Beauty

Morning! Evening! Afternoon! Dusk! Dawn! Whatever! HELLO!

Today/tonight, I’m reviewing a new, to me, curl primer & serum oil by none other than: Bumble & Bumble!

Obviously, I’ve been able to brush my hair more of late, which is a ‘UUUUUUGE *in Matilda’s dad’s voice* development in follicle proceedings – even if I do say so myself…

So, I’ve been treating my curls to some TLC, because, this year, like the other 25 before it, I’ll probably be my own valentine.

(No, this is not a pity post. I really – at this stage – couldn’t care less; if it happens, great, if it doesn’t, it’s nothing new, y’know?)

Besides, I’d rather be with The One than with several Wrong Ones. Anyway, how the hell did I end up talking about this when I was discussing hair?!

Oh, yeah… Valentine’s Day is coming up, and Rapunzel (who’s famous for her hair) probably celebrated Cupid Appreciation Day with her Prince, (good for her as well).

So, back to Bumble & Bumble… Now that I’ve got my shampoo & conditioner routines sorted, I have to really work on my aftercare regimen… B&B (not a Bed n’ Breakfast) play a ‘UGGGGGGEEEE (there I go again…) part in that!

Packaging:

Pretty and feminine AF, even though I’m pretty sure they’re unisex.

Reasons to love them:

I like to think of them both to be leave-in products as well as pre-style ones. They’re multi purpose, imo…

One’s a spray and the other is an oil/serum.

Changes I’ve seen:

I have noticed that they’ve not just enhance my curls, which is what they claim to do, but given my hair a shine, a volume (extra loud, almost deafening  – think: mega, megaphone) and the look of nourishment.

I mean, it can’t have taken you this long to realise that I am in no way, shape or form an actual beauty blogger, because I chat absolute crap half the time… I cannot, will not and won’t not describe the difference between my belly button and a toe-nail half the time, but my luscious, bouncy, locks?!? Radiant, sublime or whatever the fudge the blogger terminology is… 🙈

In a nutshell, I love both products and will be buying again because they don’t weigh my hair down at all and make it feel and look salon-ready.

Also, although I spent 10 years thinking my hair was permed (fact), and then realising it actually wasn’t… (More on that below…)

I have curly hair, and had never let it grow past a certain length to realise before the age of, I’d like to say 11… I always used to rock a bob, so when it grew to shoulder length, I started to notice the less 50 Shades of Grey kinks and more… Vidal Sassoon ones… It shocked me, hence why I thought my mum’s hairdresser had permed my hair after putting me in the Elderly dryers… 🙈

It took a good few years to realise it’s naturally curled and not chemically so, thank God!

Anti-Humdity Gel Oil:

  • What: This frizz-fighting gelee has the hold of a gel and the hydration of an oil – and unfurls wound-up curls to create glossy, elongated shapes.
  • Why: Our curl-optimising HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, helps create controlled, moisturised curls.

    Who: Ringlets to corkscrews.

    When: On clean, damp curls after using Bb.Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer.

    How: Scrunch throughout hair. Air-dry or diffuse.

    Free of: Alcohol, silicones, parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

This stops me looking like Monica Gellar after she gets off the plane in Barbados. It works, it tames my frizz like a Snake Charmer does a serpent (or … *insert a probably more attractive metaphor here*). Like I said, this one is packaged in a little-ish tub and lasts a while. It dries glossy but not in a greasy, haven’t washed my hair in forever way…

The Pre/Re-Style Primer:

  • What: Detangles and defines on day 1. Refreshes and reshapes on day 2 (and 3 and 4).
  • Why: Our curl-optimising HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, helps create controlled, moisturised curls.

    Who: All curl types.

    When: Before styling or re-styling hair.

    How: Spray onto damp or dry hair. Rake through and style.

    Free of: Alcohol, parabens and phthalates.

This one is a spray… You just spray it, scrunch your hair in your fingers (or use a heated appliance) and it enhances your hair’s curl whilst locking it in place. It keeps the volume and heat-enhanced curls for longer.

Both are great and can be found at Liberty online.

I’ll stop blogging in 5, 4, 3, 2… Juan. WHO DIS?!?

P.S. the wooden giraffe is for display purposes only. I am not selling him (or anything) on a Wowcher and the like, FFS!

Set sail on the LUSH Love Boat, this Valentine’s Day…

Whether you’re testing the waters of a new relation-ship, or it’s a bit rocky, why not push the boat out with a trip on the Love Boat? With a cargo of bright organic sweet orange and Sicilian lemon oils, this bath bomb is about to set sail and it’s all aboard! Place into hot water for a bath that really floats your boat. As it chugs around, let the zesty and uplifting scent take you down the river for the ride of your life.

