Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Review: Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo & Conditioner

Long time, no blog. I've had a lot of personal stuff going on lately, plus I just moved country, got a new job, etc. Essentially, I am back, and blogging. Yay :)
Today I'm going to be reviewing the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo & Conditioner. Let's just say...
I'm. In. Love. I've used these babies up, and they make my hair feel amazing. The smell, the texture, the lather and then.. the result! It's all great. I'm currently testing the Luscious Long or whatever it's called S & C by Aussie, and loving that too.

The combination of Miracle Moist really did make a difference to my hair. Even without using product after, or using heat, it looked... Decent. In fact, it looked good. What? My hair? Looking good naturally? I'm all for natural looks people, but my natural hair is just downright rubbish. Until I used this.
It smells of bubblegum, the texture of is almost serum-like, and the shampoo lathers beautifully, while the conditioner coats my hair and moisturises it.
I love Aussie packaging, it's kind of indie cool almost, not too flash or girly, but it just looks like something that will actually do what it says on the bottle and do it well. And it does. I believe these are around £4.99 each, but Boots & Superdrug ALWAYS have offers of 3 for 2, etc, or 2 for £6.99. A quick tip? On 3 for 2, grab one of the 3-Minute-Miracles, they are lovely too as a weekly deep conditioner, and really are a miracle in a botttle!

So head to Boots now and pick yourself up a bottle of shampoo and a bottle of conditioner, I promise you you won't regret it! It's a little pricier than Herbal Essences & Garnier, but for the quality, it's a complete steal. So go get it!

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Review: Nails Inc. Primrose Hill Road Nail Polish

Hello my lovelies!
Today's post is a review on my current nail polish, Primrose Hill Road, by Nails Inc.
This is the first time I tried Nails Inc. nail polish, I usually stick to my OPI babies, but my sister has a collection of Nails Inc. polishes and this one tempted me, so I borrowed it "for blogging purposes" (*cough* personal pleasure *cough*).
Anyone who knows me knows I'm addicted to nail polish. I used to not be bothered and go around with chipped nails all the time, but no more! I paint my nails a different colour as often as I can, and I know what makes a good polish.

First a quick note about the brand, because I've always liked nice packaging and fun brands, the thing I love about this one is not only the name of the brand, but the way they name their polishes. Every polish is named like a place in Britain, often street names and such, and I really like that touch.
It's a british brand, and I like to support british brands for the sake of our economy, not that I have anything against international brands, but I know a lot of people now like to know they are buying more locally, so if it's of interest to you, Nails Inc. employs over 400 people in the UK, though they are now sold in many countries, including the US and Canada, and soon to include countries like Australia and Japan.

*** To the best of my knowledge, Nails Inc. do not test on animals or use ingredients that have previously been tested on animals ***

Now for the polish itself, Primrose Hill Road is a warm, true red colour, with a semi-matte finish (I used a glossy top coat though, so in the pictures it appears glossier than it does applied on it's own). To me, it's very much a summer colour, although reds are a year round wearable colour this is definitely more of a warm red, which makes it look more summery. I applied 3 coats to get a completely opaque finish, although it would've been okay with just two, I usually apply three, as well as a base coat and topcoat. 

Application was easy, the brush is a good shape and distributes the product well, unlike other, cheaper brands like Barry M, which has the worst, gloopiest application ever, and I've been wearing it for about 4-5 days now with only one, small, minor chip to my right hand's middle fingernail, although the chip is so tiny, and to the side of my nail that it isn't noticeable unless you are looking for it. Other than that, no chips at all, and I should probably mention that I was moving house and travelling during the test period for this polish, so it's had quite a rough few days and held up well.

Overall, I'm very happy with it and would purchase from the brand (I currently have my eye on a beautiful greige nude colour called Porchester Road).

Nails Inc. polishes retail for £9 and can be purchased from Debenhams in the UK (they have Nail Bars in store, so you can get your nails done there too), and from Sephora in the US and Canada. I believe I have seen them in the Galleries Lafayette in France too, though I'm not certain.

