Monday, 16 April 2018

Organic Shop Hair Care

I've been giving my hair a break lately. I had a lot chopped off at the beginning of the year,  I left the hair salon thinking it was too short- standard. But it needed more than a trim after my ridiculous urge to dye my blonde hair dark with the help of a £5 box dye (A decision I very much regret!). Also I used to leave my hair in velcro rollers to air dry which was basically killing the ends of my very fine hair. It's all a learning curve I guess.


Needless to say my hair was in for some real TLC and ever since I have been making sure I take care of it. I barely use heat on it and those velcro rollers are gone! I've made sure I've stuck to products that don't contain any harmful chemicals that could damage it further.

So when I was offered the chance to try some products from the new haircare range by 
Organic Shop I knew that these were  going to be products with a whole lot of goodness in them. With the tagline 'Naturally Beautiful Haircare' I knew this was just what my hair needed right now. 

 Their products are  100% cruelty free and come in recyclable packaging. They aim to be three things - Simple, Pure and Natural. With Simple combinations of ingredients, formulas, and packaging.  (I'm a big fan of the pump dispenser, it's very handy in the shower!). Pure ingredients with no parabens, SLS, mineral oils or polyethylene. And Natural formulas using certified organic extracts and oils where possible. 

My hair is fine and very flat if left to its own devices so the Vibrant Raspberry and Acai volumising range was best suited to me. Not only does it smell amazing it doesn't weigh the hair down, giving it a volumising boost. 

Raspberries have a high vitamin C content so they help to leave your hair shiny and manageable. Organic Acai strengthens with the help of vitamins A, E and B while removing all traces of oil and dirt so they are the perfect pairing.


Along with the 280ml Shampoo and 280ml Conditioner there is a 250ml Hair Mask to match. It's a gorgeous thick mask that actually looks good enough to eat! You simple apply it to damp hair and leave it on for 2-3 minutes. This is great for when I don't have time for a proper pamper but I want to make sure my hair is getting a bit of a boost. It's a really great mask to use in the shower as it doesn't need to be left on for long to get to work. 
If you're after something different the other ranges available are Coconut and Shea to moisturise, Argan and Amla for strengthening, Honey and Avocado to restore shine and Pomegranate and Patchouli for a real hydration boost. I don't know about you but I fancy a smoothie now! 

The best part is how affordable these all are, they're just £2.50 each! You can pick them up at Tesco and organic  where you will also find details on their fab competition to win a holiday for two in the Caribbean! 

*this range was kindly gifted to me but all thoughts are my own 


Thursday, 8 March 2018

L'Oreal Infallible Shaping Kit

Don't you love it when you have wanted to try something for ages and then it's on offer?
 I am constantly adding clothes to wish lists and checking them to see if they go in the sale. Just a saving of a couple of quid and I'm checking out quicker than a Kylie-Jenner-and-her-baby pic goes viral.


I went in for a browse in Superdrug and had a play with the make-up while Sam and Mason went off to buy toothpaste or something more typically 'essential'. With my hand covers in swatches I decided it was time to head for a coffee, but just before the exit I noticed a L'Oreal display with a very attractive kit. I stopped in my tracks and Sam let out a little sigh. 

I had just been looking at the L'Oreal stick foundation and the new range of primers caught my eye too. I've been on the hunt for a good primer that stops me looking shiny by midday. This range has confused me because all websites call it 'Infallible' but the packaging definitely says 'Infaillible' - but for the purpose of this review I'm going with what everyone else is saying... even though it doesn't make sense. 


Anyway there were four of these L'Oreal Shaping kits which contain an Infallible Longer Shaping Stick Highlighter, a blender and an Infallible Primer. You then pick your shade of the Infallible Longer Shaping Stick Foundation to add to the pack so it's pretty much tailored to you (or... me!). This was all for £19.99.


