Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Hair Fattening Trio

I have quite fine hair and an oily scalp so I'm always on the look out for products that add volume and thickness to my limp locks. For ages I've fancied trying Phyto products for fine fair so when I had a little trip to Space.NK earlier in the month I decided to pick some up. In this post I want to share with you a great trio of products that I like to use in my routine to maximise the volume of my hair.




Phyto - Phytovolume Volumizing Shampoo (£11.50 Space.NK)
I love the aluminium cans that Phyto house their shampoos in, I think they look really stylish in your bathroom! It can be pretty difficult to dispense the product since it's not a squeezy bottle and screwing the cap back on after use is also a little tricky. I guess it's hard to see how much product you have left as well. I don't mind this too much though! The shampoo itself doesn't have a massively strong scent, it just smells clean to me. It lathers up nicely and really cleans my hair and scalp. A lot of shampoos can irritate my scalp and I often feel like I have build up left but this shampoo makes my scalp feel really comfortable and clean. 

Phyto - Phytobaume Volume Express Conditioner (£14.50 Space.NK)
I don't normally like using conditioner for fine hair as it tends to be really thin and doesn't really add any moisture to my hair. Despite my roots being oily, the ends of my hair can get dry so I need a good conditioner to help with this. This conditioner is really good as it's quite a thick consistency but it doesn't weigh the hair down at all. It detangles my hair nicely and after using both the shampoo and conditioner my hair feels thicker and more volumised. I like to blow dry my hair with my head tipped upside down for a bit of extra oomph!

Bumble and bumble - Thickening Hairspray (£7.50 Boots / £21.50 Boots)
My third weapon of choice in the follicle fattening crusade is this fab hairspray. I got this small size free in Elle Magazine this month but you can buy this mini size from Boots too. It's basically like a blow dry spray that you mist throughout your hair to create extra thickness. When I first sprayed this, I managed to spray it all over my shoulders and arms by mistake and I noticed that it felt really sticky. I was worried it would make my hair sticky and crispy but you actually can't feel it in your hair. I really like using this spray so I'm glad I picked it up whilst it was free. I'd definitely buy the full size of this as I think it's that good. I really want to try more Bumble and bumble products like their shampoos and conditioners, especially from their 'Surf' range.


Do you like to use volumising/thickening hair products?
Let me know any recommendations you have.

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Look Beauty: Double Hit Lip in Pink Punch

Today I thought I'd tell you about a bright pink lip product I bought from the Look Beauty 50% off sale last month. (Haul post here).



Double Hit Lip is a double ended lip product with a lipstick at one end and a gloss at the other. I went for the shade 'Pink Punch', a very bold, hot pink shade.



The pigmentation of the lipstick and the lipgloss is very strong so if you're looking for a product with good colour pay off, this may be worth a look.

You can wear each of the ends separately or wear both together. I've photographed all three looks so you can see the difference.



The lipstick is advertised as being matte but I would say it's more like a MAC 'Amplified' finish as it glides on smoothly and is pigmented in one swipe. It is not drying on the lips at all. I really like this lipstick.



I feel like the lipstick with the gloss on top is a bit much. I prefer one or the other. I think you can tell on the photo that my lips feel a little uncomfortable as they aren't pushed together properly! 



The gloss looks nice on it's own for a slightly toned down version with a shiny finish. I really like this one too as it isn't sticky or heavy. I would wear either of these on a night out.

This lip duo costs £8.00 which I don't think I would have paid but I was happy to pay half price for it. There are four other shades available on the Look Beauty website if you fancy a look.


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What do you think of this product?
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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Collective Beauty Haul

I've done a fair bit of shopping over the last few weeks so I thought I'd show you some of the stuff I've been buying. Well, the stuff I haven't opened yet anyway...



Before I begin, I know I shop way too much for one person and this isn't showing off, I just like to read haul posts myself so I thought I'd share my purchases with you. Next month I'm going to try my hardest not to buy any makeup as I've definitely bought way too much in the last few months. I'm calling this challenge #ProjectHouseDeposit and I wrote a little post about that here.



I bought into the massive Maybelline Baby Lips craze and since I don't really do things by halves, I went for all 6. I was desperate to get my hands on them and scoured Boots almost every day for a few weeks before getting my hands on 5 of them and then later picking up the 6th in Superdrug. Despite being so excited to buy them, they are still sitting unopened two weeks later. Oops! I will use them very soon though and I think I'm most looking forward to trying the tinted ones - Cherry Me, Pink Punch and Peach Kiss.



