Monday, 18 August 2014

The Empty Product Review: L'oreal Ever Pure shampoo

Recently, I used up another product! Sadly, I can never manage to finish a shampoo and conditioner at the same time, but this is the L'oreal ever pure shampoo, for smoothing. Last time I bought the volumizing and it was ok, but just not right for my hair, so I decided to switch.

As you can see, this shampoo doesn't contain any sulphates, so it's perfect for coloured hair. My hair is coloured, normal and thick. It usually takes 3 days before it's noticeably greasy, and I usually wash it every other day, depending on my schedule. 

I really like this shampoo and have already bought another bottle. I think it suits my hair really well, and definitely smooths it somehow. If I don't blow dry my hair, which I am not doing in the hot weather, it doesn't look fly away, whereas if I do blow dry, there are no frizzy parts! 

I get a good couple of months use out of this (at least, can't exactly remember when I bought it) and it lathers up really nicely, and doesn't irritate my scalp at all. I would definitely recommend it and I love the conditioner too!

Have you tried this shampoo? What do you think?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Updated Bag Wishlist

In one of my first posts here, I made a haul in which I bought a bag from Topshop. Over a year later and I'm still with said bag. It's really nice, and still y' but I am definitely in order of a new bag. 

Usually I don't really like looking at bags online, because I can't judge size and how big it is inside, and overall I just like to feel things in my hands before I use them! Here are a few ones I've had my eye on though.

I do like the classic style like this, and the fact it's got a little strap over the side to wear on my shoulder, but I don't know if I'd want something blue again.

This bag is really cute and I like the black and gold, but also unsure about size as it might be a little too small. 

This bag is probably my favourite, as I really like the front pocket, plus it comes with a shoulder strap option too.

I think this bag is a little more unusual, with the different shape and metal, however I think overall it's a bit too business-y.

What do you think out of these options?

Monday, 11 August 2014

Empty Product Review: Balance Me Moisture-rich face cream

A few months ago, I bought a magazine and it came with a sample of this balance me face cream. I thought, why not give it a try because 1. I'm still looking out for my holy grail moisturiser and 2. I'm a sample whore and just can't get enough of them.

I hadn't heard of the brand balance me before, but was intrigued especially with the big sign that says "99% natural origin". With a little more research, some of the ingredients include shea butter, rose hip oil, arctic cloudberry and kukui nut oils to name a few. Plus, it's specially for normal to dry/sensitive skin and I have dry/sensitive. 

Overall I did like this product. The product blends in smoothly and sinks nicely into the skin, and doesn't leave you feeling greasy or like you need to keep rubbing it in. I can still feel it after a few hours, which is nice because it feels to me like it has created a nice barrier, and isn't letting make up sink into my pores. 

I wouldn't say that it primes the skin very well for make up, which is what it says on the website, and I didn't try it with a primer over the top but I would say to put this on after your cleansing, and leave it to sink in while getting dressed before applying make up. This way worked best for me and by the time I came to make up, it had sank in and was ready.

The product didn't break me out which was nice, and if I did have a spot, it seemed to reduce the soreness of it which was nice. It's not a spot product though so I wasn't expecting it to do anything for that. 

I would recommend this product, although at the moment I still am on the look out for a holy grail moisturiser, if anyone has recommendations that would be great!

You can buy this product here and it comes in a 50ml (£24), 25ml (£15) or 10ml (£6).

Have you tried any Balance me products? What do you think?

Friday, 8 August 2014

The Liebster award: Take 2!

I have been nominated again for a Liebster award, and I think it's a great way of promoting new/upcoming bloggers that I decided to give it another go, plus it's different questions every time so it's exciting! You can see my last one here.

So, this time I was nominated by Sarah over at beautypadawan. The rules are:

- You must link back to the person who nominated you
- You must answer the 11 questions, and then write 11 more for your nominee's. 
- These must have less than 200 followers on their blog (or bloglovin')

1. Would you prefer to eat caviar or raw tuna?
I've never tried caviar, even though it doesn't look that nice I'd like to give it a go!

2. You have the opportunity to win a $500 (or local currency equivalent) gift card to your favourite store but you have to walk a 50 metre stretch over either eggs (in their shells) or hot coals. Which do you pick?
50 metres is a super long way to walk with hot coals underneath you! So I'd go with eggs.

3. Name one superhero (or villain) you'd trade places with for a day.
I think I'd go with a villain, and probably Harley Quinn. She is the Joker's on/off girlfriend and honestly I love her personality in the comics and videos games, she's so fun, yet messed up in certain ways. I think for a day it would be cool!

4. Is the glass half empty or half full?
Honestly, I'm probably a half empty person. I definitely have been recently anyway! It really just depends on the day and my mood.

5. What name would your parents have given you, had you been born the opposite gender?
My dad always said Marc (with the c) which I sort of like. My mum has said Daniel before, which is odd now as I'm dating a Danny!

