KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil Review

Monday, 20 October 2014

While every season has it's challenges when it comes to maintaining your skin and hair, autumn and winter are by far the worst offenders. As magical as some people might find this season, I can't say I find it too magical when I look in the mirror after getting home and see a bedraggled, wind swept mess looking back at me. When one minute you're sat at home with the central heating on full blast and the next you're out in gail force winds, your poor hair probably doesn't have a clue what it's supposed to be doing. And so the right products are essential; hydrating masks and treatments will inject a bit of moisture back in, as will using a good quality hair oil after every wash. The hair oil I'm currently using is this one by KeraFiber and is a notch above every other hair oil I've tried. As well as protect the hair it contains pure keratin protein to actually strengthen and rebuild the hair's tensile strength and elasicity. Sounds good right?!

Since discovering the joys of hair oil over a year ago I've gone through a tonne of different ones, and while the majority of them have been good this one definitely stands out for me. As well as containing the additonal keratin protein, the actual formula and feel of it is amazing. It's extremely light and feels weightless in the hair, if like me you have fine hair you'll know what a selling point this is when it comes to hair products. It contains no sulfates, mineral oils, parabens or phosphate and it smells nice too which is never a bad thing with products like these. I rarely find the smell of shampoo or conditioner lingers in my hair, so I love catching the scent of something like this when I swish my hair about! The glass bottle has a luxe feel to it to, and the 50ml size should last a month or two of daily use. As my hair is reasonably long now I use two pumps (which covers the mid lengths and ends of my hair) but you'd probably need a bit more if you have thick or very long hair.

I've only been using this for a couple of weeks now, but have no doubt that in time it will make my hair stronger and healthier. If you're still not using a hair oil in your routine you really are missing out, and with something like this you're getting the preventative measures from breaking as well as ingredients that help strengthen the hair. This is a higher end product which is reflected in the price, but if you feel like treating your hair this autumn/winter I highly recommend it!

What steps do you take to protect your hair over the autumn and winter?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Ashlynn from A Beauty Moment

My New Nyx Products!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

When I first started blogging and watching beauty Youtubers, Nyx was one of the brands that I was dying to get my hands on; known for their HUGE range of inexpensive yet high quality products they really do have it all. Maybe I'm just dim (probably) but I always assumed they were only available in the U.S and never realised they had a UK website til about a year ago- I used to buy pieces here and there from eBay and pay well over the odds for shipping too... what an idiot. Luckily these days Nyx are a lot easier to get hold of here in the UK and can be bought from places like Next and Very, both have a pretty decent range of stuff too. Here are two of the pieces I've been decorating my eyes with lately.

The stand out feature of this mascara is definitely the cool looking wand, which works amazingly well at grabbing the lashes all the way to the corners of the eye. Plastic comb wands like this are always my favourite, the little teeth on this one means it grips and coats the lashes without causing clumps. Nyx claims this is 'intense yet lightweight' and I'd definitely agree, because the formula is a little drier it doesn't feel heavy or clumpy in the slightest (and also means there's less chance of it smudging when you apply- bonus!) This is definitely a lengthening rather than a volumising mascara, I'm all about long fluttery lashes rather than big voluminous ones- but if you're after a bit more thickness with your lashes this might not be for you.

 I use cream eyeshadow pencils every time I do my makeup, they're such a staple in my makeup routine. I use them as bases for my powder shadows just because I find they're so much better than standard eye primers, and the fact that they're in a pencil format makes them quicker and easier to use than cream eyeshaow. For the last year I've been chopping and changing between three Urban Decay 'Glide On' eyeshadow pencils, but they're coming to the end of their life and so this was the perfect replacement. It's highly pigmented, smooth and creamy; once it's set it's not going anywhere. This could be worn alone and blended out with a blending brush for a quick eye look, or used alongside powder shadows like I've been doing. I've also been running this under my lower lashline for a hint of gold which really compliments blue eyes. It twists up so there's no mess with sharpening, and the colour is beautiful. Definite ten out of ten for this, it's exactly what I was after!

 What's your favourite product from Nyx?
 This month's Platinum advertiser is Ashlynn from A Beauty Moment

Five Tips for Healthy Skin

Friday, 17 October 2014

I don't know what it is about the change of season, but it always makes me want to get really organised! And one area I've been recently organising is my beauty regimes- in particular my skincare routine. At this time of year I love switching out my lightweight summer products in favour of deeply hydrating oils and moisturisers to (hopefully!) keep the dull and dry winter skin at bay. It got me thinking of some other things that can improve skin, and while this is not new or revolutionary information I think it's just things we can forget about when we're going about our day to day lives. Here are five top tips for healthy skin- hopefully they give you some ideas about where to start if you're new to skincare (or refresh your memory if you're not!)

Stick to a Skincare Routine
Before I started blogging my routine consisted of face wipes, shower gel and any old body moisturiser if my skin was feeling dry (which it often was, lets face it that's a car crash of a skincare routine). Work out whether you have dry, oily or combination skin- there are lots of articles online which explain how to do this- and always go for products designed for your skin type. At the very minimum a face wash, exfoliator, eye cream and day/night moisturisers should keep your skin clean and hydrated. I'd also recommend using a toner, investing in a decent makeup remover and a couple of different face masks targeted for your specific skin complaints.  

