Sunday, 28 April 2013

Popband


If you have long hair there's nothing better than being able to put it up and experiment with different styles and looks. How about using hair bands that can jazz up your hair as well as being able to use it as a fashionable bracelet.
I was lucky enough to try out the new hair ties from Popband.*


" Vibrant, fun and funky head gear that will make any girl sparkle and shine, our soft and stretchy "no dent" Popbands will hold your hair up tight and still leave it fresh and kink-free when you take it down again."

I really like the idea of using a hair tie that wouldn't dent my hair. I have hair extensions that I need to tie up at night and there is nothing worse than waking up and having to re-straighten your hair because you have a band mark running round it.

They come in lots of different colours and styles. I especially like the ties with jewels on, very pretty and can jazz up a simple ponytail with ease!

They also do headbands which are great for working out, to use in the summer to get all the hair off your face and for applying your make up. Because of the soft elastic they are super comfortable to wear, I find some headbands give me headache when they are too tight.

You can also wear them as bracelets. Fab for easily putting up your hair up during the day when your on the go.

The Jewelled Popbands start at £4

Twin packs of  hair tie and head band are £6


Multipacks £6

I think these are a fantastic idea, combining hair care and fashion all in one step. I especially think they would be really good for children, the super soft material means that they are not going to snap or damage the hair and I think the vibrate colours and jewels will really appeal to them.
If I had to sum these up in one sentence it would be....Funky hair ties that care for you barnet and make a great fashion accessory.
All these can be brought from http://www.thepopband.com
Special offer to all Facebook fans, spend over £20 and use code FB5OFF20 to recieve £5 off your purchase.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/415464901876419/440457832710459/?notif_t=group_activity#!/LoveThePopband?fref=ts

What do you think of these funky hair ties? 

Thank You for reading

LOU
XX


* Post contains PR sample

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Most Liked and Disapointing products for April 2013


Hi guys! Today I'm going to do a little run down of products that I'm loving and some that I've found some what disappointing.

LOVE

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.

I brought this about 2 weeks ago after reading good things about it. I must say that mascara on my bottom lashes has been the bane of my life. I love the look but it just doesn't last. I find myself resembling a panda within a few hours of applying  and it's put me off wearing it,(especially for work) I find a long day in warm atmosphere does not help at all! Soooo after reading about this little baby I decided to give it a go.
The first picture shows the difference in wand size compared to normal Mascara's

Now I must say that I wasn't really expecting it to work, imagine my surprise when it did!! This is a fantastic product, the little applicator wand makes it so easy to coat your lashes without getting it on the skin, it really defines and sets them all day. I really couldn't believe that it actually worked, even after a full 8 hour day at work, I returned home without even a smudge! It really is does do what it says on the tin! I would definitely buy this again and have been using it everyday since buying it. LOVE IT!! :)

LOVE/HATE

Barry M gelly Polish

As you can see I brought 3,  I love the colours their Vibrate and gorgeous!
 
Now I know that I will be banished for saying this but unfortunately my Love/Hate product is the Barry M gelly polish. I Love the colour range, their are some fantastic shades for spring/summer which are super cute. The reason why I dislike them is they seem to take ages to dry and I always smudge them and never have the super glossy finish that they are meant to have. Now I'm sure if I sit for a hour without doing anything this wouldn't happen, but who has an hour to do that?!  I find they chip quickly, and the  consistency of the polish is a bit too thick for my liking, I find them not very easy to apply, they seem to hold too much polish and you end up with blobs of polish everywhere. Now it may just be me but I really was not impressed with them and think there are far more better polishes out there.  I will use the shades I have but i will not be repurchasing any more. Sorry everyone, ( quickly runs and hides!)

LOVE

Real Technique Brushes

I'm loving ( like most people) the Real Technique brushes. I recently got the expert face brush which I now use instead of my stippling brush to apply my foundation. The brush is lovely and soft, it holds just the right amount of product. I find apply my foundation is super easy and quick,  it delivers a flawless and polished finish. I will definitely be buying some of the eyeshadow brushes next!

HATE

Elf Contouring blush and Bronzer duo

I purchased this a while ago and have to put it into the HATE pile. Now if you know me or read my blog regularly you know that I love tanning and always have a tan ( without I'm super pale). So I brought this too use, as my bronzer was running out. The reason why I hate it is because it is just sooooo dark, it's unwearable, and considering I have a tan it's still way too dark for me.
Blusher and Bronzer, Left with flash, right in natural daylight

 I really don't know anyone it could work with. The blusher is not too bad but I can;t find a way of using the bronzer. ( as you can see from above the bronzer is just so ridiculously dark) I have tried using it to contour and alas it still fails. It's super pigmented which is normally a good thing but when it comes to bronzers I think they need to be subtle and build -able rather than tango orange in one sweep! I will not be repurchasing!

