Thursday, 29 January 2015

Batiste Dry Conditioner Smoothing Conditioning Mist - Review

Batiste Dry Conditioner Smoothing Conditioning Mist Review

Hi everyone!

I've been a Batiste fan for a long time.  Having brightly coloured hair means I try to wash it as little as possible, and I've managed to whittle it down to once a week.  I'd never be able to go that long without liberal amounts of dry shampoo, and while I do love Lush's No Drought, Batiste's Dry Shampoo is more convenient when in a rush.  I was really excited when I saw they'd released a Dry Conditioner as the ends of my hair do tend to get a bit frazzled, and I love the idea of a quick spray smoothing everything.

Batiste Dry Conditioner Smoothing Conditioning Mist

As with pretty much all Batiste products, this Smoothing Conditioning Mist comes in a spray can.  The can itself is mostly red, and advises spraying on the lengths and ends of the hair from about 30cm away and then brushing through.  It's basically the same as using a dry shampoo, except you're not spraying it on the roots!

Batiste Dry Conditioner Smoothing Conditioning Mist ingredients

The spray is infused with Argan Oil, which is known to be amazing for the hair.  It appears at around the middle of the ingredients list, so it's not hugely concentrated but not minimal either.  The other ingredients include the stuff that powers the aerosol, alcohol and silicones

Batiste Dry Conditioner Smoothing Conditioning Mist on hair

I find before and after hair photographs really difficult to capture effectively, but I'm hoping you can see that my hair is smoother, sleeker and shinier after using the Smoothing Conditioning Mist.  I find it sprays evenly and has a slightly alcoholic scent which soon fades into a pleasant fresh floral.  It's so easy to spray on and go, and is quite hard to overdo, although my hair is very thirsty and tends to drink up products like this no problem!  I find my hair very difficult to add shine to, so the fact that this manages it is very impressive :)

You get a 200ml can for £3.99, and I'm hoping they'll release it in travel size format as it's the perfect product to pop in your handbag and use to tame flyways when out and about.  It's not the most nourishing hair product on the market but it does what it's supposed to and I really can't fault it for that.  I find the smoothing effect lasts for a few hours before I feel like my hair is misbehaving again, which is also why I think a travel size option would be ideal for top ups!

Do you like the idea of dry conditioner?  What do you use to smooth your hair?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

MAC Lipstick in Sweetie - Review & Swatches

MAC Lipstick in Sweetie Review

Hi everyone!  I submitted my MSc thesis in September and I couldn't believe I'd managed to actually pull it together.  I still haven't received my grade yet (although it should be any day now) but I had to buy myself something to celebrate - and what better than a MAC lipstick? ;)

MAC Lipstick in Sweetie

I don't need to describe the iconic MAC packaging to you, but I will pop up this photo because there are few things more beautiful than a shiny new lipstick!

MAC Lipstick in Sweetie

I ended up opting for the shade Sweetie.  How cute is the name?!  It has a Lustre finish, meaning it's slightly sheer with a wet-look shine

MAC Lipstick in Sweetie

MAC lipsticks have a classic pointed bullet shape, meaning it's easy to apply them precisely.  Of course, they have a yummy vanilla scent that's fairly iconic too

MAC Lipstick in Sweetie swatch

Sweetie is a really pretty medium pink which has a nice translucency to it.  MAC describe this as an 'ultra-sweet pink' which I think is quite fitting!

MAC Lipstick in Sweetie Review swatch on lips

On my lips, Sweetie is the perfect 'my lips but better' shade.  It evens out the colour and adds a beautiful shine.  As the finish is Lustre it doesn't last as long as a higher impact lipstick would, but I don't mind reapplying :)

This was the perfect post-thesis treat and a great addition to my small but perfectly formed MAC lipstick collection.  Although I do love bold shades, the easy to wear pinks like Sweetie are great too.  Definitely a handbag staple!  MAC lipsticks cost £15.50 (sigh, they'll be pushing £30 soon...)

Do you like Sweetie? What's your go-to MAC shade?

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Lush Valentine's Day 2015 - Heart Throb

Lush Heart Throb Bubbleroon Review

Hi everyone!  I'm back with another item from the 2015 Valentine's Day release Lush have recently come out with.  This time, it's a bubbleroon called Heart Throb! Lush's bubbleroons are macaron-themed bubble bars featuring two halves sandwiched together with shea butter.  I've reviewed their Rose Jam bubbleroon before, and Heart Throb is a more romantic take on this format!

 Lush Heart Throb Bubbleroon

Heart Throb is a mostly red bubbleroon, comprising of two heart-shaped halves sandwiched together with sparkly gold shea butter.  The format is perfect to split in half and use for 2 separate baths, although you could split it up more to stretch it further.  You could even throw the whole thing in if you were feeling particularly fancy!

