Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Lush No Drought / Review

lush no drought dry shampoo

I live on dry shampoo. There, I said it. I am obsessed and it’s being sprayed on my roots on a daily basis. For the most part I use it to add some volume and texture to my locks but let’s face it – there is nothing better than refreshing the hair between washes. Who likes washing their hair every single day anyway? Not me, that’s for sure and that’s why I am constantly on a hunt for new dry shampoos to add to my stash. Having said that, when last year I spotted Lush No Drought (here) I got all excited and it made a swift jump in my shopping basket. Besides all my efforts to like it though, we just didn’t manage to bond and now it takes a primary spot in my ‘disappointing products list’. Allow me to explain…

The concept behind No Drought is pretty obvious – it’s a non-aerosol dry shampoo that helps absorb the excess oil and refresh the hair between washes by leaving it feel and look clean. Some of the main ingredients of the absorbing powder are cornflower, talk, magnesium carbonate and grapefruit & lime oils. They all help soak up the oil and the hair is left looking matte and visually clean. So far so good. The only problem, however, is that that ‘clean’ look lasts for thirty minutes maximum. After that my hair gets a lot more greasy and dirty that it initially was and it basically looks like I haven’t showered in a good week. Yuck! What’s more, No Drought does not give any volume and my hair always ends up looking flat and lifeless. Oh, and let’s not forget about the not-so-pleasant sticky feeling and white powdery residue that you get once you sprinkle some of the shampoo into your roots. What really irks me with this product also is how messy it is to use. Dusting it evenly throughout the hair is quite the challenge and no matter how careful I am the powder would still go all over my face and clothes. Not a fan.

I must say that No Drought does smell lovely and its citrusy scent is a great morning pick-me-up but I am afraid that it will have to be a ‘no’ from me, regardless. I will be sticking with my beloved Batiste for now and if you have any recommendations for a good dry shampoo, hit me up!

Have you tried Lush No Drought shampoo? How do you get along with it?

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette / Review

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette
Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette Swatches
L-R: Platinum, Royal Gold, Renaissance Gold, Antique Bronze 
Note to self: I change my mind about makeup. And I change it a lot. A few years back highlighters were almost non-existent in my collection and recently it’s all I’ve been buying. The most recent addition to my stash comes from Sleek with their Precious Metals Highlighting Palette (here) and I am smitten, period. I do love some good Sleek makeup and this little quad has made my beauty-loving heart beat a little bit too fast. Allow me to explain…

Actually, do I have to? Just look at this beauty! It’s every highlight fan’s best friend and I just cannot leave the house for a night out without some of the shades gracing my cheekbones. Housed in a cute little mirrored metallic compact are four stunning shades and we have three creams and one powder. There is also a mini brush thrown in for a good measure but truth be told I prefer sticking to my fingers with this one. The Precious Metals palette captured my heart with how shiny and shimmery it is and it definitely gives me the summer vibes. Golden goddess look made easy right here!

If you are after adding a touch of faux-glow to your complexion I suggest you look this way ladies. The palette is absolutely brilliant quality and all shades feel really luxurious on the skin. They blend in nicely and practically melt into the skin, making them a breeze to apply. I like to dab them on with my fingertips for most natural finish and I love that the creams don’t seep into pores and just illuminate the skin. The shades are pigmented enough to add healthy glow to the complexion and brighten everything up without making you look as if you’re headed to a fancy dress party, which is exactly what I fancy. Just make sure you don’t put too much on and you’ll be left with beautifully enhanced complexion.

The four shades of the Precious Metals palette are Platinum, Royal Gold, Renaissance Gold and Antique Bronze and I use and love them all to bits. Platinum is a lovely shade to use under your brow bone as it just ‘lifts the brows’ by adding a subtle sheen. I also love using it as inner corner highlight and its pearly shade instantly opens up the look. Love. Royal Gold and Renaissance Gold look rather similar on my skin with the only difference that Royal Gold is more shimmery. They are both this beautiful rose gold-ish shade that gives all the right amounts of sun-kissed glow and I love running the two babes along the tops of my cheeks and down the bridge of my nose for some added glow. I feel like they do make me look a bit more tan and I love their complexion-warming benefits. Last but certainly not least we have Antique Bronze, which is the only powder in the quad and I love its shimmery bronze shade. It’s obviously too dark for me to use as highlight but I love dusting it all over my décolleté area when I want to look extra sun kissed. It also looks fab dusted all over my eyelids and I love how the shimmers reflect the light – it’s beaut!

Have you tried the Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette yet?

