Entries Tagged as 'Buys'

Kérastase Spray A Porter.

posted on: 7 April, 2014

You may remember that I mentioned this salt spray in a beauty haul last week, I was going to wait a little longer before I reviewed it but I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I guess I’ve been using it for a little over a week now, but I have to wash my hair every day so I guess that’s enough time to review a salt spray.

While on the hunt for something that would actually put waves in my straight hair, Meg recommended the Kérastase Spray A Porter (£18.40) – a salt spray that allows for natural movement in the hair, meaning you get all the benefits of a salt spray but without the crispy, dry feeling. I have to admit, I love using salt sprays but I find they either leave my hair looking a bit lank, give it a crispy, dry look or really make my hair super frizzy and out of control. Spray A Porter does none of this, the light mist smells lovely and is applied super easy – I just brush my damp hair in to style, spray a few pumps all over the length, separate the hair with my fingers and sometimes twist a few sections and then leave it to dry.

The result is, well as you can see, I have waves in my usually quite straight hair and it also looks very thick – especially my fringe. I haven’t used heat at all, which is ideal as my hair is in need of some repair! It does give hair quite a tousled look, I prefer a messier look so it’s perfect – I wouldn’t say it’s in any way frizzy though, it’s just enough of a tousled look without bordering on bird’s nest territory. My hair still looks shiny and polished, but with way more texture and wave.

I wouldn’t go a day without using this now, even just for thickening up my hair and adding a little wave. I use it in my fringe for texture and volume and the lengths for a more effortless look – my hair still has all the natural movement, it doesn’t feel stiff or dried out and it still has a shine to it. It’s definitely worth the pricetag and since you only need a couple of sprays, I can see it lasting some time. This is actually the first styling product I’ve tried from Kerastase and I’m hooked – and just in time for summer.

Have you tried this?

NARS Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil.

posted on: 4 April, 2014

I spoke about my latest NARS purchase in yesterday’s haul post, so it was only fair I gave you a more detailed review of the product I’m calling my favourite lipstick of the moment. I have to admit that I’m not a big lip product fan, I know it’s usually something most girls are obsessed with but my lips are hard to look after and (as I’ll explain in a coming post) I’m not the best with bright, bright hues so lipsticks tend to be forgotten about at times.

I usually opt for quite wearable shades that work with my fair skin and blue eyes, and my latest purchase does just that. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park (£17.50) is a long-wearing jumbo pencil that allows for easy application and lots of colour, I have a couple of the NARS pencils in the different formulas and I love them – some are soft shimmery pinks, some are juicy corals and others are even brighter – but Biscayne Park has to be my favourite. It applies beautifully; my lips are forever chapped and I can never seem to keep them in check. Luckily this has more of a coral undertone so it doesn’t show any evidence of an uncared for pout – yet it’s just so effortless.
The pencil makes application super easy, the soft pencil just melts on the lips and you can really get the shape of the lips just right, and I was surprised at how moisturising it was. My lips stayed nice and softened throughout the day, and the colour stay put for some time.

As you can see, the nude hue has an almost matte finish, with a tiny hint of gloss – I usually shy away from anything remotely matte on my lips but I find this works so well on me. It’s super easy to pull off and the warm, flattering tones make my skin look a little more tanned too somehow.

I definitely recommend Biscayne Park if you like a wearable nude, either for everyday wear or for pairing with a smokey eye come evening. It’s such a perfect shade and the quality of these pencils is perfect.

Have you tried these Satin Lip Pencils?

A Few Beauty Purchases…

posted on: 3 April, 2014


There’s nothing better than a late night beauty shop, I’ve been feeling under the weather lately and this was just what the doctor order (kinda) so I headed straight for Lookfantastic to pick up some bargains.

The one product on my list was the Kerastase Spray A Porter (£18.40), a surf spray that Meg told me I needed. This is meant to leave hair all tousled and beachy without the crunchy, crispy dry feeling that most salt sprays give. I like the spray pump on the bottle, it really disperses a fine mist of product so hair is covered with only a little of the product – ideal for my fine hair. I’ve used it a couple of times already and I love it, I simply spritz it on damp, brushed hair and leave it to dry naturally. Cue actual waves in my straight hair! I will do a full review on this in no time.

