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Miss Minty

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I’ve just painted my nails this minty green colour called Miss Minty by Gosh and I really like it! It needed two coats to be this opaque and the only thing I don’t like about this product is the tiny little flimsy brush that it comes with. But you know, it works, so it’s all good 🙂

xx love

Review: Batiste

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If you have greasy hair like mine, you know there is one holy grail product to save you in between hair washes: Dry Shampoo. However, I find it quite hard to find one that I really like and therefore I’m always on the hunt for the one and only. So far, I haven’t found it but nevertheless, I have stumbled across some that work quite well, especially regarding their cost point. Without further ado – let me introduce you to Batiste:

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There are loads of different scents to choose from and there are even some special formulas like one that promises extra volume or another one that has a little tint so that your hair won’t look greyish after use if you have dark hair. The best way I have found to work with these, is to spray it onto your roots and leave it for a couple of minutes so that it can absorb the oil from your hair. Then gently massage the product into your scalp and brush any further residue out. Sometimes I even like to spray it in my hair, go to bed with it and leave it to do its magic overnight. In the morning you can then wake up with fresh and nice smelling hair.
From the Batiste range I have only used three different kinds from which there is one I would not recommend. Namely the pink bottle in the middle of the picture above. This is the XXL Volume dry shampoo and I find it is very hard to get rid of the grey tint and your hair feels very rough and unmanageable, so it’s really hard to style it later on. On a brighter note I quite like the other two. Both the tropical coconut-y and the floral one do the trick and are easy to brush out and their scent is not too overwhelming. I would really like to try the one with a tint just to see if it blends more easily into my hair. So all in all I would say if you’re looking for a cheap dry shampoo that works well you should definitely give Batiste a try!

Have you tried Batiste before? If so, what did you think of them?
xx love

Real Techniques…

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When I was in London a few months ago I knew I had one very important mission to complete…namely getting my hands on some Real Techniques brushes by Samantha Chapman (the older one of the pixiwoo sisters). I’d heard so many good things about them and finally wanted to give them a try myself. So I headed down to Boots on a cold November day and left said drugstore with two beautiful new brushes and a smile on my face 😉

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I bought the Expert Face Brush (bigger, orange/gold one) and the Setting Brush (smaller pink one) which both are made of synthetic duo fiber bristles. They are very light and really easy to use and enable you to create an amazingly flawless finish. The names of the brushes already tell you what they are designed to be used for and the colours of the brushes are actually part of a system to categorise the purpose of the brushes. The orange/gold ones are used to create a flawless base and the pink brushes leave you with a perfect finish. There is even another colour in the collection, namely purple which are all brushes made to enhance the eyes. I personally like to use my dense Expert Face Brush to buff foundation into the skin and the small Setting Brush for a precise application of either powder or highlighter. If you want to find out more about the brush collections, HERE is a link to the Real Techniques website. I’d definitely recommend these brushes to anyone – from beginner to pro – as they’re easy to use and yet you achieve professional results and make your makeup look flawless without leaving a hole in your wallet.

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques Brushes? If so, what did you think of them?

xx love

Review: L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Deep Restorative Masque

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Have you been on the hunt for a good replenishing mask that won’t break your bank but still delivers what it promises? Well, then here is the answer: The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Deep Restorative Masque is especially created for coloured and brittle hair that is in desperate need of some love.

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With its conditioning botanic oils (peppermint extract + rosemary oil + vitamin E – sulfates = intense nourishment = luscious locks! ) and creamy consistency it transforms your hair in only 3 to 5 minutes! All you have to do is apply it to wet/damp hair, leave it in for a couple of minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cold water and you’ll see and feel the results immediately. I’d recommend to use the mask once to twice a week or even substitute it with your daily conditioner; it all depends on the state of your hair.

As it isn’t a very expensive product, the packaging isn’t anything special, but it isn’t something you’d be embarrassed to have sitting on your bathroom counter either. What really stands out with this product is that it moisturizes so well without leaving your hair greasy or limp at all. The only thing I dislike is its smell! Composed of rosemary and peppermint, it leaves your hair smelling very fresh which I can imagine that many people will like – I personally just prefer sweet/fruity scents 😉 However, I liked this product so much that I could easily look past this little “flaw” and now it is all used up – just see for yourself!

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What is your favourite hair mask?

xx love

Review: Origins Clear Improvement Mask

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I absolutely looooove this mask! After just one use you can already see “clear improvement” in your skin’s texture. In case you have oily or combination skin this mask is truly a must-have. Unfortunately it is quite expensive (as are most Origins products :() but I’d say it is well worth the money. It provides you with smooth feeling (and looking!) skin by enhancing the appearance of large pores and blackheads. Here is how they describe the mask’s wonders on the Origins website:
When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, skin looks cloudy. Nature’s complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that “stuff” down there, skin “breathes a sigh of relief.”
There you go. Sounds good, right?

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Prior to using the mask it is ideal to “open up” your pores by gently pressing a towel soaked in warm water on your face as this improves your skin’s ability to absorb the product.

Tip: You can also slather it on right after you come out of a warm shower because the steam of the shower does the same trick as the moist towel…

Then apply an even layer of the mask onto your face and wait for it to dry. So guess how long it takes for the mask to work its magic? Only 10 minutes! However, I usually leave it on for a little longer even after it’s all dried up. The last step is to remove the mask by either using a warm wet towel again or rinsing it off with lukewarm water. And voila! Now you are ready to admire your gorgeous looking (and feeling!) skin…;)

xx love