Monday, 5 August 2013

Aussie Miracle Shine: Review

Hi Guys

I have recently been trying out the Aussie miracle shine range as my hair was looking rather dull and I thought I would share my results with you...




Believe it or not but I have never tried anything from Aussie before, I am not sure why but I saw these on offer 3 for £10 in Tesco so thought I would give them a go to see if they could help my lacklustre locks. I was pleasantly surprised as they improved my hair from the first wash.

My hair is naturally really dry and frizzy as its naturally curly but this can mean that it mostly looks dull and rather bleugh. It is much softer now than it used to be due to the TIGI S Factor serious conditioner that I use once a week, I wrote a post about it here. Since I have been using the miracle shine range my hair has been looking a lot more healthy and shiny. It isn't too heavy and it doesn't weigh my hair down, as my hair is quite fine, but it does look more shiny and healthy looking. I was surprised how quickly it started to make a difference to my locks, as it looked shinier than usual after the first wash. I wouldn't say this has transformed my hair but it definitely does look less dry and more shiny and more healthy looking so I am glad I tried them.

The shampoo and conditioner are really nice and the 3 minute miracle is a more intense version of the conditioner. I use the 3 minute miracle once a week in place of the conditioner and the other 2 times I wash my hair during the week I use the conditioner. The miracle packs a more hydrating punch than the conditioner and is such a quick treatment it can be used during your shower rather than having to wait with it on your head (y'all know how much I love a product that does its thang super quick!). Usually products that make my hair look healthy or shiny really weigh down my fine hair and make it look really flat but these products didn't so they get a thumbs up from me.

Although I am pleased with my shinier hair, this does have a fair amount of silicone in which is supposedly not good for your hair so it is probably not the best thing for your hair but I think you just have to go with what works best for you and for me these are making my hair look and feel in a better condition than they did before so I will repurchase these. I will probably try some thing else next as I like to try different things but I know I will buy these again. They are super affordable too.

Have you tried anything from the Aussie Miracle Shine Range?

TTFN

Sianni xxx

Sunday, 14 July 2013

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Masque Review

Hi Guys!

I tried this mask when I was having the dreaded eczema flare up I mentioned in my previous post. Whilst this doesn't have skin savior status it is a good mask so I thought I would share my thoughts with you.



This masque is blue when it comes out of the tube and is first put on your face but it dries clear. The instructions state to put it on for 10 minutes then tissue off. I have used it this way but have taken to just slapping it on and leaving it and I've found that it then sinks into the skin more then I rinse off before I go to bed maybe an hour or two later. You are left with a slightly sticky feeling once it has sunk in so it definitely does need removing, I don't see the harm in rinsing off but I think its up to your personal preference.

I really like this masque, it does what it says and hydrates but doesn't feel heavy or greasy. It hydrates my normal skin and soothes my eczema. I can see why they call this an intense masque as it gives a really good hit of hydration in such a short time. I have found that using this did improve my eczema and made it less dry and flakey, the Una Brennan mask just did it more and in half the time so I have been using that over this but I do like this mask and will definitely use it up. 

  La Roche Posay products never irritate my skin and are designed with skin sensitivity in mind so tend to be quite soothing to sensitised skin, so they are a good brand to try if like me you suffer with sensitivity or eczema on your face.

I got this from Escentual.com when they had 1/3rd off, it is usually £15.50 but Escentual have it on offer for £12.40 at the moment here. 

Have you tried any good hydrating masques? Have you tried La Roche Posays masque?

TTFN

Sianni xxx

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

My Skin Saviours

Hi Guys

I have been having the worst eczema/dry skin outbreak on my face recently its been unreal. Its has been a time of dry, red, itchy and flakey patches of skin on my forehead, either side of my nose, in my eyebrows and my undereyes. However I have managed to banish these pesky patches with two easily obtainable products.



Una Brennan Superfacialist Rose Intense Moisture Mask and La Roche Posay  Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm.

The Una Brennan range is a new one on me and one that I stumbled upon quite by accident whilst perusing the aisles of boots on a rainy day. It was on offer for £5 so I thought why not. This has sooo many positives for me, you only need to leave it on for 5 minutes which is great when you are short on time but your skin is calling out for help as mine was. To start off with I would apply the whole mask then jump in the shower and rinse it off as the last thing that I did before getting out. My skin was sooo soft afterwards and my dry patches were visibly much better so I tried to use this everyday. Each time I used it my patches improved so I changed tack and started using it topically every day instead, just on my eczema patches as I was worrying that my normal skin on my face would become greasy with too regular use. I still used it as a mask for my whole face once a week. This worked soo well and now my eczema patches are long gone. I am still using this once a week as a mask and my skin is looking eczema free with not even the slightest glimmer of a dry patch!

As well as slathering my face in the moisture mask I also applied the La Roche Posay soothing repairing balm topically as well before applying make up, sunscrean or heading out the door, which ever applied! I would also put this on before bed. This cream is suitable for your face and body and the instructions say to use twice a day. I did both of these things in addition to my regular skin care and after a few weeks my eczema patches were gone. They were visibly improved every time I used these products, I was just amazed as I have never had something work so well. It made them less red and took the itch out. The flakeyness was gone in a day or two but it took a few weeks for the patches to disappear completely, which I was really impressed with as they covered most of my face!

I am not sure what made me flare up but I know it was the use of these two products that made my flare up die down. If you suffer from eczema and find that nothing is working then prehaps look into these two products as they really have been my saviours.

Both are available in boots here and here the mask is £8.99 but is often on offer and the balm is £15.50 but can also be found on offer at Escentual.com for £11.05 here.