They are a little bit pricier than the polishes you might get in Boots or Superdrug, but when it comes to nail polish I think that polishes that cost around the £10 mark tend to be the best (OPI, Essie, etc), but I don't think that spending ridiculous amounts on say, Chanel polishes, necessarily means you get better quality, and I know for a fact Chanel polishes are hit and miss anyway. If you want a better deal, Nails Inc. have lots of sets available, for instance 3 polishes for £25, as opposed to £37 they would cost to buy them all separately.

I definitely recommend this brand if you haven't tried it yet. Have you tried nails inc. ? Do you love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below!


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Review: Soap & Glory "The Righteous Butter" Body Butter

Long time, no blog! I'm back on track, no time for excuses, let's just get on with the review! (:

Ok, so today I'm going to be reviewing the Soap & Glory "The Righteous Butter" body butter. First off, I'd just like to say I LOVE Soap & Glory. I love their products, their packaging... Everything about them. And this product was no exception.
Let's just start off talking about the packaging. What's that you say "don't judge a body butter by it's packaging"? Well... What if that packaging happens to be absolutely gorgeous? Is it ok then? Take a deep breath...

Picture courtesy of Soap & Glory

Done admiring? Okay I may be exaggerating slightly but come on, it is really cute.
So it comes in a 300mL (pink!) tub, with the lovely retro feel and little puns that are always to be expected from S&G, with a screw on lid, RRP of £10.50.

So what do you get for your money? Personally I think it's well priced, like all of Soap & Glory's products, it's middle of the range. Not cheap, but not incredibly expensive either. Not to mention that this tub will last you for ever. 
First off, I love the scent - it's very spring and summer to me, light, fruity, girly and fun - it is of course the signature Original Pink fragrance that graces many of Soap & Glory's products. It's thicker than a lotion, obviously as it's a body butter, without being greasy. It doesn't sink in instantly, but it doesn't leave you feeling slippery and oily for hours either, it takes a couple of minutes which is normal, if it sank it immediately it wouldn't be very moisturising. And moisturising, it is! I don't have very dry skin on my body apart from my hands and feet, but I still like to moisturise to keep my skin healthy, supple, and have a nice sheen. The Righteous Butter delivers all of that and more, with a beautiful scent to go with it. And it contains shea butter and aloe vera, which is always a good thing!

I buy my Soap & Glory products from Boots, though they are also sold at Harvey Nicholls and online on websites like Asos and the like.

If you don't want to splash the cash on this, you can always get a mini, which is what I did originally, and believe me it lasted a long time. I like that S&G offer mini sizes of their products, ideal for travel and if you just don't want to spend too much money on a full size product you may not even like, I definitely recommend you get the minis first, and if you like them, buy the full size. The mini 50mL tub (which still lasts a long time) retails or £2.50, bargain!

Soap & Glory do not test on animals and are cruelty free, click here to find out more about their animal testing policy.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

LUSH Porridge Soap Review


Anyone who knows the first thing about me will know that I am obsessed with Lush products. I literally cannot go into a Lush and not buy anything. That is just mission impossible.
I was on a school trip a few weeks back and had to go past a Lush... Without going in! Oh, da pain.
Haha but really, let's get on with the review!

So back in January I was in England for a week, and visited a couple of different Lush stores, and picked up three soaps. I didn't buy anything else as I was travelling by plane and it was just kinda complicated with the whole liquids thing and having to keep certain products in the fridge, but I still got myself a few goodies, thank goodness! I've already posted a review on the Snow Globe Soap that you can read here.

Anyway, enough of my rambling and on to the review! I purchased a 100g bar of the Porridge Soap, which is available in Lush's permanent line.
I haven't used the whole thing up yet, I only use small chunks at a time because I like to switch up my products often and try all different scents, so I just cut off little chunks.

At first, I was worried that it would just all melt away really quickly, because it felt very melty in my hands and just touching it I could tell it would be really moisturising.
If you've never seen it before, it's a beige (porridge coloured, to be exact) soap with porridge oats in it. The big slabs of it they have in store also have a picture of Goldilocks & the Three Bears embossed on the top, which I think is an adorable little detail.

It smells like a mix of porridge, molasses and a hint of chocolate, but not that damn awful fake chocolate smell you often get, like the real stuff, and I also detect some vanilla in there, which is lovely because vanilla is my favourite scent in the whole world.