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

MAC Dupes

MAC Dupes, MAC Brave Dupe, MAC Rebel Dupe, MAC 217 Brush Dupe

MAC Rebel Dupe

MAC Brave Dupe

MAC 217 Dupe

MAC Rebel Dupe, MAC Brave Dupe
L-R: Whipped Caviar, Brave, Rebel, Pink So Chic

I do love a good MAC product but I am also all about finding cheaper alternatives to my favorites. There is something so satisfying about stumbling upon a fab dupe of your favorite lippy and when that dupe is even better than the original – well I couldn’t be happier really! And the good news is that today we chat about the better and cheaper versions of some of my fave products. We have some fab MAC dupes on our hands, so if you fancy saving some pennies, keep on reading…

If you’re regular round these parts you are probably aware that MAC Rebel (here / review) is my all time favorite lipstick. From the formula to the stunning color – it’s bloomin’ marvelous and I am now on my third tube, which tells you something. When I was introduced to the Maybelline Color Drama Pencil in Pink So Chic (here) though I was smitten by the similarity of the two shades. Yes, Rebel is a tad lighter but when on the lips they are virtually the same gorgeous fuchsia berry color with lovely velvet finish. What’s more, the Maybelline offering is only a fraction of the price but I find the formula to actually be *wait for it* - a lot better. The pencil is more pigmented, the color goes on rich and more even and it doesn’t accentuate dry patches - score. Both lippies feel rather comfortable and creamy on the lips but what makes Pink So Chic a total winner is the longevity. Oh boy – this baby stays on. I managed to chomp my way though an entire three-course meal this weekend and it stayed in tact. It honestly stays put from dusk till dawn and there is no fading or awkward bleeding – mind-blowing!

What? You still can’t get hold of Brave (here / review)? I hear ya! It took me absolute ages to find this beauty – how is it always out of stock?! Crazy. The good news though is that if you’re fan of the whole 90s lip trend NYX Whipped Caviar (review) is your guy. It’s the closest dupe to MAC Brave I’ve seen and even though the NYX offering is a touch pinker, on the lips they are almost unrecognizable. Whipped Caviar has incredible hydration formula, the same beautiful semi-matte finish and it’s just a fraction of the price, which makes it a total winner in my books. Definitely go give it a swatch ladies, it’s a good’un.

Back in the day I was all about the MAC brushes and no one could have convinced me that the more affordable offerings are worth my attention. Fast forward a couple of years though and here I am sweeping my drugstore brushes across my face on a daily basis and having my MAC babes collecting dust on the shelf. My beloved MAC 217 (here) was no exception and the Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer (here) definitely put it to shame, let me tell you! It’s not only much more budget-friendly but it’s also much softer (I’ve always found the 217 a bit harsh on the skin), more fluffy and blends both cream and powder eyeshadows like a dream. The Luxe Soft Definer is the perfect crease brush and I love how well and gently it packs and blends out the product – love. See ya later harsh lines!

Have you tried any of these products before? Have you discovered any MAC dupes recently?

Lots of love,

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Purple Tips

Purple nail polishes

L-R: Do You Lilac It?, Lilacism, Lilac Sheen

Summer might be not officially here yet but I can already tell you that my nail color of choice is gonna be purple. I’ve caught myself sporting the lilac shades quite a bit recently and pairing them with a simple white blouse has been my winning combo. Loving the effortless chic vibe! Here’s a list of the top three shades that have been gracing my tips recently and which make me rather excited for my upcoming summer holls…

Being someone with cool skin tone, finding the perfect purple nail polish could be quite tricky, so I always opt for the cooler, grey-based shades. My favorite pick comes in the form of Essie Lilacism (here / swatches), which bloomin’ rocks. Its light dusty lilac shade is literally to die for and I love how flattering it is. It brightens and enhances my tan and it turns me into a stylish bombshell on the spot. Lilacism is quite a feminine shade and the super glossy finish makes things even more beautiful. The big rounded brush coats the nail in one go and even though the formula is slightly more watery for my taste it does work and you get to streaks or unevenness. Brilliant.

I’ve recently added this Models Own Hyper Gel in Lilac Sheen (here) to my stash and even though it’s rather similar to the stunning periwinkle shade of Lilacsm I do think I need them both in my life. Lilac Sheen is less dusty in real life (the photo doesn’t do it justice unfortunately) and the subtle, yet still eye-catching color is super elegant and judging by the amount of compliments I get when I wear it it’s a total people pleaser. You can easily get away with just one coat of the polish and the thicker gel-like formula applies like a dream. If you decide to go for two coats though, just make sure the first one is fully dry before going over for the second time, as the lacquer tends to form bubbles. Slightly annoying, but oh well… Once it sets though it stays put until you say so and I can easily rock it for a whole week with no chipping. Definitely check it out ladies!

I rediscovered my love for OPI Do You Lilac It? (here / swatches) recently and it’s pretty much all I really wanna wear on my toes at the moment. It’s another cool toned shade and its medium-toned lavender is giving me the summery feels without failing. It does look stunning on the nails as well and I find it perfect for days when I fancy wearing something a bit different and unique. The polish does requite two coats but it still applies with no faff and I get some good four days of wear, which for an OPI is quite alright. I cannot stop looking t it though, so you bet that it will be reapplied numerous times over the summer.

Have you tried any of these beauties before? Which is your go-to purple nail polish?

Lots of love,
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