I also got the Elemental Herbology Lighten & Brighten Complexion Harmoniser (£42.70), a tonic/serum that helps to brighten the skin and also reduce pigmentation. I purchased this because I have such bad acne scarring right now, I need a little help in evening it out. So far I really like this stuff, although it smells a little odd. It’s pretty much like a serum, it applies well and over time it leaves skin looking clear and healthy. My skin is definitely looking brighter after a few uses, so I’m hoping some of this scarring will go with it! It’s a skin-saving exfoliator that already has a place in my skincare routine. You can also purchase it here.

Last on my list is the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park (£17.50), I didn’t know Lookfantastic sold NARS but I see it’s part of a campaign they’re working on with Elle magazine. Anyway, I love the pencils that NARS do, especially the Satin pencils. I picked up Biscayne Park on a whim and it’s incredible, the perfect slightly coral tinted nude that I have been looking for forever! I love the finish, which is ever so slightly matte, and it applies so beautifully. Look out for a post later this week!

I really picked up some amazing products – have you tried any of these?

A Cult Beauty Haul.

posted on: 27 March, 2014

Ooh I think I’ve been due another Cult Beauty splurge for some time now, so I just had to go for it. I actually recently ran out of my beloved Brow Wiz so that spurred me on – it came in a day too so I was hugely pleased.

It was just a small, but expensive, haul in the end. I don’t really need much as such but I always think trying new things is important as a bloggeuurr so I decided to get the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (£46) that I’ve been eyeing up for what seems like forever. I love a good Cult Beauty-rated, natural skincare brand so this was always going to end up in my hands. I’ve used it twice so far so I’ll give you the downlow and my initial thoughts. This is a vitamin and mineral-packed cleansing balm, it’s infused with natural extracts and Hungarian thermal waters and mud – including clay to keep the skin decongested, drawing out impurities and keeping the skin looking clearer. Honestly, the properties list is huge so I won’t bore you with the details, but just know it seems like a bit of a wonder product.
It’s lighter than other cleansing balms I use – I was expecting it to be quite hard in the pot so I clawed my hands in to it only to realise it’s a really soft product, a little like lip balm. It feels lovely when applied and it actually just looks like a clear/grey balm with flecks of black. It removes makeup like a dream, it was super easy to take off my face which impressed me even more. I’m definitely liking it so far – look out for a full review in a few weeks.

Next on my list is the Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner (£21), Swedish brand Sachajuan have made some of my favourite hair products so I knew this was going to be mine in no time. As you will probably already know, I’m obsessed with leave-in conditioners. I wash my hair every day and it always gets SO tangled every time I wash it, my hairdresser says I just have naturally tangly hair despite it being super straight and fine naturally. The brand use their Ocean Silk Technology which I think is in the Ocean Mist that I love too, it uses marine algae and minerals to keep hair looking glossy and feeling like silk. I have to say that a few spritzes of this allowed me to brush through my hair without much effort. It also feels and looks much better on the second day too! This never happens, usually it looks like a hedge.
The only thing is, it’s scented with something that really reminds of something I used to use when I was younger. I can’t figure it out and it’s giving me big waves of nostalgia throughout the day… here’s hoping I get used to it.

Last on my list is the Anastasia Brow Wiz (£15.50), a repurchase for me as I finished my first one this week and couldn’t live without it! I went for the lighter shade of Medium Ash rather than Brunette and I think I prefer it, it’s a lot more natural and matches the colour of my eyebrows. I honestly swear by this little pencil, I get so many compliments on my brows and it’s all down to this, my natural brows are a bit rubbish really. The fine nib means you can create hair-like strokes that look just like your brows, so you get so much definition but they don’t look drawn on at all. I seriously love it, I used the new shade yesterday and I am so happy to have it back in my life! Jeez, give it a rest Kathy.

Have you tried any of these?