried any of the Wild Shadow Pencils?
What's your favourite eyeshadow pencil?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x