So there you go, a few products that I'm loving and hating. What about you, any products that float your boat or are there any that sink it?'

Thank you for reading

LOU
xx


Sunday, 14 April 2013

April Wish List

This is my first monthly wish list, some of the products mentioned I have been lusting after for ages and I have now decided this month is the month that i finally purchase them.

First up is Alpha H liquid gold. This has been in the blogger radar for ages now and I think it's about time I gave it a whirl. If you haven't heard of this it's a serum that is applied every 3 days at night. You leave it overnight on your skin and wash it off in the morning. The product claims to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores,  tightens skin and can reverse some of the symptoms of sun damage and acne scarring. It is said to be like having a facial while you sleep!

£31.50 for 100ml http://www.beautybay.com/


Seche Dry fast Top Coat
I have recently removed my gel polish and now I'm wanting to paint my nails and look after them a bit more. Some of the nail polishes that i want to try are coming up next, but to keep the polish looking fab for longer I am going to try the Seche dry fast top coat, "widely acknowledged as the world's finest top coat. Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling"

 
10.95 from http://www.asos.com/?hrd=1

Barry M gelly nail Polish.
This polish is meant to give a glossy gel like finish, which is  highly pigmented and offers a fantastic colour range.  These to me scream spring/summer and all the colours i think would look great with a tan and complement any pimms or cocktail this season. The colours that are on my wish list first are Grape fruit, Dragon fly, Papaya and Blood orange

 
 
All these colours are widely available at boots priced at 3.99  http://www.boots.com/

Elemis cleansing balm.
This to me sounds very similar to the Emma Hardie cleansing balm. The balm is used to dissolve make up and daily grime from your face leaving it feeling soft, nourished and moisturised. The reviews on it have been really good, and the fact that your make up dissolves effortlessly makes it really appeal  to me for using at the end of the day, when all you want is everything removed quickly before bedding down.
 
105g pot is £39.50 from http://www.timetospa.co.uk/

What do you think to my wish list? Have you used any of the products mentioned, I would love to know what you thought of them.

Thank you for reading

LOU
xx



Thursday, 4 April 2013

Latest Beauty Haul

Hello peeps! This is going to be  a quick post about my beauty haul today. These are products that I have been meaning to get for a while and finally had the chance to pop into town today and get them.



Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.

I love to wear mascara on my bottom lashes but everyone I have brought smudges and i end up with panda eyes. I have heard fab things about this and can't wait to try it out. The unique thing about the mascara is the tiny wand that helps coat the lashes with more precision, this stops the mascara getting onto your skin and helping not to smudge and smear. £11.00 from http://www.debenhams.com/



Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

This is a new brand to me as far as foundation goes. I have been using Make up Forever HD foundation for months now and I love it. Lately I have been wanting my skin to look more dewy and fresh and the make up forever is a full courage matte foundation. After Ummming and Rrring between others such as Nars Sheer glow and Armani Luminessence, I decided to try this because everyone has been raveing about it amongst the blogging world,  I'm looking forward to see if  it lives up to the hype. £9.99 from http://www.boots.com/ This is on 3 for 2 at the moment


Revlon Lip butters

Another cult product that has hit the blogging scene recently. I don't really need anymore lipsticks as I have them coming out my ears, but I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about! The two shades I got are.. 025 peach parfait and 027 juicy papaya. £7.99 each from http://www.boots.com/ These are on 3 for 2 at the moment
                                           Peach Parfait                                                 Juicy Papaya


La Roche Posay Effaclar K.

I have been using other products from this brand recently an have been really liking what they are doing for my skin. I decided to try another to go along with them. This is for combination to oily skin with blocked pores and uneven texture. It is said to tighten and unclog pores, for a more even and radiant complexion. £13.00 from  http://www.boots.com/


So what do you think of my latest haul?

Thank you for reading

Lou
xx


Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win one of two prizes, Urban Decay and Diego della Palma gift sets up for grabs. http://loulovesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/giveaway-two-prizes-two-winners.html






Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Luxbox March 2013

This months Luxbox* has a back to nature theme, all products are organic and completely natural.

This month their are 6 items in the box, two of which are full sized.


Dr Hauschka Neem nail oil pen. £15.95 for 4ml. Full sized item.


This nail oil pen is made from the anti fungal neem leaf which encourages the growth of strong nails, and softens cuticles. The unique design sees a pen like tip the delivers the right amount of product to the nail and a lid that is designed to push back cuticles. Ideal for your handbag and travelling.


Weleda Almond Soothing cleansing lotion. £9.95 for 75ml. This is a 10 ml sample.

