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26.6.13

Superdrug Coconut Oil


Superdrug Coconut Oil For Hair Review

Superdrug Coconut Oil For Hair Review

I am always on the look out for a product that will make my hair grow. If only such a thing existed, but a girl can dream. So I do the next best thing and I was recommended Superdrug Coconut Oil by a hairdresser at work. I really do try to keep my hair in good condition, and trust me in my line of work this is so hard. Constant heat, curling, straightening, crimping and endless amounts of backcombing with industrial strength hair gel is never going to be a way to good conditioned hair.

And apparently I have been living under a rock and missed out on the beauty comes from this product, even my Mum knew about it. Serious face palm moment. I jumped on the Moroccan Oil bandwagon ages ago but totally missed this one. I Googled and found the cheapest one on the high street is from Superdrug £2.29 for a whopping 125ml of solid product.

Okay, for an 'oil' this is ridiculously solid. I was soon stopped in my tracks when I dived my hand in to scoop this on my head, and resulted in using my nail to dig out this 'oil' and warmed it up between my hands. But once its warmed and loosen a bit I used it as a overnight hair mask to combat my dry scalp, but it can be used on any dry skin, face or hair! Plus you can use this after shampooing, as a leave-in conditioner. Once on it goes slightly 'crispy', but if your hair is already covered in oil I'm sure your not in one of them moods to really care what your hair looks like.

The smell is so gorgeous, and not to heavy scented that it make you feel sick but just enough scent to make you want to eat it. Straight away I can see the benefits to my hair, it is definitely much shiner and us blondes know that is a hard one to achieve. Most of my dry scalp has shifted too, not bad considering I've only been using it a week. Serious product love going on here.

Superdrug Coconut Oil available for £2.29. And at the moment Superdrug has a 3 for 2 on hair care so go go go.


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13.6.13

Christian Dior Extase Mascara



Christian Dior Extase Mascara
Christian Dior Extase Mascara

Firstly, I do have to apologies for the lack of proper photos for this mascara. I was brought this last year, threw away the packaging etc, decided I hate the mascara and totally forgot about it. It's been a few tries with this mascara and decided I should give it a proper review.

The mascara does come in a silver box, as do all Dior mascaras. I should know considering I have DiorShow Blackout and DiorShow Iconic, both of which I really love. Hence my excitement and subsequent dissapointment from Extase. Both my previous dabbles with Dior mascaras left me with the conclusion I love Dior makeup. I've also got a few eyeshadow pallets which are also on my love list, so naturally I asked for a new Dior mascara for my birthday last year and received this.

Christian Dior Extase Mascara

Okay, first off the brush looks good. With a 3 times curved brush ( can't think of another way to describe it...) and being fairly big too I was expecting to receive a lot of volume, which as I'll explain in a minute, I didn't.

So, on to the formula and application...the consistency is really not what I hoped for, it was so so wet that actually on my first go with this barely any mascara actually went onto my lashes, very strange, but I kept going. Then my eyelashes clumped together to form practically two eyelashes (okay slight exaggeration, but you get my drift!) and it was so hard to try and reapply and brush over then in a attempt to separate them out. Nope, my eyelashes were staying this way. I know I like a bit of exaggeration from my lashes but oh my, this was awful. Once it finally dried I still hated the look as it did nothing for my eyelashes whatsoever, it just looked like I barely bothered with my lashes and honestly like I'd applied a cheaper drugstore brand. It was either going to be stupidly clumped, or barely visible lashes so just shoved this in my draw and forgot I owned it.


Christian Dior Extase Mascara

That was until last week, and I was feeling a bit strange on how I had discredited this so much and attempted another ago. Nope still hate it. So I am determined and used this everyday battling through the lash stress to see if my mind could be changed. To be fair it has a bit, I no longer hate it, it's just not one I would ever consider repurchasing. 

The formula has dried up quite a lot, which as you can see here is something I prefer, making the application a bit easier. But it just feels like the brush does nothing, what on earth that curved wand is for I'll never know, but it's definitely no volume. Compared to Lancome Hypnose Drama there is no comparison at all. Don't buy this if like me you like your volume, you will not be happy. The only positive is that now it does give my lashes a bit of length but nothing I am thrilled about.
Overall a very disappointing mascara Dior.

Christian Dior Extase Mascara £23 from Boots.

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12.6.13

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil


Vaseline Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil



When I saw this in Boots for £2.10 half price there was no way I wasn't getting it, containg my three favourite things, vanilla, coconut and cocoa butter (I think me being a chocoholic has something to do with that). Apparently Coleen Rooney loves this and credits it to her smooth and soft skin. Think she meant during pregnancy but oh well I still wanted to try. Baby or no baby. 

I always use Palmers Cocoa Butter and I'm in love with it so new products will (and do) have a hard time being a replacement. With the gorgeous smell I did have high hopes for Vaseline and tried it straight away. No blogging about a products months after buying it here. This gels comes in a clear bottle which I love. I like to see how much of the product I have left, and this does the job. Plus you can see little air bubbles which I like for a strange reason.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil

Although there is no butter like qualities I fell in love with this one from the very first time application. The application is a little unusual though, do not rub it onto hands first and then transfer to body, the right way is to squeeze desired quantity onto hands then place in little portions around the desired (towel dried) body area and then rub into the skin. It really gets absorbs quickly and totally non-greasy, the fact that I like the most. It defiantly has a thicker formula that normal gel but really does the job. The sheen it left behind was so nice I coated myself before a night on the town to give my body a go.

Overall this is a must have total repurchase! Even at the normal price of £5.10 it's worth every penny. There is no reason not to try this if you love Cocoa Butter, and if you don't - what is wrong with you? Actually, I would like to hear if/why you don't like it...

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil £5.10. From Boots at the moment for £2.10. Stock up.


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6.6.13

Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation


Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation

Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation


I've tried 'cheaper' brands (sorry 17) and really not got on well with this, neither with Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. Therefore I went up another price bracket and spotted this Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation (£9.99).  I was instantly sold when I felt how creamy the texture was on my hand and made a swift purchase. No fancy packaging here, just a foundation that promises to adapt to every skin tone. Bit sure how, plus a wide range of colours would mean you would find one to match right? I purchased this in 'Natural'.

No finish was actually mentioned but I could see/tell from the swatch on my hand that it felt quite matte like, something I am keen on even though I have dry skin (I'm hard work). From the minute I applied this it was so smooth and creamy I really fell for this. On application it almost feels like it has a primer in it, which I'm not aware it does but it's that creamy if you get my drift. It does take a bit of blending to ensure no 'tide marks', but it is very much worth it. This didn't clump or stick to my face or any dry patches but instead went smoothly over to create a matte finish, without the dry crusty look. Plus this stayed put all day and didn't need touching up. The formula is quite thick too and does provide a lot of coverage. I would recommend you apply this with a sponge - trust me it won't work with a brush.

I would definitely recommend this if you have dry skin, it may be a tad oily for some people but it's definitely worth a try to see! I'm still not sure on the colour adapt factor, as I mentioned the blending it was the only downfall, but still a lovely foundation anyhow.

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