6.  Your country is facing perilous times, and you and your loved ones' best chance of survival is to travel to another continent of your choosing -- but it's the 18th century (thus, 1700s) and that means having to go on a dangerous sea voyage that lasts up to several months. Do you do it? And, if you do, where do you go?
I think I would do it, because it might be they wouldn't last in my own country, so you sort of have to give it a go! I think we'd try to get to America. 

7. Tap water or bottled water?
I'm easy, and think tap water is perfectly fine. However, whenever I'm abroad I usually have only bottled water.

8. Whats your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?
I think going on ultimate favourite, english muffin (cut in half) with either scrambled or a poached egg, and then salmon draped over the top. Unfortunately, I don't have it very often! 

9. You land in a disney movie and KO the main character! What movie was it, and do you stay true to it?
Hmm. I think I'd pick Tangled, as I love Rapunzel. I think I would stay true to it, as I'd love to be in the boat and seeing the lanterns.

10. Which singer/band is your dirty little secret?
Hmm. I'm not really sure I have one really! 

11. What would you name your blog if your current name wasn't available?
I've been thinking about this for a while and I don't really have one. Maybe just my name? I don't know aha.

And here are my questions:
1. What is the last song you listened too?
2. If you had a ticket for an all expenses paid holiday, where would you go and why?
3. If you could only wear one make up product for the day, which item would you pick?
4. What was the last movie you saw in cinema?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. What is your favourite treat food?
7. What is your favourite drugstore brand?
8. Favourite high end brand?
9. What are you looking forward to later this year?
10. Favourite memory of this year so far?
11. How are you today?

and I nominate:

Monday, 4 August 2014

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Last week I went to Birmingham and saw Guardians of the Galaxy on the giant screen in the ThinkTank. It's a slightly curved screen, and is 72 foot wide so it definitely made it more of an experience, and I would definitely recommend it for films such as this. I also saw it in 3D.

From the opening scene, you can tell this film has some dark moments. It's sad in places but then brought back with some very funny moments, and overall I enjoyed it. Some of the fight scenes were a little confusing about what was happening, as the camera angles were either too fast or there were other things going on in the background but overall it's really gorgeous on screen.

I loved the chemistry of the characters, Chris Pratt who plays Peter Quill was really good, and perfect for the role. I really enjoyed Rocket who was voiced by Bradley Cooper, but no offence to Bradley but it could have been played by a lot of other characters, but it was really well written so it was fine. Groot was also really good, and a little unbelievable that Vin Diesel was playing him, when all he said was "I am Groot".

I would recommend this film as I really enjoyed it, the soundtrack is fantastic and it's very funny in moments. 

Monday, 28 July 2014

My Thoughts: Fifty Shades of Grey movie

Last week saw the release of the fifty shades of grey trailer, and it was filled with slowed down, sexy Beyonce, a glance of Mr Grey and also the red room. Set to be released on valentine's day 2015, I thought I'd let you in to my views on the movie, the book and my doubts.

Firstly, I'm not going to mention the book too much. You can read so many interesting and amazing articles on why the book is so terrible, which will tell you better than I can. I've only read the first book, and didn't enjoy it. 

The upcoming movie however, is something I'd like to comment on. Just to warn everyone really, that I'm 99% sure it's going to be disappointing for all those waiting patiently for it. Want to know why I think that? Here are two reasons.

1. It's a public experience
Firstly, when you want to watch something like this, it's so much better on your own. For example, when the book came out, people were reading it and giggling together about different parts of the book, but no one was reading it out loud to a group of 50 people. It's going to be an awkward experience in cinema and made even more awkward by the amount of boyfriends/partners that have been dragged in to sit and watch on valentine's day.

2. It's not going to show anything
Depending on the rating, which should at least be an R rating, we aren't going to see anything. Just like in the trailer, it'll be just 'teasing' of shots above the chest, noises and eye glances. The introduction to the 'red room' will be the naughtiest thing in the movie, and the sex won't be any different than what is already in cinema's.

These are my biggest reasons why I think the movie will be awful. I'd lastly like to guide you in the direction of a movie called Secretary, starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal. A lot of articles are mentioning this at the moment, I gave it a watch and enjoyed it, and think you might too.

Are you excited for the 50 shades movie? What do you think?

Friday, 18 July 2014

FOTD: #17

Sorry about the quality of the photos this week, but I was in a rush and just didn't really have time to get out the big camera.

This FOTD is from last week when I went to the pub with my boyfriend. I hadn't used Revlon colour stay's foundation in forever so used it and oh my gosh have I fallen back in love with it! The only bad thing is the lack of pump, so you have to be careful but it makes my skin look so good afterwards!

I also whipped out MAC's pro longwear lip liner in High Energy on my lips, which I absolutely love. I usually use it with Ruby Woo over the top, and did later on however at the start I just love how bright yet matte my lips are. I'm not a huge collector of lip liners but this one is so special.

What do you all think of this look?

Hope you have a great weekend!