Friday, 19 September 2014

An introduction to: Color Wow

Color Wow initially popped up on my radar about a year ago, when I was given a sample of their One Minute Transformation Styling Cream in a goody bag. Since then, the styling cream has become a must-have in my daily hair routine, so I was excited to be introduced to the rest of their range and test it out. 

Color Wow is the brainchild  of Gail Federici, who is the co-founder of John Frieda's haircare company and the woman behind the formulas for their frizzy and blonde hair care ranges. While the products suggest that they're designed for coloured hair, (which is definitely true in some cases), there are a variety of styling products in the range which can be used by anyone, and with fantastic results. I've picked out my top three products below (but trust me, all of the range is pretty good!).

The One Minute Transformation Styling Cream is a firm favourite of mine and when used on dry hair, helps to tame frizz and keep your style in place all day. My hair is quite fine but tends to fluff up a lot (damn you humidity), so this is a must-have for me to stop looking like a ginger fuzz-ball. A pea-sized amount is plenty for my medium length hair - I apply using my fingers and then comb through for an even finish. £16.50

Another cult product from the range is the Root Cover Up. This is a tinted powder which is designed to help touch up your roots, making it possible to go a little longer before your next trip to the salon. Once applied, this stuff isn't budging until you shampoo it, so don't panic about getting caught in the rain. There are six shades to choose from, each of which seems to blend well with a variety of hair shades, even highlighted styles. £28.50

The Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac is another great product - it adds a seriously glossy effect to hair without making it look greasy, so if like me, you've been blessed with fine hair, you're still able to use this to your heart's content. Bonus. You can use it on wet or dry hair and one pump of this is all I need for my shoulder length, fine hair. £14

There are about a dozen products in total in the Color Wow range, all of which can be found in store and online from Space NK and Feel Unique. If you haven't got coloured hair, don't be put off by the name - the styling products can be used by all hair types, and the shampoo is SLS free making it a great option for coloured hair and more sensitive scalps. While the products are a little pricey, my tube of One Minute Transformation has lasted almost a year, so despite the initial cost, it's been pretty good value overall!

Have you tried anything from Color Wow before? Do you like the look of this range?

*PR samples
Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Body Shop Makeup Brushes review

When you think of The Body Shop, it’s probably about one of their fab smelling body butters or a great bath product, right? Well my absolute favourite of theirs is something that not many people talk about and I think that needs to change. So let me introduce you to The Body Shop makeup brushes.

Now, makeup brushes probably aren’t high on your list of things to buy from The Body Shop, but these are super soft, long wearing and in my mind, rival a lot of the more expensive brands. There are 13 brushes in the range to choose from, and cover everything from powder to foundation and eyes to lips.

The Body Shop make up brushes

All of the brushes are made with cruelty-free synthetic fibres and are seriously soft against the skin. I use their eye shadow brush daily (I have about 3 of these for different shades!) and it’s great for applying a wash of colour across the lid, or using the flat end to apply a bit of a darker shade to the eye crease.

Another favourite of mine is the larger Blusher Brush. It’s the perfect size for dusting blusher over the apples of your cheeks and also works really well with powder highlighters.

The brushes range in prices from £9 for the eye shadow brush up to £16 for the Slanted Kabuki Brush, however there are often special brush kits available to buy at a massively reduced price. Make sure you look out for these in the run up to Christmas – last year I was able to get 8 brushes for just £45 which was almost half the cost of buying them individually. They also wear really well. I’ve been using a set of brushes for over a year now and despite daily use and regular washing, the bristles are still in great shape, with no signs of shedding.

I’d love to see a few more brushes added to The Body Shop range – it’d be great to have a nice fluffy buffing brush and maybe an angled face brush to help create a soft contoured look.  

You can find the full Body Shop makeup brush range both online and in store – why not pick one up next time you’re visiting and give them a try!

Have you tried The Body Shop makeup brushes before?

*PR sample
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Autumn Tag

Autumn is my favourite season of the year - those perfect crisp sunny days with beautiful leaves all around make up for the mist, drizzle and associated hair issues you often associate with the season! Today I'm taking part in the Autumn Tag, created by the lovely Georgina from Makeup-Pixi3 (image credit also to Georgina). I'd love to see your answers to this tag, so please link me up in the comments if you've taken part.  

1.  Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I know this is controversial, but I don't actually like tea or coffee (sorry), so all those lovely sounding latte's have never crossed my lips. That said, I did enjoy a Hot spiced apple drink from Costa last year - it reminded me a lot of mulled cider and was absolutely delicious!

2.  Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
I like to stick my boots on pretty much as soon as September starts, so I'm already in ankle boots as we speak! Scarves are another must-have for me - I have about 10 different ones that I rotate throughout the colder weather. I'm also loving the fact that cardigan style capes are back in fashion - it's like being able to legitimately wear a blanket and not get looked at weirdly.

3.  Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
My music taste doesn't really change much throughout the seasons - I tend to just play what I enjoy! Always a lot of Fleetwood Mac, whatever else might be included in the mix.

4.  Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
My perfume tends to change more on my mood rather than the seasons, but I do like something slightly spicy for an autumnal evening. My current favourite is Reiss Black Oudh.

5.  Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
I absolutely adored the Diptique pine scented candle they brought out for Christmas last year, and I have a travel sized version of that which i'm saving up for cosy nights in.

6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
Those perfect autumnal days where it's chilly outside but the sun is still shining. To me, those are the perfect kind of day and I like to spend them outside, preferably walking along the beach, wrapped up in a nice warm coat and scarf.

7.  Favourite makeup look?
It's got to be berry nails and a berry lip. Pretty standard for A/W but definitely a classic.

8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
My holiday (yay!) and then hopefully coming back to some crisp autumnal weather so I can crack out my scarves and head down to the seaside.

What's your favourite thing about autumn?