Now the colder nights, and days, have set in it's the time of year my skin gets super itchy, especially my legs. I dry up like a prune and in order to get smooth, irritation free skin, along with moisturising, I have to exfoliate. I have not found a better body exfoliator than the Soap and Glory Pulp Friction. And for one simple reason, it foams. A lot of body exfoliators, for some reason don't foam so I find them quite difficult to move around the skin and end up using so much more product. Without foam I also feel they can be a little too abrasive on the skin and I need to do a second scrub with a more creamy based product to soothe and remove any beads after exfoliating...ain't nobody got time for daaaaaaat. This is why I loooove Pulp Friction, the foaming in Pulp Friction helps to nourish and sooth the skin as well as exfoliate, I sometimes feel like I don't even need to moisturise afterwards it's that good. The second thing I need to keep on top of is lips. Winter means dark lipsticks, or on a more day to day basis for me, matte nude lipsticks, both of which need a smooth, sexy base to sit on, no flakes here thankyou! The Lush Mint Julips is one of my favourite lip exfoliators. I think it's pretty much just brown sugar , some oil and flavouring so you could easily make your own. I rub it all over my lips most evenings and then lick it off, which writing out sounds a bit gross but it's so nice. Alternatively you could just rub off with a tissue though if you're precious about it. I then follow this with what I can safely say is my all time bestest lip balm, the Jurlique Love Balm (not pictured) and there we go, smooth, nourished skin to see you through the coldest of winters with no probs.
I really wanted some Stan Smiths but couldn't quite justify the £65, so when I saw these in Topshop for £22, I hit that click and collect button quicker than you could say...just straight away basically, they had to be mine. I bought these Zara trousers a while a go and rocked them with Birks all summer but I'd been finding them hard to style as it's gotten colder...well problem solved with these beauts I reckon. Gotta do a quick shout out to Primark as well for this beaut roll neck for £6! Duno if I've got a fat neck though, as it's kind of tight but for that price, can't complain really, it looks well chic innit.
I also made friends with the neighbor's cat.
I also made friends with the neighbor's cat.
Wella Performance Hairspray | Wella Thermal Image Heat Protect | Wella Shimmer Delight | Wella Oil Reflections | Wella Brilliance Shampoo | Wella Brilliance Conditioner | Wella Brilliance Conditioning Mask
...no seriously I did and totally by accident.
I wanted to do a post on these new hair stuffs from Wella Professionals I've been trying recently. Being a hairdresser, I'm never gona pass up the opportunity to try some new hair stuffs, so when Capital Hair and Beauty contacted me with this lot of goodies, I couldn't resist!
I have really been enjoying the Brilliance shampoo and conditioner, they're nice and light but so nourishing and make my hair feels really soft but not flyaway or weighed down, plus they smell amazing and so fresh. I've then been scrunching the Oil Reflections Oil through the mid lengths and ends. This is another product I am really into, despite being an oil, once again it's weightless on the hair and gives such touchable softness with a subtle shine, making my parched ends look hydrated and fresh. On this particular night I stupidly left my only hairdryer at work...fate worse than death right, I haven't slept with wet hair for years and I was expecting to wake up with lank, flat hair, that wouldn't do anything the next day. But to my surprise when I woke up I thought, 'Ok, let's try and work with this', I flipped my hair upside down, blasted some Bumble Pret a Powder onto the roots and finished with the Wella Performance Hairspray and hey presto, this what we ended up with. I'm quite lucky in that I have a natural wave in my hair but I never thought it would last like this, I had this style for 3 days and it just seemed to get better, a quick top up of hairspray each day and I was good to go.
So could this be a firm farewell to heat styling? Probs not but it's defo a great lazy option and will be perfect for summer.
And if you guys don't know what Capital is, it's an amazing hair and beauty wholesalers where I get all my professional hair bits. If you're a professional in the hair & beauty industry this is the place for you, head over to their site to find out more, but I definitely couldn't live without them. They also do courses which is amaaaaazing, I'm desperate to do a waxing and a nails course so if any of you have done a course with Capital, let me know how it was!
Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora | L'oreal True Match Illuminating Concealer | Bourjois Happy Light Foundation | Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder | Nars Orgasm Blush
I've kind of been switching up my makeup routine lately to incorporate a slight bit of sheen as the colder months are well and truly here. With that and the central heating, my skin can tend to look pretty dull, pretty easily.
Now being an oily gaaal, anything shimmery, illuminating or glowy is usually a no go. Although I absolutely love anything of that nature to buy, I'm a highlighting hoarder, I don't tend to get the use out of it that I would like.
Recently I have discovered a way to get a bit of glow going on without ending up looking like a sweaty, greasy mess. The secret is to apply a cream or liquid highlighter underneath powder so it secretly, shimmers through rather than sitting stark on the skin. Once I've applied my corrector, concealer and foundation, I'll go in with my highlighting products. Firstly I'll blend the L'oreal True Match Illuminator under my eyes in the Kardashian triangle shape, I'll them go in with a cream highlighter. This will stay on all day as long as you set it with powder, and my current favourite is a cult classic from Illamasqua, the Gleam highlighter in Aurora. A beautifully natural, gold sheen with peach glint. I apply this to all the high points of my face, cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, my cupids bow, chin, inner corners of the eyes and lastly just above the arch of my eyebrow. Now cream products and oily skin doesn't usually go, but I've a trick to make this last all day and look less like, oh here's my highlighter and more like, this is my natural glow from within. As all my liquid products are now on my face I can set it with powder. I have been loving the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder for a couple of months now so I pat this onto everywhere I've highlighted, but specifically focus on the centre of my face where the oil can go a tad out of control. I'll then dust my cheeks off with some Nars Orgasm blush for that freshly pinched cheeks, outdoor flush of colour and we're good to go.
Et voila, an effortless winter sheen that really does look like it comes from within.
Can you believe it's November??? I know everyone's saying how fast this year has gone but seriously, it's getting ridiculous now, I feel like everything's flashing by so so quickly and before we know it, shit January will be here and there's nothing to look forward to.
But let's not dwell on that right now as today we're going to rifle through the Look Fantastic November Beauty box yippee! This is the third box that Look Fantastic have released and by now, beauty boxes are usually pretty shit. But LF have done it again with some seriously amazing samples...
Eve Lom Cleanser - I mean...what can I say, voted number one cleanser in the world this stuff, in my opinion, wipes the face clean off all other balm cleansers. It's some serious coin but this deluxe sample is the perfect way to at least get to experience it in some capacity, even if you can't justify the hefty price tag on the full size.
Hand Chemistry Hand Cream - To me a hand cream's a hand cream, and this time of year one is essential. I love this packaging though and the scent is so nice.
NUXE Youth and Radiance Revealing Care - PERFECT for perking up dull winter skin.
Glam Glow Youth Mud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment - I don't think I need to go into too much detail about how bloody amazing it is to have such a good size sample of the infamous Glam Glow. I love the white version of this and am so excited to be able to try this one.
Monu Soothing Touch Recovery Balm - Now this sounds more exciting that it is as it can be used as an overnight mask, similar to the Origins Drink Up and Monu is beauty with conscience as everything is paraben free.
NEW CID Lip and Cheek Tint - Another take on a chubby stick, but always a welcome addition, especially in festive red, which I can say now as Bonfire night has passed and the countdown is officially on!
Order your Look Fantastic Beauty Box here.
Fudge Urban Hair Chalk in Ice White | Fudge Urban Hair Chalk in Red Hot Pepper | Motel Dress | Motel Fleece Jumper | Vagabond Boots
I was recently given the opportunity to collab with Motel Rocks and hair brand Fudge. Of course I jumped at the chance and have been trying out these Fudge hair chalks. Despite being a hairdresser I have never tried any hair chalks, I know, who am I?! So I was really excited to have a go with these. The white one is to be used with darker hair tones in order to assist in the vibrancy of the other colours. As you can see the other chalk looks quite red in the packaging but actually comes out pretty much fluorescent pink on lighter hair, which I prefer. This stuff is so easy to use, you just rub it on and there you go, then just shampoo and it comes straight out. Great to play around with colour without the commitment and I think the purple and blue would be perfect to play with for Halloween!!!
