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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur

Hello everyone. Today's blog post is on a new favourite product of mine, the Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur! This is a skin primer that you can wear alone, or under makeup to help "blur" wrinkles, imperfections, open pores and shine! 

It claims to make your skin look immediately younger.. I don't really have an issue with ageing skin (as I'm only 20), but I do have fine lines under my eyes, large pores around my nose and cheeks, shine and imperfections, therefore I thought I would give this product a try! I was not let down at all. It glides on my skin so smoothly, and it really does help to blur all of my imperfections. I love using it as a primer underneath my make-up as it helps to keep me matte, which I love. The large pores on my nose and my cheeks are less visible, and the fine lines under my eyes are blurred. 

On the packaging it explains that the blurring formula is highly concentrated with light reflectors that have exceptional optical properties. They work by diffusing the light in all directions, it helps to reduce the appearance of imperfections. I don't really know too much about light reflectors, but I definitely know that this product does what it claims to do!

I think it's also reasonably priced, considering the size.. it's £12.99 from boots. It has a comparable texture to the Benefit Porefessional, and works just as well in my opinion.. so it's even better that its half the price! So if your in the look out for a new primer to dramatically reduce the signs of ageing skin (large pores, wrinkles, shine and imperfections), I would definitely recommend this product! :)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse Review

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Hello, and welcome back to my blog! Today I'm going to be reviewing an all time favourite of mine, St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse! I've used this self tanner for a couple of years now, and I've never looked back. It's honestly the best self tanner I've ever tried!

 There is several reasons why I love this self tanner, and I thought I would share them with you..

10 reasons why I'm in love with St. Moriz:

  1. I love the fact that it's so cheap - only £4 from asda.
  2. It's instant, so you can see where you've missed a spot!
  3. It never leaves me streaky.. as it's so easy to blend into the skin.
  4. A little goes along way! For a 200ml bottle, it lasts a pretty long time in my opinion. I would probably say i only use about 10 full pumps of the mousse for my whole body!
  5. It applies really evenly when used with a self tanning mit.
  6. It comes in two shades, medium and dark. I use the dark shade as I feel it gives me a nice "tanned" look, as the medium shade gives me more of a "golden glow".
  7. It lasts a good few days! I apply the self tanner at night, and wash it off in the morning. It usually lasts me about 3-4 days before I feel the need to re-apply. 
  8. Since it's a mousse formula, it's so easy and quick to apply.. it literally takes me about 5 minutes to do my whole body!
  9. It dries really quickly
  10. And finally, it gives me such a nice brown tan (not orange at all)!
So, as you can tell.. I'm a rather huge fan of this self tanner! (However I'm only a fan of the mousse version, as I find the spray to be really difficult to use and a bit streaky!)

So, I apply the mousse to a self tanning mit (which is shown in the picture below!). I use one pump of the mousse at a time and work in circular motions on my skin. I find the mousse works really well with the mit, as it doesn't soak into the mit too much, and it applies a really even coverage of the self tan to my skin. 

The self tanner also works really well on my face, unlike a lot of other self tanners. It doesn't go all patchy and blotchy like some do.. However, if your like me and wear makeup nearly everyday then theres not really much need to apply it to your face! 

As I said before, I apply the self tanner at night before I go to bed. I then leave it to develop over night, (as suggested by St. Moriz), and then wash it off in the morning. (Don't be alarmed if your very brown when you wake up in the morning.. when you wash the excess off, your left with a natural looking brown tan!)

So there you go! A really quick review on my favourite self tanner. I think it's great value for money and leaves me with a "natural looking" tan :) if you haven't tried it already, give it a go!

lots of love - claire xx

Saturday, 22 February 2014

big hair

My Top 3 Products To Give Your Hair Added Volume!

Hello, and welcome to my first ever blog post! Today's post is going to be about big hair, which is something, unfortunately, I don't have naturally. Since I have long, thick hair.. it gets weighed down easily and lacked a bit of "oomph" which is very frustrating, as flat hair is not always the best look. It's taken me a long time to find products that actually work, don't leave my hair feeling horrible, and products that last the whole day! I've found a few products (that are affordable) that leave me with big voluminous hair that lasts throughout the day! 

So the first product that I've found is from a favourite brand of mine.. BED HEAD by TIGI. I haven't come across a products of theirs that I have not liked.. so I thought I would give their Styleshots "epic volume" shampoo and conditioner a try! 

I was a bit nervous to try these products at first because, as you probably know, they aren't the cheapest! (however, I did get both of these from for £26!) But I also didn't want to ruin my love for TIGI products. Thankfully, I was not let down! The shampoo cleans my hair effectively, and creates an amazing lather! And the conditioner leaves my hair silky smooth, whilst adding AMAZING volume at the same time!!
(Not to mention they smell so yummy, too) So, after I was done washing my hair, I towel dried it and then gave it a quick blow dry.. I started to get a bit worried because my hair started to feel a little sticky.. but once my hair was completely dry, they stickiness was totally gone! My hair felt clean, conditioned and had mega volume!! I absolutely love this shampoo and conditioner, and will continue to use it until i can find something better! which may take a while..

On the bottle, TIGI describe the shampoo saying it will add "banging body" and a "fully clean feel".. which i 100% agree with! TIGI also explains that the shampoo is sulfate-free (bonus!) and helps hair to "define gravity" yayy!! The conditioner says that it gives a "lightweight finish" which it really does, my hair feels well conditioned but not weighed down! If you haven't tried these products and you really want voluptuous hair, then you really need to give them a go! :)

The next product that I've found to give my hair amazing volume is this Aussie "3 Minute Miracle Light Aussome Volume Deep Treatment Mousse" .. "For hair that wants to live it large!" It's a bit strange in the sense that it's like a normal hair mousse, but you use it on your wet hair (in the shower) and then rinse it out.. but it really does work!

What I really like about this mousse is that it adds a lot of moisture to my hair, as well as adding volume. It has Australian Sea Kelp Extract and is silicone free which helped add the volume!

Just like their deep conditioners, you massage the product into your hair and leave it in for 3 minutes, then rinse out! And your left with amazing volume! LOVE it :)

I bought this product from boots for £4.99

So last but not least is a hairspray. It's from Schwarzkopf, and it's called Silhouette, pure formula, invisible hold! I find it difficult to find a good hairspray that creates volume that isn't sticky! But this hairspray is an exception.. It has amazing hold, adds to the volume, isn't sticky, dries quickly, doesn't make my hair crispy, and it brushes out easily! It is an absolute favourite of mine, and I just had to add it into this blog post!

I bought this hairspray off when I was purchasing my shampoo & conditioner. It says on the tin that it is a "salon exclusive" hairspray, and was only £4.45 for a 500ml can! which as you can see from this picture below, it's huge. I will never go back to any other hairspray now that I have found this one, its too good!

This is the end result.. I have naturally wavy hair but added a few curls into it using my GHD straightener. For having long heavy hair, I think these 3 products have done a great job in giving me extra volume whilst maintaining that squeaky clean feel!

Thank you for reading, I hope this blog post will help you and your hair to define gravity!

lots of love - claire xx