Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Kardashian Beauty Hair Range

There is no denying unless you have been hiding under a rock the family known as the Kardashians have been pretty influencal in an number of ways from the "selfie" to endorsing a wide range of products.  Perfect embassadors for a range of hair products with their gorgeous salon enviable hair, shiny and sleek although my favourite being Khloes, with her edgier blonde bob it's right up my addicted to scissors nature. So with all this to the forefront they bring us their range of hair products called Kardashian Beauty, the design is actually really classy looking which I'm going to be hundred percent honest did surprise me, as a lot of other celebrity inspired products come out and they are quite tacky looking.  The products are what I would describe to look at as high end salon worthy in sleek black bottles with a hint of rose gold colouring, they actually look amazing in my bathroom.

This hairline Is modestly priced between £9.50 and £14.50 and available to buy from cloud10beauty the formulas have been created with the input of the three sisters and has been tested and approved by them, and according to what has been said they actually use their own line.  If it's good enough for them it's good enough for me, that being said my daughter and her friends have been pinching the products and I've had to go and resurrect them from her room.

The first product I used was the Smooth Styler Blow Dry Cream enriched with Black Seed Oil, this product helps to help with frizz and humidity so no more Monica from Friends jumps into my mind if you haven't seen that google it you will know what I mean, and most importantly helps against heat styling damage your hair drying and straighteners.  To use I put a really tiny amount in my hand and work through my damp hair, I have short hair so I use a smaller amount than suggested, and my daughter who has long hair uses the recommended small amount and likewise works into her thicker than my fine hair.  And then dry your hair as you normally do. I found this left my hair not feeling sticky but find and did help make my hair look less frizzy and frazzled.

Secondly an important part of my hair routine is a bit of mousse, so on to the K-body Volume Foam this one helps with as the description gives away a shot of volume to your hair, now this appeals to me so much as I have fine flat hair and really need volume, but the downside generally of products with volumising claims can leave my hair feeling sticky and gross, but this didn't, again I did use a really small amount and worked into damp clean hair, also enriched with Black Seed Oil to provide protein and strength to the hair, I dried my hair and my hair looked really full and much more full of body, it didn't last me all day, but I didn't think it would on my hair, and as the weather is currently at gale proportions I couldn't be overly critical of this I thought it was a really worthy product to rate as surprisingly true to claims.

My absolute favourite is the Black Seed Dry Oil this is actually a hair treatment, I know on the market it's literally saturated with oils, with oils really being the thing of the moment, and I can say I used to be petrified of using oils on my hair as I thought they would make my extremely fine hair look and feel really greasy, but used correctly and sparingly they can be amazing for your hair, this one is rich in nutrients and obviously the black seed oil,  I use this on damp hair and rub through the ends and not near my roots just to make sure that I don't get any oil on my scalp, equally you can use this on dry hair, for me to use on the damp hair is a good option as when my hair drys I find that my hair ends up a lot sleeker in texture as a blonde I don't have a natural shine to my hair, but as said my daughter has been pinching these, and I can tell you on her dark hair, her hair looked like glass lovely and glossy.  My daughters only complaint was that she thinks the dry seed oil smells like pepper which she hated, but for me I did think it smelt a little peppery but I absolutely love pepper so I couldn't care about that, but if your not a fan you may not like that.

Other products in this range are::: Pure Glitz Hair Spray, Take 2 Dry Shampoo, Take 2 Dry Conditioner, Twirl Me Curl Defining Cream Gel, and a selection of brushes and Combes.

I didn't have these products to review so I can't tell you how they perform, but if they are like the ones I have tried I can imagine they will be pretty good.

As mentioned these products are all available from and are currently in the sale so grab them now whilst they have money off.

*this post contains press samples

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Why 2016 hasn't been good so far yet being positive is the key

I was determined for 2016 to be a good year, try and get rid of negative things, be happy and thankful for what I have, and still obsess and change my hair,,,,,now that would never change.
But sadly just a blink into 2016 my like adopted father passed away, he had been ill for a little while but I didn't expect him to pass away so suddenly.
He had literally been my rock when my brother passed away suddenly, when I was in my darkest hours and when I just needed a moan he was always there to give me the biggest hug of all.

And yes that is me with my eldest daughter, he was literally the kindest thoughtful man I have ever known, I don't want this to be a morbid post as he wouldn't want that, and I'm being strong and keeping going because he would not want me to be miserable or to be unable to get out if bed, and I'm actually proud that I have been and will be strong although inside I feel crushed.

