Friday, 7 June 2013

Shop My stash / Shopping my stash #1 - Beauty / Makeup/ Nailcare / Fragrance / Haircare/ Brushes / Lip Butters!

Hey Everybody! Recently a few of my favourite beauty bloggers have written Shop my stash posts - And I loved them! Like many other people I have a lot of beauty items in my collection. When I rush in the mornings to get to school I tend to grab the items I love and use all the time and I forget to give old favourites or newer items in my stash a chance. Shopping your stash is a term used for going through your collection and using new things that you already have instead of falling into a boring routine. Its like shopping - but without spending any money.

After reading some of these posts I realised that I was guilty of using the same products over...and over....and over again. I looked at my collection and found a lot of half empty items that never get used and instead collect dust and waste space. I got inspired to use different things and this is where this post comes from.....Have fun shopping my stash with me! :)

Tre Semme Heat Defence Styling Spray 300ml - On an everyday basis I never use heat on my hair as it is naturally straight and I always let it air dry instead of blow drying it. Recently however a lot of my friends have been having parties and I had a lot of special family occasions to attend. Of course when I go out I want to look my best so I have been heat styling my hair more often than usual. On the occasions that I have used heat on my hair I have been using the Tre Semme Heat Defence Styling Spray. I love the fine mist that it sprays onto my hair, I love the smell, I love the shine that it gives to my hair. Overall I really recommend this product.

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Perfume / Fragrance - As it is June now (I know it's crazy! Were halfway through 2013 already!) I have brought out this perfume from the back of my shelf. It is a very light, fresh and summery smell which is the reason that it is perfect for spring/summer. The packaging could be improved but aside from that I really love the scent. I have already used up half of the bottle!

Nivea Lip Butter - Raspberry Rose - Just like most girls I have more lip balms than I probably should. I have been using my EOS lip spheres daily but my lips have gotten extremely flaky and dry. The lip spheres just didn't cut it for me which is the reason why I started using the Nivea Lip Butter again in hope of saving my lips. The smell is absolutely gorgeous and I like the finish it gives. It is not too shiny but not too matte - its in the perfect middle. It is sheer on the lips and just like any other product from Nivea it moisturises really well. I got mine at Superdrug for only £1.50 when they first came out. I smelt the caramel one and I did not like it as it smelt like popcorn and I couldn't find the macadamia or original ones anywhere. This is the only one out of the 4 that I own and I love it!

Mac Studio Finish Concealer NC20 - After testing a lot of drugstore concealers I left this in the bottom of my makeup bag and forgot how great this concealer really is. It provides medium natural looking coverage which is great for under the eyes. Whilst being outside with my mum I asked her if my dark circles are showing through the concealer. She answered that it doesn't look like I have concealer on and she thought I had nothing on my face. Also she mentioned that you cannot see any darkness. If you cant see it in daylight you know its good! Its not as good for blemishes or redness, for that I would recommend the MAC studio finish concealer which has very full coverage.

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter - This one is pretty self explanatory. Its a lemon scented cuticle butter! It works great and gets the job done but the scent of lemons makes me want to throw up which is the main reason I stopped using it for such a long time.

Rimmel lash accelerator endless mascara - brown - After testing out a few new mascaras I decided to come back to this one. It is my all time favourite mascara. What I look for in a mascara is separation and lengthening, not volumising which is exactly what this provides. I think it looks the most natural and fresh which is the look I go for as I am in my early teens and don't wear too much makeup everyday. I would avoid this if you want volume but it could work for layering mascaras if you want a more dramatic effect. I would say that the formula is quite dry which is my only complaint.

Real Techniques setting brush - I got this a few months ago to set my under eye concealer. At first I though it was a little too big which is why I put it away. I started using it again and realised just how perfect it was for powdering small areas of the face and under the eyes. It dries quickly after washes and keeps its shape. I also love the pink handle! I would recommend it.

Sorry that this post was so long and I hope you're not all asleep by now. I love you all and tell me in the comments what products you have been using recently! :D

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Tre Semme Keratin Smooth Shampoo And Conditioner Review

I am so excited for this post. It is about my holy grail shampoo and conditioner. It is the Tre Semme Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner.
I have long, frizzy, static, greasy unmanagable hair. It is literally your worst nightmare.
For years I have been testing smoothing and anti frizz shampoos but none of them work. Then one day I saw these 2 gems in the store and decided to give them a go. I like the heat protectant and the hair spray from the brand so I thought 'Why not'? It was the best decision I ever made.

You get a lot of product (500ml) for an extremely cheap drugstore price.
The smell is divine. It smells like their heat protectant.
It feels very luzurious in the shower, its very creamy and lathers like a dream.

The shampoo/conditioner duo leaves my hair smooth, silky, managable and my hair feels like I just walked out of the hair salon. My hair looks super shiny after using this. It is lightweight and not feel heavy in your hair. It is very clarifying. 

Finally my hair feels and looks better than ever. I never thought a shampoo as amazing as this existed. I will definately try out other things from the brand and I highly recommend it. :D

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder Review

I think I found the most amazing drugstore face powder. It is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It costs £4 and I got mine from Superdrug. I have it in the shade 'Transparent' but they do have a good selection of other colours. Unfortunately the colours only suit lighter skin tones so if you have darker skin I would just purchase the 'Transparent' shade.

It makes the hugest difference even with the tiniest amount of the product. It immediately makes your face look matte. It is a very fine powder and feels very smooth on the skin. It is not chalky at all. I love it for the fact that it does not cling to dry skin which most powders do. It also lasts a long time and I do not feel the need to touch up during school even though I have combination/oily skin. I also like the smell. It's floral (I think?) and smells a bit like old ladies perfume which I did not like at first but I got used to it and now I like it.

This powder isn't a fancy luminating powder with magical properties. It does what a powder is supposed to do and I love it for doing that. It proves that you don't need a $50 high end Chanel setting powder.

There is one thing that I do not like and it is the packaging. It's absolutely terrible. There is no mirror so it's bad to carry in your purse during the day and the lid is very flimsy, I feel like it will fall off any second.  They need to sort is out ASAP.

Overall I would recommend it if you can get over the nasty packaging and old lady smell.

What is your favourite setting powder? Would you try this out? Comment down below! :)