Monday, 30 September 2013

September Empties


My empties for this month:
MAC Studio Tech - £25.00


VO5 Smoothly Does It Shampoo & Conditioner - This is what I usually buy for the family to use. James & Bradley use them mainly, but sometimes I'll use the shampoo if I'm using a particularly heavy conditioner, and vice versa, and for a cheap brand it's not a bad shampoo at all!

BM Beauty (Beautiful Movements) Dewy Perfection Finishing Powder - I had this as a sample pot, but I loved the finish it gave, really flawless and glowing. It went straight on my Wishlist when I ran out!

Figs & Rouge Lip Balm Tin in rambling rose - I do love this brand, their packaging is super cute!! This balm can be used on lips or face. It's 100% natural and feels really nice and smoothing on the lips.


Carex Family Favourites Hand Wash - These were a massive hit in my house - Bradley loved them! They smell amazing and I think they're a fantastic idea to encourage children to wash their hands - read my post about these products here.

Chanel Lift Lumiere Foundation - One of my holy grail products, this and my MAC Studio Fix are the only foundation products I use constantly, and as soon as a bottle finishes I go straight out and pick up another. Soooo nice!!


Listerine Stay White Mouthwash - I don't think any mouthwash works as well as Listerine, my mouth feels really clean and refreshed.

Soap & Glory Clean Girls Body Wash - You can't beat a Soap & Glory body wash, right?? I personally don't think any body wash lives up to this stuff. It's so creamy, smells delicious and lasts absolutely ages! 

Colgate MaxWhiteOne Toothpaste - As I've mentioned previously, this is a big favourite in our house, fab stuff!


MAC Studio Tech Foundation - If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that this is probably my most favourite product in the world. I've been using it for forever, and as soon as I hit the pan I'm purchasing another. It's a fantastic 3 in 1 foundation, you won't find another like it in my opinion. Read my full review here

Soap & Glory Catch A Wrinkle In Time Day Moisturiser - I really enjoyed using this moisturiser, for such a cheap brand it actually worked so well! Read my full review here.


So they were all the products I got through this month.. Bring on October ;)

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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Clean Hands = Happy Mummy | Dettol with E45 Softness Handwash

If you've read my post Dear Carex... you'll know that it's been a battle to get my 9 year old to wash his hands before now. And if you're a mum, like myself, then you'll know how important it is to know that they're keeping their hands clean - you can only imagine what kinds of things they get their hands into!!

After years of nagging persuading, Bradley is finally, thankfully, keeping on top of his hand washing before meals, after using the bathroom, etc. and therefore knowing that the hand wash we're using as a family is killing germs and looking after our skin, is of super importance to me. 
Plus, I'm always trying to find ways in which to protect my hands from the daily stresses and signs of ageing. Household chores and working with young children for a living definitely take their toll. I try to use a hand cream daily and am always on the lookout for hand washes that won't be too drying on my hands.

So, when I was approached to trial the brand new Dettol with E45 Softness Handwash* I was more than happy to see what it had to offer. 


Spink, on behalf of Dettol with E45 say...
'Your hands are one of the most visible and used parts of your body, therefore keeping them soft, hydrated and germ-free is essential. Luckily, Dettol & E45 are on hand to offer the double benefits of hygiene and skin protection for softer, healthier feeling hands for both you and your family. The child friendly product stems from two leading household brands joining forces to create a dual-action hand care solution that provides the ultimate pampering and protection. By harnessing E45's moisturising expertise and Dettol's trusted germ-kill protection, this dual-action solution offers effective antibacterial care, killing 99.9% of bacteria, whilst protecting the skin's natural moisture levels.' 

TheBrunetteSays...
When I hear the word 'Dettol' I'm automatically thinking 'clean', 'kills germs', 'hygenic'. So that's got to be a good start. Whilst when I think 'E45' I think 'creamy', 'great skin care', 'soothing', 'good for dry skin'. Both brands are really well known, family friendly brands. So teamed together, I expected this product to be pretty great, and I wasn't wrong. It is creamy, moisturising and knowing that it is effortlessly killing 99.9% of bacteria and removing viruses makes for a perfect duo!
I pretty much always go for creamy hand washes, for their moisturising properties, but this one feels a little different. I can't put my finger on it to describe it - almost creamier than most, and leaves a soft, silky finish after use. I also shared a few bottles with my friends and family and got nothing but positive comments...

