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Monday, 19 June 2017

Dry Shampoo Showdown

dry shampoo showdown vo5 klorane soap and glory
If you have oily hair like me you’ll know what a pain in the arse it is to wash it one day only for it to look like you’ve poured grease over it the next! Dry shampoo is a complete life saver for me as 1. I’m too lazy to wash my hair every day and 2. It’s not good for your hair to be washed that much anyway! I wash my hair every other day but these four dry shampoos have been making it look a lot more presentable in-between washes! Here’s what I think about them!

VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo RRP £3.50 is my old favourite and has been for the longest time now, I always go back to it! When I can find it that is! I usually get mine for £1.99 in Savers but I see that Boots have recently reintroduced it again though they currently only have the Plump it Up version. Nonetheless, if you’re on a budget or just go through dry shampoo at a ridiculous rate you should definitely check this out! The scent is really fresh and clean, it leaves no white cast and it takes the grease out of my hair quickly and easily without too much effort rubbing in!

I was recently sent the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for brown to dark hair* RRP £8 and the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle for oily hair* RRP £8 in a generous care package personally picked out for my, you guessed it, dark and oily hair! I have been blown away by these two, where other dry shampoos take the grease out of my hair they can sometimes leave it looking dull and lifeless a few hours into the day but not these. They somehow manage to add a bit of lift to my hair as well as shine which I thought was impossible on my second day hair! I also feel like I need to use less product as they are so effective. The scent is clean and light and though they are more on the expensive side, I think they are 100% worth it! Escentual frequently do offers of their French Pharmacy products too so they are more affordable then. Read more about Klorane here and see my French Pharmacy favourites here!

Klorane is available from independent pharmacies, Boots, Escentual and Look Fantastic!

This is the newest dry shampoo to my stash and in my opinion the best smelling! I love anything Original Pink scented and the bottle doesn’t lie – the touch release technology is amazing and I get gorgeous whiffs of this throughout the day when I ruffle my hair! As a dry shampoo alone, it’s not my favourite, it takes the grease out of my hair but it still it can get a little too lank for my liking as the day goes on. Saying that, I would still be tempted to repurchase if they brought out a Mist You Madly fragranced version!

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.

What’s your favourite dry shampoo? The OUAI Dry Shampoo foam is next on my hit list!

Danielle xx

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Nourishing my Skin with Burt’s Bees

Burt's Bees skincare review

Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm is possibly my favourite lipbalm of all time so I was more than a little excited to get to try out a few more products from their extensive skincare line! With no phthalates, parabens, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing, Burt’s Bees is earth friendly and natural!

Your skin is your biggest organ and Burt’s Bees harness the power of nature to offer a range of skincare solutions that deep clean, hydrate and reveal beautiful skin naturally. I received a cleanser, two items from the Intense Hydration range and a moisturiser from the Sensitive range and here’s what I thought!

For reference, I have a mixed bag of skin – its oily/combo, dehydrated in parts and blemish prone! 

burts bees cleansing oil intense hydration treatment mask review

I love the scent of this oil, it’s a very lightweight coconut scent that isn’t overpowering at all!
The oils help keep skin soft, clean and nourished and it gently removes my makeup with ease without leaving an oily residue behind. My eyes are a little sensitive to this so I tend to avoid that area. I do a first cleanse on my eyes with the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect eye makeup remover which gets my waterproof makeup off so this isn’t a problem for me but if you have sensitive eyes like me go gently! I’ve been using this every other evening since I got it a month ago and I can’t get over how little it’s gone down – one full pump is way too much for my face and it’s so easy to just pump out half so I can see this lasting me ages! It’s also 100% natural!

The Intense Hydration range is infused with Clary Sage and is scientifically proven to intensely hydrate dry skin and also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The formula helps increase the skins ability to retain moisture so dry skin is left feeling soft and supple for a revitalised look.

The directions for use for this mask are to apply a thick layer over cleansed skin and leave on for 5-10 minutes then remove excess with a tissue and massage in the rest. My skin has been lapping this up! For a quick injection of hydration this is brilliant, I can’t get over how much has sunk in when I go back after 10 minutes and I generally skip the tissue part and just massage the rest in. This leaves my skin feeling soft and supple as well as fully hydrated and replenished. Its 99% natural and comes in a massive tube so again will last ages!

burts bees intense hydration night cream review

The 99% natural night cream feels really thick and hydrating and I find the Clary Sage scent very calming. This cream is easily spread over my skin and absorbs really well! When I wake up my skin feels softer and smoother and - though I have been using a lot of products recently that target fine lines and wrinkles so it might not all be down to this product – I am so happy with the reduction in fine lines on my forehead and I find I’m not getting as many dry patches! I think my skin will love this even more in Winter when my skin is prone to more dryness! While the glass jar feels luxe this isn’t travel friendly so that’s the only change I would make!

