Review: Argan Dew Haircare*

 

Believe it or not, despite all the hype I’d never actually tried any argan oil products on my hair, so I jumped at the chance to try out some haircare from Argan Dew. Argan Dew were kind enough to send me samples of their Miraculous Argan Oil Daily Hair Treatment*, and their Replenishing Hair Mask*, both of which I’m really impressed by! Continue reading

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Review: Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy

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Is it okay to love a product just because it’s utterly beautiful? I mean, look at this little bottle of gorgeousness. Ojon Rare Blend Oil is made up of three different layers of oil which you shake to mix, and then apply. I love the stripes, and I love the peachy colour the blend goes when shaken! Continue reading

March Empties

First of all, apologies for the varied backgrounds and lightings in these photos – it’s been very dark and wintery at home, so I’ve had to make the most of the natural light wherever I can find it…IMG_1649

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream 30ml, RRP £8 (free with magazine). I’ve already written lots about this wonderful hand cream, so I won’t go into too much detail, but I finished this tube up last Thursday, just in time to head to the L’Occitane outlet at Bicester and pick up three more. This is my ultimate Holy Grail hand cream.

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My Top Ten High Street Beauty Products!

I’m a poor student, so a lot of my make-up is from high street (drugstore) brands. I do favour Urban Decay for eyeliner pencils and eyeshadow, but apart from those, I think the majority of the make-up I wear costs under £10. So, in no particular order, here are the 10 high street products that I think really hold their own.

1. L’Oreal Matte Morphose Foundation (I wear Golden Ivory, which is a tiny bit too dark). This is a really nice foundation, very soft and blendable, with a fairly good range of colours for pale girls. It costs £10.29, but there’s often a 3 for 2 on L’Oreal in Boots. When I’m broke, I go for Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Porcelain, which is £7.69, and is slightly less soft, but still a similar texture.

2. Collection 2000 Super Size Fat Lash Mascara. I picked up two of these when there was an offer in Boots for 200 points on any mascara – these retail for £2.99 each, so really, I only spent 99p on each of them. I wasn’t expecting much, just needed something cheap to keep at Boyfriend’s house, but this hasn’t disappointed. It’s a really thick mascara, very lengthening but not clumpy. Far better than the similarly priced Natural Collection mascaras.

3. Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint (I have Royal Plum). This is a deep, pretty, dark pink/red stain that lasts for a couple of hours. The colour payoff is excellent, and the application with the felt tip is very easy. This doesn’t dry out my lips as much as I was expecting, but I do like to keep a slick of lipbalm over the top. This retails for £6.99, but is on 3 for 2 at the moment in Boots.

4. Collection 2000 Colour Pout Lasting Lip Stain. Now this has very cheap-looking packaging, but the product itself is comparable to the Max Factor Lip Tint (#3). I have this in Pucker, a very bright blue-based pink which is very flattering. Application is very easy with the felt tip, but this is slightly more drying than the Max Factor. This costs £4.99, and Superdrug are currently offering a free felt tip eyeliner with it.

5. Bourjois Levres Contour Lipliner in Rouge Soyeux. This is such a pretty bright red, with a full on colour payoff. I fill my whole lips in with this, and top either with clear balm, or with #6 for even more colour – it’s far too drying to wear alone. This currently costs £4.99.

6. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. Apart from being the most stupidly titled product, this is one of my favourite things. It’s a sheer scarlet tint in a pen-shaped lip balm, something like the Clinique Chubby Sticks, which at £16 I cannot afford! This costs £7.99. Since I’ve bought this, I’ve rarely worn anything else on my lips – it’s such an easy red to wear, very flattering, and it’s so easy to apply. I find I’m not such a fan of the colour it stains your lips after the balm has worn off, so I keep this topped up.

6. TreSemme Freeze Hold Hair Spray. If only for matters of economy – I bought a massive bottle four years ago, and it’s still about half full! It does exactly what it’s supposed to, holds hair tight until brushed out, and it smells nice (chemically, but nice). It does crisp hair rather a bit, but that’s not usually a problem for me because no one is touching it, and it doesn’t look crispy! A very large bottle (500ml) costs £4.79.

7. Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo. You can normally pick this up on one special offer or another, so it’s not worth buying for more than 3 bottles for £10, although it normally costs £5.99 for 500ml, or £4.49 for 300ml. This smells like bubblegum, and is a really lovely texture; it makes washing your hair a pleasure. I first used this on a school trip, when I’d forgotten my shampoo and borrowed a friend’s, and it instantly became my favourite shampoo.

8. Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Intensive Mask. Again, buy this only on special offer, you should be able to get it for around £2. This is a rich, raspberry scented thick conditioning mask, which I often use in place of normal conditioner, so knotty is my hair. This smells lovely, and really seems to have a moisturising effect – I can tell when I’ve used this, as my hair is softer for the next couple of days.

9. Johnson’s Daily Essentials Nourishing 24hour Day Cream. Long name, little pot. I’ve written about this before, but suffice to say it’s a lovely moisturiser, and very cheap, retailing for £4.07, but I picked up my last two pots in Superdrug at the bargain price of two for £3.99.

10. Nivea Visage Pure and Natural Regenerating Night Cream. I had some samples of this, and was instantly won over by the smell – it’s so fresh and floral, I love it! This is a much heavier moisturiser than the Johnson’s day cream, and my skin feels better in the morning when I’ve remembered to put it on. This normally costs £5.35, but is currently on offer in Superdrug for £2.99.

So, have any of these impressed you? I’m always on the look out for good, cheap lip colour, but I’m not a fan of sticky lipgloss. Have I missed any brilliant finds on the high street?

Asha x

January Empties

I know this post is well into February, but here’s a little round-up of what I used up in January.

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Johnson’s Daily Essentials Hydrating 24hour Day Cream

This day cream is really moisturising, and it’s great value for money at around £4 for 50ml. This pot lasted me about 4 months, and I’ve moved straight onto my next pot. I like that it’s light enough not to feel sticky – you can put make-up on right away – and it contains SPF 15, which is great for giving just a little protection on a normal day. I also like the glass jar, which makes it feel a lot more expensive than it is!

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Samples of Lush Eau Roma and Ultrabland, Sample of Dove Visiblecare Renewing Creme Body Wash

These small pots from Lush are part of my long-term hunt for a good, adult cleanser after years of using harsh Clean and Clear anti-acne cleanser (despite never having any problem with spots as a teen – go on, hate me). I realised that it was far more astringent than my slightly dry skin needed, and started to look for a more comforting cleanser. I love Clarins’ Water Comfort peach cleanser, but at £19 for 200ml, I thought that was rather too much for my student budget!

I popped into Lush, where the very helpful assistant offered me samples of a few things to see what I liked, and wow, am I glad that she did. Many people had recommended Ultrabland to me, so I got a sample of that…

I hated it! It was so greasy and horrible, like rubbing butter into my skin. The consistency really made me squirm, and even after very very liberal application of toner to remove it, I still had to actually wash my face with soap to get rid of the feeling (which is really not the point of cleanser). I used the rest of this sample up as a shaving cream. I can’t say I’d recommend it!

The top pot contained cotton pads soaked with Eau Roma toner water, which I love, and have repurchased a big bottle of (£7.25 for 250ml). It’s really refreshing and soothing at the same time, even though I’m not the most enormous fan of lavender, and Boyfriend always says I smell nice when I’ve used it. I also got a sample of the 9 to 5 cleanser, which I love and have repurchased (£9.25 for 240ml). Post about that coming soon!

The little bottle I can only assume I got free as a sample from Dove at some point – I discovered it while I was having a clear out in my room. For that reason, my review might be slightly un-useful, since I disliked the consistency of this product also (but it might have been past its use-by date). I found this far too thick for a shower gel, and while it was very very moisturising, its lack of foam meant I didn’t feel like it really made me clean! Very nice for shaving with, though.

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Alberto Balsam Raspberry Conditioner, L’Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shine Conditioner

Is it just me, or does everyone go through conditioner about three times as fast as shampoo? Maybe I just really use a lot…? Anyway, here are two conditioners I got through while using my Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo (still going!). The Alberto Balsam is fairly basic, and while it does the job, I’ve used far better conditioners that make me think it’s worth spending £3 rather than the £1 this costs. The L’Oreal Elvive conditioner, though, I loved, and would definitely repurchase if it were on offer. I think its regular price of £4.50 is a little steep – I don’t mind spending a lot on shampoo, since it lasts me ages, but when I go through a bottle of conditioner every two weeks, it needs to be a bit more economical.

What have you enjoyed using in the cold weather? Have you got any recommendations of cleansers for 20-something, slightly dry skin?

Asha x