Friday, 27 April 2012

My Hair Hero

It is fair to say that I give my hair a tough time. Every day I expose it to my hairdryer, which I use on full heat, and to my hair straighteners. It's not surprising that my hair can often look like it is in very bad condition!

I've been searching high and low for a hair mask that would work its wonders on my hair, immediately. So, after looking at different views of this product I decided that it seemed like a good investment.

I bought... Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.

In the blogging world and the beauty world this is one of those must have products. So, has it worked miracles on my dry and damaged hair?

Yes! This product restored my very much missed gloss and shine. One thing that really surprised me about this product is how after just one use my ends looked much better, they no longer look like straw.

I use this a few times a week, just leaving it on for about five minutes before rinsing it out. I just put it on when I'm in the shower, no problems at all.

Sometimes if I've got the time I like to leave it on for about 20 minutes. In the first week of using it I slept with the mask on (as it comes with a cap, very handy), my hair dramatically improved.

At the moment this product probably seems to be good true and to be honest it is. The only flaw, which I think is very little considering how well it works, is that it can take a while to wash out because it leaves a residue. Don't let this put you off, just spend an extra minute washing it out.

I've got a 500ml pot and I'm not even half way through the tub and I've been using it for over 3 months (my hair is very long and thick). A little goes a very long way.

So, would I recommend this product? Yes I definitely would, it's now one of my desert island products.


Monday, 23 April 2012

Get A Lashful

For sometime I have been on a quest for long, sweeping eyelashes. I want them to be big and bold - one of the first things you notice about me. The type of eyelashes that people have to ask if there natural or eyelash extensions.

So, after having a browse around for all the eyelash growth serums available I decided to purchase Indeed Labs, Peptalash.

It has just recently been launched in the UK and retails at £24.99 a bottle. This powerful little serum claims to provide longer, thicker, fuller looking lashes through the use of an advanced combination of three clinically proven peptides ( sorry, if that was a little too technical).

You apply peptalash twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Starting from the inner corner of your eye and working your way along, you swipe the product along the base of the upper lashes.

After two weeks, you should notice a difference. We shall see!

I purchased Peptalash from Boots, so handily got some points. Admittedly, the product is tiny, you get 5ml of product. The design of the bottle is cute as it reminds me of a liquid eyeliner. The brush is also very similar to a liquid eyeliner brush, it is fairly small but does hold a lot of product.

So, here is a picture of my eyelashes before I started to use the product...

I realise these aren't the most beautiful pictures, so for that I do apologise! I am currently only a few days in to using the product, but I'm hoping this product will lengthen my lashes as I have a thing about really long lashes.  

I will update you with a picture in two weeks time to see if there is any difference!


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Unneccessary buys

As you may have guessed by now, I am no stranger to shopping. So, I thought I would share some of my latest buys with you.

At the moment I'm trying to curb my spending, especially when it comes to clothes. However, recently there was a little market held in my local shopping centre so thought I would pop along and see what there was to offer. I didn't go mad but managed to pick a few cute pieces.

After I decided to have a mooch in town, which turned into a bit of a disaster as instead of just window shopping I actually ended up buying. Not good for my very little bank account. Although everything I did pick up was a bargain, well I think so anyway.

Here are the pieces I bought from the market:

I might have developed an obsession to jewellery and scarves. Especially pretty little dainty ones... oh dear.

Here are the pieces I bought from town:

These bracelets were the biggest bargain of them all. Both were half price. The gold one was £2 and the other two came together at £4.50. The summery purse, which I've been lusting after for a while, is from River Island and costs £17.00.

So, what do you think, not bad considering I wasn't going to buy anthing?


Sunday, 15 April 2012

Baker Street Bombshell

This nail varnish is making waves across the media at the moment, mainly because the hottest celebrities have been sporting this 'trend shade'. If Beyoncé Knowles is wearing it, you know you've chosen well. Beyoncé Knowles wore this colour on her first public appearance since having her daughter, baby Blue Ivy.

Baker Street is one of the new shades from Nails Inc. - this varnish is a very bright and eye catching cobalt blue. I've never really worn blue on my nails before, but I figured there's a first time for everything. I'm glad that I steered away from my safe neutrals because I have fallen in love with Baker Street. It has definitely one of my favourites now!

The polish is very vibrant, it's almost bordering on neon. Admittedly this colour will not be to everyone's taste, however, if you like to stand out and go for something a bit unusual then you will love this electric blue.