burts bees sensitive daily moisturizing cream review

The Sensitive range is scientifically proven to moisturise sensitive skin without over drying or causing redness. It’s formulated with softening Cotton extract to help skin replenish its outer layer while minimising the effects of potential irritants while rice extract moisturisers and aloe soothes your skin. It’s a fragrance free, lightweight, non-greasy moisturiser that absorbs into my skin quickly and leaves it feeling soft and hydrated ready for my makeup. I have basically stopped wearing a separate primer due to this moisturiser and a few others because they work so well under makeup! As you would expected from a moisturiser that’s formulated for sensitive skin; it’s hypoallergenic, non comedogenic, dermatologist tested and its 99% natural.

Overall, I’m really impressed with my foray into the Burt’s Bees skincare range and love how they make my skin feel! At first glance, the price point was higher than I had expected but after using these products they are definitely worth the money for the amount of product you get and how well they work on my skin!

Burt’s Bees also have a radiance range as well as anti-blemish solutions and are available from Boot’s where there is usually an offer to be had on 3 for 2 etc.!

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.

Danielle xx

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Product Empties #19

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This was my last empties before I moved to Canada last week so I was on a mission! I’ll try and keep it short and sweet though we both know its going to be a long one!

bodycare empties nivea soap and glory bondi sands

Nivea Crème and Oil Pearls Ylang Ylang* and Nivea Silk Mousse*
I loved these; both felt super luxurious and had beautiful scents. They lathered up well, kept my skin hydrated and soft and lasted me ages! One thing to note was that I dropped the Silk Mousse one day and the cap broke off but I was still able to use it easily even though it didn’t pop back on. Will 100% be repurchasing these if I can find them in Canada and they also featured in this post!

Eucerin Urea Repair Plus Footcream*
This is a great footcream – it feels really lightweight and sinks in quickly though I sometimes put a thicker layer on and leave bed socks on for a bit. It made my feet really soft and I had no rough dry skin while using this! Will definitely repurchase and you can read more about it in this post!

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Dry Oil
I love this tan, it gives a really even medium colour after one night and I sometimes top it up so it comes out a little darker. It lasts all week and wears off very naturally! It’s messier than other tans so I always lay a towel down when I use this and sort of stand over the bath if that makes sense because the spray can go over tiles etc. but its worth it! I don’t think I can get this in Canada (correct me if I’m wrong) but I will repurchase when I get a chance! I talked about it more here! 

Elemis British Botanical Body Cream
I picked this up from Latest in Beauty just to try something different from my usual Soap and Glory and Nivea moisturisers and it felt lovely – it was quite silky and lightweight and absorbed quickly but I’m not keen on the scent. I found it quite spicy? I think I’ll stick to S&G and Nivea but it was nice to try something different and you can read my post on the Latest in Beauty subscription box here!

Soap and Glory Hand Maid
I love this hand sanitizer, it smells 10x better than most others and does a great job of cleansing my hands quickly without drying them out Have already repurchased!

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
Probably my favourite moisturiser ever, I love the scent and how soft it makes my skin! I use this morning and night so go through these quite quickly and always have a back up!

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star The Breakfast Scrub
Possible my favourite name of a Soap and Glory product ever but not my favourite scrub – I find it too thick and it doesn’t lather up for me. As a tan wearer this isn’t good enough to get it off so I always have to go over it again! Wouldn’t repurchase.

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner
At first I didn’t know if this was a body wash or a moisturiser – I ended up using it after showering then rinsing off before I dried myself. Not my favourite product – it smells amazing but didn’t last on my skin though it did feel moisturising. Wouldn’t repurchase.

Ground Chocolate Orange Coffee Scrub
I only thought my body felt soft after a standard body scrub – this stuff is incredible and make my skin feel amazing! I can’t believe I didn’t use it sooner! It is messy and it says its better used in the shower where you’re meant to massage into the skin then leave on for 10 minutes. I don’t think I ever managed the full 10 minutes but my skin felt crazy soft after use – will definitely repurchase!

skincare empties nivea january lans

Nivea Lotion
My ultimate favourite for a first cleanse, super creamy and gets most of my makeup off with ease! Already repurchased!

Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover
The best waterproof eye makeup remover, end of. Already repurchased!

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser
I love this stuff! It’s one of my favourites for a morning cleanse and the 5% glycolic acid helps gently exfoliate my skin leaving it softer and brighter! I already have a backup of this!

