Monday, 28 March 2011

Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle Review...

Hey Guys!

I was recently watching an swalkermakeup video, where she mentioned the umberto Giannini Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle, and I was really intrigued, so I got some to try out.

So What do they say?

'Instant Miracle Volume and Sexy Texture!

Hair - All hair types.
Look - The instant texture and volume of backcombed hair... unbelievable!
Technique - Spray from approx 6 inches to where you want backcomb effect and jujj hair into shape as you go.
Our Stylists Say - The MUST-HAVE product to achieve full on glamour and up-do's without wrecking your hair with backcombing'

I really like the look of the product itself. The black and silver make it look really sleek and not just like your average hair spray. It has a lovely smell when spraying that completely disappears when its in my hair which I love - theres nothing worse than the whiff of hairspray all day.

I'm not sure how I feel about the description on the back of the bottle. Your going to think I am being so so picky and stupid, and of course it doesn't effect the product itself, but it still kind of bugs me. I hate it when brands try to be really informal on the back of their products and fail. An example of it working would be on the Lee Stafford products. The descriptions are always informal, simple and not full of technical jargon - 'For Hair that doesn't grow past a certain length' but it seems to work - don't ask me why or how! But for me personally, it just doesn't seem to work as well on this... I know I'm being fussy, and your probably all think I'm a nutter, so I'm just going to shut up about it now!

Soooo onto the product itself.

I'm not really sure what I was expecting from it, but I would say I was looking to be really impressed by it - anddddd I have to say, at the moment, I'm pretty much on the fence. After spraying a 'Jujjing' it does have a soft backcombed effect - probably not as much as I would like, but for during the day, it has a nice hold. It's really soft, and doesn't make my hair stiff or stick which I love, but it doesn't hold for long and I do have to respray anf 'Jujj' quite often.

I suppose at the end of the day, it does what it says on the tin, but it hasn't blown me away, I was expecting a lot bigger hair with a lot stronger hold. I will carry on using this, but my quest of big hair continues! 

You can get this for £5.61 from Boots, who currently have an offer on of 2 for £7.50.

Lots of Love


Saturday, 26 March 2011

The ELF Stippling Brush Review...

Hey lovelies!

I'm just on the train to sheffield and I've never really tried blogging on my phone before, but seen as this is the first time I've had chance to sit down in the past week and have a little time to myself, I thought I would give it a go and see hoe I feel. I usually hate writting big long essays on my bb, but I'm really in the mood to do a post. So anyway stop babbling!

I bought 3 elf brushes about a month ago while taking advantage of the free delivery they have. I love so much of thw stuff from ELF, and I could order a new thing everyday, so I tend to make a mental note of everything I want and then order them when they have some kind of offer. I've been wanting the stippling brush for ages but it was never available when I look, so as soon as I saw it I grabbed it with both hands and wouldn't let go!

I am in LOVE with this brush.

I've never used a stippling brush before, so I don't know how it compares to the likes of Mac, but I have never ever experienced such a lovely brush to apply my foundation. It applies a perfectly even layer over my skin, not too much but not too little, and really really does make my skin look flawless. I have been using it with the same foundations I always use, both budget and more higher end, and it really does make a huge difference using this brush to my usual MAC brush. At £3.50 it is such an amazing brush - I would pay 5 times this much for it! Amazing amazing - I can't get this over to you enough!

 I also bought the powder brush that everyone raves about, and I have to say I can see why. I have been using this for cream blush, and it applies really well, without leaving too much on the face or leaving streaky lines. This brush gives you the opportunity to build cream blush, which I like because I have been know to be a bit heavy handed in the past.

(Again, sorry for the awful lighting - this is NOT an angled brush, I promise!)

The third brush I got was the complexion brush. Ilve been using this to sweep powder and bornzer across my face, and again its great as it picks up and applies just the right amount, without leaving me looking cakey or orange.

On the whole these brushes went above and beyond my expectations. I love them all and will definitely be repurchasing. What struck me the most when I first got them was how amazingly SOFT they were - so so so silky.

I have used these brushes everyday since I got them - could not recommend them more.

Lots of Love

(Sorry for the AWFUL lighting in all of these pictures)

Friday, 11 March 2011

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment Week 2 Review...


So for those of you that read my week 1 review (you can read it here, and see the first post here) you will know that I have so far not been too impressed with the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment. This has ALL changed this week. I don't know if it is because I am getting used to using it now, or whether its because I am giving my hair a little bit more attention - I have no idea - but this week I have absolutely LOVED using it.

I must point out that I have been using a couple of different products, which I will talk about in a minute, but my hair has never felt better. It feels so soft and shiny and in really good condition. I've even had a few people comment on how good it is looking at the moment, which is great!

So these are the two different products that I have been using this week.

They are the Clairol Nice 'N Easy Colour Seal Gloss and the Lee Stafford Bling 4 Blondes Glossing Glimmer Serum.

I've had these products for a while now, and it's really important that I tell you that, although I get great results with these products, it has never been as good as it has been while I have been using them with the hair growth treatment, which indicates that the treatment is doing a lot of good to my hair, and these products are enhancing that.

The Colour Seal Gloss is one of my favourite conditioners. I used to come with the hair dye when I dyed my own hair, and I can definitely remember these being sold on their own at one point, but I can never find them anymore, which is really annoying seen as I don't dye my own hair anymore!

The Glossing Glimmer Serum is fabulous, I love it, although do be careful to wash your hands after applying it, as they do get a little shimmery to say the least!

