Friday, 22 February 2013

Aussie Miracle Shine | Road Test Results ♥


So do you remember that i was going to be road testing the new Aussie Miracle Shine range and i first introduced you to the range here. Well fast forward 4 weeks and here i am with the results, 4 weeks? really? i know, doesn't time fly its pretty crazy!!

Aussie Miracle Shine promises to revitalise the hair leaving it sensationally vibrant and shiny. Formulated with Australian Ginseng extract and pearl powder to hopefully leave your hair glowing! Just before i started my 4 week trial i had actually just literally ombred/dip dyed my hair, that didn't last very long and i soon coloured over it with a dark brown shade. We all know that dying and using a lot of heat on your hair can really make it a little under the weather so even though i don't have the dip dye anymore i was still super excited to road test this range.

I touched on the scent of the products in my original post and i still absolutely love the scent it is truly scrummy.

So have i noticed a difference when using these products? Yes, definitely a subtle difference. I have quite a natural shine to my hair anyway but these products just seem to help to bring that shine out that extra bit more which i love. They leave my hair so incredible soft and doesn't weigh it down at all. The picture above shows my hair just after it had been washed and dried, i haven't used any straighteners on it so you can see exactly how shiny it is. I definitely think these products are fab but don't believe they will work total wonders, so if your hair is extremely damaged and dry don;t expect miracles but it for sure brings out the best in your hair.

Personally the stand out product for me was the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment, i have always adored the 3 Minute Miracle treatments anyway but this one is by far my favourite out of all that i have tried.

This range is definitely worth and try and do let me know your thoughts!

Have you spotted and tried this range yet?

*Sponsored Post

SHARE:

Monday, 11 February 2013

Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids Lipsticks


I have literally been dying to share these amazing lipsticks with you. 
Originally i had seen that these were available only in the US and of course was pretty upset i would have to wait a month or 2 for them to arrive in the UK, until the day later popped into my local Superdrug and saw these 4 shades on display, i must admit i did let out a little squeal!! We all know i love lipsticks and we all know i love highstreet/drugstore make-up so these little gems have my name written all over them.

So come on Sophie just get on with what they are....

Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids

A new line of incredibly bright and pigmented lipsticks added to the ever famous Colour Sensational line.
Love the Colour Sensational Line? You will be sure to fall in love with the Vivids.

The Vivids line has been treated to a new technology using neon coated pigments which produce Colour Sensational's brightest most vibrant colour ever. What is also great is that they contain honey nectar which helps to keep lips feeling smooth, never dry or leave a chalky or cakey finish.

The packaging is the same as the original Colour Sensational line but they have just turned it up a notch with the colour of the packaging, bright neon see through orange. So bright and eye catching and i absolutely love it.

In the US there is 10 shades available and currently in the UK i believe there is 5. The only shade i don't have is Electric Orange as the colour was just definitely not for me, a pure bright vivid true orange.

These really do glide onto the lips beautifully and have a slight sheen texture, which makes them comfortable and wearable while still providing great longevity. The colour pay off really is out of this world, i literally can't fault it (other than when you do swatch them on your hand and they leave a slight stain) Out of the 5 shades available i am really impressed with the range of colours and really love each one, now just fingers crossed we eventually get all the colours available as the lighter pinks look stunning! What i really love most is that the colours are so gorgeous and bright but because they contain the honey nectar and are so moisturising you don't have to be so careful with applying them and can easily touch up without a mirror, with some bright lipsticks i really worry that they have ended half way up my cheek but not with these!

I am so super happy that Maybelline are taking this direction, its about time that highstreet/drugstore make-up really stepped it up and i think these bad boys will really fly off the shelves and make people realise that you really can find some gems in the drugstore. I wouldn't say these were for the nude lovers and they are very bright and neon but if that's what you love and like these must be yours!

I can't wait for the Spring so i can start rocking these daily. I will of course do some photos of me wearing each shade in due course, I'm currently suffering the flu so lets just keep it at that.

Please check these out if you haven't already you honestly will not be disappointed. Its slightly worrying how over excited i can get over a lipstick geeeeeez!

