Sunday, 6 April 2014

March Favourites

Ahhh another monthly favourite, that's two in a row now get me! I said I'd try and do more and I actually am...I'm proud of myself even if no one else gives a damn!!! March has been a lovely month, it's been getting warmer and the sun has been shinning loads and it's starting to feel that summer could potentially happen...hopefully, and what does that mean? I can bust out my Ray Bans yay! Anyway I have discovered some lovely products this month (well actually some have been through out the whole year but I've really been appreciating them more this month).

The first favourite of this month I'm not going to go into too much detail as I did a pretty lengthy post on it last month here. This product is the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo and it has literally been my knight in shinning armour. Long story short (and click the link above if you want the longer story) since moving to London and having to wash my hair in hard water my hair hasn't been happy. Not only had it decided to malt like the fluffiest of all dogs, it had also lost its shine, however not anymore. This shampoo has worked a tiny miracle on my hair and it's (almost) back to its original Sheffield water condition and it no longer falls out. This shampoo is a once a week treatment that also helps with stripping out any left over product that can damage your hair. All in all I don't know where I'd be without this beauty, well actually I do....I'd probably be bald.

This ties in perfectly with my second favourite which is another shampoo. If you read my full post on the Sunday Shampoo you will note that I state its only downfall is the fact it doesn't lather very well. It also has a pretty large price tag so taking these two factors in mind I have decided that you need to wash your hair with another shampoo to get fully clean locks and to save your pennies. So I decided to get what ever shampoo was on offer at the time and I have since fallen in love with it. This shampoo is the L'Oreal Ever Riche and it's gorgeous. Not only does it make my hair shiny and super soft, it leaves it smelling absolutely amazing. The smell is a coconut and shea butter hybrid and it literally lasts all day. Every time I move my head, no matter what time of the day it is, I get a full on whiff of this heavenly scent, even the other half loves the smell.

My next favourite is of course a lovely lippy, my absolute favourite lippy I own to be more exact. Diva from Mac was a bit of an impulse duty free buy when I had 2 hours to kill at the airport and thank god I did. I have done a full post on it here, but basically tax free beauty hall shopping is enough to send any beauty blogger into an absolute frenzy and I think I managed to restrain myself quite well. The Mac lipstick stand did however call my name and I was over in a second. Diva wasn't my first choice of colour but I am so happy I got it. This colour is the perfect plum tone but doesn't look too vampy. I'm not going to lie, if you're not one for bold colours perhaps this one isn't for you but if you're looking for more of a subtle statement lipstick (what a contradiction that is) this lipstick is the one for you. It's from the Matte range but doesn't dry out your lips too much or stick to any flakes (especially if you use a scrub before hand). The colour pay off is amazing and it lasts a very long time especially if I use my next favourite with it.

My fourth monthly favourite is e.l.f's Long Wear Lip Liner in Bitter. I've had this lip pencil for months, maybe even years but never really appreciated it. I'm not usually one for using lip pencils as, to be honest, I either can't be arsed or I forget. That extra step between the lip scrub, the lip balm, the lipstick prolonging product and finally the lipstick applying is just something that tips me over the edge. BUT, after seeing so many of you out there rave about the effects of using such a product, I thought I'd give it a little whirl. I have used it before but it was on a night out so let's just say I was too 'merry' to take note of the effects. After purchasing my lovely Mac lippy I noticed that this pencil was a similar colour so decided to re put it to the test and I was very impressed. Although Diva has great lasting power on it's own, this pencil helped it last all night even through dinner and numerous drinks. So it has won me over and no doubt I will be buying lip pencils to match all my lipsticks now!

My final favourite is a bit of a Soap and Glory cult love, saying that most of their products have huge followings as let's face it, they're all pretty amazing. Anywho, as an oily skinned gal I am always trying to find new ways of tackling my problem and scrubs are a good way to do this. The Scrub Your Nose In It has had some great reviews out there in the blogging world so when all soap and glory products were a third off at Boots the other week three of their products ended up in my basket (which was actually a better deal than the 3 for 2 they do...happy blogger). This scrub is really great as it's one of those products that makes your skin feel tight and tingly when applied which I love in a product as you can feel really it working. The smell is pretty nice too as it's got a hint of mint to it. The scrub itself is quite a harsh one for a facial scrub but that's what I was after really. It has had an impact on my oily skin which is great but it hasn't completely eliminated the problem. I also feel like this product is not as caring and luxurious to the skin than my Oqibo one which is more of a daily scrub (see for a full review here) but I am still enjoying using Scrub Your Nose In It for a weekly deep exfoliate.