"Smells lovely, has a silky finish on my hands after use.."
"Would repurchase, better smell and feel than usual brand..."
"Smells nice and keeps your hands soft.."
"I like the fact that it's Dettol so I feel cleaner after using it.."
"Really lovely and smells great.."
"My daughter has eczema and she loves it, it feels nice on her hands and doesn't dry out her skin, I'd definitely buy it for her ensuite.."
"Feels softer and smoother than usual hand wash.."



Would I recommend it?
Yes, particularly if you or your family suffer from dry skin or your usual hand wash dries out your skin. And for all mummies out there, that have to wash their hands at every given moment, and those with young children for that extra piece of mind that their little hands are extra clean (& soft!)

Would I repurchase it?
After those comments, who wouldn't?! ;)


Dettol with E45 Softness Hand Wash is available in stores nationwide including Boots & major supermarkets, at £2.49, in lotus flower, honey and camomile.

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My Week - Sept22nd-29th

Hi guys,

So this week has been mainly spent in bed. I've only managed to spend a few hours out of bed as of yesterday, and I haven't left the house since Tuesday. I've not been able to shower without the help of my boyfriend, I look and feel about 6 months pregnant and I can't yet stand up straight. I'm going slightly stir crazy and turned into a bit of a whinge bag.

I had my surgery on Tuesday. And luckily, all went well and the results came back fine. 
I was really looked after in hospital, and so glad I'd gone private. It was like being waited on hand and foot in a hotel, and the staff were so lovely. 
Recovery has been slow, but I'm getting there. James has been my knight in shining armour this week, he's been at my beckon call whenever I needed him, looked after me so well and also kept the house running smoothly. He's been amazing!

Update on my Spending Ban - I've purchased a couple of bits from my WishList as part of my PayDay treat. I'll share those with you soon. Other than that, I haven't bought myself anything, which has been pretty hard holed up in bed with the temptation of online shopping at my fingertips! :)

I haven't had a very exciting week holed up in bed, but here are some pictures from this week...
Some cards and gifts from work to wish me a speedy recovery | Some lovely bits Ive been sent for review that I can't wait to try out when I'm back to normal | How cute is the card Bradley made me for when I got out of hospital | Our favourite programme Breaking Bad is ending this week, we're gutted it's finishing. I was playing around with a silly app to create our names Breaking Bad styleee!

Favourite Product of the Week...
Yes I've spent 80% of the week in bed. No I haven't left the house since Tuesday. But yes this is me, and I still attempted to help me feel a little more alive by prettifying myself with a little make up. And I tried out a new product this week. I usually use an eyebrow powder to do my eyebrows, but I've been trialling the MAC Eye Brows pen in spiked and I absolutely love it. It gives a much better finish, I much prefer using this. New fave right here.

Favourite Fragrance of the Week...
I probably say this every week nowadays, but I obviously haven't been wearing any fragrance this week but have been attempting to refresh my hair with my Herra Protect Perfume as I can't wash my hair yet. Ew.

Favourite Bit of the Week...
Well there havent been many exciting parts as you can imagine! :) I think my favourite part may've been when my bestest paid me a visit to see how I was. She'd also bought me a lipstick from my blog Wishlist. Love her!

What I Learnt This Week...
That some people are really rude and opinionated. Have an opinion on me by all means, but don't make indirect tweets towards me. And especially don't make a negative comment about me then be all nice to me afterwards. #JustSayin ;)

Favourite Blogpost of the Week...
I'm really enjoying reading APinchOfShaz lately. Shaz is weeks away from giving birth to her little princess, yet look how amazing she still looks!!? I resembled an ugly hippo at this point in my pregnancy, yet Shaz is still absolutely gorgeous! Check her out! 