Since buying the full Baby Lips collection took two attempts and the products were on 3 for 2, I ended up with 3 extra goodies in the process. All things I've been wanting to try though so that was good. I bought my first Maybelline Color Show nail polish and the neon shades have been calling out to me for weeks so I went for the shade Fuchsia Fever a gorgeous purple shade. I also picked up a Super Stay Gel Nail Color in Hot Salsa a bold coral shade, as if I don't have enough corals! It's a stunning colour though and I'm interested to see what the gel finish is like. Finally I've got my hands on a Color Tattoo eyeshadow which I've heard so many good things about. I chose the shade On and on Bronze as it seemed the most wearable.



I knew Boots had a 3 for £12 deal on Lee Stafford products at the moment and as I spied I was running out of my usual Lee Stafford Poker Straight Flat Iron Protection Mist, I knew I was going to head to Boots to take advantage of their offer. Instead of picking up my usual heat protection spray, I spotted a different one called Professional Straightening Iron Protection Mist and I think the difference with this one is that it protects the hair up to 250 degrees celsius. I was sold when I read that as I think ghds heat up to 230 degrees! For my other two items I chose the Breaking Hair Treatment and the Breaking Hair Split Ends Serum. I like the treatment pots and I'm not sure if I've tried this one before but I thought it would be a good one to try. I haven't used a serum for ages so I fancied giving this one a go. I love the scent of Lee Stafford products and my fiance always says my hair smells nice when I've used some.



I've been eyeing up the new L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection products as they had testers out in Boots. My fiance wasn't happy when I made him hold all of my Baby Lips and nail polish whilst I started swatching them all. Should have got a basket! Anyway, I didn't buy anything that time but after returning a few times and swatching a bit more, I settled for the Awakening + Correcting Eye Cream which is meant to conceal dark circles, reduce eye bags and smooth fine lines. It's tinted and comes in one 'universal shade'. I bought this as I'm getting a little bored of my Kiehl's eye cream but I've done pretty well just using that since Christmas I suppose. This had a really smooth, velvet like texture that I think will be great as a base for my usual concealer. I'm looking forward to trying this one. I really wanted their BB Cream in the fair shade as well but I stopped myself. Very unusual behaviour ;)


I picked up a few Sanctuary Spa sachets on 3 for 2 as I wanted some of their Detox Hair Exfoliator. I've used this before and I think it was good so I thought I'd put some on once a week for a few weeks. It's supposed to strip away the build up of hair products and prime your hair and scalp ready for using your shampoo and conditioner. I don't really use a clarifying shampoo at the minute so I thought this would be a good alternative. As they only had 2 sachets of that left, I added a Salt Scrub to my basket for a nice pampering shower one day. 



I don't tend to shop at the The Body Shop very often as they usually have really good deals online such as 40% off so I never want to pay full price in there but I had a little wander in and got sucked into a 3 for 2 offer on makeup, skincare and body products. I've seen a new Camomile skincare range on several blogs and just had to try the Sumptuous Cleansing Butter in the hope it will be like one of the more expensive cleaning balms on the market today! Fingers crossed! I'm really into body mists at the minute and love the Strawberry scented products so I combined those two loves and bought their Strawberry Body Mist. Mmm smells good! Another blog reading inspired purchase is the Colour Crush lipstick. I went for the shade 'Innocent Pink' which is like a soft, nude pink. I never really buy makeup from The Body Shop so I'm looking forward to trying it.



For a while now I've been tempted by the Essie polishes on the Fragrance Direct website as they are only £1.99, a massive saving compared to their price in Boots - £7.99. Yes, they tend to be the limited edition shades that aren't available in Boots anymore but you can get some lovely colours. I did order 3 but one of them ended up being out of stock so I was given a refund for that. The shades I received are Madison Ave-hue, a shimmery pink with a hint of purple and Avenue Maintain, a mid blue shade. 




I had no intention of buying anything from MAC this month but whilst cutting through Fenwick on one of my lunch breaks and stopping to swatch their Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Adored' from the Tropical Taboo collection I was hooked on the shimmery, beige and coral goodness so I snapped that up. Also I'd been thinking recently about how I love the coverage of MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation but my bottle of NC15 just wasn't getting used as it's a little too dark. When I saw a lighter NW10 shade, I asked one of the MUA's to try it on me and it seemed like a great match so that ended up being purchased too.