I also luuuurve this Motel dress, it reminds me of Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer, it fits perfectly and I love it so much I'm pretty sure I'm going to get one in every pattern, and the jumper, so warm and cozy and looks wicked with high waisted jeans...but that's another outfit post.
Watch my Get Ready with Me vid featuring this look over on my Youtube channel.
Watch my Get Ready with Me vid featuring this look over on my Youtube channel.
If you follow me on youtube or any other social nets you may know I recently had a cheeky little trip to Berlin. It was my 30th Birthday, and being that I hardly travelled anywhere in my 20s/ever in my life, I thought it's about time I start as I mean to go on. Travel is such an important thing and sometimes you just have to think fuck it and go, think about the money later, you'll always make more money, you may not always be able to travel.
Now one thing I realised, despite calling myself a 'vlogger/blogger', I am absolutely shocking at recording anything when I'm out and about especially if I'm trying to navigate/negotiate my way around a different country. So here's a few snaps that I did manage to take, but I missed so much, my biggest regret is not getting any pics of the glorious currywurst...you gotta try it.
The beaut road we were staying on
The Holocaust Memorial
Berlin was such a beautiful city, with amazing architecture and lots to do. My favourite thing though was walking around, having a look at the different areas and finding a cute cafe, basically anything to do with food and drink and I'm happy. I'll have a post coming up on my favourite cafe we found this week. We chose to stay in Prenzlauer Berg which I'd highly recommend as a really cool, chilled out base to explore the city. It's kind of like the Shoreditch/hipster area of Berlin, there are so many quirky cafes, bars and resturants as well as a cool flea market at Mauerpark on Sundays. It's also home to the most banging burger place called The Bird. American run, this place boasts the best burgers in Berlin, that's a huge statement but so right on and their chips...I died, I enjoyed it so much again I completely forgot to get any pics but if you do visit Berlin, make it your mission to eat at The Bird.
Here it is the second month of the Look Fantastic beauty box! I previewed last months box over on youtube here and am so excited to bring you the next instalment.
The best thing about the Look Fantastic beauty box is the size of the samples, perfect for giving all the products a real good try before you buy and if you're a bit of a traveller, you've got your travel sizes sorted right here.
On to the contents of this months box
L'oreal Professionel Serie Expert Pro Keratin Refil Shampoo and Conditioning Hair Mask - Damaged, breaking hair, this guys for you. Anything Keratin is protein so if you are a slave to bleach and you can never quite get your hair to grow in the Kardashian locks you so desire, get on this range. As it concentrated protein only leave the mask on for about 10-15 minutes as you don't want to over proteinase the hair as this then does the reverse and hair becomes brittle. Once you use up the range start introducing some more moisture based products as well as healthy hair needs a good balance of protein and moisture.
Korres Citrus Shower Gel - Korres is such a nice brand. Everything I've tried I've been really impressed with and this shower gel is for sure in my travel bag for my birthday trip to Berlin this weekend. I love how the scents are all really fresh, not too overwhelming and not at all synthetic. All Korres products are free from mineral oil and silicone and enriched with plant extracts.
Balance Me Facial Expression Filler - Now this is an interesting one. Focus this product on any lined areas you feel concerned about. And even if you don't have any yet, this contains hylauronic acid which is super moisturising and helps plump the skin so you can age as seamlessly as possible!
KMS Free Shape Quick Blowdry - There are a few blowdry sprays that claim to speed up blowdry time, so especially for you girls with long, thick hair that find blowdrying such a chore this ones for you.