Favourite TV of the Week...
James moved the Apple TV box into the bedroom for me, so Netflix has been my best friend. I've really got into a new series called Life Unexpected, a teenage girl goes in search of her real parents after spending her life going from bad foster family to bad foster family.

Favourite Tweet of the Week...
'Once Breaking Bad is over I'm going to have to find other things starring @aaronpaul_8 & his perfect teeth. I'll miss that 'bitch' ;)' - @ZozeeBo

Catch up on this weeks blogposts...
AllSaints AW13 Wishlist - what do you have your eye on from AllSaints?
Starting Off: Blusher - blusher, blusher, blusher. Week 5 of #theSOproject. 
Anti-Ageing Project - An Introduction - if you havent already, have a read of a new blog project I'm setting up, I'd love for you to be involved!!


Have a good week everyone...

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Soap & Glory Catch A Wrinkle In Time Day Moisturiser

I'm always on the look out for a great moisturiser. For me it needs to tick all the boxes... It needs to contain an SPF for sun protection, it needs to feel comfortable on my skin, not dry it out, it needs to sink into my skin quickly, it needs to prevent or combat the look of fine lines, and keep my skin feeling soft and smooth all day.

Throughout the summer, this was my reach for moisturiser...


Soap & Glory say...
'A moisturising day cream engineered with an unparalleled Swiss-developed anti-ageing complex that blends high performance hydrators and clinically proven collagen stimulating tri-peptides to smooth away wrinkles, rejuvenate , firm and protect your skin.'

TheBrunetteSays...
I never thought to try any Soap & Glory skincare products, as I thought their forte was bath products, and they were just trying to cash in on their brand. I admit I was wrong, as the products I've tried so far have been pretty damn good. This little beauty smells great, it really is such a lovely, girly fragrance, and my skin feels really soft and smooth all day long. 
I always assume I have to pay out for a decent moisturiser, particularly for something anti-ageing. I usually always go for a premium beauty brand. But, as always, Soap & Glory's cute and quirky packaging caught my eye so I thought I'd give this budget friendly number a go.
It aims to smooth away wrinkles, rejuvenate, firm and protect skin, and after coming to the end of the bottle, I'm more than happy with the result.
It has a creamy, buttery consistency that settles into my skin nice and quick, without feeling too greasy, so I can apply my makeup straight after, no problems. 
My skin felt firmer after use, but as for smoothing away wrinkles, I do still have some fine lines. Although I do feel that the appearance of them looked a lot better while using this. It lessened the fine lines, plumping them out almost instantly. This was especially good to see over the summer, when I was using less make up to cover these imperfections.
Unfortunately, it doesn't include an SPF, which is a real shame. My follow up CC cream and foundations do though, so I wasn't too worried.
I really enjoyed using this. It's a lovely, hydrating day cream. And at only £11.00, for an anti-ageing product, it is really purse friendly!

Would I Recommend it?
Yes, most definitely, at such a good price you can't go wrong. It works well on my sensitive/combination skin, sinks into the skin nice and fast, smells amazing and is an all round great day moisturiser. Give it a go!

Would I repurchase?
Yes. I'm currently using a different moisturiser, that was at least double the price of this one, and I much prefer the Soap & Glory one!


Soap & Glory Catch A Wrinkle In Time Day Moisturiser is available at Boots stores, for £11.00.


Are you a fan of Soap & Glory skincare? 


I am starting an Anti-Ageing blog project, to share and discuss Anti-ageing skincare. If you'd like to get involved, or for more information have a read of this post.
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Anti-Ageing Project: An Introduction

I've been thinking about doing something like this for a while, and now I'm on the sick for a couple of weeks following surgery (& stuck in bed with the telly, laptop & bunch of magazines for company!) I thought it a good opportunity to get stuck in...




Okay so I'm fast approaching 30 and I do have some fine lines, dark circles and other signs of ageing, more and more of my skincare routine is becoming anti-ageing based.
I wanted to start a project where we can share anti-ageing tips and reviews on products and discuss what we're currently using and find products that really do work. 