Well that's it for my haul. I've certainly got a lot of stuff to review here so that's going to be where I'm putting my energy next month, rather than racing round the shops buying everything in sight. Lets hope so anyway!


What have you been buying lately?
Are you on a spending ban? Any tips for staying on the wagon?
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Saturday, 24 August 2013

L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Range



L'Oreal Paris have recently brought out some new additions to their Super Liner range. Graphic lines around the eye area are big for Autumn/Winter 2013 so the new products have been designed for creating those looks.







I was kindly sent the new products to try out and I've been having a little play with them tonight. If I'm honest, I very rarely wear eyeliner as I'm not the best at applying it!




The Super Liner Blackbuster* is a thick felt tip pen style liner in an intense black shade that is perfect for creating a statement look. This liner is very easy to apply and glides on smoothly without any dragging. You can use the fine tip for a thinner line or tilt the pen sideways for a thick line. If you're a more experienced eyeliner user I'm sure you could create a fab look with this. I ended up looking like a bit of a goth gone wrong...




The Super Liner GelMatic* is a twist up pencil liner that is good for creating a medium line. It's great that this has a twist up applicator as you don't need a sharpener. This is easier to apply than a regular pencil as you don't have to press hard to get a line. You can create more of a smudgy look with this one too. This isn't quite as black as the first liner but it's still a dark black shade and it may be better if you want a slightly softer look.




The Super Liner Perfect Slim* is perfect for neat thin lines. It has a 0.4mm tip and a grip area to ensure maximum control during application. This was my favourite eyeliner out of the three. Normally I can't really apply eyeliner to the top eyelid as I can never get close enough to the lash line but this liner makes it so much easier. I found that I could just press the liner sideways to get a strong black line and it was quick to go all the way along the lid with it. Because it's so thin it's easy to press against the lash line too. Hopefully I'll be able to experiment with eyeliner a bit more now that I've got one I can work with!






The Super Liner Brow Artist* is a double ended product where one end is a coloured pencil to match the shade of your brows and the other end is a wax to set your brows in place. There's also a brush attached to one of the lids for grooming the brow and helping to blend the pencil in. Unfortunately I was sent the shade 'Brunette' which is too dark for my brows but it definitely seemed like a great product and I'd love to try the 'Blonde' shade as I think it would help give me a more groomed look.

L'Oreal Paris Super Liner swatches L-R: Blackbuster, Brow Artist, Perfect Slim, GelMatic


Me wearing L'Oreal Paris Super Liner in Perfect Slim



Have you tried any of these eyeliners?
Do you wear eyeliner a lot? Got any tips for application to help eyeliner newbies like myself?
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

#ProjectHouseDeposit

Confession: I've been too naughty for too long. Yes, I'm a shopaholic!

Source: http://caitlinfacedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/shopping1.jpg


Last year, my fiance and I moved back in with my parents to try and save some money for a house deposit but it got a little strained so we ended up moving back into a rented flat. That was last October and I've barely saved a penny since then. Instead I've been going on numerous shopping trips, buying more makeup than I can use!

Over the last few months I've gone even more crazy. In the last month alone I've probably bought around 30 lip products plus lots of other makeup and 3 sets of Real Techniques brushes. The worst thing is that I have hardly used any of these products.

I've decided it's time to start doing some serious saving again so I'm going to challenge myself to not buy any makeup in September. It's going to be really hard as I head to the shops every time I am bored. It used to be just at weekends but now that I work in the city centre, I seem to be in the shops most days! 

I'm going to try my best to start using the products I've bought lately and writing some reviews up to let you know my thoughts on them. Hopefully this will mean more regular blog posts :)

I'll probably be tweeting about this during September and I'll try to keep you updated with my progress! Wish me luck!


Are you trying to cut back on buying products? 
Have you done a spending ban?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

I updated my blog sale...

Just another quick post to let you know that I added some extra items to my blog sale :)


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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Blog Sale on Now

Just a quick post to let you know that I've got a blog sale on at the moment so if you're interested the link is here http://www.suzyheartsbeauty.co.uk/p/blog-sale.html.


Got lots of products from MAC, Liz Earle, Laura Mercier, Elemis, Origins and more...
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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Look Beauty: Fat Lips in Snog

Today I thought I'd let you know about another of the products from my Look Beauty haul. This time it's a Fat Lips Intense Colour Lip Balm & Stain in the shade Snog.