I actually can't seem to find them on the Superdrug website however they are here on the Boots website RRP £7.19 also with an offer of buy 1 get 2nd half price!

Do these excite you? Have you tried them yet? 
SHARE:

Nioxin | Thinning Hair Awareness Week


Back in January i attended an event with Nioxin to learn about the products and to get a real insight into hair thinning as Nioxin is proud to be the sponsor of Thinning Hair Awareness Week which starts on the 18th of February.  

Hair thinning is a growing concern for men and women across the UK and Ireland, which has led Nioxin and the Institute of Trichologists to run the first yearly Thinning Hair Awareness week in an effort to raise awareness about hair thinning and educate people across the UK and Ireland. Sophie Ellis-Bextor has also joined as the new UK and Ireland Ambassador for Nioxin.

Now although i don't suffer from hair thinning as such, i mean i loose a few hairs in the shower when i am washing my hair but on average you loose around 100 hairs a day anyway, i do have fine hair but i also have a lot of it and i am always trying to achieve fuller thicker looking hair and this is where Nioxin is perfect because although it helps with damaged hair and hair thinning is also helps to give thicker fuller looking hair and to basically get the best you can out of your hair.

Nioxin systems are tailored to specific hair types, with six 3-part systems to choose from consisting of a shampoo, a conditioner and scalp treatments. The shampoo removes sebum and residues from the scalp, while the conditioner moisture's, balances and re-hydrates the hair. The scalp treatment, containing antioxidants and botanicals helps thicken each hair strand and treat the scalp.

To support Thinning Hair Awareness Week selected Nioxin salons will be holding their very own event, where you can speak with a Nioxin educator who will perform consultations on the cosmetic benefits of the brand and be on hand to offer advice. To find the nearest salon to you holding an event click here

You can also find out which Nioxin system is right for you RRP £27.99 and have your very own consultation here.

Do you have any hair thinning worries? Will you be popping down to your local salon?

*Sponsored Post
SHARE:

Monday, 4 February 2013

Benefit They're Real! Mascara Review


I don't know why it has taken me so long to give this mascara a whirl, it is currently the UK's number 1 selling mascara and gets raved reviews about it daily. Even the boy asked me one day in Boots 'have you tried that mascara yet' pointing randomly to a funky stand alone display, to his shock i actually hadn't and with him knowing i needed a new mascara he quickly picked one up for me, i obviously have him very well trained.

They're Real! Mascara promises to lengthen, curl, volumise, lift and separate with a long wearing formula that won't dry out or smudge. Now that really is some claims!

It definitely lengthens and curls, gives good volume and lift and the formula is amazing for the longevity however there is a slight down side to that. It does leave my lashes a little crispy as they say which OK isn't all that bad for what it is actually doing to my lashes its just the taking off the mascara which is a pain, its so incredibly hard to remove and takes a lot of gentle work and when your tired and you just want to remove your make-up quickly before bed this is not a good thing.

Having said that i do really love this mascara and i believe it is all down to the incredibly cool brush. It is a plastic bristle brush not my preference i must admit but what does it for me is the tiny little rounded brush at the end of the wand itself. Benefit says that the brush is to help you discover lashes you never knew you had which is sort of true, i mean i knew i had those lashes its just other mascara wands have never reached or grabbed those lashes before so i really do get a winged out effect with this mascara. It also means i can get those tiny little inner corner lashes to achieve a more fuller look. Now this little rounded brush on the end also works perfectly for your bottom lashes and doesn't smudge at all. 

I know a lot of people are not too keen on the chunky sparkling chrome silver packaging but i have to admit I'm a fan especially with the neon orange font!

So all in all i do really love this mascara not the hefty price tag of £18 though but i can see myself eventually repurchasing, the only thing with the big wide world of mascara's is that is definitely it, it is a big wide world for them and there is always a new one on the market which i am wanting to try. I am sure however Benefit They're Real! will have pride of place in my make-up bag again.

Have you tried They're Real yet? What were your thoughts?

SHARE:

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Maybelline Super Stay 24Hr Bold Matte Lip Colour


Although i do love a dark lip and have been over the past few months i just had to switch it up a little bit with this Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hr Bold Matte Lip Colour in Peach Cocktail. A stunning matte coral pink shade that says to last 24 hrs would more could i want? Well i don't really need my lip colour to last 24 hrs but anything that lasts all day for me, maybe around 8 hours is a winner.