The initial plan is to do fortnightly ongoing posts, in which you can decide to contribute to the post each fortnight or not, and opt out of the project whenever you wish.
I will set up a mailing list and each fortnight you can send me your short input, which can be anything you wish; anti-ageing related to be included in the post. 

Your input could be:
A review on an anti-ageing product (good or bad!)
Products you're currently using
Updates on your skin
Tips & Advice
Sharing and discussing ways in which you prevent ageing - face and body
Natural remedies
Anything you think people will benefit from.

You don't have to be a blogger to get involved!


So, do you have any signs of ageing? 
Or maybe you've already started preparing your skin to help prevent ageing? 
Maybe you don't agree with anti-ageing products? 
Fancy getting involved in the project? Send me an email to thebrunettesays@hotmail.co.uk, comment or message me on my Facebook or Twitter pages or comment this post with your email address and I'll add you to the mailing list.

Get involved!!


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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Starting Off - Blusher

Welcome to my fifth post of 'The Starting Off Project' - founded and set up by Stephanie from Steph's Inside Voice

Catch up on my previous posts:
I'm Part of #theSOproject... Are you?
Starting Off - Skincare
Starting Off - Concealer
Starting Off - Foundation
Starting Off - Bronzer

So, we've prepped and primed our skin with our skincare routine, covered our blemishes with our concealer, applied our foundation, bronzed and contoured...

Now lets talk: Blusher...
Blusher is a type of make up applied to the cheeks to add a little more colour to your complexion. It's a great product for giving you a healthy glow and helping you to look a little more radiant. 

Blusher is available in many different shades and in different forms, and many people are afraid to use it. The wrong shade, and the wrong technique can look pretty bad. It is important you don't choose shades too dark, as you're going for a healthy, flushed look, you don't want to end up resembling a clown.

Which blush is best for you?
Gel blusher - suitable for most skin types, usually available in stick form, applied directly to the apples of the cheeks and blended with fingers, works well on naked skin, blend able, build able, subtle.
Cream blusher - suitable for most skin types except oily, natural fresh look, applied directly to the apples of the cheeks and blended with fingers, great for creating a dewy glow, blend able, build able, subtle.
Powder blusher - suitable for most skin types, applied to the apples of the cheeks with a good angled blusher brush, blend able, build able, most popular, can be applied to the forehead, nose and chin for a healthy glow.
Shimmery highlighting blusher - suitable for most skin types except oily, available in powder/cream form, applied directly to the apples of the cheeks with brush/fingers, blend able, subtle shimmer.
Liquid blusher/stains - suitable for most skin types, sometimes available with own nail varnish style brush, applied directly to the apples of the cheeks then blended quickly with fingers before it dries, works well on naked skin, blend able, build able, can be subtle but stains can be quite deep, so apply softly and build if necessary.

Go for a natural colour, too strong and it can be difficult to wear and apply. And I can't stress enough about the use of a good quality brush. Cheaply made brushes, and often brushes included with the blush can shed hairs and be rubbish to apply with. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, if you don't know where these are, SMILE! See? ;) Apply circular movement to the apples of your cheeks and then sweep up towards your hairline.
And less is more.. start slowly and build up and remember to blend well!

TheBrunetteSays...
These are the blushers currently in my collection:
L-R Bellapierre Mineral Blush in suede (£20.00) | MAC Mineralize Blush in solar ray (shade no longer available) (£20.00) | MAC Cream Colour Base in hush £15.00 | MAC Powder Blush in sunbasque (£18.00) | Avon Glow Blusher Bronzer Duo in pink glow (£10.00) | MAC Cream Colour Base in impropper cropper (£15.00) | Benefit 10 (shade no longer available) (£23.50) | Glossybox Blusher in glossy rosewood. 

Let's see how they look..
I apologise for the images, some aren't great quality.. bare with me ;)

MAC Cream Colour Base in impropper copper - A cream blush for a bronzed shimmer to the cheeks. I love the finish this gives, a nice dewy glow.
Glossybox Blusher - I'm not sure how this looks on me, I find it to be 'too pink' and I'm never sure if it suits me, what do you think?
Benefit 10 - The image doesn't really do it justice as it's a really nice bronzing highlighting blush that gives a really nice pearly finish.

