Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Review - Organix Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi Glossies! I've been using this shampoo and conditioner for about 3 months now so I feel like I've used it for long enough to give you all my true opinion of them. My hair is naturally very thick and quite frizzy. It is not straight and not curly, more of a wavy frizzy mess (I paint such a nice picture of myself don't I?). I also colour my hair every 8 weeks. So I've been in search of the perfect shampoo and conditioner to calm my frizz and leave me with nourished hair that during the week when I'm working can just be dried after washing and not require much styling. I may just have found them in the Organix Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. 

Both products come in 385 ml bottles. The only downside to these is the bottle shape in my opinion, it seems difficult to squeeze the product out, especially the conditioner because it is thicker than shampoo. So once the bottle is half full it becomes quite difficult to squeeze out the conditioner and I end up having to take the full cap off the bottle. However these bottles are eco-friendly, manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. So we can't complain too much, but please Organix if you get to read my review, redesign your bottle shapes.

Organix state that their Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioners are a 'unique precious blend of Moroccan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while helping to strengthen and create soft, seductive, silky perfection. Also protecting hair from harmful styling heat and UV damage'. It contains natural vitamin E and antioxidants which renew the hair's cell structure, sealing in shine and creating 'lush' softness. 

I don't think you need instructions on how to use a shampoo but it states to apply the conditioner generously to hair, working through to the ends and wait 3-5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. So I usually shampoo my hair and rinse thoroughly, then apply the conditioner and comb through with a wide tooth comb to distribute the product evenly through my hair. Then I usually lie back and relax for 5 minutes because I like to leave conditioner on for as long as possible to give my hair a bit of TLC. These products smell amazing; clean and fresh but not over powering. After 5 minutes I rinse thoroughly with warm water. After I've got out of the shower or bath I like to add a little more oil to my hair. I have a bottle of Argan Oil which I purchased from Boots for £12.99 (You can get it here). I use one pump of this on damp hair and comb through with my Tangle Teezer before applying my heat protection spray and blow drying. 

This combination has left my hair in the best condition it has ever been in and I have only just repurchased them after 3 months. I wash my hair 3-4 times a week so I think that is pretty good going. The shampoo & conditioner is £6.99 each so they're not as affordable as your Herbal Essences but they are much more affordable than the Moroccanoil or Ojon brands which retail at £15-£20 each. You can get the Organix range from Boots (here). I now have soft, silky, manageable hair and I believe it is all down to Moroccan Oil and Argan Oil. 

Have you tried this shampoo and conditioner? What are your thoughts on them? Maybe you've tried one of the other ranges from Organix? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you got on with them. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Sunday, 24 February 2013

NOTD - Almost Nautical

Hi Glossies! I had a few hours spare yesterday afternoon and thought I'd do a simple little nail design. I went for nautical colours, but I'm not sure the pattern is very nautical so this design is aptly named 'Almost Nautical'. 

I used Barry M White and Nails Inc Chester Terrace. Chester Terrace is a matte deep teal colour. On some of my photographs it looks black, I did photograph in natural light and tried to capture it as well as I could, but it still looks darker than it is for some reason. Unfortunately it slipped my mind to take a photograph of it when it was matte and I wanted the manicure to be glossy so I've added a top coat. Barry M White is just a pure white colour.

I painted my ring fingers on each hand in two coats of Barry M White and all my other nails in two coats of Chester Terrace. I waited 15 minutes for the polish to dry and then I used a dotting tool to create my design. I got this in a set of 5 from ebay and the set cost around £2, they each have different sized dots on both ends. I put a few drops of Chester Terrace onto a piece of cardboard and used the largest end of my dotting tool first. I dipped it in the polish and dotted 4 large dots to the far left of my ring finger on my left hand and the far right of my ring finger on my right hand. I then used the smaller end of the dotting tool and dotted 3 small dots at either side of the row of large dots on each of my ring fingers. I waited 15 minutes until the polish was completely dry before painting on a coat of my Save The Nail 45 Second Top Coat. 