You simply apply a thin layer of the lip colour to your lips, i like to dab it into the lips then apply a little more, wait for it to dry and then apply the conditioning balm. You can apply the conditioning balm as often as you like. I do like to apply the balm quite a bit, with the lip colour being matte it can be slightly drying but the conditioning balm definitely adds a little moisture to keep your lips in check.

The colour pay off is incredible but is more on the pink side rather than peach but I'm happy with that.

Now staying power, does this really last 24 hrs? Well like i said i don't really need or want a lip product to last me that long and i don't really know anyone who would however this does last a crazy amount of time.
Once applied to the lips it literally is there for as long as you want it to be as it does need to be removed with make-up remover or make-up wipes. I only needed to apply the lip colour once and then i just kept re-applying the conditioning balm until i took all my make-up off in the evening so it definitely lasted a good 8-9 hours.

I am so incredibly impressed with this and can't wait to take a closer look at the new Bold Matte line which has just recently launch in stores, there is a brighter coral and nude shade i now have my eye on.

These are for sure one to keep an eye out for if you love a bold matte lip shade no pun intended!!

Have you spotted these yet? Do you love a matte lip?
SHARE:

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Sleek Make-Up Flick It Eyeliner


I love eyeliner but find it so hard to use, because of this i tend to stay away from it, until now. Launching on the 13th of February are these fabulous Sleek Make-Up Flick It* pen eyeliners. With three shades available Dazzling Black, Royal Blue and Purple Aura i am now addicted to and using everyday Dazzling Black. I can now use liquid eyeliner and achieve the perfect flick i have always wanted, sounds sad i know but it's true.

Thanks to the simple pen applicator which helps provide precision application i am left with flawless matte flicks which stay put like no other. With up to 12 hours wear with no smudging or budging they really can't be faulted. Whats great is that the pen applicator is so precise but still allows you to achieve a thin or thick line depending on how you hold and position the pen. 

I really love the sleek packaging (no pun intended  however i must admit they are pretty difficult to open, they are so secure so the pen doesn't dry out but it just means it takes a bit of a tug to get the lid off anyone else found this? Other than that the packaging is very typical of Sleek Make-Up, matte black with Sleek Make-Up embossed in gloss writing. Nice and simple!

All three shades are pretty stunning but to be honest the stand out shade for me is definitely Dazzling Black, its very opaque black and stays that way all day, its going to be a definite re-purchase for me over and over again once these launch.

I have finally found a product to help me achieve the eyeliner i have always wanted, so if you have ever struggled achieving a flawless flick then be sure to give these Flick It Eyeliners a whirl.

At the bargain price of £5.99 you really can't go wrong, even if you just try one, you know you want to!

So don't forget these Sleek Make-Up Flick It Eyeliners launch 13th of February in Superdrug stores and also online at sleekmakeup.com/

Do you like the look of these? Are you a pro eyeliner gal?
SHARE:

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant


I am pretty sure you all know by now that i have pretty dry skin and i am always on the hunt for products to battle it. I was on the market for a new exfoliator however had no clue what to go for, until i remembered this little pot of goodness from a recent GlossyBox.

Dermalogica is a relatively new brand to me but a brand i had heard so many raved reviews about so instantly thought 'why had i totally forgotten i had received this in my GlossyBox' straight away tried it and straight away loved it. Before i completely sing its praises i had better let you all know what exactly this product is as it is a little strange, well it was to me at first anyway.

So what exactly is Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant?
Gentle daily use exfoliating powder for all skin conditions. Its a unique Rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing Papin, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter.

All you do is pour the product out in to your palms, your hands must be very wet and then simply mix the product together with some water and create a paste with the product and the massage the product onto your face for one minute and let it work its magic!!

It really is magic, the results i get from this product is incredible and noticeable straight away, this honestly blows any other exfolaitor out the water. It does exactly what you would want an exfoliator to do, leaves your skin baby soft, brighter and feeling like you have just left a spa. What baffles me is how finely milled the product is and how soft on the skin the grains are but yet how perfectly it works, getting rid of those nasty dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling like brand new.

