Monday, 1 September 2014

Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy Review

Hi guys! After Reading Festival my skin and hair felt like it could do with a good pick me up. How opportune that at the same moment Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy* came through the mail, just begging to be reviewed! It is a nourishing blend of 5 oils to improve the condition of and strengthen your hair from within. Sounds great so far.

I can't resist a good hair oil or something that is going to replenish my hair COMPLETELY NATURALLY. I absolutely adore natural products and I sort of wish I knew of more all natural products that I could use, but I'll stick to what I've got for now. 

The Grapefruit Hair Remedy contains five ingredients and five ingredients ONLY: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Almond Oil and Grapefruit White Essential Oil. The fact it is free of all of those ingredients with strange names I don't understand makes me trust its power right off the bat. 

A little about castor oil: it stimulates the circulation of nutrient rich blood around the scalp which combats hair loss and stimulate hair growth, it treats scalp infection, it reduces split ends and breakage, it conditions and moisturises hair and helps get rid of dry scalp. It is also great for hair shine and thickness, especially in dark hair!

A little about coconut oil: it prevents hair loss and hair damage and is great for conditioning the hair and retaining moisture. It's also great for preventing greying and balding. I'm sure we've all heard a lot about the vast uses and benefits of coconut oil!

A little about avocado oil: the saturated fats are great for penetrating the hair cuticle so provide strength from within and will also retain moisture. It's easily absorbed by the scalp so can help with dandruff and scalp problems. It also stimulates growth and helps unclog blocked follicles.

A little about almond oil: reduces split ends, particularly when combined with castor oil. Leaves hair shiny and soft. It also treats dandruff and helps reduce scalp inflammation.

A little about grapefruit white essential oil: it promotes hair growth and keeps the hair and scalp clean.

So you've got all of those benefits in one product! I think it's great that it's combined so many oils because you're going to be getting so much more than if you were just to use each product individually. It's sort of like a time saver. They also combine to have a really, really sweet citrusy scent. It sort of reminds me of Christmas and orange-flavoured chocolates. The smell sticks around for a while too so if you like your hair to smell good I would recommend!

I tried this as a treatment for my hair. I applied it from the tips upwards, avoiding my scalp, though it can be used on scalps. I didn't want to put it on my scalp just yet as my hair can get oily quite quickly so I might save it for a dryer time. I left it on for an hour or so and then washed it off with my usual routine, as directed by the product. It really did make my hair feel very soft and it wasn't at all as difficult to wash off as other oils such as coconut oil are, which is a huge benefit for lazy people such as myself.

It is no miracle product where you get out of the shower and your hair suddenly feels like a ball of fluff. I wouldn't expect or want that from any product, let alone an all natural product. All it is is great for your hair and scalp and it gives an amazing shine, feel, and smell to your hair. It can also get a bit messy as it is an oil but any oil is going to be like that! Just be careful with it.

I would recommend this to anybody who likes a good hair treatment, as this can be used as a treatment before you shower, an overnight treatment, or as an oil applied to damp hair to cut back on flyaways. Oh, and it's great for every hair type!

You can buy this product from their website for £17.99 and find a little more information there if you want!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Why Men Should Have A Skincare Routine

Hi guys! Today's topic is men's skincare: why men should be taking care of their skin; the differences between men and women's skincare; and some of my recommendations for a male skincare routine.

I think that most men overlook skincare. Obviously there are many who do not, probably some of you reading this now, actually. However it's not likely to be the first thing on your average butch lad's mind, and when I asked a few guys to help me out with this post they said no simply because it 'isn't manly', which I completely disagree with.

Men may have stronger skin than women and they may age more slowly than women but that does not mean that skincare should be overlooked. Not only could it improve their skin short-term but it will slow down the ageing process and improve the appearance of their skin in years to come. Also, something I think could be a good way to sway the man in your life to think about skincare is that it will improve their shaving routine. That means a closer shave, fewer ingrown hairs and less of a chance of snagging the skin.