This is a crayon style lip product which is all the rage at the moment! It has a minty scent like the Revlon version which I quite like. I'd describe 'Snog' as a soft, shimmering red colour. Normally I'd always associate red lip products with the word bold so this makes a nice change. You can add a few layers of the product for a sheer wash of colour or keep building it up for a more intense look. If you're scared of a red lip, this would be a great one to start off with as it will ease you into it until you're confident enough to go for a full on bright red!



I really like the formula of this as it's really smooth and applies so easily. It melts on to the lips like butter! It's around the average 'drugstore' price for one of these crayon lip products at £6.00 and the quality is just as good as Revlon.



I would definitely recommend these and I would love to try more shades if I didn't have so many other products to get through! 

Look Beauty is available from selected Superdrug stores and online at www.lookbeauty.co.uk.


Are you loving crayon style lip products? 
Which brand do you like best?
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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Look Beauty: Loud Lips in Tangerine Cream


I blogged about my first ever haul from Look Beauty a few weeks ago so I thought it was time to start sharing my thoughts on what I purchased.

Loud Lips (RRP £7.00 Look Beauty) is a strongly pigmented lipstick currently available in 7 shades. I have the shade Tangerine Cream, a bright, creamy peachy-orange.



My first impressions of this product were that I loved the packaging. Especially the lipstick casing. I love the embossed pattern on the lid! Quite uniquely, the lid is magnetic so it makes it easy to replace the lid after use.


I would say this lipstick has a satin finish. It's not really matte or super glossy, it's in the middle. It applies smoothly and doesn't dry the lips out however if you have any dry patches this does cling to them.



At first I didn't think this shade went with my pale skin but I actually really like it and I'm sure it will suit most skin tones.

I'm glad I bought this product and it's such a bargain if you can buy it while it's on offer like I did for £3.50!


Have you tried any Look Beauty lip products?
What are your faves?
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Sunday, 4 August 2013

My bareMinerals Face

Recently there have been some great deals on QVC for bareMinerals makeup. As I'd wanted to try their foundation for a while, these offers gave me the push I needed to try it.



I bought two different sets containing the foundation along with some other products so I thought I'd show you a look using only bareMinerals makeup. 

Me before applying any products (aaargh scary!)

Prime Time Antioxidant Foundation Primer SPF 30 (think this was a QVC exclusive, not available to purchase yet)
I'm not 100% happy with this primer as the colour is really dark and it's quite hard to blend it in to match my skintone but it makes a great base for the foundation so I have been giving it a go anyway. I think for those with darker skin than me, it will be perfect but as it only comes in the one shade, it's not something I would repurchase.

Original SPF 15 Foundation, Clear Radiance All-Over Face Colour, SPF 20 Concealer

bareMinerals have a great range of shades when it comes to their foundation so I was able to find a shade to match my very pale skin. They have a great colour finder here if you need some help deciding otherwise they have concessions within many department stores so you can go and get matched up in person. 

The great thing about this foundation is that it's very natural looking and you can get a light coverage or build it up to medium/full coverage. It's quite easy to wrong with applying this though as I first found out. The best tip I can give is empty a little out into the lid, really swirl your brush into it to pick up all of the product then buff it into the skin. I assumed that the more product you add, the more coverage you get but this is wrong and it made me look cakey. After watching the experts on QVC, I found out that it's the more you buff the foundation in, the more coverage you get as buffing releases the mineral pigments (or something like that!) but it does actually work.

I like the way that it doesn't feel heavy on my skin and it leaves a dewy finish. I also don't mind having this on my skin as it's supposed to improve your skin not clog it up! As you can see I have quite a few bad spots on my chin at the moment and whilst this doesn't completely cover them, it takes the redness away and makes them look so much better! 





I've been loving this eye brightener as it's a great match for my skintone and it's one of the best under eye concealing products I've tried. I really like the long sponged applicator as it's quite flat and it makes it easy to apply the product to the skin. It also feels very cooling on the eye area I've found. 

I quite like this concealer for covering redness around the nose and on the chin as an extra step before applying foundation. I think the shade is slightly too dark for me but once I've got the foundation on it looks fine.

This is a brightening, pink powder which I use on my cheeks to give them a glow. It's not an over the top glittery powder, it just helps to give the skin a radiant look. I wouldn't have bought this separately so I'm glad I got it as it's a nice product.