MAC Mineralize Blush in solar ray - One of my favourites, it's such a lovely pink and shimmer colour, that gives a gorgeous glow.
Bellapierre Mineral Blush in suede - a really nice mineral powder that can be build able to create different looks.
MAC Cream Colour Base in hush - I use this as a highlighter on my cheeks, it's well used and well loved, I use it alone or over other blushes.
MAC Powder Blush in sunbasque - another well used blush, a simple powder blush for a subtle bronzed glow to the cheeks.
Avon Glow Blusher Bronzer Duo in pink glow - A new favourite of mine, I'm using this every day at the mo. I brush all over my face as a bronzer, use the bronzed side as a little contour, then the pink side as a blush on my cheeks, it gives such a nice finish.

I do own a few cheek tints yet I haven't experimented with them yet. Experiment to find what suits you.

That's my take on Blusher. Join me next week to talk Mascara.
Remember to use the twitter hashtag #theSOproject to read more Blusher posts from the 120+ other bloggers taking part in this project.

Feel free to comment with your links to your Blusher posts as part of #theSOproject.

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Monday, 23 September 2013

AllSaints AW13 Wishlist

AllSaints AW13 Wishlist


Lirienne Jumper Dress - £118.00
Love this jumper dress, it'll look great with boots, and with tights once it starts to get colder.

Scratch Sweat - £198.00
I really like this jumper, very cute. The price is a bit steep for a jumper unfortunately, but nonetheless I think it's super cute and would look great with a pair of skinnies.

Wish Boyfriend T-shirt - £40.00
I've been a fan of AllSaints graphic t-shirts for years and years, I have to pick a few up now and then. I do have a couple already from the AW13 range, and this is another I fancy getting my hands on.

Petrel Brodie Jeans - £95.00
Shiny skinnies, love them. They'll go well with chunky knit jumpers. I had a similar pair previously that I loved, but unfortunately no longer fit.. so these are definitely on my wish list!

Blaise Stack Ring - £48.00
I'm a big fan of AllSaints style jewellery, and there are soooo many nice pieces available this season. I love these silver stack rings!

Mika Bracelet - £68.00
How pretty is this silver bracelet?? I want want want!!!

Virtue Beau T-shirt - £35.00
You can never have too many AllSaints vests in the wardrobe in my opinion. This one needs to be in mine too!

Granite Scarf - £88.00
This is so so pretty. I have the oversized tee with this design, it's such a classy floral design.

Axelle Clutch - £125.00
One of the nicest clutches I've seen in a while!


What do you have your eye on in AllSaints right now??




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Sunday, 22 September 2013

My Week - Sept15th-22nd

Hey beauties!

Hope you're all well and have had a good week. It has started to get really cold this week. So I've been dressing all Autumn-y, bought the boots back out and updated my make up to fit on trend with Autumn.. yet it's actually been really warm all weekend! So I've been rocking boots, jeans and blazers when it's actually been resembling a warm Summers day! 

I've been feeling really tired and run down again this week, I think it's due to the fact I haven't been taking my vitamins - as I've felt more alive this weekend having taken them again. I've also been feeling quite anxious about next week.. I'm having surgery on Tuesday so I'm quite nervous about that and the outcome. I'm not going to go into details yet, but please keep your fingers crossed for me!!
I had my pre-op assessment this week, all sorts of tests, including more blood tests, which if you know me well you'll understand that it was another traumatic experience for me as my body doesn't like to part with blood. 1 nurse, 1 doctor, 2 holes in one arm, 1 in the other, and an extremely painful attempt to get some from the veins in my wrist, they only managed 5ml so may have to try (and probably fail) again on the morning of my surgery, ykno.. just to start me off a big trembling mess as if I won't be nervous enough. :|

James & I went to see Jimmy Carr this week too, we we're third row and quite nervous he was going to pick on us, ha! He didn't though, despite lots of eye contact. He was great though, a really good night.
Today is my Dad's 60th birthday so my brother and I and our partners took my Dad & step mum out for a meal at Frankie & Bennys, it was a really nice night and my Dad didn't walk out when they bought his cake out with the 'Happy Birthday' music on, so it all worked out well! ;)