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins
My other current favourite morning cleanser, this stuff works well with my oily/combo skin leaving it less congested and matte ready for my next skincare steps. Will repurchase soon!

Bio-Essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Refreshing Toner
I love this! It’s so hydrating, full of hyaluronic acid and sets my skin up nicely for the rest of my routine! I’ll talk more about it in an upcoming post but I would 100% repurchase if I could find it again!

Boots Essentials Eye Makeup Remover Gel
This does nothing to remove any of my eye makeup but I love using it in the morning as it’s so cooling and refreshing! Will repurchase in the future!

January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist
Another product I’m sad to have finished, this works amazingly on my blemish prone skin to calm it down and I love using it with my facial roller! Does anyone know if I can get this easily in Canada?

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
I love this too! It feels really hydrating and it’s another one I’ve been using regularly with my facial roller – my skin has been so good over the last month *touch wood* and I think uses these two spritzes more regularly has been a big factor in it! Will repurchase when I finish the Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea one!

Alpha H Liquid Gold
This has been in my routine now for ages, I absolutely love the stuff! My skin feels and looks more even, clear and radiant after use and I couldn’t be without it! I’ve just repurchased it with the rose version! I talk more about it here!

Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream
This is a lovely, thick but quickly absorbing night cream that leaves my skin feeling fully hydrated, smooth and plump the next morning! I talked about the Nourishing Sleep Mask a couple of empties ago but I prefer this one and will repurchase at some point! 

Merumaya Mud Marvels Mask
This made my skin felt super smooth, clear and firm after use a bit like the Ultramoor Mud Mask but a lot more affordable!

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
Another little sample, this feels amazing on my skin, I love the scent and it removed my makeup easily. The full size if expensive so I won’t be repurchasing just yet but wouldn’t rule it out in the future!

Rodial Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel
I would probably need more aged skin to fully test the claims of this gel but it did make my skin feel more plump and it sank in nicely. The full size is expensive so it’s not something I feel I need to repurchase just yet but maybe when I’m older I will!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
This is a really lightweight serum that absorbed quickly and felt very smoothing on my face. Will look at repurchasing in the future as I didn’t get to fully test its dark spot prevention but I really enjoyed using it! 

Trilogy Rosehip Oil
I love this stuff! Rosehip oil has become one of my favourite skincare ingredients since I started using it as it works so well to hydrate my skin as well as fade my acne scars. I had a tiny bit of this left but will repurchase in the future when I get through a few current oils! I talked about it here too!

Hannes Dottir Seamasque
I absolutely love this little mask! It’s quite unlike anything else I have in terms of texture and gave my skin a really refreshing scrub while feeling gritty but also being really gentle. It left my skin feeling really smooth and clean and it smells minty in a good way and I would repurchase straight away if it were a little more affordable!

Ultramoor Mud Mask
I managed to get quite a few uses out of this (when I remembered about it) and it felt gorgeous on the skin. My skin looks a lot more clarified after use and felt softer and firmer. Again, the full size if expensive so I won’t be repurchasing but potentially will in the future!

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub
I use this every day and couldn’t be without it! It exfoliates my lips easily and leaves me with a perfect base for lipstick! Have already repurchased!

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud
This is a sort of cleanser/mask and felt really thick and luxurious. My skin always felt softer after use but I don’t love the scent and it’s so expensive! Wouldn’t repurchase.

Foreo Luna Play
Another Cult Beauty GWP goodie and I loved this so much I went and bought the rechargeable! It gives a little extra to my morning cleanse and adds in so exfoliation and gets the blood circulating to my face. Couldn’t be without this now and id ready recommend this! I was always too scared to get a Clarisonic but this is so gentle and hygienic! I wrote about it more here!

skincare empties farmacy purlisse

Purlisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask*
This is probably one of the most saturated in product sheet masks I’ve used! It still felt really moist even when I was ready to take it off and was really cooling on the skin while hydrating my skin and making it feel plump and soft. Would repurchase. I have a full review of all the products I was sent form this brand next month!

Farmacy Deep Moisture Hydrating Coconut gel mask
This felt great on my skin and if you saw last week’s post you’ll know I want to try more Farmacy skincare! Would possibly repurchase but I’d pick another product over a sheet mask!

Verso Reviving Eye Mask
I used this the other morning before going shopping and again it felt really cooling under my eyes and hydrating. I think this is more for people with more signs of aging under the eye which touch wood I don’t (think I) have yet! A lot of the reviews of this said they would be perfect it you had a big event to go too and I agree! The full price pack of four is £45 so you definitely don’t want to waste them just to go shopping! Wont repurchase just yet!

