6 Things I’m Currently Loving in March

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It’s taken me a long time to get back into writings about my favourites. I think it’s easy to get caught up in the swirl of all the new things we can buy. I’m trying to be more careful of this so I can really see what I reach for most often. I’m going to include what I’m enjoying outside of beauty & blogging too. Continue reading “6 Things I’m Currently Loving in March”

Recent Hair Care

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Since I started having my hair dyed about 6 months ago I’ve tried to up my hair care routine to help the red shade last longer. Some things work better than others but I pretty much use all the above at least once a week & it’s helping to keep up the health of my hair.

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Finished Em Capiche! – June Empties

Finished Em Capiche! - June Empties

There seems to be a lot this month but that’s due to a few almost empties from May. I seem to be having a bit of a fail day at work, everything that could go wrong seemed too. Luckily for me nothings broken and programs can be fixed and tools reset. If only the brain could be turned off, restarted and the alarms go away that easily. Now that I have chance to breathe and collect my thoughts let’s get down to the empties.

Finished Em – Meh! Sums It Up

Loreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution 200 ml £4.99

It’s not so much indicative of this Micellar solution so much as having gone off all of them. Great for fixing make up mishaps but otherwise I just don’t trust them to truly get my skin clean. This one I’ve had a while, maybe that’s why it seems to react with my eyes, it didn’t when I first bought it. I just feel like I know I still have makeup and ickyness left on my skin. I want to be lazy but only if it still does the job. In the bin it finally goes, give me an oil cleanser any day.

Loreal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Conditioner 400 ml £3.99

I guess it helps when you buy a conditioner to properly read what it says on the bottle. I saw fragile hair but I think it means thin or limp hair. Not really meant for me then, bought when I ran out and couldn’t get to a better shop. It smells nice and didn’t leave residue which I find happens all too often so that’s a positive.

N07 Completly Quenched Moisturising Body Lotion 200 ml £10.50

This smells very much like every N07 product which isn’t a bad thing. This is moisturing and nice but too thick and takes too much effort to get it to soak in. I basically used this up as an after shower body lotion. Didn’t keep my skin hydrated for long enough, I do have very dry skin.

It’s A Mans World

From the mouth of the man of the house!

The Body Shop Kistna Hair & Body Wash 200 ml £6

Great as shampoo but if left on too long almost feels sticky. Not as great as the other Body Shop one named Arber but prefer if when I’m cleaning my beard. It doesn’t dry the hair out so it still feels clean but soft.

Botanics Men’s Face Scrub 120 ml £3.99

This is a complete bargain, this was much nicer that the King Of Shaves one I had that was too abrasive. This feels like it helped with my skin as well as my skin beneath my beard. It’s meant to soften stubble but didn’t do this as much as I’d liked. I have found a different one I like more though.

Empty To The Last Drop

 Ren Clear Calm 3 150 ml £18

This is for me what a luxury cleanser should feel like. This was a splurge for me when I go it and I enjoyed using it every time. This made mornings that little bit more bearable. There are very few clay based cleansers and this was just lovely I hold other cleansers up to this one. In the future I may repurchase but for me it’s a lot to spend on a cleanser.

Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist 200 ml £5.99

This is one of many travel bottles of this stuff I’ve bought and I’ll likely buy another if only for travel. I love the scent and it does keep my hair soft while using Ghd’s. I’d use this if I’m straightening after I’ve left my hair to naturally dry. I’ve found a good one from BlowPro to blow dry my hair with instead though. Have been using this for donkeys years.

BlowPro Damage Control Conditioning Mask £235 ml £9.99

I am in love with this hair mask. It’s not cheap and I probably used it too much to begin with as it’s a protein mask which builds the strength of the hair up. I could have made this a once a week treat and when I get chance to repurchase it I intend too. My hair is over dyed, dried, thick and a pain. This made it manageable where I could get a brush through it easily without bit knots the day after if I left it to dry. Smells similar to the Toni & Guy Nourish hair mask but works better for me.

The Body Shop Cranberry Body Polish 200 ml £10

I know you can’t get this anymore but it’s available in strawberry still. I prefer the strawberry but this was a nice Christmas edition. I seemed to forget about it not just this but all scrubs. Kinda went off them for a while, maybe laziness I’m not sure. These with the seeds in I do like to get a proper scrub going. I have psoriasis so this is great for those extra dry areas you want to itch but don’t want to do damage to. Great for before shaving but does leave the seeds in the bottom of the bath tub.