I didn't use my Soap & Glory ScrubGloves with this soap because I didn't feel the need to, as the porridge oats make it naturally exfoliating.
I just used it on it's own and it lathered up nicely. Some of it did melt away slightly from the porridge oats, and I think perhaps there should be slightly less oats in it, although I did love that they exfoliated my skin really nicely without drying it out or being too harsh.
The soap part, excluding the oats, was really nice and moisturising, felt almost milky on my skin, which was lovely.
It also did a really good job of getting me nice and clean! I liked that it was abrasive enough to not need a loofah, without being too hard.
When I got out of the shower and towel dried my body, then scent was still there, although only faintly. I followed up with my Vanilla Spice Body Butter from The Body Shop, and the two scents went really nicely together. I could probably go without body butter because this was so nice and moisturising, sort of like having a milk bath, Cleopatra-style, only with less effort, but I always love the sheen and feel body butters give to my skin, so I use one most of the time.

Overall, I did really like it and I recommend checking it out, I think it would work for all skin types, because it wasn't harsh or drying at all.

Scent: ♥♥♥♥♥*
Texture: ♥♥♥*
Bath Effects: ♥* - This is a shower product, so it doesn't change the color of your water or anything, obviously. But it lathers nicely!
Price: ♥♥♥* - It's £2.95/100g, which I guess is a tad expensive for soap, but with Lush, I definitely think it's worth it. And solid soaps tend to last a while too!

Total: 16/20

Ratings go from one heart ♥ (bad) to 5 hearts ♥♥♥♥♥ (excellent) to form a rating out of 20.

If you want to see the soap I actually bought and here me talk about it with my first impressions, I hauled it!

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(I start talking about it around 8 minutes in)

Also, I just made an account on Lush's website, feel free to follow me on there!


Thanks for reading my review, let me know your thoughts on this soap if you've tried it :)
Love you! <3

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Rant: Hating On Gurus Who Make Money

Hey all,

so I've been wanting to make a video addressing this for a while: the hate people get for being paid for their videos.
I decided to write a blog post about it because I can't fit this into a tweet, so here goes.
On twitter I saw the lovely meghanrosette setting the record straight on getting paid through YouTube and the hard work that goes into making videos.
People! I know a lot of people will argue that it's super easy to film a video that's five minutes long and upload it, that it should only be a hobby and you should not get paid for it. As a YouTuber and beauty "guru", I'm here to say things as they are: making videos takes a lot of time. Sure, a direct webcam upload takes ten minutes. But no-one wants to watch that. Here's how it goes when I film: I film for 15-30 minutes per video (if it's a tutorial or a big haul, especially), then I import the footage, then I edit, and that takes an hour to two hours per video, then I save the video and in the meantime research my links. Once the video is saved I upload it, write the decription, tags, enter all the information you need, answer comments, messages, etc... And I haven't even hit 200 subscribers yet (getting there though! [: ). This takes hours. And that's not to mention the setup, which I will talk about later.

Now imagine a guru like meghanrosette who is approaching 100k subscribers. Think how many comments she has to reply to, messages, tweets... It consumes a lot of your day. Meanwhile, she's at college, and maintaining a social life as well as good grades. It isn't easy. 
As for being paid. I think it is perfectly reasonable to be paid for making videos if you put a lot of time and effort into them. Because not only do you spend time (which you could be spending having a "proper" job and earning money that way) on them, but you also have to buy equipment.

For instance, I just got an HD camera, it's amazing. But hey it cost around £250. That's like $400 to my US viewers, btw.
I also got a set of professional lights, another £100.
And I'm not even a youtube partner! Yet I've spend hundreds on my youtube channel, not only in money but in time and in effort. I'm not in it for the money, and neither are most people. There are easier ways to ear money.

Now think of people who post more regularly than me, who have even better equipment...
So I think it's fine to be paid by YouTube. I'd much rather video creators were paid by YouTube to keep doing just what they are doing than being sponsored and making videos just about the sponsored product placement, for example (I don't mind the occasional sponsored review though).
So yeah, that's my opinions on all that.

Plus, with most jobs, you don't deal with hate. And it doesn't affect your personal life as much. People have had their personal stuff leaked all over the internet and get hated on every single day, and they keep going. Believe me, money has nothing to do with it.
Now, YT may not be the hardest job in the world, but it isn't the easiest either. There are great things about it, seriously, when you guys comment nice things and message me asking for advice, it's an amazing feeling. And I wouldn't stop doing it for the world.

