Brace yourself for a whole lot of lovin' guys! I was blessed with incredibly thick and healthy hair, the only problem is, it is so flat and shiny it is so hard to get some texture and volume in it. I have been itching to purchase the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray as it appears to be the holy grail of hair products, but at £38.00 a bottle, I just can't justify it (maybe some day). I then read a few fabulous reviews of this Charles Worthington version I literally grabbed my coat and headed to Boots. At a mere fraction of the price, £6.99 to be exact, I have fallen in love. Give your hair a spritz of this and a ruffle and you have instantly bigger hair. You can achieve that messy 'I didn't bother brushing my hair but it still looks freaking amazing' effect (I actually hate girls that can pull this of naturally). It leaves your hair feeling texturized without that rank feeling texturizing powders leave. Another huge bonus? It smells divine!
I am loving spraying it on my straight hair for volume and the messy effect, but I am equally loving it for when my hair is curled - bigger and bouncier curls. It is also perfect for second day curls for a really natural look.
Being a student with a horrendous shopping addiction means that the majority of the time I am flat broke (sobs). Being a student also means that the majority of the time I cannot afford the beautiful high-end make-up that is out there; and to be honest I find it hard to justify twenty-something pounds for a lip-gloss. Therefore I do my research for the best dupes out there, I read every magazine, an endless list of blogs and watch a ridiculous amount of beauty gurus on YouTube. It wasn't until recently that I noticed a pattern, L'Oreal offer an incredible selection of dupes. Of course add a Boots 3-for-2 offer and the above happened.
I should probably point out that I haven't actually tried the high-end versions but after my intensive stalking of other blogs you can trust me.
First up is the L'Oreal True Match Touche Magique Concealer (£8.19) which is a copy of the YSL Touche Eclat (£25.00). Not going to lie, I still want to try the YSL version to see if it really is that good. I have been loving the L'Oreal version however!
Next is a new found love for me, the L'Oreal True Match Foundation (£9.99) which is a dupe for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (£35.00), which is a recent cult product. This L'Oreal foundation is aaa-mazing! I have received so many compliments recently while wearing it, it definitely gets a double thumbs up from me (it has even replaced my beloved Rimmel Matte Perfection for top place as my everyday foundation).
Last but not least is the L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash (£7.99) vs YSL Glossy Stain (£23.50). This one baffles me, I am incredibly in love with this lipgloss so I have no idea what the YSL version would need to do for me to justify that amount of money on a lipgloss. The Glam Shine Stain Splash goes on as an ordinary lip-gloss but then dries to the perfect lipstick-like finish. Also this colour is the perfect everyday 'my lips but better' shade (101). I cannot wait to get my hands on a few more of these.
Hope this post has been a help in saving a few pennies or even to try the cheaper version out first before splashing out on the expensive. If I do manage to purchase any of the higher-end products I'll be sure to do a more in depth blog post (I just need to do some saving first).
If you know me at all you will know that I am a complete stress-head and worrier, I'm also always doing something, be it Uni work, my part-time job, teaching or blogging. Recently I've been trying a lot harder to have a bit more 'Robyn time' and relax a bit more. So when Shauna from Body + Soul got in contact with me about trying out some of her treatments I jumped at the chance.
I spent the morning getting an Indian Head Massage and Reflexology. I've never had either so I didn't really know what to expect, but from the moment you enter Shauna's room you instantly feel relaxed. She left me to settle myself and get myself sorted, I snuggled down under the cosiest blanket and on top of a heated blanket (I need to invest in one of these) - bliss. The Indian Head Massage was genuinely out of this world - I could actually feel all the stress and worry leave my body. Not going to lie, at the start I was making my usual mental lists of everything I had to do that day, but after a few minutes I wasn't really thinking about anything, I felt SO relaxed and like I could take on the world. The oils that she used smelt divine and left my skin feeling amazing. One thing I will remember for again is to not wear make-up, I'm sure the skin on my face would of loved them oils but of course I had came with a full face of make-up acting as a barrier.
Next up was the Reflexology, which to be honest I didn't really know what it was fully. So if you're like me I'l fill you in, reflexology is a relaxing treatment based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops and sides of the feet correspond to areas throughout the body (totally stole that from the leaflet haha). Again, this is insanely relaxing (however I immediately wished I had bothered to shave my legs, don't judge, it's winter). I wouldn't worry if you're weird about feet, people touching your feet or even ticklish, it is so worth it! The actual reflexology left me feeling even more relaxed (I didn't know it was possible). Once she was finished Shauna told me she was going to tell me what she found (que a very confused Robyn, what could she possibly have found from my feet?), I'm still amazed by this, the points she was able to make about me physically and emotionally were completely true - unbelievable!
