June favourites!

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Hi guys, first of all I would like to apologise for not blogging in the past couple of weeks, I have just had my A level exams, but now I have finished them I should be up to speed with everything.

1. Joico K-Pak reconstruct treatment - (feel unique) £14.95
My hair is in serious need of some TLC! For years I have coloured and bleached my hair and I have paid the price for it. Currently my hair is quite dry, but leaving this treatment on my hair for half an hour after washing really does make a difference. My hair is soft, shiny and doesn't feel damaged. I don't know what I would do without this product, I have repurchased it, which is a first for me and hair products!

2. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat leave in conditioner - (feel unique) £11.05
One thing I have always neglected when it comes to haircare is a leave in conditioner, after hearing Estee (http://www.essiebutton.com/) reccomend this leave in conditioner I decided to try it. Not only does this de-tangle my hair nicely, it also leaves my hair feeling soft and conditioned. I also like the smell.

3. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua- (debenhams) £32
Foundations are something that I love to try, however I have never found my perfect foundation. I tried this foundation after much deliberating and I have to say I love it. This foundation blends in to the skin perfectly and gives a nice natural glow to the skin. This foundation is not heavy and cakey and has converted me from full- coverage foundations. This may just be my 'perfect' foundation.

4. Loreal Superliner Perfect slim - (boots) £6.99
I've always loved to wear black eyeliner and recently I've been drawn to 'pen' liners as they are quick and easy to use. This liner has such an intense black colour to say that it is a pen liner. This is a winner for me.

5. Hd  Brows Kit - (hd brows) £19
I used to use the benefit brow zings, however the powder included was too red toned for me and I wanted to use another product so I turned to the HD Brows. The colours in 'Foxy' are perfect for my brows and the colours can also be used as eyeshadows!

6. Tweezers with attitude - (ebay) £3.09
These tweezers are by far the best I've used. They're also really cute because they come shaped into different girls. Mine were limited edition christmas tweezers, but there are plenty of other styles on ebay.

It was quite hard to choose favourites this month as I am still loving a lot of the products from last months favourites!

My Weave Experience

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Hey guys, in this post I thought that I'd let you know about the experience that I had with my weave. I would just like to say that this is my personal opinion from my personal experience.  I got a weave in January from Weave got Style in the Trafford Centre (there are a couple more across the UK.) My weave cost £240 (the prices have now risen), which included the 16 inch hair that would be used in the weave, and the application. My hair was just below chin length when I got the weave, so obviously I didn't want to opt for longer than 16 inches as I thought that it wouldn't 'fit' with my hair.
I went to get my weave done and it took around 90 minutes, Three rows of hair were put into my head. Hair where the weave was going to be placed was braided and then the hair was sewed into the braid. My hair was then styled and curled.

                                                              (my hair with weave)

My hair with the weave looked fine with how it had been styled, but when I washed it and styled it myself, it became apparent that the top row of hair had been placed too high, and I didn't have enough of my own hair left on top to cover it. Also, (as you can see in the picture) you could see all of my short hair underneath the weave, and just couldn't cover it.
I phoned up about my hair, and then went back in, they lowered the top two sections of hair, and also added a fourth strip of hair below the others, all for free. This did help to hide my own hair better, and I was pleased that they had been understanding and had offered it to me for free.

                                                           (hair after going back)

As you can see, my hair is blended better on the second picture, but I still thought that my short hair was noticeable sometimes. For £240 I would want the weave to blend seamlessly into my own hair and look perfect, as it is a lot of money to pay! I also found it really hard to wash around the hair where the wefts were sewn into the braids. The weave also took ages and ages to dry, which wasn't great if I wanted to wash my hair in a rush. I also felt that the quality of hair was fine, but didn't compare to the quality of the FoxyLocks hair extensions.
I eventually got fed up of the weave and took it out, when I did, I could see that I had patches of horrible dry, flaky skin on my scalp where the braids had been- not a nice thing. My hair was old greasy where the weave had been sewn in, showing that you're not able to wash your hair properly where the hair is sewn in.
All in all, I do not believe that this was not worth £240 and I would not pay for it again. I love my FoxyLocks clip in hair extensions, and I personally think that they blend into my hair better and look more natural. People may think that weaves are a quick fix solution (as I did) but if you would like a weave, then I would consider other alternatives first!

Shona xx

Mini Body Shop Haul

Monday, 11 June 2012

Hey guys! Today I popped to the Cheshire Oaks outlet in Ellesmere port, and whilst there I ventured into the Body Shop store. I got some amazing bargains in there because if you buy two items you get 30% off, if you buy three you get 35% off and if you buy 4 or more items you get 40% off! I bought 6 items so I received 40% off everything, and saved around £20.
I bought a rounded face brush, as I have been wanting to try one of these for awhile, I think using one of these will give my face a really good clean. I bought a large Coconut body scrub, as at the minute I'm really trying to keep my skin soft and supple, so a good scrub is something that I've needed to invest in. I also bought a bath lily as the one I have needs replacing. The next three items that I bought are from the body shops new 'Chocomania' range. I smelt one of the chocomania products and I felt like I was in heaven! The smell is divine, lovely and chocolatly and scrummy! Anyway, from this range I bought; the body lotion, the shower cream and the beautifying oil which can be used on hair, face and skin. All in all, I'm really happy with what I bought, as I'm able to try out some new, yummy products with 40% off.

