Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The amazing Tresemme Oil Elixir that will transform your hair


TRESemme Oil Elixir is a transformative blend of Salon Grade Macadamia and Babassu oils. Designed to leave hair feeling feather soft and with salon shine unruly hair is tamed and transformed to silky smooth.

Suitable for all hair types, this non greasy oil can be used as a pre-shampoo for a nourishing treatment and before styling to protect and transform your hair. 

With so much promise I was keen to try the Oil Elixir to see if it really lived up to the hype. Firstly the oil has a amazing smell that left my hair smelling absolutely gorgeous. I used the oil after washing my hair with just shampoo and conditioner and rubbed it into damp hair mainly through the lengths and ends of the hair. After drying I curled my hair and found the straighteners went through my hair without any resistance and curled really easily. My hair was really soft and the curls were bouncy with a real shine that I don't often get with other hair products.

With it's amazing smell, added shine and ability to make unruly hair manageable again this product really earns it stripes. I give it 4/5.

Advantages
  • Adds shine
  • Leaves hair manageable and easy to style
  • Restores smoothness
  • Leaves hair soft
Disadvantages
  • None that I have found
Get yours for £9.99 at Boots
Monday, 21 April 2014

L'Oreal Paris L'Extraordinaire the new liquid lipstick that is a balm, lipgloss and lipstick all in one


L'Oreal's new L'Extraordinaire :Liquid lipstick is a whole new way to make your lips shine.

With the softness of a balm, the gloss of a lipgloss and the intense colour of a lipstick it is a three in one product that takes the best bits out of each product. Available in 9 shades from rose to deep fuchsia the colours embrace a number of different looks and skin tones.

For the purposes of the review I am testing L'Oreal Rouge Soprano.With a lipgloss shaped applicator brush and a unique curved design the product makes applying a breeze. When applied I was surprised at how smooth the product was on my lips. Often with a lipgloss your lips are left really sticky but with L'Extraordinaire the product feels moisturising and super soft.It has a gorgeous fruity smell and taste and quite a vivid colour. I did feel the product was slightly thin in places where it resembled more of a lip gloss but it don't distract from the overall effect.

L'Extraordinaire takes the best bits out of my favourite lip products and really works well in combining them all. I give it 4/5

Advantages
  • Moisturising feel
  • Leaves lips feeling soft like you're wearing lip balm
  • Has a lovely glossy shine
  • Rich colour
Disadvantages
  • Some of the colour is thin in places  
Get yours for £8.99 at Boots

Friday, 18 April 2014

Make your hair shine with Shine on Original Glaze treatment review


With constant hair adverts showing models with gorgeous bouncy shining locks it's no surprise that there are thousands of products on the market aiming to give you that enviable glossy hair.

Shine On Original is a new hair glaze that uses a colourant containing conditioning polymers and transparent colour molecules to give long lasting shine.

The product is a 3-step process and comes with three bottles - a cleanser, a developer and Collagen shine cream.

To get the full use of the product I followed the instructions applying the glaze in the following way:
  1. Firstly the cleanser should be applied onto damp hair before rinsing. Towel dry hair and apply again and leave to set for 2-3 minutes. This process clarifies the hair so any shampoo, conditioner or other hair products can be fully removed. After the second application rinse the product out and towel dry the hair.
  2. The developer cream should be poured into the Collagen Shine Cream and shaken for one minute to mix the products.
  3. Apply the mixed cream onto your hair applying attention firstly to the lengths then the roots. 
  4. Leave the product to develop for 20 minutes
  5. Before rinsing squeeze the remaning product into the hair and leave for a minute. Using warm water gently run the water through the hair to clear off any cream residue and rinse for 3 minutes until the water runs clear. 
  6. After washing blow drying and using straighteners will complete the treatment shutting the cuticule and allowing the crystal clear molecules to develop inside the hair. 
 The product did add some shien to my hair but I can't say it added anymore then a normal shampo and conditioner would. The product left my hair soft and easy to manage. Designed to be used every three weeks as a treatment Shine On should be used alongside your normal hair products. Some of the products only have enough in them for one use and you would probably have to buy another one if you wanted it for your next treatment. It contains a small amount of (2%) peroxide so it's advisable to do a skin test 48 hours before use and avoid if your skin flares up in any way.

Whilst the product does add shine it didn't offer quite the dramatic effect I was hoping for. It does however condition the cuticles almost giving the effect that it lightens the hair The product is relatively easy to use and the instructions easy to follow.

I give it 3/5

Advantages
  • Adds a small amount of shine
  • Instructions are easy to follow
  • Relatively quick process
  • Leaves hair easy to manage
 Disadvantages
  • The product is only really suitable for one use so you could say it's not the best value for money 


Get yours for £12.99 at Boots

*this was sent for me to test as a sample
Thursday, 17 April 2014

Boots No7 High Shine Intense Lip Crayon in Sultry: Tried and Tested Review


I do love experimenting with new lip colours and products and when I saw No7 High Shine Intense lip crayon advertised on Boots hot new beauty products I wanted to give it a try.

Sultry Kiss is a deep plum shade with a rich glossy shine. The crayon is easy to apply and glides easily onto my lips giving a moisturised but not sticky feel.

Typically I go for deep red or pink shades so this plum shade was a bit of a lucky dip. It does give me quite a serious look but could be lightened up with lighter makeup like gold or pink eyeshadows.

The No7 High Shine lip colour isn't the most long lasting and had pretty much disappeared after a couple of hours.

With a nice moisturising effect and visible shine the No7 lip crayon is perfect for casual wear. The colour isn't one of my favourites but would definitely give makeup a more professional feel.

I give it 3/5

Advantages
  • Moisturising on the lips
  • High shine colour
  • Not sticky
Disadvantages
  • Quite a serious colour
  • Only lasts a few hours 
Get yours for £9.00 at Boots
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Are expensive mascaras worth the price? Lancome Hypnose mascara review


The original Lancome Hypnose Mascara aims to add up to 6 times more volume without clumping. The Powerfull (TM) brush gives volume that you can control.

The large plastic brush glides onto my lashes and adds instant length and curl with no clumping. The lengthening results are really impressive but I can't say my lashes seemed any thicker and it didn't have the volumising effect that it promised.

The mascara is long lasting and stays put all day with no black smudge marks and it's easy to remove at the end of the night.

I'm not normally a fan of the pricier mascaras as I think the High street perform just as well however I have to say I was very impressed with this one. The mascara adds instant length with just one coat, has a long lasting formula that doesn't give you Panda eyes and clearly defines your lashes. Whilst its only downside is that it doesn't deliver much volume I can't say that really lets the product down much.

I give it 4/5

Advantages
  • Instant lengthening effect with just one coat
  • Defines lashes
  • Easy to remove at the end of the night
  • Long lasting
  • Doesn't clump
Disadvantages
  • I wouldn't say it adds much in the way of volume to your lashes  
Get yours for £22.50 at Boots
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