TTFN

Sianni xxx

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Clarins Daily Energizers Range Review

Hi Guys

A few months ago I ordered some hand cream from Clarins and it came with some free samples to try. Two of the samples were from the Daily Energizers range. I hadn't really heard of this range before and hadn't tried any of it either so was excited to give these a go.


The daily energizers range is aimed at people in there late teens and 20s. I wasn't expecting these two items to do much for my skin as I am in my late 20s so I thought my skin would be too old for this range. I was pleasantly surprised. 

I got the wake up booster and the cream. The wake me up booster is a gel toner and the cream is a moisuriser. They also do a lotion that is lighter than the cream for more oiler skinned ladies. The toner is a joy to use, really light and fresh and smells deliciously fruity. It comes out of the bottle in a liquid form but feels a bit like a cooling gel on the skin, even though I used this on a cotton pad. The moisturiser was lovely, really hydrating and it too smelled delicious. Its a light cream so is perfect for day time as it doesnt feel heavy at all and sits well under make up. My skin can be quite dry and I suffer from eczema flare ups in patches and this kept my skin soft and smooth and didn't irritate my eczema. I wondered if these products had some anti spot action going on as I've been alot more prone to break outs since my pregnancy but my skin really improved using these.  

I really enjoyed using these products and am going to purchase the full size when my current stash runs out. Because these products are aimed at younger skin they are cheaper than some of the other ranges that Clarins has to offer. Boots do a starter kit that gives you a sample size of each product in the range for £15 here.The full sized wake up booster is £16.50 here, the moisturiser is £21 here. The range also has a lotion and a cleanser. Escentual.com currently has a third off french skincare here.

Have you tried the daily energizers range?

TTFN

Sianni xxx

Monday, 8 July 2013

Mini Dainty Doll Haul

Hi Guys

I've called this a mini haul, its two items! But I have really been enjoying them so I just had to share them with you.




I got two powder blushers in 002 and 004. These normally retail for around £13 but I got them for £1.99 each on fragrance direct.

I was never overly taken with trying anything from Dainty Doll previously I am not sure why, nothing ever tickled my fancy. But I saw these blushers on fragrance direct for £1.99 and thought it would be silly to pass them by. I am so glad I tried them because they really are fantastic quality.




002 is a beautiful baby pink that adds that perfect flushed pop to your cheekbones. This has become a favourite for a low key every day look.




004 is a little on the glittery side and negates the need for highlighter in my opinion and is a peachy pink. I find if I focus this on the sides of my checks rather than on the apples then the shimmeryness falls where I would usually apply my highlighter so it all looks as it should. When I apply this to the apples of my checks it can look a little discoballish if I'm not careful so that is something to watch out for. Apart from these issues I love this blush and it also has become a staple.

I really recommend giving both of these shades a try if you have pale skin like me, although if you aren't a fan of glitter I would give 004 a miss!

Have any of you tried Dainty Doll? Do you think you will give these a try?

TTFN

Sianni xxx


Saturday, 6 July 2013

NOTD: Feat Essie Off The Shoulder

Hi Guys!

Just a quick NOTD today....introducing Essie off the shoulder.




This shade is a beautiful summery pink, its quite bold but not neon. This is two coats. 

I picked this up on fragrance direct here, I am late on the bandwagon with Essie polishes because I think £7.99 for a nail polish is quite expensive. I don't see the need to spend more than £5 on a good nail polish as the high street offers some great formulas with a good shade selection. That said when I saw Essie on fragrance direct my curiosity got the better of me and I bought a few shades all for £1.99 each which I think is a real bargain!

I can see why these are hyped up as they do have a wide shade range, the wide brush is great as you can coat your nail with one swipe. The formula is OK  it lasts about average on my nails which is around 3 days with minor wear on the tips but no serious chipping. I haven't been impressed enough to want to run down to boots and filling up my basket with the rest of the Essie shades but I would buy some other shades on fragrance direct if anything took my fancy. I think for £1.99 they are definitely worth it!

What do you think of Off The Shoulder? Are you an Essie fan?

TTFN

Sianni xxx


Friday, 5 July 2013

Clarins Pure Melt Cleanser Review

Hi Guys

A few months ago I ordered my holy grail hand cream from the Clarins website and with it came loads of free samples! One of the samples was the pure melt cleanser so I thought I would review it for you today. FYI the free samples were received because Clarins always send you 3 free samples with every online order and I also received a further 3 free samples as on that particular day they had an offer where by you would receive 3 extra samples from a different selection of products. I am not being paid to review this I just thought you may like to know my thoughts. Phew now that's out of the way, on to the review!




I had high hopes for this cleanser, I thought it would give me some much needed extra hydration that my skin so badly needs but alas it didn't. The unique selling point of this cleanser is that when you squeeze it out of the tube it is like a gel texture wise. Then as you massage it onto your dry face the texture changes to that of an oil, then when you rinse it off it changes to that of a cleansing milk. This was quite interesting to use and because it changes to a cleansing milk upon contact with water it is easily rinsed from the skin. I thought that whilst the cleanser was in its oil form it would hydrate my skin but it doesn't. It does however remove all make up, dirt and grime from your face so it is lovely and clean so I was pleased with it from that respect. You didn't need to go back and re-cleanse because your face is still grimey which gets a big thumbs up but I was dissapointed that it isn't as hydrating as I was hoping.

This is a lovely cleanser but I don't think it suited my dry skin as afterwards my skin felt the tiniest bit tight so I think this would be better suited to normal, combination or oily skin types. It retails for £18 so is a more a high end cleanser, but isn't too pricey. I enjoyed trying it out but unfortunately it just isn't for me.

Have you tried this cleanser?

TTFN

Sianni xxx
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