Monday, 21 November 2016

Phillip Kingsley Elaticizer review + Christmas treasure hunt competition!

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Sent c/o of Phillip Kingsley

I was very kindly sent Phillip Kingsley's cult product the Elasticizer in conjunction with their Christmas Treasure Hunt competition which runs on their instagram (@philip_kingsley), to find a secret link on their site to be entered into a fantastic prize draw to win a luxury hair and skincare kit with goodies from Philip Kingsley and Sarah Chapman. 

I've used the Elasticizer before so I was pretty excited to try it again - this product works as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, protecting your hair and giving it moisture before shampooing. It's a tiny bit of a pain to use because you have to wet your hair, apply the product and then wait 20 minutes before getting back into the shower to rinse and then shampoo and condition. However - the results are so worth it, your hair feels noticeably softer post shampoo even while wet and generally softer in general once dried. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with dry hair, I notice a difference particularly in my ends (which are bleached) in they are are massively softer after using the Elasticizer as part of my normal hair routine. xx

Friday, 18 November 2016

Vitamins for hangovers, being sore post gym, depression, preventing a cold and more!

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As someone who doesn't always lead a very healthy lifestyle (i.e pizza all day errday), I've started getting quite into my vitamins and I thought I'd share some of my favs. I especially recommend 5htp if you suffer with anxiety or depression, this has been a game changer for me!

Effervescent vitamin C // Immune system & antioxidant support - I've started having one of these in a glass of water in place of juice with breakfast, and for the last month I've managed to avoid getting a winter cold despite being around so many people with colds on a daily basis. Definitely keeping this up!


Multivitamins and iron // Prevention of anaemia, good if you exercise a lot and for during your period - iron helps your red blood cells carry oxygen, and keeping your iron levels up prevents anaemia and helps things like concentration


5htp (bought here) // mood improver, 'natural antidepressant' - 5htp helps create more of the neurotransmitter serotonin which is associated with the feeling of happiness, I genuinely feel so much happier and less anxious the next day after taking one of these before bed. There are so many reviews online of people with depression taking these and getting a fantastic result, definitely worth a try. 


Proto-col coco minerals (c/o of them) // hydrates skin and body - hydrates skin from the core, promotes anti-ageing, nautral isotonic and rehydrates the body (perfect for post hangover). Mixed with water and MUCH cheaper than buying normal coconut water, doesn't taste great but neither does coconut water!


Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse (Holland & Barret) // supports gastrointestinal health -  Bought these are part of one of their sales (slightly embarrassing taking these to the till) but I do think they help when my stomach is off.


Magnesium (bought here) // supports muscle function, the nervous system, reduces tiredness and fatigue - I have started to use these to help with being tired (usually from oversleeping not gonna lie) or overdoing it at exercise classes to help with sore muscles, and have found they really help speed up muscle recovery. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Ki-yoshi eyelash enhancer serum | Review

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Eyelash enhancer serum // c/o Kiy-oshi

I was recently sent this eyelash serum by Kiyoshi and thought it was worth a try! I really wanted to give this a go properly as to see whether this would give effective results or not so I've been using this for the last month and half, 90% of the time applying every evening before I go to bed. The tube is quite simply matte silver, and the wand itself looks just like an eyeliner pen - and you apply the product similarly like eyeliner along the top lash line.
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I took photos along the way and the first two weeks I used it consistently every evening, I have fair eyelashes but I think it looks like there might be a little bit of thickening at the lash root after a fortnight.

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After the two week point I occasionally forgot to apply the serum every evening but I have begun to notice a difference in my lashes with mascara. Before when I wore mascara it would pretty much just tint my lashes as I don't have much natural length, but now I do think my lashes look fuller, especially at the root which I think makes sense. This serum retails for £25 which I think is a little pricey, but the ingredients are all natural and cruelty free, and I think I've seen results. Ki-yoshi also do a similar serum for eyebrows which sounds interesting for any brow addicts out there. xx


Saturday, 27 August 2016

L.A.B.2 Synthetic brushes navy smokey eye | Review

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L.A.B.2 angled shadow brush and multi purpose brush // c/o Sparkle Pr

Last night I tried out these two brushes I was kindly sent to create a soft glam navy smokey look. The brushes are by a brand I hadn't heard of before called L.A.B.2, and they are synthetic (and have no animal derived components so I presume they can be considered cruelty free). The first thing I noticed is that these aren't as soft as other drugstore synthetic brushes like Real Techniques, but the bristles are pretty tightly packed and definitely matches the description of the brushes as high end synthetic filament. 

As the packaging suggested I used the multi purpose brush to apply powder, however because the bristles are tightly packed I found this quite difficult. It would still be good for applying blush or contour in a more stippling effect, however. I used the angled brush to contour my crease and I definitely found it worked, it picked up the pigment well and would be great for marking out more dramatic eyeshadow shapes.

Have you guys heard of these brushes? xx

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