Shona xx

My thoughts on Glossybox!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Hey Guys, in this post I've going to be giving my thoughts on the Glossy box subscription. I've been subscribed to Glossy box for 5 months, and the box costs £12.95 a month including postage, inside the box you get 5 miniature products and sometimes Glossy box have special boxes. You receive one box per month, and it comes in a light pink Glossy box. Inside the box is your 5 products and a card about the products.
As I said, I have been subscribed to Glossy box for 5 months and therefore have received 5 boxes, 2 of those being special edition boxes. Personally, I have not been impressed with the Glossy box. In most of the boxes that I received I have repeatedly received shower gels and lip glosses. I signed up to Glossybox to receive 5 different luxury samples a month, and I do not think that shower gels count as a luxury product, especially when  I have received them in 4/5 boxes. I also do not like lip glosses, so that fact that I have been sent multiple lip glosses annoyed me also. Another thing that annoyed me is that every month, I received my box, then looked online at what different bloggers and vloggers had received, and it appeared that every month, the well known bloggers would get much better products in their boxes, and often multiple full sized products. For example, In the June box I received; a shower gel sample, perfume sample, skin cream sample, a hair treatment sample and a full sized product (eyelashes worth around £4.) After looking online I saw that people had received HD brows products (worth £15) and as well as that, either eyelashes or a full sized collection gel eyeliner. Now to me, that is not fair, I am paying the same price as anyone else, so therefore I think that people should get the same products. Why should people receive a box worth at least £10 more than mine?
Anyway, I have unsubscribed from Glossy Box as I felt that I had given it a fair try, and I have now subscribed to Jolie Box, so I am looking forward to seeing how I get on with that subscription. After I have been subscribed to Jolie Box for a few months I will let you know my thoughts!
Shona xx

May Favourites!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Hey guys, I'd thought that I'd start doing regular monthly favourite posts, this month it was quite easy to choose my favourite beauty products. I've been using quite a few new products recently, so I've had a wide selection to choose from.

As you can see in the photo above, I have chosen nine products which I have loved this month. My favourites are in no particular order.

1. Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Night Cream - £4.35 (boots)

The first thing that I have been loving this month is the Nivea Visage Night Cream. I was running low on my night time moisturiser so I decided to pop into boots and see what they had to offer, I saw this night cream that is suitable for dry skin and was also as cheap as chips! I have been using this cream every night after I cleanse my face and I have to say - it is wonderful! This cream is very moisturising without being heavy or greasy and it really does leave my skin feeling soft and nourished. I think the price tag for this product is absolutely amazing as well.

2. Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer - £8.99 (boots & superdrug)

I bought this primer because I used to really neglect using a primer before my foundation, I have used the MUA primer, but I feel that it just disappears into my skin and does absolutely nothing. This primer has a smooth gel-like texture and a little bit goes a really long way. My skin does feel really smooth and primed when I use this product. The price of £8.99 does seem quite steep for a drug store product, however I do feel as though you get what you pay for when it comes to primers.

3. Rehab Shampoo - £9.95 250g (lush)

I decided to get this shampoo because I wanted to try and use more natural products whilst trying to rejuvenate my hair. 'Rehab' caught my eye because it claims to repair your hair and scalp. This shampoo has a really nice smell that to me smells citrus-ey and herb-aly. When I use this shampoo with Lush's Retread conditioner my hair smells amazing for days. My hair has been really soft and silky and healthy since I've started using this shampoo and I will be repurchasing when it runs out (although a little goes a long way so that won't be for awhile.)

4. Models Own Nail Varnish 'Lilac Dream' - £5 (boots)

This is a really pretty colour on the nails, It is a lilacy-pink colour and I have been wearing it a lot this month. I think that the Model's own Nail varnish formulas are really good, as the varnish tends to stay on the nails without chipping for quite awhile.

5. Real techniques buffing brush - £21.99 (as part of set) (boots)

I bought the Real Techniques core collection kit from Boots, as I had heard plenty of good things about the Real Techniques brushes. These brushes are so cheap compared to brands such as Mac, Sigma etc. The brush is made from synthetic hair and is really soft on the skin. This brush is great for applying liquid foundation to my skin and it leaves a really flawless finish.

6. Bobbi Brown Corrector - £17.00 (selfridges, john lewis, online)

I have this in the shade 'Porcelain Bisque.' I think that the shades available are really great, as my shade is almost 'off-white' and great at correcting my bright circles. This corrector is great at covering my under eye circles and it doesn't go 'cakey' as the formula is not too thick. I have been using this every day and I am loving it. Anything to help my dark circles is a miracle for me.

7. Sleek Blush 'Rose Gold - £4.30 (superdrug)

I had been after this blusher for ages, it's a wonderful shimmery pink with golden undertones. This is such a pretty colour and it suits my skintone really well. The price is really great for this blush as you get 8g of product as well, so it will last ages even with daily use.

8. Dark Plum Lipstick - 50p

I have been loving this lipstick loads, I purchased it from a market in my town for 50p and it is an amazing lipstick- especially for the price. The liptick is so creamy and pigmented, which is great for me because some lipticks really dry my lips out which is not a good look. I'm sorry that you guys can't buy this lipstick but I just wanted to include it.

9. Colorsport 30 day mascara (dark brown) - around £5.00 (bodycare) £8.25 (boots)

I used this product to dye my eyebrows in order to make them appear thicker and need less 'filling in.' The results from this product were amazing, in just a few minutes my eyebrows were a darker brown and looked 100% thicker than they did before. I can not rave about this product enough and I totally reccomend it if you want darker, thicker brows.

Okay guys, so that's the end of my May favourites post! I'm sorry that so many items were included but I've been loving so many things this month.

Shona xx
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