There are a lot of things that men can do for their skincare routine such as serums, eye treatments, masks and all of the things us beauty lovers use. Realistically I don't think your lazy boyfriend is going to want to go the whole hog so I personally think that the absolute minimum for a skincare routine would be to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturise.

I've picked out a few items which you could purchase for the man in your life (and yourself) which might tempt him into caring a bit more about his skin.

The first is the MAC Green Gel Cleanser*. This cleanser is perfect for all skin types and it's also perfect for both men and women. I thought this product would be good firstly because you can use it too (so if he gives up it is not money wasted) but also because the packaging is quite simple and I thought that might appeal to men. It has a refreshing and subtle scent which I think they would secretly love, and I think the fact it is foaming might make it a bit more exciting. Like trying to get a child to eat fruit. I've tried it out and liked it a lot - it certainly did do a good old cleanse. The only thing I will say is that if your water isn't hot enough, it won't foam as much. When I used it in the shower it foamed a lot more. I got a friend's brother to use it and he said that he liked the smell and also the texture of the product.

Cleansing is essential to any routine as it will get rid of all of the dirt and oils from the day. Just because they're not wearing makeup (which some may be) doesn't mean they don't need to cleanse! And a bar of soap is NOT a good thing if it isn't specifically designed for the face as it's just going to strip away all of the goodness and make matters worse.

Secondly in the routine I selected the Ritual Face No. 2 Gentle Face Scrub* which is an exfoliator specifically designed for shaving to get smooth skin, resulting in a much closer shave and smooth skin. It's not harsh at all and the exfoliating beads in it are very fine so it won't irritate the skin. It also has that typical male smell which I'm pretty sure would stick for a good few hours. This scrub is going to prevent those in-grown hairs in bearded areas and also help to remove any oil and dirt left behind after cleansing. Obviously I haven't tried this as I do not want to smell like a man but other than the smell I really liked the texture because it seemed so gentle and the beads are very fine. I will say that this one was a hit with the friend's brother who gave it a whirl! He was amazed at how soft his skin could feel.

Pictured: top - mac green gel cleanser, bottom - ritual face no. 2 gentle face scrub

I also went for the Benefit Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist* for similar reasons to the MAC cleanser. You can share this one with him. I'd actually recommend getting a proper moisturiser as well but I thought that this would be a good choice because it is so quick and only required a couple of sprays. It's not so much of a moisturiser and more of a hydrator. It certainly leaves the skin feeling hydrated for a while and would be better than no moisturiser. It's also really quick for hydration throughout the day if he suffers with dry skin. If you've got a lazy man who needs to get some moisture in his skin then this is definitely a good one. It's so refreshing and easy to do. I would still recommend a more intense moisturiser to finish off the routine such as this Origins Zero Oil 8 Hour Control Lotion or this Clinique For Men Moisturizing Lotion, but the Benefit Re-Hydrating Mist could be used to finish the routine as an addition or throughout the day to refresh.

Moisturiser is just as important as cleansing and exfoliating, even if your man has very oily skin. In fact, if you are a man with oily skin and you're not moisturising, the likelihood is that your skin is going to try to make up for the oils stripped away during cleansing (or washing your face with a bar of soap, or whatever you do) by producing more oil. It's a vicious cycle. Moisturiser will give you softer, smoother skin which will age more slowly than skin which is not moisturised. This should be an absolute essential in any routine, I think even above cleansing and exfoliating.

I also think that it would be a great idea to introduce them to some kind of cleansing system since that can make such a massive difference and I feel like if there was an electronic device involved men might be more inclined to do something with their skin. The one pictured is from Magnitone* and I think ties in nicely with the green theme of the skincare products but there are also many others out there such as this Clarisonic one. A cleansing system would be more of an extra to enhance a skincare routine rather than an absolute essential.

So those are all of my recommendations of products for male skincare and as much advice as I can give about why MEN SHOULD HAVE A SKINCARE ROUTINE! I don't know why some of them think it isn't manly because I don't think they'd say that if they understood how much of a difference it could make. There are so many products out there which are specifically designed for men and so many which are suitable for both men and women and I think men should start thinking about skincare more. House of Fraser have got a whole range of skincare products on their website or in-store which are perfect for men and I don't think there's any excuse for not looking at them!

