Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate Review

For many years I'd been looking for one thing and one thing only. I'd been searching for that single product that would totally transform my skin and change it from the oily mess it had been since I was 13 to something much more tolerable. I'd tried many different things, most of them being different primers or powders, and then one day I did something I don't normally do; I gave into the hype. 

Normally I am one to wait for new releases to settle down in the blogging scene before deciding whether to buy it or not. If a product still gets major attention 6 months after launch then I will look into whether it would suit my skin type/tone or not before, most probably, purchasing. I don't know what it was about The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate that made me act so out of character (maybe it was the word 'youth' or my oh so desperate attempt to not get wrinkles as I approach my 30's) but for some reason I picked this up not long after launching. 

I wasn't expecting this Concentrate to have any effect on my oily skin, but little did I know, this one product would change my skin type for the better. But more on that later. 

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Review - best moisturiser for oily skin

Firstly let's get into a little run down of what this product is and what it claims to do. What's probably most important to note is that this Concentrate is organic which means now nasty surprises in the ingredient's that could irritate your skin.  

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate is designed to, in the words of The Body Shop, enhance your surface skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher and healthier and I can confirm it does all this. The Concentrate sinks into the skin straight away and leaves it feeling fully hydrated in a matter of seconds. A little goes a long way with this one and you only need a drop or two to moisturise the whole face and neck. 

Although amazing for hydration and keeping my skin looking and feeling soft and healthy, this little miracle in a bottle has totally transformed my skin. It was not something that I had expected from this product as I wasn't looking to it as a tool to improve my skin type, but this little bottle has made my oily skin soooo much less shinny then it has ever been before. Gone are the days of constant blotting, powdering or screaming bloody murder at my, can't even be passed off as very dewy, skin. Sometimes, if I've forgotten to put this on before bed, I can even look at my skin in the day and think it looks a little dry. This is not something I ever thought I would say.

Now I do have to be honest with you. I've been using The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate for almost nine months now and my skin has started to ever so slightly slip back to its oily ways, but a huge emphasis on the slightly. Maybe my skin has just got used to the product and I could do with having a break from it for a while or maybe it's because I'm doing long commutes and once I settle in Manchester my skin will calm down. Either way my skin is nowhere near as bad it was a year ago. Yes I have to occasionally powder or blot my face but it's only once or twice a day; not every time I go to the ladies like before. 

As far as I'm aware this Concentrate is helping my skin stay youthful and no fine lines have appeared since using, but at the ripe old age of *coughs* 27, I won't find out if this is really working for a few years I guess. My skin does look healthier and much more hydrated than before and most of all...much less shiny. 

Basically, if you're looking for a quick run down, I would highly recommend his Concentrate to anyone who wants a great moisturiser that quickly impacts the skin without a huge price tag (£32 for a 50ml bottle). But most of all, The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate is an absolute must for you oily skin people out there who are desperate to reduce that shine. 

Have you tried The Body Shop Drops of Youth range? Are you as much of a fan as I am? What's your moisturiser of choice if not and, to anyone with oily skin, what products do you use to keep the shine at bay?

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Kat Von D hits the UK

If you haven't been living under a rock over the last week you will have heard the news which is like music to any beauty bloggers ears. You'll know that Kat Von D beauty is now, fiiiinally, available in the UK thanks to Debenhams online. 

If you didn't already know, Kat Von D make up has a super cult following in the US due to its high pigmentation, amazing longevity and great coverage. The fact we can now pick it up in the UK makes me happier than words could ever describe. 

I am very lucky to have been able to pick up some Kat Von D make up when I visited New York last year and here are the products that I recommend you defiantly pick up now we don't have to pay crazy delivery charges from Sephora. 

Kat Von D Beauty hits the UK

If you only pick up one thing then you need to get the Shade and Light Eye Contour palette. I haven't seen any other palette that has such lovely shades where each one is actually wearable. Not only are they amazing quality but truly last all day. The range of colours go from neutrals to rusts to your standard smokey eye shades. To me, this palette has all the crucial shades you need to make any amazing eye look. They blend amazingly, have a lovely soft buttery feel and have no fall down when applying. Even better, they're laid out in a style that makes it easy to pick shades that go well together. Also, just a little note, all shades are matte which is an absolute must for me. 