Feast your eyes on the most intricate, creative and beautiful bath bomb that LUSH has ever created – imo… The scents, together with the colours and feelings when you’re in a bath surrounded by it? Second to none.

Tranquility, heaven and peace come to mind…

It’s no secret that I’m crazy about LUSH, but this bath bomb especially is so apt for Valentine’s Day that even I am feeling the love…

The best thing about it (for me) is that couples and singles alike can enjoy this; unwinding after a hard or busy week. Result!

Front, back and side-note/s: expect LOTS of glitter. Look, I love glitter when it’s on things that don’t include my own person… I have such a hard time getting it off. It sticks to me like Sean Paul’s glue. Badda bang, bang!

Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, have a good one! Remember, Valentine’s Day is just a money-making scheme… Every day should feel like Valentine’s Day  when you’re in a real relationship. ☺️

Love and appreciation should happen more than one day a year.

Finally, I am well aware that Valentine’s Day isn’t until the following week after next, I just don’t think I’ll have time to blog over the next few weeks. I’ll try to, but… If I can’t… Let this be my Valentine’s Day post to you.

It’s not even a long one because I don’t want to bore you.

*THE END* (before the end) 😆

Word of wisdom: if you’re single, it’s not a bad thing. The right person is out there for you. What’s meant for you, won’t ever miss you. There’s no such thing as a missed opportunity, only a wrong time/place.

Also, if you’re in a relationship that’s going through a rough patch, it’ll get better. If it’s worth saving, you’ll get through it. If it’s not, there are 3billion+ other people out there (if you’re straight or gay) and 7billion+ (if you’re bi). You’ll find your Nemo/Dory. There is ALWAYS time. Be patient.

If you’ve just come out of a relationship, don’t fret. Take all the time you need to get over it. Rebounds aren’t the done thing. Ride the wave of emotions as thick and as fast as they come… Again, it’ll get better, you’ve just got to believe it will. Stay strong. Stay righteous. Make the correct changes. Learn from past mistakes.

Move forward, love forever.

ALOHAhahahahahahahaha! Como’n Gloria Estafanestas?

I thought I’d get this blog post out, because – like Taylor Swift – I’m RED-y for it!

Designed to bring out the best in the hair’s colour, whether natural or dyed, The Color Infuse Conditioner is packed with nourishing ingredients that help to reduce hair breakage whilst boosting shine and helping to lock in colour for brighter, more vivid tones. The special Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex provides nurturing care and attention from the roots all the way to the tips, repairing, protecting, boosting shine and fighting fizz for beautiful hair.

I LOVE THIS SHAMPOO! THIS IS THE BEST SHAMPOO FOR RED HAIR. DO YOU READ ME?

So, like, yeah – okay… It’s great. I love it. I particularly love how it leaves my bathroom looking like a Halloween party crime scene. At first glance, it looks like fake blood. 😆

Cue: Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie? 🎶  on repeat… It doesn’t stain, though. NO! SAD! BAD DEAL! I joke (about it being a “BAD DEAL” and NOT the lack of stainage).

Let’s get to the crux of this post: the result, my thoughts on it as a product yadi-yada…

Result: I’m not going to lie, although there’s a major shine, major enhancement on my red hair (to the point where the colour has not faded), I did notice my hair felt REALLY dry.

To touch, my hair felt like straw (even after conditioning). I became a scarecrow. 🙈 So, I’ve started using the HairBurst conditioner on top to soften and moisturise it. Together? My hair has never looked or felt so good…

Other things to note in terms of ‘results’: my hair looked less homeless after Joico. It 100% does help with frizz. My hair looked like it had been brushed, but if you took a brush to it, you’d soon realise it wasn’t. It honestly felt like I was brushing dreadlocks, it was so matted in parts. But, with HairBurst as an accompaniment, it not only looked amazing but felt it too!

PSA: I have now been able to brush my hair twice a day with the help of HairBurst. Oh, and I’ve had to dye my hair less with the help of Joico… That’s what I call a win-win situuuuuuuuuuuuu!

My thoughts on the product: aside from how dry and brittle my hair felt when I used Joico on its own, using it alongside HairBurst has really changed my hair’s life for the better. Honestly, I have never been more confident with how my hair looks and feels. It’s in the best shape it’s ever been – no longer dry, matted and horrible.

Thanks Joico for the colour enhancement and decrease in frizz, which, if you think about it… that’s all it claimed to do. I’ll be buying again as soon as I run out. Red hair is no longer hard to maintain!

If you’re a redhead, like me, Joico helps your colour last longer, adding vibrance and boldness to it. I have not dyed my hair since Christmas and (aside from the odd stress whites)  it seems (to others) as though I dyed it recently.

With Joico, my hair looks like a Sharon Osbourne, Rihanna and Cheryl Cole [red] in bright and natural lights, but a rich red wine in dim ones. WINNER, WINNER (REDHEAD EATING) CHICKEN DINNER!

