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Monday, 2 March 2015

Batiste Dry Conditioning Mist



I was given the Batiste Conditioning Mist in a care package a few months back and it has become a sequel to the infamous Dry Shampoos (read more). After discovering the existence of dry shampoos, I assumed things couldn't get better in the hair department in terms of quick and easy styling. Batiste, however, have proven me wrong yet again. How amazing is it that the product which eliminates excess oil from the scalp have created has a part two which eliminates dryness from the ends?!

I have that greasy roots but dry ends kinda hair and this is the perfect in between product. Using serums post dry shampoo makes my locks really greasy and if I go cold turkey, my ends are straw dry. The mist leaves my hair feeling softer, more manageable but without the heaviness of a hair serum.


TIPS
•  This product is intended for dry hair (not wet)
• May work for thin/thick hair with dry, brittle ends, frizz or flyaways
• Non-greasy compared to serums and hair oils
• Perfect compliment to the original dry shampoos; however may appear a little greasy if combined with Batiste Strength & Shine, Care & Vitality or Nourish & Enrich as they all hold moistening properties.

Keeks xx

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SHOP
Batiste Dry Conditioning Mist 200ml (RRP £3.99) HERE
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday Steals: Sleek Eau La La Liners



It's finally spring!
What better way to start off March than with a fabulous Sunday steal? I found these Sleek liners on the Boots website as I was searching for an alternative to the continuously sold out MAC liners. The Sleek Eau La La liners come in 12 different colours and retail for £4.99.


PRICE

Sleek are known for their amazingly pigmented products at affordable prices and these liners have not let me down. I purchased the Eau La La liners when they were on offer and the cost of buying these 4 liners together ended up cheaper than one MAC lip pencil so I was definitely impressed with the price.


QUALITY

The liners claim to be both water and smudge proof and where I find that this isn't 100% accurate, I can admit that they are somewhat water/smudge resistant. The formula is creamy when applied and sets to a matte finish. The colors are also very pigmented and when used as a lip liner, doesn't feather around the mouth.


OVERALL

I am beyond impressed with these liners and the versatility of the product itself. The liners can be used on the lips or on the eyes, with a variety of colors to compliment this. I purchased the shades Lingerie, Dragon Fruit, Venom and Raisin which are all great colours - my faves are Lingerie (perfect for day wear) and Raisin (the perfect companion for my MAC Rebel). I cannot wait to try some the remaining shades, possibly noir as a khol liner?

Keeks xx

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SHOP
Sleek Eau La La Liner (RRP £4.99) HERE
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Rogue Love by Rihanna



I remember raving about my first Rihanna perfume last summer and even ended up purchasing a second bottle due to it's uniqueness to my other fragrances and the affordable price tag (which isn't usually the case for EDP's). This year, Riri has released dare I say it an even better perfume which goes by the name of ROGUE LOVE. It follows the same classy, feminine theme with the rose gold accent and a touch of edginess with inverted rose gold spikes. 

Rogue Love is slightly more sweeter scent than the original fragrance, but is still light enough for everyday wear. If I had to choose, I'd wear Rogue Love during the day due to its light, sweet fragrance and Rogue in the evening for that musky & spicy kick. I'm quite open to different scents and find myself liking at least 8 out of 10 fragrances however if you're considering this as a gift, Rogue Love would be perfect for teens/younger girls and Rogue would be better suited for mature women. The only downsides to the fragrances are elements of the packaging, I think the fragrance would look better if the words by Rihanna weren't printed on the bottle and maybe avoid printing her face on the box too? Am I crazy?! But I guess these are just personal preference issues as some people might not care at all.

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ROGUE EDP

Top Notes; Lemon Blossom, Cyclamen, Bergamot, Pink Peppercorn
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Muguet, Rose, Plum, Suede
Base Notes: Musk, Woods, Patchouli, Vanilla, Amber


ROGUE LOVE EDP

Top Notes: Mandarin, Berry, Peach
Middle Notes: Jasmine Sambac Absolute, Honeysuckle, Coconut, Orchid
Base Notes: Creamy Woods, Amber, Caramel, Vanilla

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Rogue EDP 30ml - £23 | 75ml - £33 | 125ml - £44
Rogue Love EDP 30ml - £23 | 75ml - £30 | 125ml - £40



Keeks xx




Sunday, 15 February 2015

Sunday Steals: It's A PRIMARGENCY!