 

 

 

 

 

Most Loved March 2014

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My most loved March products seem to have been about making the most of my stash this month and rekindling my love for some of the beauty bits I’ve had the longest. Making the most of what I have by changing them up and bringing them back.

Most Loved in March 2014 Favourties Dupes Are A Girls Best Friend - MI

Most Loved March Beauty

March winds and April showers, bring forth May flowers.

This little sentiment fills me with hope as we head into April and hopefully some warmer days even if they bring along the wet ones too.

Clinique All Over Colour in Poppy Plum Blend

When all else fails me this does not. It was the first expensive piece of makeup I’ve bought. It brings my skin back to life adding dimension and a perfect sheen and glow. I don’t know if I will ever get to the end of it as it’s so pigmented a little goes a very long way. – Review

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine

I cringe every time I write the shade name out but in the bullet it looks a little bit porn star lips but when worn it’s the easiest wash of colour that can finish any look off. I love my mattes and this was the one that started it all off. – Review

Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist

As beauty bloggers we always end up working our way through many products but end up going back time and again to certain ones. This is a repurchase and I’m guessing I used it less back then than I do now as I’m using this mini up quickly. Love the scent and it stays around for most of the day and make my hair feel luxurious even if I’ve straightened it. Must pick up the full size next time.

Benefit Porefessional Primer

For as long as I’ve hated my pores I have needed this in my life. I think it took a year to get me to part with my cash on this. I’m one to not believe the hype and boy was I wrong. This just makes my pores vanish as if I had amazingly smooth skin. Yes any silicone based primer can but this is matte and slightly skin toned and works magic. Like any good product it needs a great partner and I’m still searching for that foundation to make my base complete. Review

Garnier Moisture Match Ultra Hydrating Rich Cream

This is actually the newest so I’ve save it for last but it deserved the attention as it has made working with my ridiculous dry patches of skin so simple. When all else fails I can apply to individual areas and let it work it’s magic and my foundations sit so much better when I do. Make sure to let it sink in as it is silicone based.

If you’d like to see last months here’s my February Favourites 2014

 

Empties In February

I’ve been getting more organised this year so I’m remembering to scoot around the house and find where all my empties are hiding. I’ve been loving watching other peoples empties videos on Youtube because it really gives an insight into what we all get through.

February 2014 Empties

James Brown Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask

These were my first move into trying more expensive brands to get my hair into better shape. within a week I could tell they were doing more for my hair but the set I’m using now I love more and will write something up soon about that. These between the two of us lasted the month which is about right for us. I’ve tried James Brown before in the travel sizes and liked them but it’s more the salon scent that made me enjoy them. The mask in particular is rich and really has to be only used on the length as it made my roots greasy when I first tried it me being a noob with hair care.

Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist

This for me is mainly about the scent as it keep my have fragrant throughout the day. I use a fair amount as I like to keep my hair protected from my Ghds. It took along time to empty it as I stopped straightening my hair last year for a long time but now it’s finished I’ve already picked up another mini version to replace it. The spray from the bottle is a little too direct so I spray it into the palm of my hand and work it through that way. This makes my hair nice and shiny and looking in better condition than it is.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturizer

I won’t be repurchasing this but only because I really didn’t like the classic vitamin e smell that most of this range has especially when it’s being applied all over my face you just can’t get away from it. Other than that I have cheaper moisturizers that work just as well but moisturizer better for longer. This would be fine for normal skin it just didn’t do enough for mine. I did enjoy the Intense version I had a sample off but for the price I have already found something to replace it.

Superdrug Optimum Advance Firm and Lift Serum

This was one of those things that I enjoyed using but as it was fairly pointed out won’t do much for me as it’s not suited to my age range. That been said it did hydrate my skin more and made it feel softer. This if you are looking to try a serum is a nice afford way to do it but I won’t repurchase it but I’m on the look out for one more suited to my mid twenties dry skin if any one has any suggestions withing budget?

N07 Protect and Perfect Eye Cream

This was really hydrating and to say it’s only 7 ml this really did just keep on going I’d say 6 – 8 weeks of day and night use. This stopped the dry patches and cleared some up completely which meant I could apply make up smoother. I’m trying a cheaper alternative at the moment but I may go back to this when I have more spare cash. I you do get this keeping on pushing to the very end as when I though it was ready to go with my other empties it lasted another week.