Disclaimer: my hair is naturally dark brown with a red undertone (or “tint” if you like)… So, naturally, red tones show up the best on my hair, brightening/warming up my skin tone. This means that no matter what colour I dye my hair, red is always prominent – it’ll come back, it always does. For instance, when I dyed it blonde two years ago, the ends faded to ginger… If I dye it black, it’ll soon turn black cherry. This is why I’ve decided to embrace my red undertones and bring them to the forefront because I cannot escape them.

P.S. There are SO MANY other Joico colour enhancer shampoos & conditioners to choose from… It doesn’t just work on enhancing red hair, you can enhance purple, blue (probably) as well as all other colours of the rainbow. 🌈

Made you look!

No, Kylie Jenner did not send me nudes, sadly for you and luckily for me. No offence Kyles, I just don’t swing that way nor do I bat for that team. One day maybe, just – not today. As legit beautiful as Kylie Jenner is, I prefer her clothed. Thanks!

So, anyway, I’ve got the ‘Send Me Nudes’ lip kit, bought it for £49.00 from Amazon – and I legit think it’s a fraud. It feels too flimsy to be real and the colours don’t seem as pigmanted as other Kylie Cosmetics products I’ve used have been.

So, basically, I spent 50 quid on legit (probably) a fake product just to avoid paying shipping charges for the real thing… To say I’m mortified, embarrassed and proper stupid is an understatement.

I dislike the names she’s come up with for these liquid lipsticks, I’m not even going to discuss it.

The shades, as I said, didn’t come out too pigmented… So, I wasn’t and am not a fan of them. Also, they’re glossy, which means they didn’t dry matte.

Honeslty, I didn’t like them at all.

Love Kylie’s other matte lipsticks, just these ones… More expensive (in a set) ones were a no-no. I do think that I was sold illegitamate ones though, still.

Smells like: chocolate.

Formula: not as luxurious as the other ones I’ve tried from her matte ranges.

Packaging: looks probably identical in terms of style (to the real thing), but 100% doesn’t feel like it, in my opinion.  As I said, I’m basing this from the other products I’ve bought from Kylie Cosmetics.

My advice: wait until there’s FREE international shipping days on Kylie Cosmetics, don’t buy it from Amazon. They are legit knockoffs that could damage your lips. Not a good look nor idea, don’t risk it. Thanks!

 

Hello, again!

Top of the morning/evening/afternoon/dusk/dawn (and/or whatever, wherever, whenever you are) to you!

Yesterday morning, I ran a bath to end all baths… I took time to wonder about whether or not I wanted to write this post afterwards, and then I just thought… Let’s do it!

So, here it is… Brace yourselves like a teenager at their local orthodontists.

LUSH Green coconut jelly

I’ve never actually seen it in store, so I’m not sure if it’s new… (Of course this can only mean one thing… I ordered it online)

But, Oh. My. Lord … is it or is it not the best bath bomb that I have had the pleasure of dropping into my tub?! It is: EVERYTHING and then some! From the smell, to the consistency… The colours, the patterns… It is EVERY DARN THING.

Set sail to the tropical island of your dreams. Lie back on the soft sand, the warm waters lapping at your feet, the breeze scented like tropical fruits. Climb into your bath and pop in this king of coconuts. Jelly leisurely spreads across the water, softening as it goes. Condition your skin with coconut cream and bask in the warmth that a cinnamon leaf undercurrent brings. Relax and refresh yourself in your own little piece of paradise.

Yeah, so… It smells like pure coconut. It feels like a hard shell of powder soapy goodness (as the majority of LUSH bath bombs do) but it also has green polka dot patterns that feel like squidgy jelly to touch.

The process is simple… As with all bath products, you just drop it in water to experience the fizz. This one releases a bright green hue, turning your whole bath into a park (in liquid form). Legit: WOWZERS!

It’s a sight to see, that cannot be unseen. So serene, and smelling so exotic… If you close your eyes, you could probably even imagine yourself in the Caribbean with a Pina Colada in one hand and a volleyball in the other – going for fun frolics at the beach… Then, you snap out of it real quick when you hear someone yelling because they can’t find their socks outside!

Once the bath bomb melts entirely (or as much of ‘entirely’ as it can), white jelly-like clusters come up to the surface… Mmmmm! I’m guessing that’s where all the coconut cream is (because it smelled like it)… I rubbed the jelly on my arms and let me tell you now… My arms feel so smooth, and still have a natural, healthy (not green) glow to them.

There you/me/we/they have it… If you’re looking to add a very neutral, exotic serenity to your bathing rituals, choose Green Coconut Jelly! It’s (very) good, I promise.

Also, if you’re into munching on a Tide pod, but are vegan… Green Coconut Jelly is vegan… DON’T MUNCH ON THAT!