Update on my Spending Ban - I bought some Foundation, but that's a necessity right?! ;) And I got £10 off using my Debenhams Beauty Card. :)

Here are some pictures from this week...
Bradley had been doing really well at school so we treated him to dinner at a place of his choice, he choose Tinseltown | Bradley tucking into his milkshake at Tinseltown | I've been experimenting with matte nails this week, read my post here | My Real Techniques arrived, they're amazing!
Waiting for Jimmy Carr to come on stage | James & I being silly at the Jimmy Carr gig | My little man | James & I before my Dad'd 60th meal
The yummy cake my best friend made for my Dad'd 60th | My brother, dad & I | Me & my Mr | My step mum, sister in law & me

Favourite Product of the Week...
Definitely my new Real Techniques brushes. I know I'm a bit late on the RT wagon, but I was pretty happy with my make up brushes up until a month or so ago, and I've been holding out that they might be at The Clothes Show this year, but it doesn't look as though they will be, so I picked up a couple. The expert face brush and the powder brush. They're amazing! I love them. I've review them fully for you soon.

Favourite Fragrance of the Week...
I've been turning to my Jimmy Choo again a lot this week, since it's been getting colder. And my Herra Hair Perfume is still top of the list too!

Favourite Bit of the Week...
Either the Jimmy Carr gig or my Dad'd birthday meal. Both really nice, fun nights.

What I Learnt This Week...
That I need to visit my family more often. I'm very lucky to have them!

Favourite Blogpost of the Week...
One of my most favourite bloggers I follow is Anoushka Loves, I love the style in which she writes, informative, yet written in an easy, casual style that is easy to read. I love her posts, and particularly enjoyed reading her Skin analysis post this week. She's currently in Vegas and I'm loving reading her adventures, especially the ones involving trips to Sephora! ;) Check her out here

Favourite TV of the Week...
Well, Geordie Shore is back on our screens, and this weeks ep was as hilarious as ever. Not sure about this Marnie girl, are you?!

Favourite Tweet of the Week...
'Just watched latest episode of #BreakingBad!! WOW WOW WOW. Absolutely love it. Love how we have no idea whats gonna happen'@J_A_M_7
I think James is slightly excited about Breaking Bad?! lol.

Catch up on my blogposts this week...
Silver Jewellery Wishlist  - I love silver accessories, have a nose at these lovely pieces.
Starting Off: Bronzer - Read my take on the beauty that is 'bronzer'.
Hello Autumn - Items I want to get my hands on this season.
Bumble & Bumble Mending Shampoo & Conditioner - read what I thought about these, you may be surprised!
FOTD - Take a peek at what I've been using on my face this weekend..
NOTW - Matte nails - I've been experimenting with matte nails, take a look!



Have a good week everyone.. 

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

NOTW - Matte nails



On my nails this week I experimented a little with matte nails with glossy tips. I went with a plum colour  as it's bang on trend for Autumn. I chose Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish in Black Cherries & Rimmel Lycra Pro Matte Finish Mattifying Top Coat (£4.59).

I love the look of matte nails with glossy tips and decided to give it a go for myself.

With just 2 coats
With 3 coats


Rimmel say...
'Do you dare to rock the matte look? Rimmel shows you how! Apply over any Rimmel colour to instantly update your manicure. Be gone shiny nails. Matte nails ROCK! For the ultimate London look, apply over dark colours.'

TheBrunetteSays...
My first attempt, as you can see, 2 coats wasn't quite enough, so I tried again a couple of days later with 3 good coats of the nail polish followed with 2 coats of matte top coat. Once dry I applied the colour polish to the tips. I didn't use any tip strips, I just attempted to paint the tips on myself, so the application is a little amateur, but I was pretty happy with the finish.
The brush is a nice wide brush (Huge Lianne points! ;)) and dries super quick. The matte top coat gives the polish an almost velveteen finish. I love the look, really classy and is a great way to change up the look of your nails.
Unfortunately, after only a few days (maybe 3 at the most) the matte-ness almost disappeared and started to turn slightly glossy, it almost resembled 'gel/shellac' polish and by the end of the week they looked just like glossy nail polish. The matte-ness disappeared a lot quicker than I expected it would, definitely not living up to the 'up to 10 days' guarantee, which was a big disappointment.