What have your March favourites been? Have you tired any of these and are you loving them too? Let me know in the comments below, I love reading them.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Bumble and Bumble's Sunday Shampoo Review

I’ve done it, I’ve finally gone and done it. I’ve found the miracle product my hair has been screaming out for for a while now. This product is the one thing that has helped my hair out, the one thing that is stopping my house look like a giant hairball, the one thing that is stopping me form going bald by the time I’m 30, and what is that one thing? Well if you haven’t guessed by the title, it’s Bumble and bumble’s Sunday Shampoo.

I had been umming and ahhring about buying this shampoo for a while, it even featured in my Christmas Beauty Product Wish List but did I really want to be spending over £20 for a bottle of shampoo? Well no, if I’m honest I didn’t, so bring on the Boxing Day sales and apparently a little 20% off from really can persuade me otherwise. I do LOVE Bumble and bumble’s Thickening Hairspray (see a review here) and have used it everyday since I got it, so I wasn’t in any doubt that I wouldn’t love this product too.

This shampoo is said to do many things. It helps remove left over product build up from your hair that can damage it if not removed properly. It can help repair over heated and over stressed hair. But most of all, most of all…(I like the way you move…sorry had to do that) it is said to help hair effected by hard water.

Now, in the magical lands of the North where people don’t put an ‘r’ after their a’s, the water is lovely and soft. It tastes like heaven and there is certainly no scum floating on the top of your glass when you drink. Lime scale is just an old wives tale in Sheffield and there’s no need for Calgon tablets, our washing machines are safe as hard water is something completely unheard of. So, you can imagine the shock my hair had when suddenly, after 24 years of bliss, it was forced to wash itself in such horrors. Well let’s just say my hair threw a major paddy, “If you’re going to continue to wash me in this sh*t” it said, “well, I'm not going to stick around for it.” Yep you guessed it, since I moved to London, I’ve been malting like a B**ch!

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo Review

So, the Sunday Shampoo arrived (in a very large bag full of other beauty products) and I was eager to put it straight to the test. My first impressions were that I love the packaging, but that’s the case with all the Bumble and bumble products. They’ve made their branding simple but classy and it looks high end without being too in your face. I do have a teeny tiny criticism with this shampoo as I find that it doesn’t lather very well. You therefore need a hefty amount to shampoo your whole head of hair and for the high price, I really don’t want to be using large amounts at one time. My clever way around this is to only use a small amount of the product on the roots because that’s want needs to be strengthened in this horrible hard water. I then use my regular shampoo to wash all my hair again, as alone the Bumble and bumble doesn’t seem to make my hair feel completely clean.

However, using this tactic is still proving very effective. As this shampoo is meant to be a weekly treatment you obviously save the pennies by not using it every time you wash your hair. I have been using it a little more frequent than that by using it every other time I wash my hair, but the effects really have been amazing.

Straight away, after my first wash with this shampoo I could already see how this shampoo was helping repair my hair. The fall out was significantly less than before and this is only increasing the more I use it. I have slowly started using it less throughout the week and the effects are still great. I do aim to only be using this once a week eventually but I think I need to keep using this shampoo frequently for a while to help completely strengthen my hair before I can reduce the use.

Either way this shampoo really is making such a huge difference to my suffering hair. No only is it actually staying on my head and I can no longer literally pull it out when I run my fingers through it, my hair looks shinier and feels healthy. It’s been less frizzy and needs less product to keep it under control. Although I never used to use too much product on my hair, I have to admit I have started to use more after I ombred it about a year ago. This shampoo is helping to strip any build up of these products from my hair and is keeping it in the very healthy condition it was before I moved to London.

All in all I couldn’t recommend this shampoo enough. If you use product or dye your hair, put it through a lot of heat stress or worst of all live in a hard water area (unless your crazy enough to wash your hair in Evian) this shampoo is an absolute must for you. Yes, it does come with a hefty price tag, but if you use it wisely it could last you a very long time. I have been using this for about 3 weeks and I’m only a small percentage of the way down the bottle. I’m so happy that 20% discount pushed me to get this; I wouldn’t live without it now.

Have you used this shampoo, what do you think of it? Could you scrape to spending over £20 for a shampoo? What are you favourite hair products and more specifically what are you favourite Bumble and bumble products?

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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