Gatineau Collagene Expert Smoothing Cream - I've heard a lot about Gatineau and never got to try anything. This is a hydrating gel cream - my fav formula of creams, that helps to even skintone, plump skin and overall just make you look banging with no makeups on.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray Plus - Now I don't think this is new version, I wonder if maybe they'll be changing the name as I can't find any info on why this would be plus. This was also in the last beauty box but I'm so glad to have another sample in time for Berlin. I can never sleep anywhere but my own bed, especially if I'm abroad, so this is going to be a big help to comfort me and be a tiny piece of home to help me sleep in an unknown country!
So now you know what's inside, go and pre order your Look Fantastic Beauty Box here...and be quick as once they're gone, they're gone!
Luxe haircare is a funny one. Nowadays beauty consumers aren't as adverse to dropping £30 or so on an expensive item of skincare but haircare, I think still has a long way to go. Consumers don't seem to place the same emphasis on quality of ingredients when it comes to their hair, a quick jaunt down the isle of Boots and they're good to go.
As a hairdresser, I place the same amount of importance on my haircare products as I do my skincare. Now I'm not saying everything needs to be premium, you can get away with a few cheaper styling products here and there, but do bare in mind silicones, padding (volume) or shaping (hold) ingredients used in these products will cling to your hair and be hard to remove, causing a product build up and then further damage, especially if you heat style. But so often I hear an argument for why people find it so hard to spend more on haircare, 'does it really make a difference, it's only my hair'. The argument for expensive haircare is exactly the same as skincare, if you want the best ingredients, the best research and more often than not the best result, especially if you colour and heat style your hair, you're gona have to part with some pounds here and there.
Step up Show Beauty. A brand that markets their haircare very similarly to a skincare routine, for a great style you need a good base of 'moisturiser', a good foundation, topped off with a good finishing product. All talk and a great sales pitch you might think but, being someone who didn't quite jump on the Oribe bandwagon, I have genuinely been so impressed with this range.
The first thing that screams at you is the scent, all the products have a decadently sweet and really luxurious fragrance to them. Show Beauty employed fragrance connoisseurs Givaudan, who have developed fragrances for the likes of Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, to develop the associated fragrance for their products. The result is indulgent, gourmand notes which feature in a lot of my personal favourite fragrances, and make this range a real treat for the hair, and the nostrils! You can really enjoy treating and styling your hair as much as you do a great facemask on a sleepy sunday, something I think is revolutionary in today's haircare market.
My stand out product has to be the Treatment Oil. Now I'm not crazy on oils as I often feel they weigh my hair down and just sit on top of it. On first look of this one it seems quite gloopy, but once applied to towel dried hair it sinks in beautifully and leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft but nourished and substantial, like it really has been rebuilt. It contains argan oil which penetrates the cuticle and strengthens the hair from within, rather than just sitting on top of the cuticle and smoothing it out without actually adding any benefit to the hair. If there was one product I would really recommend from the range, it would be this one, the most perfect treatment and beautifully indulgent product which doesn't overload the hair, and looks pretty nice on the dressing table, I am seriously in love with this.
I also love the Volume Mist. Traditionally any volume product automatically means a tacky and pretty dry feeling to the hair but again, this product is so so nourishing, smells amazing and really does inflate my hair. I have been wearing my hair straight recently which usually I hate as it looks so flat and lack lustre, what I want is sleek, shiny hair with body...this, I thought was completely unachievable until I used this. Again I spray through wet hair and blast dry, it really inflates the hair and I can physically see the root sitting up from my scalp, but no dried out, matte, knotty texture, my hair feels smooth, has some shine and looks pretty damn aspirational, rather than my usual trampy Olsen, dragged out of a hedge chic!
Now I know this line is expensive and as I was so so lucky to receive this as a gift it would be easy to think I was over egging the pudding, but honestly, no bullshit, I have been seriously blown away by Show Beauty, so much so I have a shopping list of about 3 other products I'm desperate to try, all to be funded by myself...if that doesn't convince you I don't know what will.