I'm really happy with this design and it will stay on my nails for the next 3-4 days. Have you tried any designs with a dotting tool? Have you tried any nautical designs? Leave me a comment below with a link to your design if you have. Also if you have any ideas for designs that you would like me to do, leave me a comment. I'd love to know what you'd like to see. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 16 February 2013

OOTN Something A Little Bit Different

Hi Glossies! I went to York for a night out this week for my friend's 21st Birthday celebrations and my outfit of choice was a little different to what I would usually wear so I thought I'd share it with you. 

My dress is from ASOS and it is the ASOS Petite Exclusive Skater Dress with Cut Out and it was actually in the sale at £17.50 down from £35.00 and it also comes in red (available here). This dress is so daring for me, I never wear anything revealing so I threw myself in at the deep end with this. The petite range at ASOS is just perfect me, I'm only 5ft 1in so finding dresses that fit correctly is hard, but I will check out ASOS petite range from now on. 

The dress is made from stretch fabric and you can't really see because of my hair but it has a sweetheart neckline with cut away straps, a cut out waist and flared skater skirt. At the back the zip is exposed so that is quite a nice detail. I've included a picture below of the picture from ASOS website so you can see the straps properly. I think the skater style is a good look for my body shape because I'm quite pear shaped and they show off my waist but hide my thighs. The only negative point I have about this dress is that the middle bit of fabric on my waist didn't lay flat to my stomach, it stuck out a little bit as you can see in the first photograph. Also where the skirt starts at the waist was actually too big for me so I had to get it altered and taken in a little bit to fit me properly.

On my feet I wore my favourite sparkly shoe boots from Kurt Geiger, again you can't really see them clearly in the photograph so I've included a closer picture below. They are black suede and have glitter all down the heel, they are just the best shoes ever and I'm completely in love with them. I bought them in store in October in the sale so I can't find them online but they were £40.00 down from I think £90.00.

On my nails I wore Essie Eternal Optimist on all my nails and then on my two middle fingers on both hands I used Nails Inc Chelsea Square for a bit of added sparkle. This colour combination worked really well with my Michael Kors rose gold watch as well.

Apologies for my awkward pose in the above pictures, I'm still not confident at having my photograph taken. I hope you enjoyed my Outfit of the Night and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Review: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Oxford St. Fuschia

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all OK and having a fabulous week. I'm quite new to wearing lipstick, I've always been a bit of a nude lip girl, as in brushing my foundation over my lips when applying it to the rest of my face, followed by a colourless lip balm for day time or a slick of some very sheer pink lipgloss for an evening. So at Christmas time I threw myself in at the deep end and decided I was going to try out one of the Kate Moss by Rimmel lipsticks and I chose a matte deep red. I haven't looked back since and have definitely found a new addiction. . . Lipsticks!

So I was shopping in Boots last weekend and of course it was 3 for 2 on Rimmel again, I was picking up my trusty Stay Matte powder and I'd been after a really pink lipstick so I went for the Rimmel Moisture Renew in Oxford Street Fuschia. I thought the Moisture Renew range seemed like a good idea for me because my lips do get quite dry, I'm forever applying lip balm throughout the day to keep them hydrated. Rimmel say the Moisture Renew Range has an 'Innovative formula with 3 super moisturisers. Lips feel up to 70% more hydrated and up to 60% smoother.' They contain SPF20, Vitamins A, C and E for protected lips.

Oxford Street Fuschia is one of 3 colours that were designed by Rimmel last year inspired by the streets of London. The Rimmel website now states that there are 17 shades available but that doesn't include any of these three extra colours. However I found mine in Boots so I'm sure they must still be available. The colour itself is what I would describe as a bubble gum pink, it doesn't look that bright in the bullet, as when I chose it I thought it looked more like a subtle rose kind of pink. But I was wrong! On the lips it is bright bubble gum pink, however I still love it and think it brightens up my face. I intend to wear it as in the photo below with minimal makeup everywhere else to really get my lips to be the focal point. This photograph is in as much natural daylight as I could get it, I was getting ready for work in a rush and it was about 8:00 in the morning.

