Beauty

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!

Who’s ready for another post? I was born (to write) it! Here is my new go-to fragrance… This is literally the be all and end all of my perfume life, right now. In my opinion, I have never smelt so good…

Sultry, exotic and intoxicating, Pacifica’s Tahitian Gardenia Perfume is a vintage-inspired blend of Jasmine, Orange flowers, Tea leaves and Ylang Ylang. Pacifica’s Tahitian Gardenia Roll On perfume is one of Pacifica’s best selling floral scent.

Pacifica perfumes are made with natural pure grain alcohol and Pacifica’s signature perfume blends combining natural and essential oils.
To get the best out of your perfume, always apply it to your pulse points, i.e. wrists, neck, throat and behind your knees.

– Portable, affordable and adorable.
– Not tested on animals, 100% vegan.

Holland & Barrett… What can I say..? I love you. Like, I am literally in love with you… Thanks!

Back to my new Pacifica roll-on, this one is sentimental to me… My mum’s favourite flower is the gardenia, and smelling like this reminds me of my mum (who’s still alive & well, thank God). I just love it. It smells exotic, and like I’ve literally been to an authentic florist.

I do believe, in all honesty, that if reincarnation is a thing, I’m definitely coming back as Alan Titchmarsh. I love flowers, gardens and anything Mother Nature-y. I also love going on holiday… So, if you want to combine the two, invest in a beautiful, fragrant Pacifica roll on perfume (other scents are available) for £12 or less (depending on which one you choose).

Also, if roll-on perfumes aren’t your thing, they do scented candles too (also at Holland & Barrett). I, of course, have an advantage card – which – I’m not sure exactly how advantageous it actually is when you think of exactly how much I spend in store. 🙈

Other things I love about this Pacifica roll on perfume: it’s compact, obvs. I need to be able to carry it around, and not have my bag feeling heavy, Perfume (depending on size) can be really heavy, and if you carry some in a handbag – your handbag becomes luggage. Again, the packaging, it’s very simplistic but elegant. The colour schemes are beaut. It’s all beaut. I love it.

Only thing I don’t like: the amount of product… There could be more of it. Let’s not be stingy about it, Pacifica… I get that you know you’re on to a winner, but… Give us more of it, if you’re going to charge us £12!

Yeah, so that’s it. I love H&B. I also love fragrance and plants/flowers…

Welcome to Tahiti.

Today, I feel ready to review the HairBurst shampoo & conditioner which I picked up a month ago at Holland & Barrett… Look, I’m not even going to apologise for my blog posts being specific to Holland & Barrett, Lush or healthy eating/drinking of late… Legit, I don’t care. I write for me, and no one else. That’s how I’ve always done it, and that’s how it’ll always be. Organic products are the way forward, and that’s how I do it.

I have used this shampoo & conditioner a couple of times, alongside my red hair enhancing one (which I’ve yet to review), I honestly cannot think of anything negative to mention apart from the price and the size.

I picked up the bundle for £24.99, which is pretty extortionate for such a small amount… Luckily, it was in the penny sale so I picked up another for 1p. BARGAIN… that I didn’t have to go hunting for!

Now for the positives… It’s natural and pareben-free. I noticed that my hair was softer and easier to manage after one wash. If you’ve followed my blog, you’d know that I have potentially the worst and hardest to maintain hair, ever. I cannot brush it because it’s very painful! But, NEWSFLASH: I have been able to since using these.

In just two washes, my hair has also been left feeling more nourished, shinier, healthier and stronger too. In terms of length, I’ve only used it twice so I’ve hardly become the modern day Rapunzel,..

All in all, it’s a good buy, especially in the penny sale. It’s worth getting two for £25.00 because you’re getting two shampoos and two conditioners… #WINNING

Disclaimer: I hope you like avocado, because it is very potent and the shampoo/conditioner almost feels like I’m smothering my hair in guacamole, which isn’t bad if you’re into that sort of thing… It’s also got Coconut oil in it, so… You’ve got to be nuts about the coco as well.