20.12.14

My Top Hair Products for Volume


When it comes to my hair, I'm very nonchalant about the whole routine. Simply just wash and dry, then out the door. Second or third day hair is normally just tied up in a ponytail. You get the gist.. I'm just more of a makeup gal. What can I say?

When it comes to the basics though, I love me some VOLUME. Literally my hair can be slightly greasy or tangled, as long as it looks full, I am a happy bunny.

Lets start with the life saver.

Living Proof - Full Thickening Cream
I initially bought this product because Jennifer Aniston is the spokesperson/model. I mean first of all her hair is fab! No one can forget that classic 'Friends' hair do. Since I tried this cream it has become a permanent fixture in my haircare routine. First, I apply a pea-size amount into my hair when it's around 70% dry and then blow dry the top sections of my hair with a round brush. What I love most about this product is that it doesn't at any point become sticky or set on the hair, I can run my finger though my hair without the feeling of 'product'.

Rene Furterer - Volumizing Conditioning Spray
If i'm really stuck for time and I don't have the energy to blow dry my hair, I always turn to the Rene Furterer Conditioning Spray. I give my hair a quick spritz after combing it through and then proceed to let it air dry naturally. If you are looking for a quick no-fuss product then I would definitely recommend this little gem.

Dove - Refresh & Care - Volume Dry Shampoo
After searching on Makeup Alley for the best drugstore dry shampoo, I made my way to Rite Aid to find the Dove Dry Shampoo, and low and behold there was one left! That's a good sign right? I like to save dry shampoo for when I really am in need. Third day hair springs to mind. I can't say I am a great advocate for dry shampoo, since I have only test run a few. However I do like this one as it is very good at adding in volume that is lost on third day hair. It doesn't leave any white tell tale marks on my hair as long as I spray it on from a good distance.

What are your go-to volume-boosting products?
27.10.14

Top 5 Face Masks


If you take a look into my bathroom cabinet, it's clear that I have more face masks than the average person uses in a year. Why? Because in terms of effectiveness face masks are the one product that gives you instant results.

So if your skin is feeling a little drier than normal, or it's a little lacklustre, or maybe you just feel like you need a skin detox, I can promise you you will find the answer to all your skincare concerns in my cabinet of wonders!


Problem - Oily, congested skin - Solution - Eve Lom Rescue Mask
If you live in the city then you will know how satisfying it is to use this mask. The strong smell of camphor really does bring back memories of when I'd smother Vicks all over my chest. The almond and honey infused kaolin clay make it less drying and harsh than your average clay mask. Tip- The product likes to separate so I like to give it a little shaky shake before squeezing the tube. 

Problem - dull, stressed skin - Solution - Malin & Goetz Detox Face Mask
First off all let me start by saying Malin & Goetz is a great unisex brand, especially if you want to get a little skincare routine going for your other half. Literally get them to try this as a shaving balm or mask and they will be hooked! Anyway back to the mask...I would describe this mask as being one of the most versatile in my collection. It hydrates with Squalene, glycerine and sodium PCA and has my favourite combination of vitamin E & C.  You basically apply it to damp skin and then it begins to foam up like a marshmallow, shall we say... I recommend using it in place of your regular cleanser once or twice a week. Drier skin will benefit from removing the mask with tissue for optimal hydration, and oiler skins can remove it with a splash of water.

Problem - Irritated skin - Solution - First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
If you are looking for an indulgent, calming, "hug in a tube" then look no further. This mask is for when your skin needs some TLC, maybe you have over exfoliated or drank too much the night before and your skin is feeling dehydrated. What I love most about this mask is that little bits of colloidal oatmeal which is used in many anti-inflammatory products with a mix of shea butter. It's truly a wonderful concoction. 

Problem - Dull skin - Solution -  Sunday Riley Good Genes
With 40% Lactic acid it's clear why this ones a winner. It smells a little funky but I think we can get over that for the sake of our skin, right? Good genes can be used as a daily serum or as a face mask for a glow-to-go (I made that one up). I also heard through the grape vine that Sunday Riley may have to lower the percentage of Lactic acid since it's very high for a non prescription skincare product. Fingers crossed!

Problem - Dry, aging skin - Solution - Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call
This mask literally has one of the most impressive ingredients lists I have seen in a while; C0Q10, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid and vitamin E just to name a few. I'd describe the consistency as that of a moisturiser; once applied to the skin it pretty much absorbs and then all that's left to do is wake up with a younger face than you went to sleep with.

What masks do you have on-call? 

-Hayley- 

1.10.14

The Smashbox Contour Kit


CONTOURING - It's everywhere! Honestly I have never really been one to use contouring products on myself although I must admit I do like to subtly highlighter under my eyes but thats about it. Now The Smashbox Contouring Kit is a little more "consumer friendly" in the fact that it doesn't have a zillion shades of different contour undertones. Just three powders; Contour, Bronze, and Highlight. 

Here is my first impressions & tutorial using the palette....





Conclusion
let me start all my saying why does every brand think yellow highlighter is right for everybody. Yellow highlighter looks beautiful when applied to warm medium to dark skin tones but looks incredibly artificial on fairer skins. Since contouring and highlighting is so personal to each individuals undertone it would be beneficial for brands to create several palettes for various undertones. Anyway with that being said I do think this palette is worth consideration for the contour shade alone. I would hands down describe it as the perfect contour shade, not too grey but also not too warm. The formula appears to have a lot of fall out in the pan so be weary of the amount of product on your brush. The bronzer is one of the most sheerest formulas I have tried, its definitely on buildable side though. I am also happy to report that the palette is entirely matte! 

Have you tried this palette and if so what are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading! - Hayley
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