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Shadow Palette Review

My next recommendation would be that you pick up any of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. Although these aren't as long lasting as the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain, the longevity of the Kat Von D Everlastig Liquid Lipstick is incredible. They don't dry the lips out at all and have never creased or cracked on me. The shade range is amazing too. You've probably heard all the buzz about the shades Lolita and Lolita II and if you want my honest opinion, if you were only going to pick one, I'd go for the Lolita II because it's a much more flattering shade - for all skin tones. I also have Beloved, a lovely pinky/orangey shade, which I'd definitely recommend. 

Kat Von D long Everlasting lipstick review

You've also probably heard all the hype about the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour palette and yes it is incredible, but...if I was very honest with myself I could have probably lived without picking it up. Don't get me wrong, I use Subconscious and Shadowplay (the two lightest matte contour shades) all the time and totally love them, but Sombre is way too dark for me. I do try and use the highlighter shades and, although I'm not one for adding shimmer to my already shiny face, I do occasionally like to add a bit of extra glow. These highlighters are super matte and I think they don't really seem to do what they are meant to. I don't really notice when I'm wearing them and can't see the difference from when I am compared to when I'm not. Lyric is great for setting concealer as is almost like a banana powder, but if Subconscious and Shadowplay were sold separately I would be much happier with just having those two shades. Obviously if you are an MUA or hugely into contouring then you would 100% benefit from having the Shade and Light Contour palette in your kit. 

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette Review

Finally, the Kat Von D Lock It Creme Concealer is a great one for those who have dark circles and want their concealer to last all day. This concealer blends into the skin lovely and doesn't cease at all. Like with all of Kat Von D's make up it's known for being extremely long lasting and very high coverage. It really is a great concealer but features at the bottom of my recommendations as I am a huge concealer addict and although I love this one, I do have others I prefer as my dark circles are beyond extreme. Saying that I do use this everyday with other concealers, you know, to really build that coverage. 

Kat Von D Lock It In Creme Concealer Review

So that's it, my top picks for what you should be buying now we have access to the wonder that is Kat Von D Beauty. I have just order some of the foundation, fingers crossed I picked the right shade, so I will have to let you know my thoughts on that. Update from when I drafted this post this morning, it turns out there was an issue on the website and the pictures didn't match the actual shade so I'm getting it for free, plus the shade I actually want - that's amazing customer service if you ask me. 

Have you tried any Kat Von D make up? What are you favourite products and shades? Have you ordered anything from Debenhams today or will you be making an order soon? Let me know below. 

Thanks for reading
Hannah xxx

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo Review

You know something is really working when it leaves your skin tingling in a good way and that is certainly the case when it comes to Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo.

Sadly I appeared to develop a dry scalp over the last year or so, and for months I wasn't able to figure out what was causing it. I'd annoyingly tried everything, using less products, washing my hair more, washing my hair less, but nothing was helping so I really needed to rethink my hair care situation. After getting nowhere fast with this, it was eventually a trip to the hair dresses where I found my hair knight in shinning armour. I was recommended the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and, so far, it's doing a pretty decent job.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo Review

This shampoo is designed to invigorate your scalp and wake up your hair but I've found it's been great for my dry scalp. It recommends you only use a pea size amount to wash your whole hair but I find that for thick hair like mine a small amount doesn't lather up enough to wash from root to tip. Because of this, and the fact it is a tad on the expensive side, (£11.55 - way more then I'd normally spend on shampoo) I use that pea sized amount and only wash my problem area, the roots and scalp. Of course I then wash the rest of my hair with some normal, cheaper shampoo!

I leave it on the roots for a few minutes and it really starts to work its magic by getting the scalp tingling. Not only does it smell amazing and fill you're whole bathroom with a refreshing tea tree scent, when I use it in the morning I find the tea tree smell really helps to wake me up.

Since using the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo I've noted a real improvement with my dry scalp; to the point where the problem actually isn't there anymore. I started off using the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo every time I washed but quickly reduced the use down to once a week, and my dry scalp doesn't seem to be coming back. I've being using it for a good 3 months and have barely made it half way down the bottle so, despite the price tag, it's actually worth the money.