I love a lot of products and could rave about products day in and day out but this is deffinitley and exception and will always be in my top 5 skincare products without fail.

I could talk endlessly about how amazing this product is and how much i adore it but you do really need to try it for yourself to believe it, everyone i have spoken to about it has also loved it, i really think its one of those cult beauty products, i just can't believe it has taken me so long to discover it.

On a little downside it does come with a pretty hefty price tag of £38.50 for 75g so i am just hoping this sample size will last me a while.

Have you tried this Daily Microfoliant? WHY EVER NOT??? GO GO GO!!!! TEHE 

SHARE:

Monday, 21 January 2013

No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask ♥


You know when you have used a product for so long and have re purchased countless times but you never think to blog about it? Well that has totally happened to me with this No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask, i ran out recently and the Boots No7 vouchers are back and i only ever really buy No7 products when they are about so picked this up and totally had a 'omg i have never raved about this on my blog moment' How could i not?

This was one of those products that i would always just stare at on No7 counters, i just loved the way it looked like 'Whipped Cream'  random i know but it really does. I am totally one for giving moisture to my ridiculously annoying dry skin so went for it a couple of years ago and have never looked back.

This mask has an intense moisture boost to leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. Glycerin and Cocoa Butter combine with emollients to nourish and deeply moisturise the skin. It is created to help your dry skin behave like normal skin and provide tailored skin nutrition for healthy looking, bright and beautiful skin.

I apply 2 pumps of this mask once a week after cleansing, i sweep it all over my face massaging it lightly and relax with it on for 10 minutes. You can just use it for 3 minutes more times a week but i prefer to give myself an intense boost once a week for 10 minutes. In the packaging it looks literally like pink whipped cream its amazing, once pumped out it is a pale pink slightly foamy think cream. I just have to say the whipped cream effect doesn't stay for long, once you have used the product a few times it does all just merge into one but its pretty cool while it lasts. The product also still works the same once it has all merged together so don't worry about that. It is a really luxury mask and feels like such a treat when i apply it, maybe it really should be kept as a little treat for your skin but i love it too much not to use it once a week and so does my skin. Sadly this beautiful mask isn't for everyone as it is targeted at a dry to very dry skin but i think a dry to normal skin will love it just as much too.

I really love the clear packaging and also love the lilac colour. The pump makes it super easy to use and means you get just the right amount of product out so you don't have any waste. It smells very typical of the No7 Beautiful Skin Skincare range, which i love. 

I don't know why it has taken me so long to let you guys in on my little moisture treat i give my skin every week because it literally works wonder on my skin, it leaves it feeling incredibly silky soft and so plump and fresh!!

I think it is impossible for me to express how much i love this product!! If your skin is feeling the January Blues and you have a No7 lying in the bottom of your bag on in your purse, please give this a whirl and let me know what you think i would love to know.

It retails at £12.50 but with the £5 No7 Boots Voucher it will be £7.50 which is an absolute bargain.

Have you ever wanted to give this product a try before? Do you use it and love it?

SHARE:

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Skin Art Temporary Tattoos ♥


I really love tattoos but know deep down i will never actually bite the bullet and go for it, I'm too indecisive and know that i wouldn't cope with the pain so when i came across these Skin Art Temporary Tattoos i just had to give them a whirl.

I know temporary tattoos is totally going back to when i was a kid in the 80's but these are much more current and girly and are the perfect way to cheat a little!

To apply you simple pick your chosen design from the 3 sheets available in each pack, carefully cut out the design, lay it down where you want it and dampen the back of the tattoo for 60 seconds then very gently peel away and you are left with a gorgeous tattoo which lasts up to 5 days which i think is perfect. Like i said i am very indecisive so its great they only last for that amount of time so i get to try all the different designs. 

I personally think they look very real and even my boyfriend was a little baffled when he got home and i just showed him my wrist, i think his words were, no did you really? Tehe 

I really love the pack i got but i know there is 3 others which have some gorgeous designs and even a pack with just words which i would love to try. They are going to be perfect for the coming summer months on holiday ect.