Skyn Iceland Plumping Lip Gel
I can’t say I noticed much difference with this but I did enjoy the feel of the mask over my lips! Wouldn’t repurchase.

Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Mask and 1A Overnight Mask
Can you tell I went in on all my Cult Beauty GWP samples this month? These two felt lovely, really hydrating but sank in well and I got about 2 uses out of each. They weren’t enough to make me want to repurchase straight away and they are expensive too so I’m glad! I would consider a purchase in the future though as they are sort of do it all products and target daily damage and acne.

haircare review ouai

OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray
I got this in the Volume Set and was a little disappointed with the scent having loved everything else I’d tried. My hair is is long and straight and I find it hard to get much volume in it but I sprayed this over it after straightening and whenever I backcomb and it gave it a bit of hold, felt lightweight and not sticky in the slightest. Would probably repurchase the Medium hair spray next time but I did feel like I ran out of this a lot quicker than other hairsprays!

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
I love the scent of this and it made my hair feel really soft and hydrated. I'm really bad when it comes to hair masks though so although I wouldn’t repurchase, I would happily use up again if I got it in a GWP/beauty box.

Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque
Another treatment I’ve had for longer than I care to remember, this smelt refreshing and cooling on my scalp. It made my hair look shiny but I didn’t notice a difference in oil production though I would probably repurchase if I saw it on offer.

OUAI Treatment Masque
I’ve talked about this before too but I used a full sachet this time and my hair has never been softer! I don’t know if I would repurchase the full size on its own but would definitely pick it up if I saw it in a set or as a mini!

makeup empties revlon no7 laura mercier

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
This is one of my favourite budget foundations as it’s so long-lasting and full coverage! Funny story, I bought two half price bottles of this in the old pump free bottle then bought this one with the pump but I still have the other two so won’t need to repurchase for a while!

laura mercier setting powder review

Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent
I really like this powder though its much more expensive than I'd usually go for and it lasts nowhere near as long as my beloved No7! I feel like I touched pan on this within the first few times of using it! The fall out is so bad but it’s a lightweight non cakey powder that mattifies my oily face well! I’m tempted to try the loose powder version because I’ve heard so many good things but I probably wouldn’t repurchase the pressed version!

No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in Transucent
My favourite powder, this stuff is lightweight, non-cakey and mattifying! Already have a backup and I don’t know what I’m going to do because I don’t think this is in Canada!

soap and glory kick ass concealer review

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer
I think this is one of Soap and Glory’s more underrated products! I use this every day and its perfect as an under eye concealer and base for me! It really brightens up the area and a crayon lasts ages! Have repurchased!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
I’ve went through quite a few of these and I think I gave it a bit of a hard time at one point but I really like having this in my collection as its perfect for covering blemishes and it doesn’t cake! Have repurchased!

Loreal Volume Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara
I love this, it separates and lengthens my lashes while adding volume and making them look really black. Will repurchase once I’ve finished a few other mascaras.

Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Holidays Waterproof Mascara
I’m gutted as I think this has been discontinued and its one of my favourite mascaras! It makes my lashes look long and defined as well as thick and volumised! It’s amazing! Will repurchase if I can find it L

Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara
I recently talked about this in my Disappointing Products post so I won’t dwell on it but it’s a mess of a mascara and I hate it. It’s also the most expensive mascara I’ve bought at £18.50 and I will never repurchase! It makes me look like I have 3 eyelashes!

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow
There is always so much product in these sachets! I mixed this in with my foundation the few days I wore it and it was lovely! It gave a little more radiance to my face and I’d be tempted to repurchase if I saw it on offer. I have quite a generous mini of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector at the minute though which I’m also loving so it won’t be just yet!

bath empties

Roques ONeill Therapie Himalayan Detox Salt
This is a little extra for me – I definitely prefer bubbles in my bath but these were nice and relaxing. It recommends soaking in the bath then wrapping yourself in a towel or robe and resting for 30 minutes and I did feel a nice tingle and warmth in my feet after I got out of the bath and did this. Don’t think I would repurchase though!

Lush Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar
You can see this in all its glory in this post but these are such good value, give a brilliant amount of bubbles and work to soften my skin too!

Told you I was on a mission! Sorry that was so long! It was also the first time I didn't include all the photos in the main picture as there were just too many! I’m not sure I’m going to keep my empties up while I’m away *sad face*. They really are my favourite posts to write but I’ll have little enough room as it is and I can’t really stash rubbish too! I’ll maybe do mini reviews on Instagram though! Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you thought of them!

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.

Danielle xx

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