Sunday, 28 September 2014

Faith In Nature Shampoo and Conditioner

I'm in a real rut with my hair, it's a complete nightmare and I have some unintentional ombre going on. Ever since I got back from my holiday my hair has been frizzy, dry and generally looking a little bit rubbish. When Faith In Nature got in touch asking if I'd like to try their natural shampoo and conditioner, I thought yes in hope it would sort out the dryness as this is my main concern.

I chose the Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner* mainly for the scent, I thought a bit of coconut goodness would remind me of my holiday. Firstly, lets touch on the packaging... In my opinion it is very simple, standard shampoo and conditioner bottles, it might not be right but I do tend to lean towards buying a shampoo and conditioner if they have good packaging. I wasn't wowed by this at all.

Now lets get onto the product itself, I'll start with shampoo. When I wash my hair I love a shampoo that lathers up, I love feeling like my hair is getting a really good clean but when I wash it off, I love my hair feeling soft and like it's being nourished. When I used the Faith In Nature shampoo I found it actually stripped the moisture from my hair and when I rinsed, my hair had that dry squeaky feeling which I hate. I find when my hair is like that I really need to apply lots of conditioner. I did think it was my hair just being dry to begin with but after other members of my family mentioning this, I'm not sure it's suitable for those with really dry hair.

After how the shampoo left my hair feeling I went straight onto conditioner with a big handful coated over my ends and even some through the lengths avoiding my roots, I left this on for around 5-8 minutes and then rinsed. My hair wasn't exceptionally conditioned, I found that it was soft but some of that dry squeaky feeling still remained and my hair generally still looked a little rubbish, having dry hair I really like my hair to be soft and feel really conditioned but because my hair was still rather dry when I had finished and then started drying, my hair was a frizzy mess afterwards.

I really wasn't impressed with these products, I love the idea that they're natural and don't contain any nasties but in terms of promoting these products for those with dry hair, I really don't find they pack in enough hydration. I would recommend these to anyone with normal hair who is wanting a basic and natural shampoo and conditioner set.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Holiday Favourites

While I was away, I missed my August favourites post so after coming back off holiday, I thought I'd put together a holiday favourites post featuring the products I used each day while I was on holiday.

Jemma Kidd Mineral Skin Tint | I picked this up in my local bargain shop for around £6 and so far I've been really impressed with it, it's more of a BB cream style base, a bit thicker than your average tinted moisturisers but what I love about this product is the glow it gives the skin. While I was on holiday I did worry about the type of glow I'd get, there's a fine line between sweat and a healthy sheen but this gives the right amount of the latter. The coverage of this is light and buildable, and lasts around 6 hours before needing a touch up.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara | I picked this up in duty free at the airport after being desperate for a mascara for months! Being in duty free is paradise but when you've got an hour to spare, stand after stand full of beauty and not enough time to get round them all, it becomes tense. A nice lady at the Estee Lauder counter helped me pick out this mascara and I'm so pleased with it. At home and on holiday, my previous mascaras would run and end up transferring onto my brow bone or below my eyes and it would drive me mad, the Double Wear mascara stays in place for 16 hours without any transfers and helps separate and define lashes. The brush is what's my favourite, it's a slim brush with bristles that are all one length, the overall shape of the brush is quite narrow meaning it works wonders for building up volume at the root of the lashes, getting into the lashes on the inner corner and coating the bottom lashes without a smudge in sight.

Mac Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun | I know I've featured this on my blog so many times but if I thought I loved it when I was pale, I love it even more now I have a tan. When my skin has some colour, this blush really emphasises my tan giving me a sunkissed glow that lots of people have complimented me on. The colour really suits any skin tone whether you're pale, it gives you some colour or with a tan it really enhances your bronzed glow. This burnt orange colour looks so stark in the pan but dusted over the cheeks it really transforms the face, I've used this to replace my beloved Nars Laguna bronzer.

Kiehl's Creme De Corps | This year I didn't take after sun, I'm a bit dubious about after sun really and whether it works so I stuck to a trusty moisturiser that really packs in the hydration. When I go abroad my skin gets so tight and dehydrated so after every shower, I would apply this and let it sink in, and it let my skin so soft and intensely hydrated. The packaging isn't the most travel friendly but in comparison to big pots of after sun, I'd rather make room for this. What I love about this product is the consistency, it's a thick butter texture which means you're not fighting a battle with creams slipping out of your hand and all over the floor. The scent is to die for and smells like holidays in itself.

Apart from these, the actual holiday was a huge favourite for me too and I'm now facing serious holiday blues!

What products have you been loving lately?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Holiday to Skiathos

Excuse the bad photo quality and the photo spam but I just thought I'd share some of my holiday snaps, I took my old camera but it was rubbish and every photo I took ended up blurry so I ended up using my Iphone for my photos and that did the job. I would of taken my DSLR if my brother wasn't using it, but nevermind, next holiday I'll take it. I had a wonderful week full of sun, beautiful food and total relaxation. It was great to have a break, relax and read a book and just live life very simply while there. I love Greece and it was my first time to Skiathos, the island is only 10 miles long but it's full of beautiful beaches, friendly locals and some wonderful eateries. It's a place I'd love to return to, my heart definitely lies in Greece. I've come back with a fairly decent tan which is impressive for a Caspar like myself, the average temperature there was 26-28 degrees and glorious sun apart from one thunderstorm on a Tuesday afternoon which lasted around an hour and a half. Now back to reality and I've serious holiday blues going on so I'm currently planning next years holiday and the possibility of saving up and going travelling because I feel so strongly that it's something I need to do.

I've had time to relax and enjoy myself and I'm hoping to make a full return to blogging ASAP, I'd love to start some more lifestyle posts on my blog, although I love beauty, I realised how much I love lifestyle blogs. There will be lots of posts coming up soon so stay tuned!
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