I've seen others compare this to the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo for the reason that they both claim to detox the hair. However, I have to say they are totally different. The Sunday Shampoo helps get rid of any build up from products such as gels, sprays and creams, and although using these products could be the cause of some peoples dry scalps, the Sunday Shampoo doesn't sooth or calm the scalp like the Paul Mitchell shampoo does.

All in all this shampoo is a must for anyone who is having scalp issues, and actually, it would be great for those that aren't too. It's made my hair shinier, healthier and I even think it's made my hair cleaner for longer. I couldn't recommend it enough. 

Have you guys tried this shampoo? If so what are you thoughts? Or do you use any other shampoo's to nourish, strengthen or help repair your hair. Let me know below.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Why I Can't Wait for Autumn

For those of you living in England I think we can safely say that we are not going to be having a summer at all this year. Although it hasn't been the wettest we've seen in recent years, and although we have had some sunny weeks, I think I can count the amount of boiling hot day's we've had on one hand. And although I'm not complaining (too much), for someone who hasn't had a summer holiday this year, I have missed the sun and heat dearly. 

Sadly, as the nights are starting to draw in and I am less and less likely to see a nice bright sun on my weather forecaster in the morning, I have come to the conclusion that it's time to just forget about the sun and move onto the next phase of the year...Autumn.

Although I love summer and am rather resentful that my skin hasn't felt sun-kissed all year, I think Autumn is my favourite season of all.  Here are 10 reasons why I just can't wait for Autumn to fully kick in.

1. Hot drinks in takeaway cups. I think nothing beats strolling around with your favourite tea, coffee or hot chocolate in hand at the weekend, especially if you're heading off on a nice country walk...which leads me nicely to my second point.

2. Long country walks! Especially at the beginning of Autumn where it is still fairly warm and you only need a light jacket and a woolly hat to keep you at the perfect temperature. For me, you can't get better then walking down paths full of crunchy orange and red leaves.

3. The colours. Autumn brings out the most beautiful shades which can only be described as 'deep', 'burnt' or 'golden.' The whole country turns this lovely shade of dark orange and I totally love it. 

4. Woolly everything! I love that we get to wrap up warm in woolly jumpers, hats, scarfs, blankets...the list goes on. I just love being wrapped up warm in general to be honest, to be fair I am always cold so Autumn means I no longer get funny looks when I say I'm freezing!

5. It's an excuse to stay in, cuddle under a blanket and watch a good DVD. I don't know if I am the only one to do this but the amount of films and DVD's I watch during Autumn and Winter is pretty impressive. Autumn is a great excuse to get cosy on the sofa and binge watch as much Disney as I possibly can. 

6. Warm hearty foods. Although I am not one to enjoy the typical flavours of Autumn (I'm talking pumpkin, cinnamon and spices) I do love how the chilly air invites soups, stews and, most importantly, Sunday roasts to keep my belly satisfied. Noting beats gravy on every meal, and sadly you just can't do that in Summer.

 7. The Autumn wardrobe. I'm not just talking woollen tops and knitted jumpers, I'm talking the aubergine, mustard and chestnut colours that start to fill your wardrobe. Oh and layering, don't even get me started on layering all my clothes. 

8. Everything just looks prettier...there isn't much more I can say on this, it's rather self-explanatory, everything just looks beautiful in Autumn. 

9. We move from beer gardens to cosy country pubs. Any pub with a fire to sit in front of and a wooden, cosy interior becomes my new favourite hangout spot. Sitting for the whole of a Saturday evening in a warm, homely pub with a good oaky glass of wine is just my idea of heaven. 

10. Finally, my absolute favourite thing about Autumn is the scents. Any excuse to pull out a fig candle or a musk room scent and I'm one happy bunny. Not only do I get to fill my home with lovely smells, the outside because a big natural amazing place to discover with your nose. Trees after a big rain storm or crisp mornings are just some of the scents I can't wait to have get over the next few weeks.

So that's it, just some of the things that I love about the colder months and just some things that help with the change from Summer to Autumn. To me they're all things to get very excited about and I can't wait for Autumn to get started.

What is your favourite thing about Autumn and what are you looking forward to the most as the seasons start to change again? Let me know below.

Thanks for reading
Hannah xxx

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