Would I recommend it?
For the price, it's a good drug store brand to go for, and easily accessible as Rimmel is available everywhere. The finish is really nice, so I'd say give it a go for sure. But be aware that the matte-ness doesn't last very long at all. For special occasions and evenings out it's a perfect way to change the look of your nails. But it probably won't last more than 3 days.

Would I repurchase it?
I'd like to try another matte top coat, as this is the only brand I've used, just to see if they all lose their matte-ness as quick. If not, I'd definitely go back to this one, and settle for the fact that matte nails only last a few days. 

Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish in Black Cherries is available at Boots, at £2.99.
Rimmel Lycra Pro Matte Finish Mattifying Topcoat is available (can't currently find online) at £4.59.


Are you a fan of matte nails??

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FOTD



Base:
Olay Regenerist CC Complexion Corrector in darkest skin tone - £16.99
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 in NW20 - £21.50

Bronzer/Blusher:
Avon Glow Blusher Bronzer Duo in pink glow - £10.00

Eyes:
MAC Eye Brows in spiked - £13.00
MAC Eyeshadow in shroom - £12.50 (not shown in photos)
Be A Bombshell Eyeliner in onyx - $14.00 (£10)
MAC Eye Kohl in smolder - £14.00

Lips:


Apologies for the bad lighting in the photos, I couldn't get the lighting quite right this morning I'm afraid.





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Friday, 20 September 2013

Bumble & Bumble Mending Shampoo & Conditioner

You may remember back in July, my payday wishlist purchase were the Bumble & Bumble Mending shampoo & conditioner. Read my post here
The time has come to let you know how I got on..

My hair & I have a love/hate relationship, and it's not in the best condition right now. I suffer from split ends, and I had my hair highlighted earlier this year which has left it dry and lack lustre. 
I'm always on the look out for good hair care products that'll keep my hair soft and healthy. So I thought I'd give these a go. The bottles scream 'For the (truly) damaged' so I thought they'd be just what my locks needed. 'Bb Mending' - I hoped it lived up to it's name! And at £25.00 each, I was expecting great things..


Bumble & Bumble say...
'This ultra-mild cleanser/rich conditioner begins treating/repairing damage without stripping colour, wilting perms or reverting chemically straightened hair.'

TheBrunetteSays...
I've been using this for quite a few weeks now. I was using them together, every 3 days and to be honest, I didn't really feel a difference in my hair.
The shampoo is quite concentrated, and doesn't lather too much, which we know is a sign of a good shampoo! It smells really nice and the fragrance lingers for a good while. The conditioner is a thick, creamy formula that feels nice on my ends. Unfortunately, when used together, my hair ends up quite frizzy.
I find these to be quite average products, and not really worth the £25.00 a bottle. At that price, I was expecting shiny, soft, manageable hair and for my dry, damaged hair to look and feel better. I'm not sure I got that. My hair felt 'heavy', like I'd used 'heavy' products. It felt thick and often frizzy. 
That said, I did feel that my split ends looked a lot better, and my hair felt clean and healthy.
I've since been using them separately with other products and had much better results. I'm currently using the shampoo with my Dove Intensive Repair Mask & Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment and my hair has felt super soft!


Would I repurchase them?
No, I don't think I would. I know that there are better hair care products out there to spend my money on. I'll continue using the products, but I don't think I'd repurchase.

Would I recommend them?
Hmm.. Give them a go and see what you think. But for £25.00 a pop, I personally don't think you're getting your moneys worth with these.


Bumble & Bumble Mending Shampoo & Conditioner are available here, at £25.00 each.


Have you tried Bb's Mending range? What Shampoo & Conditioner do you swear by?


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