The cream like cleanser is designed for sensitive and dry skin. Made from almond oil it's to be use morning and night with a damp cotton bud. One thing a like about this already is the smell, it smells like Amaretto!! Yummy! :)


Weleda Wild rise smoothing night cream. £14.95 for 30ml. This is a 5ml sample


This is a best selling night cream that is made from wild musk rose, rich in fatty acids it helps prevent fine lines as well as nourishing and protecting the skin. It sounds wonderful ( any thing to stop the signs of ageing) but I really don't like the rose smell in cosmetics, it reminds me of my nan!



Beyond Organic firming Eye Cream. £9.60 for 7ml. This is a full size product.



This award winning cream reduces puffiness and is proven to combat the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eye area. I have never heard of this make before and from the signs of it it has a lot to live up to!



Dr Hauschka Hand cream. £12.95 for 50ml. This is a 2.5ml sample


Another product from the Dr Hauschka brand, this is meant to be the perfect partner to the Neem nail oil. Special Bryophyllum extracts hydrate and regenerate the skin while special oils and waxes protect and soothe our hands. This remarkable, non-greasy cream is beneficial for all, especially those with dry skin or those who work in harsh environmental conditions.

Dr Bronner Magic liquid soap. £8.49 for 473ml. This is a 59ml sample.
This soap is made from organic oils including coconut, olive jojoba and hemp. These together have made a soap that cleans without being aggressive and leaves the skin silky soft. It comes in 5 different scents, citrus, peppermint, rose, almond and the one I have lavender. This product sounds good, buy me being me I also hate the smell! I know lots of people love the smell of lavender but I'm not one of them.      

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Now I'm being honest here, but I'm not too bothered about organic and natural skincare and make up products. To me its an added bonus if I really like something, but I don't go out of my way to find them. Please don't judge me, I know this box will appeal to many,  that are looking to try a natural alternative to their skincare routine.  .                                                                                         
 
What did you think to your Luxbox?                                                                                                      
 
 
 
Thank you for reading
Lou
 
xx
 
 * Post Contains PR Sample 
 

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Hairbond Distorter Review

As a Hairdresser I get to try out new products and brands all the time (fantastic perk of the job), one of these products is from the new range from Hairbond.

Hairbond has become a bit of a cult brand in the hairdressing industry with celebrity clients loving  the products and winning Best Male Hair Styling Product of 2011.

One of the products is Distorter* a clay like styling product for flexible styles and  hold. The packaging is simple yet trendy in a super sleek pot. The pot is made of plastic and loads 100ml which makes it ideal for travelling.





"The Distorter Professional Hair Clay is elite,styling product that creates texture with a supple finish. Flexible hold gives great results to thick straight hair. This product will give hair a strong to medium hold allowing elasticity for easy use. Apply to dry hair and distort your own look generating superb styling results. This product has a delicious Juicy Fruit fragrance. The Distorter washes out easily in water."

I have been trying this out on a couple of clients recently after looking for a styling product that will define and add texture to the hair without weighing it down, and this product delivered it all!

The clay has a light creamy texture which is soft and flexible, and not a all sticky. It is a very easy product to work with and doesn't clump or look greasy. The smell is amazing!! It smells of the alcoholic drink Apple Sours! (Yummy). If you have never tried apple sours, it smells of apples (funny that!) which is super sweet, fresh and just gorgeous. Your hair smells amazing and as does your hands after applying it.


I pop a 2p size amount into my hands and rub them together, I then scrunch it all over the head to disperse the clay evenly, then start to mould and shape the hair to the style that I want to achieve. It is great if you like to experiment with different looks,  the flexible clay allows you to restyle without the need to apply more product.

Before                                                                       After
 
What I really like about this product it that the hair still looks shiny and healthy, it can easily be brushed/washed out without leaving any residue. It's gives a very natural look and the hair doesn't look overloaded or greasy. As you can see from the photo's above, the hair looks more textured and the style looks sharper and more defined, without looking dull or too "over done".  The product has taken away the "fluffy" look giving the style more structure and shape.
Hairbond is manly aimed at men but the universal packaging and fragrance makes it a great unisex product for both men and women of all ages.
Before                                                            After
If your a bit scared of using products in your hair, or don't like the feeling that they leave, then this is a great product for you to try.

Best for hair length - Short to mid length hair.                                        
Best to use on ( hair types) -Fine to Medium texture.
Great on - Straight to Wavy hair types
Hold - I would say this is a good medium hold that doesn't feel hard or greasy to the touch.
Value for money - 100 ml or £13.99 I think this is a good price, I know a lot of brands where you get far less product and quality on a higher price tag!
Not so good on - Long, curly or really coarse hair.

Hairbond can be brought from http://www.hairbond.co.uk/
Twitter  - https://twitter.com/Hairbond
For all trade enquires please contact Salon Depot - 01438 740088 or email -jon@salondepot.co.uk
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Have you tried any products from the Hairbond range? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

Thank you for reading

LOU
xx


* Post contains PR sample