Moving backwards and forwards from uni gets so confusing sometimes as I always ending forgetting some essentials in one place or the other. I came home to London for the weekend and ended up forgetting my brow & blush brushes, eyelash curlers, amongst many other things. Luckily I live quite close to my local Primark and although the quality may not be to a high standard, I was able to pick up some inexpensive girl aids.

Lint Roller & Replacement Head £1.50
Brush Set £1
Lash Curler £1
Bra First Aid Kit £4

There are quite a few number of people who dislike shopping at Primark and to be honest, I can see why; the never-ending ques, lack of ventilation, and the piles of products laying around everywhere. It gets really stressful to shop in there and eventually I put everything down, give up and leave. However, I've noticed that shopping in Primark is really not that bad if you go early. Between 9-11am, everything is clean and tidy, you can take your time to browse and even make it to the changing rooms!


So if you're ever in need of a temporary replacement, don't forget to check your local Primark!
Keeks xx





Friday, 13 February 2015

Gift Guide #2 The Indecisive Interior Decorator



Is it me or does anyone else go through phases where you just want to redo the decor in your house and move everything around? I love buying new pieces for the home and also window shop for future home ideas (is that weird?) Home decor can be the perfect gift idea for especially if you know the recipient has being eyeing a particular piece for a while. However it can also be quite expensive depending on where you shop hence why I listed a few favorite, affordable places to shop and also some gift ideas which you can put together for the home decor lovers.

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GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOME

Plant Pot (£1,90) HERE
Milk Bottle Vase (£1) HERE
Crushed Glass Decoration (£1.75) HERE
Silver Mosaic Tea Light Holder (£3) HERE
Silver/Gold/Rose Gold Candles (£1.50-£2.50) HERE
3 Wick Candle Tin (£3.50) HERE
Bird Cage Fairy Lights (£6) HERE

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AFFORDABLE HOME DECOR STORES

H&M
Primark
IKEA
Wilko
Tiger
Asda

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Happy home decor hunting...
Keeks xx







Monday, 9 February 2015

Gift Guide #1 The Serial Stresser



What is the perfect gift for someone who is constantly on their feet or with a million and one thoughts whizzing through their mind every second? We all know a serial stresser or two (hands up if you're guilty) who seriously do not understand the meaning of relaxation. So what better way to treat those Serial Stressers this Valentines Day than pairing up these heavenly scented bath bombs with a book and maybe a glass of wine or two in the bathtub? I picked up Space Girl bath bomb and Creamy Candy bubble bar which are some of my all time favorite from LUSH. The cute little cupcake and glittery disco bath bombs were both Christmas gifts which I've held back from using because they're too too pretty. LUSH also have some seasonal Valentine's Day products which look and smell amazing, and would be perfect as a Valentine's Day gift for that special someone.

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Bath Bombs

✓ Affordable
✓ Smell Amazing
✓ Look Amazing
✓ Perfect for D.I.Y Gift Sets
✓ Perfect for Instagram-ing 

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Keeks xx






Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Winterssentuals | January Favourites



Throughout December I was enjoying island sunshine and managed to escape the winter blues for a while (still got roasted under the sun though #fail). Unfortunately winter has caught up to me and it hasn't been nice. But to help me fight the harsh winter winds, I've found myself frequently reaching out for these products & sharing them with you may also alleviate your winter blues...


Symptoms of the Winter Skin Blues:

- face crumbling off
- bran flake lips
-sandpaper hands


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SKIN
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The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream 250ml (£4) HERE

I love that this Body Shop shower cream is soap-free as it doesn't dry out my skin as much as my normal shower gels. Pair this with the nutty-fresh scent and moisturizing goodness of Shea and you have the perfect winter body wash.