So if you are a man or you have a boyfriend or brother or friend who doesn't have a skincare routine already, now is the perfect time to start! Skincare is NOT JUST FOR WOMEN! Hopefully this post helped you out.

Ipanema Flip Flops Again?!

Yep, Ipanema have lured me in with their flip flops once again. It's strange because before I tried Ipanema I never wore flip flops because they hurt but these feel completely fine and I don't even notice the little thing between my toes. Maybe it's because Ipanema make the most comfortable flip flops in the world (I reckon that is a possibility, not gonna lie), or maybe it's just because my feet have gotten used to the feeling. Who knows?

The newest pair to make it into my collection are these rose gold ones. I think these are my favourite so far. They're so so pretty, especially with the detailing on it which goes so well. I honestly wish that Summer was still around in England so that I could wear these more often, but sadly the nice weather is fading (explaining the indoor location for these photographs).

I've mentioned their comfort before in a previous blog post but I'll say it again - they are SO. COMFORTABLE. I don't know what it is but they truly are. In fact, I do know what it is and you can visit their website or my previous blog post if you want to find out.

Let me know what you think of these flip flops! Personally I am in love.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish In Soft And Gentle Review

Hi guys! MAC Soft & Gentle gets A LOT of hype and I'm sure I'm not the only one who wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I'm a sucker for a good highlighter and I'm always looking for the perfect one. I definitely prefer powder highlights so I was pretty sure Soft & Gentle was going to be a product I would get a lot of use out of.

There's nothing I hate more in a product than big chunks of glitter but that is not what you get at all with this product. It gives a nice glow to the skin, remaining reasonably subtle and perfect for pale skin since there's not too much gold or bronze in it. I tend to apply a little bit to the tops of my cheekbones and my cupid's bow to highlight those areas.

Not the best swatch in the world but it was the best I could get! I've been using this every single day in preference to other highlights by the likes of Benefit and YSL.

I tried to keep this short and sweet as I'm sure you've all heard about it before but I wanted to get this up in a post! I won't lie, I didn't plan on writing this post today but I am just SO ill today and these are the only photographs I had to hand. I really hope I get better soon because I feel awful. :(

Anyway, let me know in the comments if you know of any highlighters which are better than Soft & Gentle or just what your favourite highlighting product is!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

OOTD: WalG Jumpsuit and cleated soles

Hi guys! So I've just moved house so I'm afraid my pictures don't have the usual scenery! So little time to blog but somehow I've managed to get this one up! 

I was sent this absolutely beautiful jumpsuit* by WalG and I fell in love as soon as it arrive. I don't have any jumpsuits so I felt I really needed at least one in my wardrobe! I'm still holding out for somebody to make an exact version of that Topshop jumpsuit / dungarees that Eleanor Calder wore once, but until then I think I can fill the void with other jumpsuits! This particular one is strapless but because it's elasticated at the top it stays up even over my tiny boobs. It's also a really soft material so it's so comfortable to wear.

I decided to style it with these beautiful black cleated sole shoes by Bebo. I won't lie to you, I got these in clearance from T. K. Maxx for £3. THREE ACTUAL POUNDS. I died when I saw the price tag, I truly did. The shoes are SO comfortable as well. The only problem is they fact they have no back makes them slightly awkward to walk in but it's not too bad. I also bought them in pink and white because £3.

I'm also wearing a necklace from Past Times in the picture. It reminds me a bit of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones and other things of that nature.

And that was all I wore! I hope you like this OOTD because I do.

This weekend I'm going to Reading festival (yay!) so won't be able to post until Monday! So happy I get to go to reading because I was also able to go to V Festival a couple of days ago thanks to Magnitone and it was amazing but I know I'm going to love Reading even more since I'm camping there too! Hopefully now that my phone is fixed I can get some pictures of Reading whereas I wasn't able to with V Festival :(

You should expect a post on Magnitone soon when I return, as well as a load of others I've got lined up which I honestly can't wait to write!