I left feeling relaxed, positive and determined to look after myself a little more. I can't recommend treating yourself to some complimentary therapies enough, especially if you're a worrier like me. However if you're from the Mid-Ulster area I would highly recommend you go to Shauna, we even had a good old chat about shopping and handbags afterwards - what more could you want? (Check out Body + Soul on Facebook here.
I love all things beauty (I think that is pretty obvious), however, I have this habit of acquiring moisturisers and body scrubs, that they never really get used. I tell myself I should use both regularly, but really, who can be bothered? I know you're with me on this one girls! But then I discovered these two absolute gems (insert heart eyes emoji here).
Vaseline Spray & Go made it's way into my life during a grocery shopping trip, even in Sainsburys I spend the most time in the hair and beauty aisle. This has literally changed my life (over-dramatic as always), it has left me moisturising both in the morning and before bed, I didn't even know my skin could be this soft??? It does what it says on the tin, quite literally. You spray it on, rub it in and off you skip, smelling delicious may I add. This means you can forget about all the stickiness, slapping freezing cold body butters all over yourself and it dries in seconds - RESULT, well done Vaseline!
Soap + Glory The Breakfast Scrub, well I just hang my head in shame when it comes to this one. I cannot believe I have never picked this up before. I usually use a body scrub out of necessity, particularly after I've been wearing tan, however since I bought this I cannot wait to get it opened when I'm showering or in the bath. It smell DELICIOUS and melts away to leave your skin feeling amazing.
These two combined have been a complete power couple in my stash over the past wee while. And seeing as we are starting to see our first (very tiny) glimpses of Spring, it will soon be time to shed the layers of winter clothes and bear a little more skin - so a perfect time to pick these two up.
I have raved about the Pore Purifying Clay Mask on bobsbeautifulblog.com before, however I completely fell off the 'you really need to start saving' wagon recently and it's sister product the Intense Moisture Mask found it's way into my stash. I have combination skin with both dry and oily patches so it completely justifiable that I have both masks that do completely different things (I can justify buying just about anything; a major trait in a true shopaholic).
Rose Hydrate: Intense Moisture Mask:
This is a really beautiful skin calming and renewing mask. Slather it on for 10 minutes, enjoy a cup of tea(enjoying cup of tea not essential) and wash it away with a warm flannel. I use it before bed, then apply my normal bed nightly moisuriser and off to bed I go. In the morning my skin is noticeably hydrated, calmer and mostly all round healthier looking. I have been suffering with intense dry patches around my eyes and forehead recently and this has really been helping. The only thing I don't like is the smell, turns out I'm not a huge fan of rose scented cream (reminds me of a granny for some reason). But because it works wonders on my skin I'll let it off for that one.
Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask:
Firstly, what an absolute mouthful of a name? I use this when my skin is misbehaving the opposite of above: oily and break outs. I have been ridiculously lucky with breakouts as of late, however if I feel one coming (you can always tell I think), if my pores a looking a bit clogged or my skin is just looking a bit 'meh' then I whip this bad boy out. Apply a thick layer and allow to dry (beware younger brothers and fathers will laugh as you prance about the house with this one on). Again wash off with a warm flannel and slather on lots of your normal moisturiser. To me, this mask helps the overall healthiness of your skin, it sucks out all the bad stuff. I had a major, and I mean major, break out on my chin last week (we're talking 8 spots on one chin, how is that even possible?). So I put this on (just my chin) every night and it started helping straight away, thank goodness.
I couldn't recommend these masks enough, and another thing I love? They are £8.99 each!
I cannot put into words how excited I am to be sitting down to write my first blog post in months. I never intended on taking a break but with the amount of University work I had on it just kind of happened. I thought the perfect first post would feature a few of the products I have been loving over the past month.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm - We all know I am a big believer in high-end skincare and I have been lusting after this cleansing balm for about a year now. I finally purchased it about halfway through this month and I am madly in love already. It feel beautiful and luxurious on the skin and I can see a difference in the overall healthiness of my skin. I am not going to go into much more detail as I am planning a full blog post coming soon.
Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face and Decollete - Despite purchasing this ages ago I am only falling in love with it now. If you want to super tan your face this is not for you, instead swipe some of this on before bed and you will wake up with a gorgeous glow that can be built up over a few days. Your skin looks super healthy and best of all; it is not greasy or oily in the slightest.
Lush Snow Fairy - Possibly the best smelling shower wash I have ever used. Ever.
