Saturday, 23 February 2013

Unilever Compressed Deodorants

Dove Compressed Deodorant: £2.89
Sure Compressed Deodorant: £2.10
Vaseline Compressed Deodorant: £1.90

So after seeing the advert for Unilever's new compressed deodorant's, I instantly wanted to see if the new 75ml would last as long as the normal 150ml that we are all used to! There are three popular brands to choose from: Sure, Dove & Vaseline, but as Sure is my go-to brand I chose 'Sure Bright' to put the compressed can to the test. After a few weeks of daily and sometimes twice-daily use, the can still feels as full as when I started and the product works exactly the same, giving the same protection!

This product has so many bonuses, for those eager to help the environment this is an investment, Unilever state that this product is better for the environment and if everyone converted to these compressed cans then we could save 750 tonnes of CO2 a year! Not only is this product better for the environment, it is better for the consumer as each of the 3 brands have added a new moisturising or protection formula to their deodorant. Another amazing aspect is that my deodorant now fits in my make-up bag! No longer will I have to buy tiny travel-size cans that run out so quickly!

There are no excuses to not purchase this, as all 3 brands have a wide range of scents in the new compressed can formula - so look for the little cans with the green band! (...there is a money back guarantee until 15th May 2013 if you REALLY don't like it!)

Friday, 22 February 2013

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in Medium Deep

Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder: £21.00

For ages I have been looking for a good bronzer that just gives that 'sun kissed' glow rather than an intense bronze. So I popped into my local MAC store and picked up this product, which is not actually classed as one of their bronzing powders, it is just a normal mineral face powder for those with a darker complex. This product gives a matte finish which is excellent, as a bronzer without any shimmer at all is usually a hard thing to find! I use this product along the cheek bones, on the temples and then use any excess across the forehead and down the nose. These are all the points that the sun would hit and add colour too, and with a light dusting of this product you can have this effect! 

This is definitely not the cheapest product around, and I am sure somewhere out there there is a drug store dupe of this, but I can see this lasting me such a long time and is a good investment for such a good quality product that can be used everyday!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

John Freida Full Repair Range

John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo: £5.89
John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner: £5.89
John Frieda Perfect Ends Deep Infusion: £6.99

This product has been a real saviour for me, about 6 months ago I was really struggling with damaged, brittle and weak hair. It got to the point where clumps of hair would fall out every time I conditioned and I knew something was wrong. I now realise that hair products can have completely different effects on different people. At this point I changed from Aussie shampoo and conditioner to VO5 and seen a real difference, but still a lot of fall out when conditioning. Come Christmas a friend bought me this trio and it has worked absolute wonders!

All three products have a high-end salon smell rather than your average fruity scented shampoo/conditioner which is a real advantage. The shampoo is a bit oilier than you would expect but this really works in replenishing those dry and damaged areas from heat-styling, dying and back brushing. I use the shampoo twice, once to clean the hair and then a smaller amount to add shine. I then use the conditioner once by really massaging it in to the ends of my hair, and then working any excess into the scalp and through the mid-lengths. I leave this on for about 3-5 minutes to allow it to work into the hair and then rinse it off.

Once the hair is towel dried I then use the Perfect Ends Serum and work one pump through the hair and rub one pump thoroughly into the ends. The bottle advises to use only one pump sparingly, but I feel this would only work on shorter hair cuts and styles. This product is very oil based but does not leave the hair looking oily or greasy. I leave my hair to dry naturally and usually sleep with it wet, and the results are that my hair is so silky and smooth, and is never terribly knotty when i wake up. I usually clip my fringe back at work and some days I have found my  hair is so silky that my bobby pins slide out of my hair, if that isn't a good result I'm not sure what is!

There are a few other products in this range that I would like to try and all very reasonably priced for anyone looking to replenish their hair on a tight budget!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Review.

What the box looks like! RRP: £9.99

The colour I bought - 10A Extra Light Ash Blonde

All the fun stuff you get!! This includes an instruction manual on how to mix and apply the dye, a pump, a set of gloves, developer, colourant and conditioner.