Topicrem SOS Repair Body Cream 200ml (£4) HERE

I discovered the Topicrem brand from my aunt last year who was prescribed it by her dermatologist as an everyday body lotion for extra dry skin. I switch between the cream and lotion, the lotion is lighter (better for summer) and the cream is more denser. Aside from winter, I have really dry skin anyway so I like to keep backups of this.


The Body Shop Wild Argan Radiant Oil 125ml (£14) HERE

I love using dry oil formulas during winter because it's freezing enough as it is and I hate having to waste time naked and shivering in the bathroom just to cream my body with that icy cold lotion (TMI?!). Read more about this product...


Burts Bee's Lemon Cuticle Cream 15g (£5.99) HERE

Winter always has a harsh effect on my hands, they get dryer and more wrinkly so I try to moisturize them as much as possible. Before I paint my nails I use a cotton bud/Q-tip and moisturize the cuticle area with this heavenly lemon scented cream to prevent any peeling.


Carmex Original Lip Pot 7g (£2.69) HERE

Another one of my all-time favorites; I have a multiple of these in various different locations and I've even been given the odd look in exam halls when this ends up on my table. It's the perfect consistence; not too glossy and perfect for chapped lips. To put this simply... I cannot live without Carmex.

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Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo 200ml (£2.99) HERE

This is probably one of my all time repurchased items; it's inexpensive, easy to use and does the job perfectly. I always make sure I've got a few of these stocked up at home and at uni. I've been heavily relying on dry shampoos these days because washing my hair in the cold and early mornings is just a no no sometimes. The tropical scent has been my favorite recently as it reminds me of my holiday to the islands. Read more about this product...


SACHAJUAN Protective Hair Perfume 50ml (£40) HERE

Similarly to Batiste, I use this hair perfume on days where my hair needs a refreshing boost because it smells heavenly. Plus my hair is quite porous and absorbs scents easily (cooking is a struggle) so having this product around is quite useful, especially if I have to leave the house in a rush and don't have any time to wash my hair. I'll be posting a more detailed review of this product soon.


Fushi Organic Argan Oil 100ml (£13) HERE

As opposed to my overnight coconut oil mask, I've recently started switching it up and using different oils every once in a while. The argan oil is one of my new favorites as it's a lot more absorbent and also washes out more easily.


La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eye Cream 15ml (£24.50) HERE

A fairly recent addition to my skincare range which I have been loving. This moisturises under my eyes well and is a perfect base for my concealer. Read more about this product...

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MAKEUP
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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation 30ml (£30.50) HERE

NARS Sheer Glow is not only my favorite winter foundation but one of my all time loves. The name represents nothing of the foundation which is quite odd as it gives the impression of a dewy finish. I love this foundation for many reasons, most important it being the perfect balance for my imperfect skin. I find that in winter, some foundations highlight dry areas on the face and once you get into a warm environment, ends up looking quite oily. I don't have this problem with the NSG however I only like this foundation when applying it with a sponge/Beauty Blender. When I first bought the NSG, I used it with a foundation brush and absolutely hated the results. But I found that dabbing the product with a slightly damp sponge gives an even, immaculate finish. I would recommend buying a pump as so much product has leaked into the lid and caused a wasted mess.


Benefit That Gal Primer 11ml (£22.50) HERE

This is one of my favorite primers, I actually prefer it more than the Porefessional. It's non-drying and the pinky-peach tone helps brighten my dull winter complexion. I also like the unique applicator but it's a little pricey for only 11ml of product.


MAC Studio Finish Concealer 7g (£15.50) HERE

Yet another all time favorite, surprise surprise... I usually switch between this and the MAC pro-long wear concealer but as my skin is more dry in the winter, the MPLW appears cakey and also dries out my skin whereas the studio finish glides on smoothly. I also use the NW30 shade as it corrects any pigmented areas on my face, e.g. under the eyes and around the mouth.  


What are your favourite winter skincare & makeup products?
Keeks xx