Super Facialist by Una Brennan (Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask) - I have talked about this before in my My Skincare Routine post. But I couldn't help but mention it again. Slap on a thick layer, take a long bath, and then wash it off - you will feel like a new woman (or at least have clearer skin).
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara - Not much to say other than it does what it says on the tin (or ridiculously beautiful mascara tube) - thicker and longer lashes and it holds the curl all day long.
Benefit The POREfessional - I will admit, I am very late to the party with this one. This little sample size tube has been lurking in my make-up stash for yonks! I finally gave it a whirl a few weeks ago and even though I don't really have noticeable pores, it still makes such a difference as a primer. Your make-up literally looks flawless when applied over this and I definitely notice a difference in the lasting power of my make-up. I will definitely be purchasing the full size soon.
Sleek Contour Kit - This is another product that I've dug out of my stash after forgetting about it for too long. This is such an affordable little kit, only £6.49 from Superdrug (here). It contains a beautiful contour and highlighter (I wear the shade Light) and when applied together you can say 'Hiya cheekbones!'.
What have you all been loving this January? Also I am currently compiling a list of ideas for new blog posts, so let me know any that you would like to see!
This is honestly something I get asked about SO much! I am ridiculously lucky that recently my skin took a turn for the better, and at the moment it is pretty much flawless. Before I had dry patches, oily patches, spots, scarring and everything else. Now don't get me wrong, it still misbehaves at time, and I still get my usual spot or two around my chin at 'that time of the month' but for the first time ever I am happy to wear very little make-up and even venture out with none (shocking I know). My main tip? Keep it simple! I have tried 5 different potions at night and I find the more you plaster on the worse it is. Find a few products that work for you and give them a chance to work. And that would be my second tip, give it a chance! Don't give up because you don't see results immediately, I've stuck to this routine for nearly a year now, with a few minor changes here and there, and it's only now I'm saying, darn this is amazing.
Morning time - I start of with a quick cleanse with my No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser, I only use about half a pump. Then depending on how my skin is feeling I may give it a few sprays of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, this is great if you're skin is looking a bit tired or lacking something, it's like caffeine for your face. Lastly is the Botanics All Bright Day Cream, which I only apply sometimes, but particularly if I know I'm going to be outside a lot as it has SPF15 and we all know how important SPF is (but I am quite naughty and often skip this step). In my opinion you don't need to use too much in the morning, at the end of the day (well the start, oh haha) all you've done is slept.
Night time - We all know how much I love Bioderma Crealine H2O. This is a complete make-up artist favourite as it is basically water that removes make-up effortlessly. Again I sometimes skip this if I have very little make-up on and just cleanse. However if I've been out on a night out or have applied heavy eye make-up then I reach for this stuff and it removes everything so easily. Then my trusty No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser is whipped out. You can read my post about how much I adore this stuff here. I apply a pump or two all over my face and then remove it with warm water and a face-cloth or muslin cloth. I honestly cannot recommend this cleanser enough. The final bedtime step for me is a moisturiser. I have tried a few recently but the one I love the most is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. It is great for clearing spot prone skin and leaving skin feeling much clearer and healthier.
I have two face masks that I pop on depending on how my skin is feeling. If it's feeling dull or tired or I'm having a few blemishes I use the Superfacialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask (what a mouthful). This is my favourite thing to apply, you slap a thick layer all over your face and it hardens (such a funny feeling) and then you wash it off with warm water. It leaves your skin so much clearer and healthier. The other time I love a mask is when I'm suffering from dry skin. For this it's Origins Drink Up Intensive mask. Slather it on before you go to sleep and I promise you'll wake up with hydrated skin, your face literally drinks it up.
(You can purchase from Boots here!)
For a beauty junkie I'm really not that 'into' hair (shocker I know). My hair is long, straight and pretty boring. Usually it gets washed with whatever shampoo and conditioner Mummy has decided to buy that week and left to dry on its own. This lack of attention has however resulted in quite long and rather healthy hair so I cannot complain about that. However recently I've been getting a bit bored with it being so flat and lifeless, off to Boots I trot to see what I could find. I remember reading a blog post somewhere about how good the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo + Conditioner was so I thought I would give it a try. It is a little bit more expensive than my normal shampoo so first off I bought the mini travel size to make sure I liked them. Did I? Here's a hint; the shampoo bottle photographed above is my third bottle! This stuff is fabulous, it gives your hair that little bit of texture it needs to give it some body and volume without leaving it feeling dry and unhealthy. Now I'm not claiming it leaves you with huge bouncy hair, but it definitely does make a difference. I have been trying a few other hair products recently fro Bumble and Bumble so I will let you know what I think of them.
Any other volume/texturising hair products that I need to know about?