Lush Heart Throb Bubbleroon

I have to say, I found this bubbleroon a little difficult to crumble up under the tap, although I do have particularly weak hands and wrists so you may not have this issue.  Heart Throb tinted the water a vibrant warm red and created lots of soft bubbles.  It contains Ylang Ylang Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Geranium Oil, Frangipani Absolute and Sicilian Lemon Oil.  The scent is a bit hard to describe - the best I can come up with is that it's quite a complex, warm citrus.  It actually has the same scent as their African Paradise Body Conditioner, which I haven't tried personally!

The shea butter in the middle of this bubbleroon left the water really soft and I was able to skip body lotion afterwards.  The glittery centre also didn't leave the water super sparkly or require any clean-up, so don't be put off if you're usually averse to glitter in your bath products!  This cost £3.65.

Do you like Lush bubbleroons?

Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion - Review

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Review

Hi everyone!

I love getting my scrub on because it makes my skin feel so smooth and refreshed.  I recently tried a new type of scrub which actually works using microdermabrasion.  This involves very small crystal particles that are nice and rough to remove the outer layer of skin.  Enter The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion!

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

The Vitamin C Microdermabrasion comes in a fun orange squeezy tube.  You get 75ml for £14, so it's not super cheap but it's not high end expensive either, which I find is fairly typical of The Body Shop. The directions on the back of the tube advise not to use this more than twice a week as it is quite an intensive scrub

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion ingredients

In terms of ingredients, this microdermabrasion contains Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Camu Camu fruit to condition the skin, alongside a host of more chemical exfoliants and stabilisers and so on.  The website states this contains 'crushed garnet stones' which I believe is the aluminium silicate - pretty cool!

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

The formula is a thick, grey-taupe paste which is absolutely packed with really fine exfoliating grains.  I tried to spread it on my palm to demonstrate the grains in the photo but I wasn't particularly successful!  The product has a really lovely orange scent that makes it even more refreshing to use

This scrub is so, so good.  It's densely packed with very fine but rough particles that actually polish the skin rather than scrub it, leaving it super soft and smooth.  I have to be careful not to rub my face too vigorously when I use this as it really is quite rough.  After I've used this, any cream I apply to my face sinks in much easier and it looks smoother and brighter.  I also find it never leaves my skin red or irritated.  Twice a week is the perfect number of times to use it to maintain that smoothness, but if you have sensitive skin you may have to use it a bit less frequently.

It's safe to say I love this product!  I much prefer the finer yet rougher grains to the larger particles in a more traditional scrub.  I'd still love to try a chemical exfoliant, but I don't think you can beat having a good manual scrub and this certainly performs in that regard.  I love trying new things but I can see myself repurchasing this!

Are you a scrub lover?  What do you like using on your face?

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer - Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!  I am slowly but surely making my way through the backlog of stuff I have to review.  It dates back as far as July, so you'll have to forgive me for mentioning stuff that happened several months ago :P

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer Review

Today I'll be reviewing an item that was on my wishlist for a really long time: the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector.  I bought this for myself as a treat for sending a draft of my thesis to my supervisor in August :)

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer ingredients

The product comes in fun red cardboard packaging which still manages to look sleek and sophisticated, despite the bright colour.  This lip product has a gel formula to nourish, repair and protect the lips.  Ingredients such as Shea and Mango Butters work to really provide moisture.  This product does contain mineral oil, which I know some people like to avoid.  You get 12ml for £18, so it's definitely a luxury item!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer

The Lip Perfector comes in a colour-coded plastic tube with a silver lid.  I was originally going to get the shade Candy Shimmer, but ended up opting for Rose Shimmer as I preferred the pink tone to the product

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer applicator

The applicator for this is really interesting - it's a slanted white fluffy sponge, which dispenses the product from holes in the centre.  I really wasn't sure about it, but it actually works really well at dispensing the product evenly across the lips, plus it feels nice and soft :)

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer swatch

Rose Shimmer is a really pretty medium pink.  The formula is quite a thick, cushiony gel with a beautiful glossy shine.  I think the most notable thing about this is the delicious scent - it's a really intense, deep, burnt sugar sort of scent that is so, so yummy.  It tastes amazing too!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer swatch on lips

On the lips the colour payoff is sheer but it gives a really lovely glossy finish and a slight pink tint.  It does feel thick, but not at all sticky and it leaves my lips looking and feeling soft and smooth.  I find it lasts around an hour on, but that's partly because I can't resist licking it off :P

The Lip Perfector is a real treat for the lips, and it hasn't left my handbag since I bought it.  As the colour payoff is quite sheer, I don't think there's any point in buying all of the shades.  I also don't think it will provide enough moisture for very dry lips, and it certainly isn't worth the high price tag - although most things aren't!  I do still really love it and it was a perfect pick-me-up gift to myself.  If you like lip products and have been on the fence about this, I would go for it because it is lovely to use.  Don't expect miracles from it though!

Since I bought this, Clarins have recently expanded their Instant Light range with a balm and an oil.  I'm intrigued by the oil, and I think that may be something I pick up for myself when pay day finally rolls around!

Do you own an Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector? What are your thoughts on them?