So the other week I noticed my ends were starting to look a little brassy and faded so I decided to give it a new lick of paint and re-dye it using a John Frieda dye! It was only when I got it home that I realised that it was in fact a foam formulation as to your normal dye so was a bit weary of using it to ombre my hair, but thought I might as well go for it and try it out!! The colour I went for is number 10A, which is 'Extra Light Ash Blonde' (I always pick an ash blonde because it will have a built in toner, which means no orangey brassy hair! Yippee!!) I followed the mixing instructions, and applied it as I normally would any other dye (when I ombre I concentrate the product at the tips and comb the product higher and higher up my hair using my fingers). This dye smells so much like ammonia it's unreal, if you don't like that classic, terrifying hair dye smell, this one is certainly not for you! As I was going over previously bleached and dyed hair I only kept the dye on my hair for approximately 20 minutes and I had it wrapped in cling film the duration it was on my hair. 
My hair before using the dye

My hair after following all the steps and blowdrying it.
Whilst i was washing the dye out, I really noticed that my hair felt great! It didn't feel like I had just dyed it, but like I'd conditioned it! I then applied the conditioner given to you in the box which left my hair feeling so so nourished! My ends look exactly as they did before I dyed it and the hair is nice and strong!! The colour that I got was exactly what I was after, a nice natural(ish) looking colour, but with bright ends and gradual gradient, which is what I think I achieved!! Even though I feel my hair hasn't been damaged all that much by using this dye, I would still recommend getting yourself a leave in conditioner after dying your hair (particularly a colour lighter than your natural one!) and who knows, with brilliant results like these, I may have to pop out and get myself a John Frieda one!!


After a few days, I'd shampooed it three times and used the conditioner given to you in the pack once

A Few disclaimers: I used this dye to re-dye my hair, so if you're looking to dye your hair the first time round, I'd recommend getting hold of a bleach before using this for best/similar results to mine (especially if you're using the same colour as me!!) I also used this to ombre my hair, so I can't say for definite how this dye works for roots or dying your hair all over!! I also tried to replicate the same lighting for all photos showing the colour of my hair to make the images as accurate as possible, but there could be a slight difference, I also used flash for all photos.

The Body Shop Seaweed Skin Essentials

The Body Shop Seaweed Skin Essentials: £9.99

As a girl with a mixed skin combination I'm always looking for a good product to tackle my oily t-zone, so after reading about The Body Shop Seaweed Range I knew I had to give it a go. I went into my local Body Shop to pick up this set, but it doesn't seem to be available on-line, although all the full size and mini products are.

One thing I personally love about The Body Shop is they have a wide range of mini products so that its easy to test them before buying the full size one. I swapped all products in my skin care routine for these products for a full week to see if there were any differences in my skin.

Firstly, the Mattifying Day Cream, I was using as a prepping product before I applied make-up, and I must say this worked as a good primer for a few hours, but this never really stopped excess oil come lunchtime.

The Deep Cleansing Facial Wash is advertised to remove make-up, impurities and excess oil, leave skin feeling refreshed and give a shine free and matte finish, and I found this product to tick all the boxes! This is the product I was really pleased with, after removing eye-make up you massage this into your skin and wash off with warm water, it removes every single trace of make-up and really leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. This facial wash really does mattify the skin, but doesn't dry it out. I love love love it and will definitely be repurchasing at the small price of £8!

The Clarifying Toner, after using the facial wash, removes any trace of make-up you may have missed and adds a little bit of moisture back into the skin leaving a healthy and nourished finish.

The Clarifying Night Treatment wasn't my favourite product, I don't feel that it added much to the skin at all, it has a very jelly like texture which leaves the skin feeling slightly sticky after application. This product did feel really irrelevant in a skincare routine. I'd love to try the Mattifying Moisture Lotion as the final product in this skin care routine as its described as giving lightweight moisture and that is definitely what my skin needs!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Lady Gaga: Fame

Lady Gaga Fame 50ml: £32.00
So, there was a big buzz around this product as it is the first black perfume, which becomes clear once airborne. I was very reluctant to try this as I thought it may stain clothing/skin, luckily, this product does not stain at all and can be worn the same as your ordinary perfume.

It was rumoured that Lady GaGa wanted elements of 'blood and semen' in this product and for it to smell like an 'expensive hooker'. Do not let that put you off, the perfume has a very fruity, summery smell and is very wearable and I have been using it as an every day perfume. The only downfall of this product is the longevity, I like to wear a perfume I can smell throughout the day and this does not seem to cling to my clothes. I seem to over-use this product to boost the smell throughout the day and it hasn't lasted as long as other perfumes normally do. I don't think I would re-purchase on this basis.

This product comes in 3 sizes: 30ml (£25), 50ml (£32) and 100ml (£55) and all are very reasonably priced and available in most high street drug stores.

Overall I think the packaging, advertising and anticipation of the product is what sold so many, not necessarily the product itself.