The Hair Growth Treatment has really impressed me this week, I am really starting to enjoy using it. I am still applying it with every wash, and their are still no obvious signs of growth, but definite signs of my hair becoming stronger. Yey!

Lots of Love


Saturday, 5 March 2011

Glamour Magazines 10th Anniversary...

So how many of you got your hands on the latest edition of glamour magazine? For those of you that have been hiding underground for the past 4 months, Glamour are celebrating their 10th anniversary by joining forces with Clinique and offering every reader an amzing mini free with the magazine.

I bought 6... but at £2 each, I don't think its half bad for what I got.

High Impact Mascara
Moisture Extended Thirst Relief
All About The Eyes
7 Day Scrub Cream
Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss
Take The Day Off Make Up Remover

So... I've got plenty of spare magazines if anyone wants a read?!

Which ones did you manage to get your hands on?

Lots of Love


Bargain of the week...

Hello Lovelies!

Just a quick little post to show you this cute 'bucket' I got from a lovely little shop called The Olive Branch in my home town.

I bought 2 of these a couple of weeks ago, which I put candles in, and I loved them so much I went back for another one so that I had somewhere to put my everyday make up brushes. It has cute red hearts on it, as well as cut out ones, which look really lovely on the ones with candles in. It also has a cute little handle.

The best thing about it is the price - a bargain at £3.50!

What do you think?

Lots of Love


Friday, 4 March 2011

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment - Week 1 Review...

I have just finished the first full week of using the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment - you can see my first post about it here.

I wash my hair every other day, so I have used it 5 times in total. Obviously I haven't used for long enough to tell you whether it actually works as a growth treatment, but it has definitely had an impact on my hair over the past week.

My hair has been softer this week which has been nice, but, I'm not going to lie, I was expecting it to be a lot more softer than it has been. I usually have a lot of hair drop out, and I have to say I haven't really noticed that decreasing either. My hair has felt quite stringy and elasticated, which I really hate, as when I'm brushing my hair I can really feel strands stretching, and then coming out, rather than just coming out - it really feels like I'm damaging my hair.

On Tuesday this week I dried my hair really quickly and didn't really do a lot else with it (I was running late for uni) which gave me a chance to test what's like without straightening it - and again, I wasn't impressed. My hair felt just as dull as it always does if I don't put serum in or straighten it - if not MORE so on this occasion.

Having said all of this, when I have the time to spend on my hair, straightening etc, it does come out really well and feels lovely and the smell is, of course, as fabulous as ever.

So week one thoughts are not so good. I really REALLY want to love this product, I'm going to keep going with it and see what happens. I have heard SO MANY good things about this stuff - it has to work for me right? hmm...

Lots of Love


Thursday, 3 March 2011

How Much Is Your Face Worth? Tagged!

I saw this tag on the lovely Nicoletta's Blog and I wanted to have a go myself and see how my face of make up faired up!

I'm not really sure what to expect - although I think I do have a good mix of budget make up and higher end stuff, so hopefully it won't be too bad.

My make up changes on a daily basis, so I am going to use the make up I have put on today.

Soap and Glory Bright Here Bright Now Instant-Radiance Energy Balm - £10.21
Benefit Dr Feelgood Primer - £21.96
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation 003 Shell - £6 (I got this in a blog sale, it usually retails at £12.99)
Benefit It Stick - £14
Benefit Hoola - £23.50
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Comfort - £19
Topshop Blush Flush - £6
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - £5 (smaller size)
Benefit Ooh La Lift - £15.83
MUA Eyeshadow Shade 1 Pearl - £1
Mac Mineralize Duo Eyeshadow Engaging - £7 (This is also from a blog sale, these usually retail at £15.50)
17 Va Va Voom - £6.99
Benefit Bad Gal - £14
ELF Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Clear Mascara - £1.50
Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm - £14.30

Total - £166.29

Wow. I can't believe that just one make up look is that much. I DREAD to think how much my entire make up collection would be - eeeek thats scary! I also didn't realise how much benefit make up I actually owned!

I tag The Fashion Freak, Sparkle and Shade and MsDriftedSW aswell as anyone who would like to do this - let me know if you do it so I can have a peek!
Lots of Love


Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Bloggy Brilliant Award!


At the end of last week, I was DELIGHTED to be awarded a Bloggy Brilliant Award by Azaria. It is my blogs first ever award, and I am soooo excited about it!

To top it all off, Azaria sent me this fantastic biscuit through the post, as recognition...

So happy to have recieved it :) thank you very much Azaria!

Lots of Love


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Blog Post of the Week 01/03/11...

Hello Lovelies,

My favourite blogpost this week has been from Kellie, of Big Fashionista.

She has written a wonderful post on Fallan Idols, and when I was reading it, it was like she was reading my mind.

Why is it that the younger generation today (and I am probably including myself in that to some degree) see role models as the latest WAG, or the most recent winner of a reality contest, where as if the question of role models was asked 20 years ago, it was an award winning writer, or an inspirational teacher.

It seems sad that nowadays, it is widely thought that just because someone can eat a kangaroo's willy, they are deemed the 'nations sweetheart'.

Anyway don't read it from me, go over now and read what Kellie has to say, by clicking here.

Kellie's blog is definitely one of my favourite (I would go as far to say my top favourite... if that makes sense?!) blogs - she has a perfect of everything I want from a blog. The one thing I like most about it is how honest she is. Go and have a good old dig about and see what fabulous posts you find.

Lots of Love