They are £4.99 and you can find them at Boots stores and online!

Do you like tattoos? What do you think of these temporary tattoos?

SHARE:

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Aussie Miracle Shine Range ♥


This is the newest range from Aussie, Miracle Shine and seeing as i dip dyed/Ombre 'd my hair this week it was perfect timing for me to try the range out. Miracle Shine is for dull, tired hair that is just begging to shine.The special formula of Australian Ginseng extract and Pearl Powder helps to revitalize the hair leaving it sensationally vibrant and shiny. I am pretty lucky when it comes to shiny hair as i have quite a natural shine to mine but since i have a little bleach on the ends now and we all know that bleach really likes to look a little dull, amazing but dull so i couldn't wait to try the shampoo, conditioner and trusty 3 minute miracle this morning.

Even after just one use i can already tell that i am in love, the scent is just divine its really fruity and is totally different to any other Aussie shampoo range, the quality is just typical of Aussie and what we all know and love and the 3 minute miracle is even better than i remember especially with the new scent. It has has made my hair incredibly soft and has already lifted a little bit of shine on the ends of my hair.

Now i obviously can't comment fully with the shine aspect of this range as i have only used it once, so this is where the fun bit comes in, i am going to be testing this range out for 4 weeks from today using only this Aussie Miracle Shine range so i can really give it a good road test and see exactly how shiny my hair gets...i honestly have high hopes that i will be washing and glowing by the end of it!!

So i will report back in 4 weeks dolls with before and after pictures so keep your eyes peeled!

Do let me know if you have tried this range yet and if you liked it or even if you just love Aussie in general.

Who's excited for a little road test? I know i am!

*Sponsored Post
SHARE:

Friday, 18 January 2013

L'oreal Preference Wild Ombre Dip Dye Review


I have wanted Ombre or dip dye hair, whatever you prefer to call it, i prefer Ombre so going for that, for such a long time but because i had really short hair i knew it would never work for me. I have waited for well over a year and my hair has finally grown to a pretty decent so i couldn't wait to Ombre it. Just at the right time i spotted this L'oreal Preference Wild Ombre Brush On Dip Dye kit and thought it would be perfect for me as i am totally new to the tricks of Ombre.

So, there is 3 different versions to choose from, Ombre No 1 for Light Brown to Dark Brown Hair, Ombre No 2 for Dark Blonde to Medium Brown Hair and Ombre No 3 for Blonde to Dark Blonde hair. Seeing as my natural hair is rather dark chocolate brown i went with Ombre No 1. 

This is such a quick and easy kit to use, probably one of the easiest hair dyes i have ever used, you get everything you need in the box including the very handy brush, just give yourself an hour and you will have fabulous Ombre hair!

All you do is part your hair into two sections from the back and bring all your hair forward, mix up the dye and simply squeeze the dye onto the brush then literally just brush the product onto your hair starting from your chin or ear, which ever level you choose is totally up to you and all depends on how much of an ombre effect you want, i started at my chin as i didn't want too much of an ombre but enough if you get what i mean. You then just apply more dye into your hands with gloves on of course and apply to the very ends of your hair just to give a lighter contrast. Then simply wait either 25-45 minutes depending on how light you want it and watch the magic happen. I only left mine on for 25 minutes as it was my first time trying it i thought this was the safest option. I am really happy with the colour it has given me so 25 minutes was definitely perfect for me. Once your time is up you just rinse your hair with warm water then wash your hair with the shampoo provided, dry and style and voila.

Gorgeous simple Ombre Hair!!

I love mine so very much and am incredibly happy with the results, i may even go a little lighter in a couple weeks, what do you think?

I really love my natural hair colour so this is a great way of changing up your style but still keep the same all over colour.

For £6.99 this is such a bargain way of creating your own Ombre hair, i know some salons can charge a ridiculous amount to get this done professionally but really all you need is this quick and simple kit!
I am also pretty shocked that my ends are not frazzled and still in pretty good condition.

Do you have Ombre Hair? Do you like Ombre hair?



SHARE:
© SOPHIE IS MADE UP. All rights reserved.
Blogger Designs by pipdig