The formulation is creamy and smooth, although I wouldn't say it feels quite as moisturising as Rimmel make out, my lips still felt drier than they would had I not been wearing any lipstick, so I still applied my lip balm over the top after about an hour. But maybe I have exceptionally dry lips. The colour lasted fine on my lips through drinking coffee and water all morning. I re-applied at lunch time. This kind of lasting power is good enough for me. I just applied straight from the bullet, I didn't bother with lip liner or a brush as I just wanted this to be an easy, brighten me up look.
These lipsticks are £6.29 in Boots but as I said I got mine on the 3 for 2 Offer. They are a little more expensive than the Kate Moss ones which are £5.49, I'm not sure why the pricing is different really. This kind of price range is perfect for me, but if you're a MAC lover then these lipsticks will be a real bargain for you. I think I will be buying more from this range in the future. Thumbs up to Moisture Renew from me. Do you have any of the lipsticks in this range? How did you find them? Leave me a comment below and let me know. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Valentines Nails

Hi Glossies! I know I'm a little early for Valentine's Day but I got an idea into my head after trawling through photos of nail designs on Instragram (my new favourite pastime); and I wasn't sure how it would turn out so I thought I'd practice. I decided I was going to try and make my nails look like love hearts, perfect for valentines right?

I used Essie Too Too Hot which Essie state is a 'sizzling rich red coral' I bought it because I thought it looked like the perfect 'wow' in your face red. I love this colour, I only own this red and a No 7 glittery red that is strictly for Christmas time, but I don't think I will be buying any more red polishes any time soon as this one just ticks all the boxes for me.

I started by applying my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat to all of my nails. Then about two third's of the way down each nail I used my Essie Too Too Hot to create the love heart shape. I took the brush at an angle at one side of the nail and swept it into the middle, then did the same on the other side, it meant getting polish all over my fingers but I couldn't think of another way to get the shape. I did two coats of the red to get it opaque. I wanted to add a little something extra to the look so I added a little red sequin to the dip in each heart. I did this by using a cocktail stick dipped in a little top coat to pick up the sequin and then placed it on the nail. I then applied my Save The Nail 45 Second Top Coat to seal it all in. I wonder how long it will take me to lose a sequin from one of my nails? Sorry the sequins haven't photographed very well but they are all the same size size, shape and colour. I bought them in a set of 12 from Born Pretty Store and you can get them here.

Next came the mammoth task of cleaning up as I had red polish all over the sides of my nails. I am awaiting an order from Leighton Denny for the Precision Corrector Liquid & Brush, so I had to improvise. I've read a lot than angled brushes are perfect for cleaning up, but I didn't have one that I wanted to ruin by dipping it in nail polish remover, so I asked my lovely grandma if she had any small paint brushes lying around the house. I took the smallest one I could find and cut the bristles so that it was angled. I then used this to remove all the polish from my fingers and around my nail beds. And this was the outcome...

I'm not completely sure that they look like love hearts and around my nail beds is stained a little bit red but I don't think I did badly for a first attempt. I will probably be trying some more lovey dovey designs before the 14th gets here so I'll blog about them if I do. Have you tried any Valentine's nail designs? Be sure to leave me a comment below with your links to them. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

I would just like to edit this post and make a dedication. I would like to dedicate my Valentines Nails to a good friend of mine who sadly lost his life yesterday. He had taken a great interest in my new beauty blogging venture and always asked me how my nails were looking on a particular day. He was in the process of sending me a Valentines Card from Australia where he was living; so these are for you John, I will truly miss you and Happy Valentines Day. Heaven just gained another angel xxx