Saturday 15 November 2014

Soap & Glory 'One Heck Of A Blot'

Soap & Glory 'One Heck Of A Blot' Powder, £12.00 from Boots

I've had this blotting powder from Soap & Glory for quite a while now, and although at £12.00 its quite pricey for a high street brand it really is worth buying if you have oily skin (I'd just recommend buying it when Boots are doing their 3 for 2 offer so you get the most for your money).

The powder is a very pale white with a slightly yellow tint in the pan, but applies translucent, and most importantly, keeps skin oil free for a good few hours. I think darker skin tones might find this applies a little ashy, so it might be better to steer clear altogether. It's always in my handbag for reapplications and I take it with me everywhere I go for touch ups. The best thing about this is that it doesn't make my skin look cakey, like so many other powder products do.

There's not really much more I can say about this! It's well worth the money and much cheaper than high end blotting powders, I can definitely recommend it! 

Fiona xxx

Sunday 28 September 2014

The Body Shop Argan Oil Range | Review & Giveaway!

I was lucky enough recently to be sent two products from The Body Shop's new Wild Argan Oil range to try; their Radiant Oil for body and hair, and their Miracle Solid Oil also for body and hair. The Body Shop say: "Argan oil has taken haircare by storm, and now you can experience the Hammam in your own home with our luxurious Wild Argan Oil bath & body collection".

I've been testing both products out and have to say I'm pretty impressed. Firstly, they both smell amazing (of what I'm assuming is the scent of Argan Oil), fragrant but not too overpowering. The Radiant Oil says "Dry oil with Community Fair Trade argan oil for radiant-looking skin and sleek hair". The texture/formula of this is almost identical to the dry oils already available at The Body Shop, only with the added bonus of argan oil and a super handy spray pump - something I've always disliked about the original dry oil packaging was that it just poured straight out! 

I've tried this on both my body and my hair, and it makes your skin so soft. It's a bit early to say whether its really making a difference to my hair, but having really thick dry curls means I need as much moisture as I can get, and I'd definitely say my hair feels softer already. The non greasy formula also means you can spray it on hair (post-washing) as part of your styling routine.

The Miracle Solid Oil is described as an "extra rich moisturiser for extra dry skin and hair", and its exactly that. It appears to be a solid, more concentrated version of the radiant oil, it melts easily and is perfect for those extra dry bits (elbows, knees and the like) that need some extra attention. Its also not super greasy. I've also been using this on my split ends and the rest of my hair as an overnight treatment, washing it out the next morning. I would definitely recommend this new range to anyone with dry skin/dry patches, and I think its a winner for everyone as far as haircare is concerned. Now onto the good bit!

I've very kindly been given a Wild Argan Oil Miracle Solid Oil to give away to one lucky subscriber! The giveaway will run via the Rafflecopter form below for one week and the winner will be announced via Twitter (@beautyfiend_) and contacted by email. Good luck!

Fiona xox

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Wednesday Wishlist #12

#1 TRESemme' Renewal Hair & Scalp Range - £4.98 - £6.98
#2 Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - £16.91 (from Beauty Bay)
#3 MAC Cool Neutrals 15 Shadow Palette -£65.00
#4 Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains - £7.99 each.
#5 Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics - £20.00 (launching soon)
#6 NARS Audacious Lipsticks - £19.50 each (launching soon)

Sunday 31 August 2014

Last Of The Summer Wine | Top Plus Size Summer Fashion Picks

I don't normally venture into the world of fashion blogging, but recently I've had a change of heart! Summer is coming to an end, so I've put together my top plus size summer picks to make the most of the end of the season! My absolute top pick has to be the lime green duster coat from New Look, the colour and style are just amazing!

#1 Simply Be AX Paris Vintage Floral Tunic Dress - £38.00, view here
#2 New Look Inspire Lime Green Duster Coat - £29.99, view here
#3 New Look Wide Fit Dark Pink Triple Strap Laser Cut Heels - £29.99, view here
#4 New Look Inspire Blue Keyhole Back Scallop Hem Top - £17.99, view here
#5 Evans Neon Floral Shell Top - £29.50, view here
#6 New Look Inspire Pink Textured Tile Print Tunic Dress - £22.99, view here
#7 Evans Navette Flower Collar Necklace - £16.50, view here
#8 New Look Grey And Pink Milkshake Clutch - £12.99, view here

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Essence Make Up Haul

My first foray into Essence cosmetics was a pretty successful one, and since this haul I've been back to my local Wilkinsons a good few times! I won't go into too much detail, but everything pictured ranged from 99p to around £3.50 - pretty bargainous! 

Everything I've tried so far has been, for the price, amazing quality! The only product that was disappointing was the All About Matt! primer, which 'balled up' on the skin if I rubbed it in too much! The nail polish was nothing to write home about in terms of lasting power, but the colours they have are gorgeous! The lipsticks are amazing and come in a wide range of shades, and for 99p the purple sharpener was a funky replacement for my old one. The Blush Up! in 10 Heatwave is a stunning ombre blush that ranges from orange coral to bright magenta pink - go lightly with this one! Finally the powder and blush brushes are great quality and a handy mini size - perfect for popping in my make up bag. 

Overall I'm really impressed with the Essence brand, and I'm so glad we have it now in the UK! It's available in pretty much every Wilkinsons store across the country.

Fiona xox

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