Wow, I LOVE this mascara. I've found a new favourite with this one. The 360° fine-toothed comb helps to grab every single lash giving a gorgeous defined look to the lashes. It's not waterproof and I've found it can get a little smudgy if I get really hot but I honestly don't mind that because I love how it makes my lashes look.


I really like this lipgloss as it's quite thick and really glossy but not sticky at all. It has a refreshing minty scent and the coverage isn't too sheer. 

Frame & Define Brow Styler in Universal Taupe (not available to purchase yet - it was a QVC exclusive)
This is a twist up pencil with a very fine tip to help define and shape brows. There is a fab brush on the other end to groom your brows too. I would say the shade is a little too dark for me but I quite enjoyed using this as I don't tend to use brow products apart from a clear mascara!

Me wearing all of the products mentioned in this post


If you fancy trying some bareMinerals products I recommend you watch out for a TSV (Today's Special Value) deal on QVC as you can often get around 7 products for just under £40. They are amazing value and it's a great way to try products you wouldn't normally buy on their own. 

For upcoming information on QVC Beauty TSVs, it's definitely worth checking out Catrine's blog as she always seems to have the latest information on these!

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What is your favourite product?
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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Look Beauty Haul: July 2013

Yesterday I blogged about my ELF haul and the same thing happened with Look Beauty. I'd never purchased anything from their range before and I'd always been super tempted so when I found out there was a 50% off sale plus 3 free lip products I had to indulge. Hmm I'm always indulging! Oops!


Again, I thought I'd show you the products I got in case you are interested in taking up the offer while it's still on then I will review the products in the future once I've tried them. The deal is 50% off all products on https://www.lookbeauty.co.uk/ and instead of the 3 lip products I got for free, they are now offering a trio of holiday essentials.




I've loved cream blush ever since trying some from Topshop's makeup range. These Fresh Cheeks cream blushes have been something I've had my eye on for a while from Look Beauty so they were a necessary purchase! I bought 2 of the 3 shades - Melon and Guava (blushes photographed in this order). They are both quite peachy shades, Melon being a more coral shade and Guava being a bit more nude. I'm looking forward to trying these and when I flipped them over I noticed there is a mirror on the bottom of the packaging so that's pretty good.



An unexpected purchase from the sale was the Mini Makeover Palette in Pretty Green Eyes. There are 4 varieties available catering for different eye colours and each contains 8 eyeshadows, 4 lip colours and 1 blush. It's quite a good deal and the quality looks decent so I'm glad I added this to my basket. It's really small and would easily fit in a clutch bag on a night out if you like to top up your makeup while you're out.



I love a good nail polish so I ordered a Nail Pop to see what the quality is like as I've seen quite a few shades I like. This time I went for Juice which is a great shade for the Summer.




The rest of my order is all lip products, as if I don't already own enough of those! Anyway... I went for a range of different formulas and shades so I can really test the brand out and see what I think. I love the hot pink colour of the Double Hit Lip in Pink Punch. The lipstick end is supposed to be matte and there is a gloss end too so you can wear either on their own or combine them for an even more intense look. 

I liked the colour of this shimmery peach Lip Slick in Fruit Punch so that was straight in the basket. I can see this being quite a sheer gloss that will be great for daytime wear in the Summer. (Hope so anyway!)

I had to buy a Fat Lips Lip Balm & Stain to continue my crayon style product trend of late! I chose the shade Snog, a light shimmery red. I don't think I've seen any colours like this in lip crayons from other brands. 




I liked the cute little pot and peachy colour of the Pout Butter and I thought it would come in handy for hydrating my lips a little before wearing all of these lip products.

I really love the packaging of the Loud Lips lipsticks. The pattern is a really nice touch and makes it look quite classy. The lid is magnetic so it's easy to drop the lid back on after use!

 


The free lip products I got with my order are these Pout Stains in the shades Scarlet Smooch, Rose Smacker and Pucker up Peach. They have felt tip pen style applicators and I really like all of the colours so I'm looking forward to trying them. I think they were a really good freebie. 

My initial impressions of Look Beauty are very good. I think the packaging is really fun and cute. I like the way it's quite colourful and modern. The products look great quality too so fingers crossed I like everything I bought.

Please let me know if there are any products in particular you would like to see a review of on my blog and I'll get that done for you.

What do you think of my haul? 
Have you tried any of these products?
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