Now you can argue that doing YouTube isn't as bad as working in sewers, I guess that's true, though i haven't ever been in a sewer so I can't compare. And I'm sure it beats a lot of crappy boring jobs out there.
For me, YouTube is more than a hobby. It's not a job, I'm not paid. But I love it.
But for those who are paid, more power to them! YouTube isn't an easy thing. Not for those who have worked at it enough to get partnership.
To Meghan, good luck with it all girl, your videos are awesome :]


PS. YouTube contacted me a while ago offering to monetize my videos because I was getting enough views or whatever. I'm not yet decided if I'll do it or not yet. I don't feel like I deserve it to be honest! But I'll think about it :)

Monday, 13 February 2012

Get The Look: Aria Montgomery [Pretty Little Liars]

Hello my lovelies!
Today I thought I would start a little 'Get The Look' series for you all. Starting off with my style obsession, Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars!
I've been a fan of Lucy Hale, the actress, ever since she appeared on Privileged, long before her PLL fame, and believe me, her outfits were already adorable back then!
I am absolutely IN LOVE with how Aria dresses on the show, I'm actually going to do a hair, makeup and fashion video specifically for her sometime soon, but until then, I thought I would do a quick post on how to get her look :)

Aria Montgomery Style

Floral dress
£25 - republic.co.uk

£45 - republic.co.uk

ASOS bracelet

Mixology NYC anchor chain necklace
$150 - maxandchloe.com

I actually own those boots, and I adore them!
I hope you liked this little post, let me know if you'd like more! :)

Monday, 30 January 2012

Lush Snow Globe - Mini Review!

Today I'm reviewing the Lush Snow Globe soap. I bought this about two weeks ago and have been using it every day since! It's a solid soap, not a gel, and I bought approximately 100g of it. This is a seasonal product and only comes out around the holiday period *sadface*.
But the good thing about that is that from boxing day until they sell out, all of Lush's Christmas items go half price! I know Lush can sometimes seem a little pricey, but I think it's worth every penny! It's an arctic blue color with bubbles (globes) of white in it. This is what it looks like:

As for ease of use, it's very easy to use. It isn't one of those rock hard soaps that's impossible to cut, but it isn't too soft either. I cut mine into 30g pieces (approximately of course) for use in the shower, so the whole thing doesn't melt and so I don't have to use the rest of it all right away (this letting me try out other products without loading up my shower) and put it in a bowl outside of my shower when not using it.
I like to use my Soap & Glory ScrubGloves with this, which helps to lather it up beautifully and also makes a little go a very long way.

I find this soap lathers really nicely, it creates a rich creamy foam of bubbles, and get me squeaky clean!

Now onto the scent....
I absolutely ADORE the scent of this. To me, it's smells just like sherbert lemons! I remember I used to have Sherbert Lemons and Rubarb & Custards as a special treat as a child and loved them. Sherbert Lemons just fizzed in your mouth and when I read Harry Potter and found out that Dumbledore likes them, i felt soooo cool haha :)
It's the perfect citrus scent - sweet, but not overly sweet, it smells clean, but none of that horible citrusy cleaning product smell at all. It's simply perfect. I'm not usually crazy about citrusy scents because they tend to smell like toilet cleaning detergent or whatever, but this one is really amazing. I'm obsessed with this soap! 
The scent lasts on my skin for a few hours after I get out of the shower if I don't use a body butter. However, I usually do (I love The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla) and my body butter is scented so it covers the light scent. It doesn't dry out my skin at all and it's definitely refreshing! :)
Definitely a must try - A new favorite, along with my Lush Comforter :)

Scent: ♥♥♥♥♥*
Texture: ♥♥♥*
Bath Effects: ♥* - This is a shower product, so it doesn't change the color of your water or anything, obviously. But it lathers nicely!
Price: ♥♥♥* - I got mine half off, so it was a great deal! I would pay full price though if I had to.

Total: 16/20

Ratings go from one heart ♥ (bad) to 5 hearts ♥♥♥♥♥ (excellent) to form a rating out of 20.