Nails Inc. are known for their quality and for being bang on trend. With this colour I full coverage with just one coat, which is great if you're in a rush and don't have time to do two coats, or maybe a tad lazy like me. Two coats are very impacting and looks super glossy, even after a few days of wearing.

This colour has just helped me to realise the reason that I like Nails Inc. nail varnishes, they dare to be different. So, what do you think of this vibrant hue - liking it or not?


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Sweet Bliss

I became a victim of the Debenhams Easter Extravaganza at the weekend; I innocently thought I would walk through the shop, without buying anything, just to avoid the downpour of rain outside. However, I got to the Bliss counter and was suddenly sucked in by the 20% off sign.

I'm a fan of Bliss anyway so I wouldn't take much persuading, but the one thing that does put me off buying Bliss products is the price tag. Being a poor student it is a little out of my price range. So, with the money off I thought I would treat myself.

I bought the Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit, specifically because on that very day my lips looked like a shrivelled up lobster - red, sore, cracked, and all shrivelled. Not a good look. I thought what better lips to put the cutely named product to the test!

The treatment consists of four steps: Refresh, Retexturize,Rejuvenate and Replenish.

Refresh: This product is rather unusual. Like with any effective routine you need to start off with a blank canvas, so this product which is a lip foam cleanser removes all those impurities, such as lipstick. It starts of as a gel, but once you've applied it to your lips and left it for around thirty seconds it develops in to foam and then you just simply rinse it off. Must admit it's an odd product, but it worked really well.

Retexturize: This lip scrub smelled amazing, unlike some other brands out there that smell of chemicals. It smells and tastes (not that I would recommend eating it) of vanilla and orange. The scrub consists of very small granules of sugar, almond and walnut shell. You'll find with this product that a little goes a very long way. I used this on dry lips, simply moving it around my lips using circular motions and then wiped if off with a damp flannel. It left my lips very smooth and hydrated something my lips very rarely are!

Rejuvenate: This has to be my favourite product out of the kit, the instant lip plumper. It hydrates and plumps your lip without any pain, unlike the majority of lip plumper’s available. It also has a nice minty flavour to it, although its scent isn't over powering. What I like about this product is that it leaves the lips looking very glossy.

Replenish: This softening lip balm, does as it promises. Although I would not use this at the same time as the other products, purely because you cannot really put it on top of the lip plumper, as an individual product this is amazing. I plan to replace my usual Carmex lip balm with this one. This bombards your lips with lots of natural goodness, including, Shea butter, jojoba and grape seed oil. This balm is very soft, so if you’re not keen on putting products on your lips, with this product you won't even notice you have anything on, and it leaves quite a matt finish to the lips also.

Overall, I loved this kit and am very happy that I finally splashed out and bought it. I admit it is a little pricey; however, I loved how great my lips felt after. My lips lack hydration, and from just putting these products on once I noticed a huge difference in how they felt. Plus, this kit is going to last a very long time so I won't have to buy another one for quite a while. I would highly recommend this kit if you have troublesome lips... I have a feeling I will now be addicted to these products!


Monday, 9 April 2012

I am who I am...

So, here it is my first blog post. I thought for my first post I would give a little introduction about myself, even though I'm kind of writing to nobody.

Who am I?

I'm Laura Rose Daniels and I am nineteen years old. I live in Gloucester which is in South West England, it's not really that well known. At the moment I am currently studying journalism at university, admittedly it's a challenge at times but I just keep telling myself no pain, no gain.

What are my interests?

To be totally honest, I'm not that interesting, at least I don't think I am. In my eyes I am your typical girly girl. I love fashion and beauty - I spend a fortune buying all the latest items and products, I enjoy it, however my bank account hates me for it. Besides having an addiction to fashion and beauty, I also have an addiction to magazines. I love to buy a range of magazines every week, it's a must. I have no idea why, but I think it has something to do me wanting to work at a top women's magazine, it would be a dream come true.

The aim of my blog?

This blog is just about me being able to share my thoughts and opinions with like-minded people. I have a feeling this blog will end up being more beauty orientated, just because of the vast amount of products I buy regularly. I don't go as wild with my cash for fashion products as I do for beauty products, although I'm sure some fashion blog posts will crop up. I also hope it's a way of helping people by enabling them to find the right products for themselves without having to spend a fortune on products which won't work for them. Instead I do all that for you, just think of me as your personal guinea pig.

Well, that's enough about me. I apologise for the pointless introduction of myself, but thank you for reading if you did. Please feel free to leave comments as well as I would love to hear from other people and find some good blogs to read as well.