All I would say is treasure and cherish those who you love as they are will not always be with us, I will be saying goodbye to him on Wednesday and I hope he will always be proud of me.

Laura x

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Eloquence Natural Skincare Review*

If your used to reading my blog then you will know that I'm the biggest fan of skincare ever, if it's cheap and works I will buy it but also if it's more expensive but does the job then I'm very willing to stretch up the budget.  Now I was kindly sent a bunch of products a good few weeks ago from Eloquence and after trialling these products for a good few weeks there was no better time to start with the weather being freaky beyond words with gales, near enough hurricanes and then freezing so heating being on full, my skin going nuts so all in all a good time to see how this little lot would perform.

Eloquence is a new brand who's ethos is to market a skincare brand that contains natural products that being Sacha Inchi Oil which is rich in omega 3,6 and 9.  Now unless you have been hiding under a rock you will know that oils  and skincare oils are so the thing at the moment, the thought initially made me want to hide under that rock, as I thought putting oils onto my face and skin would cause me all sorts of grief but truthfully once you start unless oils don't agree with you, you can't look back and going back to the brand the use of omega oil in these products aims to help with skin dehydration, which causes your skin to look tired dull and generally not great.

I was very kindly sent five of their products, the weather is typically crap so not showing how actually bright green the packaging is against the silver, and would make a nice little statement in your bathroom.

So onto the first product which was the Purifying Facial Cleanser I had this in a 20ml size and it's enriched with cucumber and coconut extracts.  It takes a little while to pump out at first use but that's probably down to me being still asleep stood at the sink trying to wake up.  The product is lovely and light and just has a tiny hint of scent, easy to use and refreshing for your morning skin cleanse, left my skin feeling clean and not tight.  Over all quite a nice little cleanser.

Secondly you follow that with Firm and Tone Serum which I love, as i am in the omg I'm old bracket (41) I need every bit if help and some. This one contains coconut oil and hyaluronic acid and vitamin
A, you literally only need a pea sized amount, so less is more but I struggle with that concept and always put more on than I'm supposed to. But I'm trying to not,  you use this serum morning and night, and I loved the feeling of this on my skin and how my skin did look and feel much more hydrated.  So I really liked this as I could see and feel a difference.

Then you use Firming and Moisturising Eye Gel this is a little 15ml tube, but again you are only supposed to use a little bit.  I have leaned more to gels for my eye care lately as creams can sometimes feel for me like they are sitting under your eye area, whereas gels can feel cooler and more refreshing but that's just my thoughts.  The eye area is one if the first for showing ageing and as the skin is also much thinner you really have to take care of it.  This little gem helps with bags and dark circles.  For me as much as I am older I don't luckily have many wrinkles under my eyes or dark circles but I do seem to be getting bags (crys) but I found this light gel very soothing and helped with my bags.  At £26 I can see why a younger person may hesitate in getting there debit card out and I can understand that, but what I would say is that prevention is the key to looking better and you have to invest in your skin.  And you really have to look after it, so perhaps pull something back that you wanted and get this instead it will be worth it in the long run.

Protect and repair 24hr Cream in a 20ml size this has a UV protection which is great also again like the serum has Hyaluronic acid in to help plump up the skin. Again has a light creamy texture and is easily absorbed into the skin, didn't leave my skin feeling tight but comfortable and feeling moisturised and really helped against the drying effects my skin has been feeling lately.

Nourishing and Treatment Oil this is an expensive one coming in at £50 but don't faint there's good news for you later on, this product is absolutely gorgeous containing sweet oil and coconut it's luxurious and helps with hair nails and skin.  I have been massaging the oil into my cuticles and nails and the sides of my fingers where they often look dry and they look a whole lot better.  I haven't used it on my hair as yet, but I have on my skin and I can say that my skin literally drinks it up, so I know that this means yes my skin is feeling dry and dehydrated but that my skin really needs this and benefits from good natural oils, I hope that when I'm 70 I look like I've looked after my skin and hopefully these natural products will be a result of it.

The great news is that if you fancy trying any of these products yourself then click onto my link here Eloquence

And use code JANUARYEQ you can get 20% off each individual product.

