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Product reviews, new products I love.

Product review: Batiste 2 in 1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner

I have mentioned before that I am an avid dry shampoo user – not only does it revive my hair when I’m feeling lazy but it gives me so MUCH VOLUME! What’s not to love?! I love Batiste products, their dry shampoo works wonders. Two weeks ago, while commuting home on the tube I spotted an advert for a new Batiste product that includes the usual dry shampoo component plus a conditioner! Hello, Batiste 2 in 1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner! One of my fears was always that I was drying my hair and scalp out from using too much dry shampoo. So with added conditioner, surely I was helping it?! But really, not hello, more GOODBYE. I’ve used it on three separate occasions now to test it out; the day after washing my hair, two days after washing my hair and STRAIGHT AFTER washing my hair. Every time my hair came out greasy and limp and worse than it was before. Am I doing it wrong? I’ve used it just like normal dry …

Product review: NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls

I recently wrote about splurging out on Aesop products and loving how clear they made my skin. Turns out they were too harsh for me. After a week my skin was dry, scaly and stung when I put some jojoba oil on to try and rectify the problem. I’m heartbroken because I love the Aesop products and because I spent a fucking fortune on them. Gutted. I hope we’ve all learnt a lesson from my mistake. TESTERS, people.

Should I squeeze my spots? And other such beauty questions…

In October I asked a few questions around beauty myths and found the answers. It’s time for another round of such questions. If you’ve got a question for future posts – let me know. Let’s all learn together. This time we look at spot squeezing, hair washing, homemade versus store bought face masks, and teeth whitening – because we all know those teeth whitening toothpastes do jack shit.

Birchbox: December review

I received my December Birchbox surprise in the post last week and was thrilled with the contents. I’ll admit I can be useless with these packages – I think I’m most excited about the opening of the box and looking to find out what’s inside. I’m absolutely rubbish at actually using the products. This month though I have already made a conscious effort to use everything. Top of the list for me is the Percy and Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, it does wonders on your hair. I have mentioned before that I have fine hair – this Wonder Balm does what it says on the package. It’s wonderful. My hair looked full, thick and stayed styled the whole day and night. I did get caught in a rain shower and my hair became lank and heavy and a little greasy. But I can’t blame the balm for that – that was the rain. Next favourite is the LAQA & Co. Eyelighter, which under your eyebrows, under your eyes or even used on your cheekbones …

Pampering and a product review: hair mask

One of my good friends and I went for a bit of pampering this weekend in Clapham. We hit the London Grace nail bar and spoilt ourselves with shellac nails. Well actually, she spoilt me with shellac nails as a thank you for them staying with us. I’m a very lucky girl! The nail bar is beautiful and the staff are so friendly – I definitely recommend if you’re in London. Of course, I had to behave and order a black Americano, not a glass of prosecco. But that didn’t dampen my spirits – I was still thrilled for some R&R time. I haven’t been for a manicure in ages! After our pampering and nail tidy up we walked through the markets in Camden and picked up some fresh pressed juices. Markets can be the hardest thing to wander while you’re trying to eat healthy. All the cheese, baked sweets and pastries and fresh baked bread can be very tempting! We managed to stick to the pressed juices before hitting the Common to extend our …

Why is charcoal good for my skin? And other such beauty questions…

So many beauty myths and queries, and so little time. I spent some time investigating some of my own beauty questions because honestly, I feel like the list is endless and companies keep coming up with some new fad or regime you simply must include in your daily living. Quite frankly, who has the fucking time? At least we don’t still use the contraptions brought in in the 1940s. Top of my list: Why is charcoal good for my skin? Why is this good for my skin? I associate it with barbecuing. What are the benefits and why use it? Active charcoal used in cosmetics is very porous, like a sponge – so its perfect for people with oily skin. I found an interesting fact on this; So porous is it, in fact, that a mere two grams has a surface area equivalent to that of an entire football field. The large surface area allows it to draw impurities from your skin, all that dirt and oil has no chance when being sucked up by the …