As far as I could see all packs had the same shade of highlighter (503 Slay in Rose) and you pick the kit based on your preferred primer. There's a choice of 4 primers so you can have -

The Neutraliser Base which has a green tint to neutralise redness and blemishes;
The Luminiser Base with pearl pigments that brighten and give you a bit of a glow;
The Pore-Refiner Base which claims to give you an airbrushed finish, by blurring pores and uneven areas and the Mattifier Base which absorbs excess oil.

Due to my oily t-zone I went for the Mattifier in the hope of sorting out the dreaded shine problem. And I picked up shade 160 Sand in the foundation which is ever so slightly warmer than my skin tone but I'm going to be all about the fake tan over the coming months so I'll make it work. 


I've been wearing this combination for a couple of days now and I'm pretty happy with these guys. They work very well together and the Infallible Mattifying Primer does a great job of controlling my oily areas. I purposely only applied this on my nose, cheeks and chin but left out between my brows and forehead to see how they compared. I definitely noticed my forehead was looking a lot more oily than the rest of my face by the end of the day so the primer was doing its job. It didn't make me look 'matte' -as the foundation isn't a matte finish but it definitely reduces shine. The Foundation is a medium coverage but really buildable and it blends out beautifully with the help of the blender included in the kit. 


 I have to admit I'm not usually a fan of cream highlighters, I find they can kind of sweep the foundation away and be a bit heavy but I am really happy with this one. I can actually apply it straight from the tube to my cheekbones and lightly blend it in and I'm good to go. It's a gorgeous little colour too, I really like the pink tone, it's great for spring!

Now, I do have some slight reservations when it comes to  hygiene, applying straight on the face feels a bit icky - if anybody knows how I should be sanitising these please share. However I find these perfect for travelling and keeping in my bag should I need a quick touch up. 


Overall I think this is a fantastic little kit and with each product being £8.99 when bought individually it's a total bargain! 

Let's be honest, L'Oreal is almost always on 3 for 2 so you can definitely pick and choose a couple of these bits and try some others too (I like the look of their tattoo eyebrow pen) but if you want to try all of these then picking this up is a no brainer!


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Dresses for Spring

We've made it through January, now we're in the stage between Winter and Spring. (Spwinter...?) The mornings are chilly but a lot more of the grey skies have been replaced with blue ones. At the weekend I even ventured outside without a coat! March is nearly here and I am so excited about getting my Spring wardrobe together. I find shopping for Spring outfits  much more exciting than Winter clothes. I like my clothes to be lightweight and minimal effort and the warmer weather helps with that. 

I love to pop on a dress and throw a long cardigan over the top. The kind of shoes can change the dress and make it work for day shopping or a meal in the evening. Just changing from heels, to flat boots or pumps changes a look completely. It's effortless chic and versatile too.
Zaful have a  great selection to help you find that perfect spring dressThey ship from the US so it can take over a week to arrive but we've got time for that! That's a perk of me getting excited for warmer weather a little early. If you're willing to wait a bit you can grab yourself a right little bargain as their prices are really reasonable. 

I browsed through the site for pages and pages! There is so much choice, from off the shoulder dresses, skater style, A-line, floral patterns, tartan and moreRecently I am really loving a wrap dress, I've found a couple on the high street are lovely but are far too low cut for me to wear comfortably day to day. The long floral red dress (bottom, middle) is a perfect Spring colour and casual enough to wear for the school run or out to lunch. Red is such a great colour for this time of year, we've just left the Christmassy feel behind and are adding polka dots and flowers to take it into the warmer weather. Take a look at some other red dresses here.

If you're not quite in the Spring mindset yet a zaful shirt dress is perfect for the interim. A pair of tights and some boots teamed with a leather jacket and you can step away from the jeans and sweatshirt life we've all been living in. 

You can easily find something perfect for less than £15 so it won't cost a fortune to start putting your Spring wardrobe together. Be sure to check out my recent post on some of the gorgeous swim wear from Zaful too. 

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