Laura x

This post contains press samples 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Philip Kingsley Sets and how they can change your hair

Philip Kingsley is a name that I hadn't heard of until my friend Jane who is hair obsessed introduced me to, and since then I haven't looked back and I always have one of his products in my stash.  So a quick little insight into who he is, well Philip qualified as a Trichologist in 1953 his quest for finding solutions for not only hair problems such as fine hair, lack of moisture and scalp problems.  His products don't mask the issues they actually help with the cosmetic issues but also help with resolving hair integrity.  His most iconic product I think and also hails huge accolade is Elasticizer, when Audrey Hepburn uses this products her whole life, then that gives you a little insight into how amazing it is.  The weird thing that I still can't get my hair/head around is that it is a pre shampoo treatment.  The product is thick and creamy and I usually rub into my hair in the morning and leave in all day, if I'm not planning on going anywhere and then wash out later in the day.  If you have abused or damaged your hair like I have trust me your hair will appreciate this so much.

I was foolish into thinking stupidly that as their products general it come in small that they won't last long, but you literally only need a little bit of product and a little goes a long way.
So when it comes to does size matter with an eyebrow raised absolutely not I'm this case.

I'm also a fan of their daily extreme defence I spray this on my hair mostly every day and it helps against damage from using heat, such as straighteners and hair dryers.
As we are flying full stream into 2016 I'm hoping this little lot will sort out and re strengthen my hair and if you have tried it yourself and like it comment below.

Laura x

Sunday, 10 January 2016

My current mascara

When it comes to makeup what is your cannot live without? Is it foundation? Lipstick or mascara? Whatever it is I bet you have a favourite.  For me mascara is my ultimate favourite thing and makeup wise I can't live without it.  Mascara is the thing that for me makes my eyes go from asleep to awake, in other words a bit more awake looking well as much as someone in the middle aged section.
I literally go through mascara's like water and seem to be buying them a lot, and I'm normally quite loyal to my favourite ones, so when I had a new one over Christmas I couldn't wait to give it a whirl. Now this one has been doing the rounds for a while now but I didn't buy it as it was very hyped up so now that has all died down I thought I would see if I thought it deserved all the fuss.

I haven't even told you which one it is, it's YSL baby doll, I've never tried it before even in a sample, I've used YSL faux Cils before and liked that but never this one.  So what are my thoughts ..... I love it, I've used it continuously for two weeks now, I haven't had any evidence of clumping and it's made my eyelashes look much longer.  The colour is a rich black and the consistency is creamy,  I use an oil based cleanser to remove my makeup in the evening and I found this fine to remove my makeup.

Sorry I'm not smiling in the picture it looks a bit miserable but I'm not, but just wanted you to see how the mascara looked.  I was taking my children to the panto and I tried a different makeup look, I'm not entirely sure it worked but I do like my mascara.

Laura x

Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year Goals Realistic Or Not

Happy new year all, cannot believe we are into 2016 and it's my 42nd year sobs into a pillow, puts matchsticks on eyes, extra strength anti ageing cream, no not really, but if your like me do you go into a new year thinking right I'm giving up this this and this and going to do this this and this, well me to but NOT this year.

This is not to say I haven't bought items to make changes I have BUT I'm not going to try and make unrealistic changes.  For me I always wake up on New Year's Day in a panic, thinking ok I'm going to be skinny this year, save like mad, be fit, try and be more forgiving blah blah but I get to end of January and give up and feel like a total failure.  So for me as much as I want to make changes I am not going to put myself unrealistic goals, yes I have bought the usual saving pot as in my picture and again I've bought a pretty one, as I can generally convince myself that I will not smash it open as it's too pretty, but do you know what I will be saving in it, but if I smash it open in say March then so what, it doesn't mean I'm a failure it means I need the money out of it.
I also have bought myself trainers, and I'm not a fan of trainers at all, but my last pair of trainers I owned my daughter said they were a right show up, yes they were branded but gone past the modern stage, so what reason have I bought new ones, is it to become a fitness guru, no chance, I actually really liked the trainers, shock horror, and if I did happen to go to New York again I would be taking these with me, as they are so light weight, and actually smart, they are black Nike Roche trainers and I got them in the sale from Size, so I couldn't not get them. After trekking 30 miles in New York even in flat shoes my poor feet looked like them had been through a boxing ring by the time I had got home.

So if you are setting yourself goals for this year that's fine you go with it, but I know from my own experience I never stick to any of them, so my plan for this year is to try and make the changes that I want to, but if I fall off the wagon even slightly then I'm not a failure and nor are you, it just means just try again and make smaller goals, it doesn't have to be because it's a new year, if you decide you want to try again in April then you do that.  But I just know for me and my own experience I cannot stick to unreasonable goals but smaller changes may be better for me.

Happy new year beauts

Laura x