Monday, 22 September 2014

GIVEAWAY: Win a Fabyouless beauty card worth £49.95!

fabyouless giveaway review

If you're anything like me you'll love a beauty bargain! The Fabyouless beauty card is designed for beauty junkies who love getting some of their favourite treatments at a discounted rate, with a garanteed 25% off or a 2 for 1 deal! With 1000s of companies and brands involved, you can find local salons, spas and beauty parlous offering discount for Fabyouless card holders. 

The Fabyouless card is a great way to enjoy treating yourself every so often, without feeling guilty about spending all of your hard earned cash. I'm already eyeing up a local skincare clinic for a facial or a mani-pedi, and I'll get them for 25% too. 

The lovely people over at Fabyouless are offering one of my readers a chance to win their own membership card worth £49.95! You can use this as many times as you want throughout the year, there's no limit to how many times you can save money on beauty treatments. All you need to do is complete the entry form below. 


*card and giveaway prize kindly gifted by Fabyouless 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Salon Sunday: Fudge Urban dry shampoo

fudge urban blogger review dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is literally a lazy girls saviour, it's a necessity if you don't want to wash your hair every single day (which isn't great for your hair anyway) but you still want your hair to feel fresh. Having tried various other dry shampoos before, I decided to pick up this Fudge Urban dry shampoo and give it a go. 

A little more expensive than regular dry shampoos from the likes of Batiste or drugstores own brands, but on par with the likes of tresemme etc it retails for around the £5 - £6 mark depending on where you purchase it. I love the branding of Fudge Urban hair care - it stands out on the shelves and just has that funky salon vibe to it! 

So onto the actual product. Firstly, it smells delicious - a little like coconut, vanilla and all things tropical without being too sweet or artificial. This is the kind of dry shampoo that immediately gives the hair a white effect - however, unlike the slightly cheaper brands I find this blends in easily and really soaks into the hair and isn't noticeable at all - so there's no need to worry about looking ghostly. It lifts the roots to help flat hair, you can brush it through easily and it leaves hair feeling soft and fresh and most importantly soaks up all of those extra oils in the hair. This is definitely something I would repurchase as this 150ml can has lasted me twice as long as my cheaper dry shampoos! 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Benefit They're Real Mascara and Push up liner review

Recently I became a Beauty Product Tester and I've been trying out the highly raved about Benefit They're real mascara along with the new cult beauty favourite push up gel liner from the They're Real line. Having never tried either of these before, I was excited to see if things were really worth the hype. I received this gift duo which includes a full size Mascara and sample sized Liner. So, here's how I got on: 

The liner had me a little worried, it seemed bizarre that I could get a gel liner in a push up, twisty silicone device. The flexible, rubber nib makes it easier to apply as it moves freely with application - I did find it a little trickier than normal at first, this is probably because I usually use a matte black shadow to line rather than an actual liner. Once I'd used it a few times, I really got the hang of it and it's rather easy to navigate and create both thin and thick lines with. I love it for chunkier, cat-flick eyeliner as it's super black, creamy to apply but dries almost instantly - so it never smudges onto the top of your eyelid (I hate that). 

They're Real mascara by benefit is beautifully packaged and has a rubber wand rather than a bristle brush - I personally prefer rubber wands anyway. It has a nifty spiked feature on the end which is great for getting right into the corner lashes and the short spiked wand is great for both bottom and top lashes - although it can get a little messy on the bottom lashes as I find the wand picks up quite a lot of product. It's very black, thickening, lengthening and it holds the curl really well. 

Overall verdict? A thumbs up for both of them. The liner was fantastic and lasted all day without budging - it is a little difficult to remove but nothing too strenuous. Having used this for a week now, I have enjoyed it - I'm curious to see if the product will dry up or anything, so I'll report back on that. The mascara was very nice and again, very long lasting - it didn't budge all day. The only slight gripe I have with it, is that it can make your lashes feel rather crispy if you apply too much - so thin layers are best - but the results are very good! 

If you're looking for lasting power, smudge proof and budge proof eye makeup then definitely give them a whirl. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Great Tips to Ensure Better Skin this Winter

No matter what sort of skin you have it will be better off if you prepare it for the winter. The drop in temperature, harsh wind and the dryness can cause all sorts of issues for skin, leaving it irritated and dry.

There are other factors at play too. People eat differently during the winter time and many of us enjoy more fat and sugar than we usually eat. This can also cause dullness and create less lively skin.Starting your winter skin regime now will mean better results come the end of the winter and help ensure great skin in the long term. So, let’s take a look at the precautions you should make to your regime?

Skin care regimes need to be altered when summer becomes winter and your warmer weather regime just won’t cut it. Changing your face creams for something more suited to the winter is a big help in this regard and will help replenish moisture in the face and safeguard it against the colder air.

According to a lot of cleansers will clean your face, but many also strip the essential oils too and this can cause all sorts of problems, especially in the winter. Cleansers can age skin if they are not fit for purpose, so make sure that yours is.

A lot of skin issues can be caused by dead skin on the surface and getting rid of these dead skin cells on the surface helps prevent problems with the skin. Look for a scrub that will clear the skin of a lot of the dead skin or even better invest in a Clarisonic – these are fantastic for cleansing skin winter and summer and are a great investment.

UV rays will penetrate the skin in both the summer and the winter and so an SPF is a good option all year round. Use a sun cream with zinc oxide and also wear protective clothing and hats when it’s very warm.

Yes, it’s nice to be clean and we’re not saying you shouldn’t be. However, it’s also worth remembering that hot showers sap the skin of essential oils and the best way to avoid this problem is to take shorter showers. Limit yourself to one or two long showers a week to prevent problems and always moisturise afterwards.

As we’ve mentioned your diet changes in the winter time, so try and eat as well as you can regardless. This means that you need to avoid simple sugars. These cause breakouts in skin and are a primary cause of winter skin problems.

Why not invest in a humidifier for your home. These will help ensure your skin has the moisture it needs to stay supple.

Sugar Scrub
Avoid chapped lips by using a sugar scrub – this can be made quite easily and there are numerous recipes out there. Honey is also a good addition as it will help nourish and heal the lips.

These are just some great tips to ensure your skin stays well and looks great during the colder months of the year.