Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Product Rave - Moisture Seal Intense Rescue Melting Balm

Charles Worthington Secrets Collection - Moisture Seal Intense Rescue Melting Balm

This has done the blogging rounds - I have seen it recommended by loads of you guys so I thought I would give it a go. My hair has been so dry since ombre-ing, particularly the ends, so deep conditioners are products I have been trying and testing to help my fix my damaged hair.

What it says on the box...
Deep Norishment
Mends split and dry ends
Ideal for dry normal-thick hair

The product needs to be warmed up between your fingers before applying to the hair, and then left in for at least 20 minutes. It has quite a thick consistency, but becomes quite oily as it gets warmer.

 I find it hard to evenly distribute this through my hair, so I apply it to my ends in sections - a little scoop goes a long way.  

I have noticed a difference in my every time I use this, but no real long term improvement...but then it doesn't promise to reverse split ends and damage from bleach. Instead, after washing this out my hair is softer and shiner, and feels healthier and my ends look better (temporarily). The oils in the product do feel like they are nourishing the ends of my hair as it absorbs. The best result I achieved was from leaving the product in overnight.

I would definitely recommend it as it is one of the better hair treatments I have bought from drugstores. I have heard people complain about the price, and at £16.99 it is pretty pricey, but I have used it about five times and still have tons left. Keep and eye out in boots for three for two offers and money off because this range is often included.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Nail of the Day


Essie Ballet Slippers and Mademoiselle are two of my most used nail varnishes and it is a combination I have been loving wearing day to day so far this summer. They look fresh and clean, but still polished and sophisticated. They also go with everything.

These varnishes work like a more up to date french manicure, I prefer wearing a block colour, without the tips but the pretty nude/pink combination would also work well with a white tip. 

I apply two coats of Ballet Slippers and one coat of Mademoiselle. It seems like a bit of a faff to apply two different colours, but Ballet Slippers is quite hard to work with - it can look quite streaky with just one coat. The addition of Mademoiselle, which is a more transparent pale pink, sets off the opaque white-ish nude of Ballet Slippers.

I finish my nails with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Ever since discovering this top coat a couple of years ago, I have not swayed. It is so shiny, drys so quickly and prolongs the life of the colour before it begins to chip. The only downside is that it goes off quite quickly - because of the quick drying properties it begins to dry up in the bottle after a couple of months or so and becomes hard to work with. But as I use it a few times a week I don't mind repurchasing. It is around £5.00 and often on offer in Boots or Superdrug. 

Monday, 17 June 2013

Perfume Favourites

I have been a bit perfume obsessed lately and have been on a mission to find my perfect summer scent.

Beauty by Calvin Klein has been a fixed favourite of mine since it was released in 2010. It is light and fresh but lasts a good amount of time on the skin, without the need for topping up throughout the day - a huge plus point for me. 

Calvin Klein's description:
"The feminine, sophisticated fragrance opens with top notes of Ambrette Seeds, middle notes of Jasmine and dries down to base notes of Cedarwood" 

To me, it has the right balance of everything - it is not too sweet and not too musky. I can best describe it as a "clean" smell. Strange, but if you haven't smelt it yet - give it a go and let me know if you understand! 

I have been through about 3 bottles of this stuff, and I am currently trying to broaden my perfume horizons... 

Other current favourites are:

  • Tom Ford - Black Orchid
  • Clarins - Eau des Jardins
  • Jo Malone - Wild Bluebell Cologne 

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell is AMAZING. I am obsessed with this and the candle, and next on my purchase list is the body lotion. It is such a beautiful summery smell and I find it quite isn't however that strong so I use it as a day time scent, and carry it in my handbag.

Black Orchid by Tom Ford is a perfume that I have seen pop up on many beauty blogs. It is a bit of a different one for me, it smells luxurious and heavy and musky. I wear it as an evening scent, and it is more of a winter fragrance which is maybe why I save it for going out. 

Lastly, this Clarins perfume was a gift. I took it travelling with me this year, so the smell will always evoke happy memories for me. Again this is a fresh mix of fruity and flowery summer smell. Its light enough to use through out the day and lasts fairly well. I would recommend it as a great holiday fragrance.

I hope this inspired you to try a new scent - blog posts on perfumes always make me want to hit the perfume counters. Let me know of any new fragrances that you have been loving for spring/summer.

I hope you are all enjoying our not so sunny English June!