Protect From The Sun
UV rays aren't just a problem in the summer, and are damaging to the skin all year round. We all know of the dangers of sun damage- premature aging, loss of elasticity and even skin cancer, but the majority of people still don't do anything to protect against it. There are so many products available now that there's no excuse, if you know you're unlikely to reach for the sunscreen every day choose a moisturiser or BB cream with SPF included. Seeing as you'll be wearing them anyway you can kill two birds with one stone.

 Don't Smoke
As a non-smoker I've never seen the appeal, in fact I've despised the smell for as long as I can remember. However if you do smoke, quitting or at least cutting down is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin (or every other part of your body for that matter). I feel as though by the time most people reach their late thirties you can tell a smoker from a non smoker from a mile off just by how their skin looks; it causes premature aging (especially under the eyes) a loss of natural glow and a depletion in vitamin c which makes you more susceptible to UV damage. This happens due to a constriction of blood flow meaning you're literally starving your skin of oxygen. These days you can go for something like VIP Electronic Cigarettes if you're finding it difficult to quit, which don't have the nasty side effects of real tobacco.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
 What you put into your body has a huge impact on your skin, eating a healthy and varied diet and drinking plenty of water will keep skin supple and looking radiant. The wrong things on the other hand will do the complete opposite- for example I always find that after drinking alcohol that my skin feels dehydrated for a few days after, and the wrong foods can bring me out in spots. While these kinds of occasions are always going to crop up, living a healthy lifestyle for the majority of the time will keep skin at its best. Fruits and vegetables are an obvious one- but things like nuts, eggs and poultry all contain ingredients that are beneficial for the skin. Exercise is also great for the skin, the increased blood flow means toxins are quickly removed and skin cells are nourished.

Keep Checks on your Psychological Wellbeing
Did you know that stress and anxiety can have a detrimental affect on your skin, hair and nails? This is more of a complex one as stress can mess with the skin in a number of ways. First off, stress can cause problems such as cold sores, rosacea, psoriasis and acne to flare up. Secondly it's also been shown to impair skin barrier function, which can result in dehydrated skin and make it more prone to irritants and pollutants which can cause infection. Finally, under times of stress people are much more likely to neglect their skincare routine meaning any complaints will get worse- dry skin can become sore and flaky, oily skin can cause spots and blackheads etc. Being stressed can cause havoc on your entire body but the skin is one of the places you'll spot physical changes first. Keeping stress levels under control will result in happier, healthier skin- if you have ongoing skin problems that nothing else has fixed, this is the one to pay attention to.

What's your best tip for healthy skin?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Ashlynn from A Beauty Moment

Giveaway Reminder- Win a Luxury Haircare Bundle!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Just a quick reminder that I'm running a giveaway where you can win a luxury haircare gift box. There's less than a week to go, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous haircare products for over the autumn and winter get your entries in HERE

Good luck everyone!
This month's Platinum advertiser is Ashlynn from A Beauty Moment

NOTD: Polka Dots!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

George limited edition Dotties nail polish: £3 from Asda

If I could sum up 'party nails' in one look, this little number would definitely be it. We're skimming right over autumn with this one and going straight for the festive season, the most wonderful time of the year is right round the corner after all. Sorry to any Christmas-phobes out there but this is happening, December is only six short weeks away (yay!) I'd of course wear these gorgeous polka dots nails all year round, but the party season is always a good excuse to do something different- especially if you're usually a bit more modest with your nail polish choices. Look at them, they're so cute!

 I have to admit, as pretty as these look in the bottles they wouldn't necessarily have caught my eye if I'd have just been walking past. I'd have assumed they were regular chunky glitter top coats, but once you paint them onto your nails they're a great little surprise. Suspended in the clear base are pieces of matte hexagonal glitter which gives the spotty appearance, the 50's version also contains some regular shiny glitter too. The finish is somewhere between confetti and a party popper- so fun and just perfect for the upcoming festivites! Along with the 50's and 80's polishes which I have, as you can probably imagine there are 60's and 70's versions too all in same polka dot style. The 70's polish looks particularly nice, a lovely black a silver monochrome mix. I found that it's worth playing around with different base coats with these, the polka dots are quite bright and busy and so I think they look best on quite a light and muted base. I wasn't too keen on my first attempt layering them over red and dark blue, but think they look adorable over the pastel shades.

The only downside I found with these is that did take a slightly longer than your average polish to dry. It's more than likely because I layered them on too thick (rather than just be patient and do two thin layers) but being the fidget that I am it was a bit of a pain waiting for them to dry. However I'm more than happy to spend the extra few minutes on these because the effect is so cute, and next time I'll be sure not to blob so much on my nail in one go. These are limited edition, and so if you like the look of them grab them while they're still available in Asda.

Do you like these polka dot polishes?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Ashlynn from A Beauty Moment

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