Monday, 25 May 2015

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Shampoo & Conditioner // Review


It has been a while since i have wrote a proper review, so lets see how this pans out! I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging but i've been procrastinating lately, so i though i'd bite the bullet and sit down to write a post! I also treated myself to a Canon 600D which i've used today. Let me know what you think of the photos...

Todays post is all about a great shampoo and conditioner duo which i have been loving using recently. Normally, i'm not too fussed with shampoo and just choose whatever is on offer in Boots or the supermarket. However, i have heard so many positive remarks about Garnier's new Ultimate Blend range of shampoo and conditioner, that i just had to give them a go!

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I actually bought these from Boots and was so surprised by the amount of choice that there was from the Ultimate Blends range. The range spans from products specifically to help dry hair to products which can add a bit more shine to your hair. As my hair has been a little dry, frizzy and lacklustre recently, (probably due to the unseasonably cool weather we are having) i opted for 'The Silky Smoother' shampoo which states that it helps revitalise and obviously smooth your hair. This sounded like it would fit the bill perfectly. After looking at the bottle, i gave the contents a quick sniff (does anyone else do this?!) and was greeted by a vanilla scent. I absolutely love anything vanilla scented, so this shampoo seemed perfect for me. I also purchased the accompanying conditioner from the Sleek Restorer range. This smells just as delightful as the shampoo and has gorgeous coconut oil and coconut butter scents. Almost good enough to eat!

The consistencies of both the shampoo and conditioner are great. Some shampoos which i have used in the past have been quite runny and therefore half of the shampoo ends up on the shower base! However, the Ultimate Blends shampoo is a great medium consistency and is easy to lather your hair up with. I found that you do not have to use too much of this shampoo as a little really does go a long way, i tend to use a 50p size amount. I really found my hair felt a lot smoother after using the shampoo, so much so that i wondered if i needed the conditioner! On a couple of occasions i used the shampoo on its own and did not use the conditioner. I found that my hair was noticeably smoother and felt like it was much more healthy and nourished. When i used the conditioner, i found that leaving it in my hair for a couple of minutes really ensured that the conditioner could get to work and really enrich my hair.
When the two products have been used together, i found that my hair has felt much more smoother and less frizzy. This is essentially what i had hoped from these two products and they have really come up trumps!

I have really been enjoying using this range and will definitely look to repurchase others from the range in the future. I feel that Garnier have really hit the nail on the head with this range, they offer a fantastic range to suit all hair types and at a really affordable price, with most of the products coming in at under three pound.

Felicity xo

Monday, 2 March 2015

6 Months Later...


A lot has happened in the last 6 months, hence the total lack of blog posts and limited activity on social media. The last 6 months have turned my life upside down and inside out, but it finally looks like things are settling down. My time away from my blog has made me think about my life, what i'm doing with it and where i want to go. I've decided that anything i want to do (within reason), i should do and that i shouldn't take things for granted in life, even the small things!

I've always dreamt of owning a Canon 600D and 50mm Lens, yet i've never had the guts to actually buy one. Simply because i know people would say 'you won't use it' and 'thats a waste of money'. However, the last few months have made me realise that life really is too short (nobody died, don't worry!!) and if i want a new camera, i work bloody well hard enough to treat myself to one! So, one is winging its way to me as i type.

On the subject of cameras, YouTube has been something that i've always wanted to have a real go at. I've posted videos intermittently and have not devoted time to it at all. However, now i'm equipped with my Canon 600D, i have no real excuse to not start having a real go at it. I have lots of ideas for videos and can't wait to start filming!

Life is still pretty hectic at the moment with work and life events. However, as we are rolling into spring, i can only see things becoming increasingly more positive and hopefully a bit calmer!

I will leave you with a quote which i came across yesterday

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Felicity xo

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Bare Minerals Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette // Review


Hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

I was recently contacted by Chemist Direct to review one of the products off of their website. After 30 minutes of browsing, i picked the Bare Minerals Ready To Go Complexion Perfection palette. I have wanted to try some of the Bare Minerals range for a while but i never knew which product to try first, so after reading the description of the Ready To Go palette, it sounded perfect.

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The Ready To Go kit is great if you are looking to try out mineral make up as in the kit you receive 5 Bare Minerals products to try (Foundation, Concealer, Bronzer, Highlighter and a Face Powder), two make up brushes and it is all held in a lovely little make up clutch/bag.

The products are housed in a rectangle palette which is held via magnets in the make up clutch. This is a pretty cool idea as once you have finished with the make up, you can still use the make up bag. Its a perfect size for work and is just big enough to carry a few essentials in. It took me a while to realise that the palette was magnetic and i originally thought that i'd ripped the palette out by mistake!

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So, onto the products. As i previously mentioned, there are five products in the palette. A foundation, concealer, bronzer, highlighter and a face powder.

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First up is the foundation, now unfortunately the foundation is a shade too dark for me (boo!). I applied it thinking that it may look different when applied, but alas it didn't so out came the face wipes! Even though the shade was totally wrong for me, the way it applied to the skin was lovely - very soft, blendable and it gave a nice natural 'my skin but better' finish. One thing which made me slightly hesitant about using mineral make up was simply applying it, i always thought that blending a powder foundation would probably be more difficult than a fluid liquid foundation. After all my doubts, i actually found it easier than i thought! I'd recommend not loading your brush up too much, and just building the coverage slowly. Even though the shade was too dark, i did find the foundation easy to apply and loved the finish.

Next up, concealer. Concealer is my favourite part of make up of my make up routine, i often have late nights cooped up in bed watching YouTube and before i know it its midnight and i have to be up at 6.30am, oops! As you can tell, concealer is a necessity. I found this concealer to be very creamy, easy to blend and it covered any blemishes very well. I didn't apply this under my eyes as it is slightly thick in consistency so could possibly go a little cakey under the eyes. However, on spots and blemishes it worked a treat!

The bronzer is this palette is absolutely gorgeous. I love it so much, i'm trying to only use it for special occasions! The shade is very pigmented so only a little is needed to create a lovely contour and the bronzer is on the cooler side which means there is little chance of turning into an oompa loompa! Much like the foundation, this blends like a dream.

The one product that my eyes were drawn to once i opened the palette was the luminizer, i've got a bit of a thing with highlighters at the moment and this one set my heart alight. This isn't a highly glossy or shimmery highlighter, it simply gives you a natural glow which instantly lifts your face. I apply this mainly over the top of my cheek bones and then with what ever is left on the brush, i quickly sweep over my blush to give me an extra bit of radiance. Again, this applies smoothly and leaves a beautiful glow.

The final product in the palette is the Touch Up Veil, or to you and me - a face powder. Face powder is an everyday essential for me, firstly applied in the morning and also throughout the day. The Touch Up Veil is a very good description of this product, it literally covers over any imperfections and gives them a little bit of extra coverage. This also keeps shine at bay, i applied it in the morning and needed a touch up by lunchtime - which is pretty good by my standards and considering we were in the midst of a heatwave whilst i was trialling this! I've also been using this on days when i don't fancy wearing foundation and just need a little bit of coverage.

You also receive two of the Bare Minerals brushes with this palette. The brushes are lovely and soft but unfortunately were tossed aside and i use my beloved Real Techniques brushes as i do with all my make up.

I'm very impressed with my first step into mineral make up and i may pay a visit to the Bare Minerals counter at my local Debenhams soon...

Have you tried Bare Minerals make up, any recommendations?

P.s. After reading this review back, it almost seems like a sponsored post - but i promise it isn't! I was simply given this to review, no strings attached!